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Old 02-11-2009, 22:52   #1
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SCI-FI FS Masterworks and 7 books to read before avatar

So I dont know if any one else has seen this but empire are doing a little feature on 7 books to read before seeing james camerons avatar

http://www.empireonline.com/features...ou-see-avatar/

The list is ; 1) Dune Frank Herbert 2) Call Me Joe Poul Anderson 3) The Forever War Joe Haldeman 4) Grass Sherri S. Tepper 5) A Case Of Conscience James L. Blish 6) The Ship Who Sang Anne McCaffrey 7) Shards of Honor Lois McMaster Bujold.

Now I think i've read dune but I was a teenager so it was a while ago and I recently read The Forever War.

I've ordered Grass and Shards of Honor and another off the masterworks list annubis gate.

I was wondering if anyone had read many of the masterworks books, i was surprised to see that on amazon there appeared to be over 50 although I havent found an official list yet.

I'm trying to work my way through some classic SF and was interested in other peoples recommendations

aha ! thank you wiki :

Here's a list with an external link to the official site which itself is apparently incomplete

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SF_Masterworks

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Old 03-11-2009, 00:30   #2
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I've read quite a chunk of them most are great, very few I've not loved.
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Bought of a bunch of the master works about a year ago along with some other scifi books. Read I am Legend and half of The Stars My Destination so far. So many of the books sound so great, I want to buy all of them practically.
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JAMES CAMERON's sf film _Avatar_ seems strangely reminiscent of a Poul Anderson classic from _Astounding_, April 1957: 'Like _Avatar_, _Call Me Joe_ centers on a paraplegic -- Ed Anglesey -- who telepathically connects with an artificially created life form in order to explore a harsh planet (in this case, Jupiter). Anglesey, like Avatar's Jake Sully, revels in the freedom and strength of his artificial created body, battles predators on the surface of Jupiter, and gradually goes native as he spends more time connected to his artificial body.' (Lauren Davis, io9.com)
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I buy them whenever I come accross them. The only one I've not liked is Babel-17 but the rest have been superb.
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They're up to 72, only there's two 72s!! One is a reissue of Dune in hardback the other is a reissue of Man in a High Castle in Hardback. The fantasy masterworks are also highly recommended. There's a lot of Philip K. Dick in the SFMs, possibly too many in comparison to other authors. As a whole the SFMs are pretty much the foundation of any decent reading of SF in the last 60 years, especially the mid-fifties up to the mid-seventies. Penguin have also reissued, as modern classics, some great book in the last few months namley: Death of Grass, Hothouse and Man who fell to Earth amongst others.

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Summerisle, this is the second time in the last week they I have had to affiliate 4 or 5 links for you and it will be the last time because next time your post will just be deleted. Please use the affiliate tool to do them yourself, ta.
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I've read quite a chunk of them most are great, very few I've not loved.
Yep, same here. Although it’s a shame there is nothing by Jack L. Chalker, a prolific writer, sadly missed and underrated in my opinion.
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Not a single Asimov novel in there?
The list's guff if it thinks it's showing anything like a balanced view of influential and classic SF if it doen't contain Asimov. The man towers over SF's history like a giant and has even bled over into popular culture (the 3 laws of robotics for one).

In fact, saying that, there's no William Gibson in there either. He gave us the term Cyberspace!

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Edit: but it's reprieved slightly by having John Sladek in there!

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The list represents the books that are available to the publisher, hence the absence of Asimov (among many others) and why Dune and The Man in the High Castle were initially published as hardcovers (the publisher owned the HB rights but not the paperback rights). In recent years more authors have been published following the rationalisation/merger of UK SF publishers and their associated lists.

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I thought this series stopped quite a while ago.
Actually looking at wikipedia it seems that the last few years have just seen a couple of hardback reissues - no new titles which is a shame. I do think I have the full set (10 hardbacks and all the paperbacks not including the same hardback titles)

Great series (even if the series did become a bit too Philip K Dick heavy), but it is a shame Asimov's Foundation Trilogy couldn't have been included.

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well the 3 books I ordered, 2 of which were masterworks are all on special order from Waterstones. so whether or not I actually get them remains to be seen .

I wonder if they're more readily available as ebooks, anyway if any one has a favourite pipe up

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Asimov did write great novels, the Foundation Trilogy were a collection of short stories stitched together.

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