Tamerlane: Dhalgren:Ummm…can we compromise on Babel-17 or Nova? I really, really hated Dahlgren. I believe that both won Nebula Awards and were Hugo nominees…(Is my bias still showing?)
Anubius Gate: I haven’t read it since it came, but there’s this terrifying, wonderful moment that stuck with me for however many years since: Whatshisname is lost in the past in London. Then at twilight, he hears, from somewhere across the city, someone whisting a Beatles tune, and someone else responding as he looks around frantically. It’s one of the most evocative moments I’ve ever read. I think of it more as fantasy though. But, good LORD it’s a creepy, wonderful book (that’s due a reread, now that you mention it).
Hometown Boy: I loved May’s stuff (and remember gnashing my teeth waiting for the fourth book in the Exiles series to come out), but I’m avoiding series, or it’d be on there.
With Anderson. I really, really wanna put Operation Chaos (one of my all-time favorite books) on the list, but I can’t quite justify it. Someone upthread suggested Tao Zero which I’m seriously considering. Any suggestions for a stand-alone Anderson? I haven’t read the Van Rijn stuff. Suggestions? Hey, what about Brainwave?
Bellamy: I’m concerned about having too many turn-of-the-Century Utopians, but it was important. Maybe.
Re your quibbles. Please! Seriously, I’m interested!
YWalker: But I didn’t like the Startide Rising nearly as much. Still, I know when I’m outnumbered: Tell ya what: I’ll put it on as an either/or choice like I did with “Doc” Smith.
Re: “Flowers For Algernon”. Read the short story first. It’s been reprinted everywhere and it’s better.
I don’t think we need another Card novel, but if I were doing short stories, the one about the girl who traces woodgrains would be there.
Gerrold is wonderful, but I don’t think he’s influential enough. Yet. His new series Jumping off the Planet et al, may change that! (Best damned juvies since Heinlein quit writing 'em.)
Tamerlane again: Starship Troopers, for all that it’s a fairly weak Heinlein was far too important for the genre. If nothing else, there’s too much controversy about it. I agree it’s the weakest of the Heinlein books, but consider this: I cut Time Enough for Love to put Starship Troopers on. Plus I think that The Forever War would be less effective without it. Since I refuse to cut Moon, that leaves Stranger. And I can’t justify cutting that either. I think we’re stuck.
Tengu, to me, Childhood’s End was just too smarmy (The aliens who just happen to be mouthpieces for Clarke’s philosophy). Heinlein does exactly the same thing, but I tend to agree with Heinlein more than Clarke and even when I don’t, I don’t find his lectures nearly as annoying. (Puppet Masters made you throw the book across the room?! :eek: Wow! We do have different, but parallel, tastes! )
There’s a moment in…um…Fountains of Paradise(?) where the narrator starts talking about how an alien message has convinced all humanity to give up their stupid religions. Um…except Buddhism, which Clarke happens to like. :rolleyes:. I love much of Clarke’s stuff, but I hate it when he preaches. Still, I think you’re right about Childhood’s End’s importance. I’ll add it to the list. I still want a good collection of Clarke’s stories, dammit!
By the way, have you ever read Keith Laumer’s The Monitors? It’s a hysterically funny “response” to Childhood’s End. Imagine Childhood’s End meets “Dr. Strangelove”. Bizarre and funny.