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111 Science Fictions Books to Read Before a Supernova Kills Us All

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1Morphidae
Jan 4, 2010, 4:06pm Top

And here are the results! Books with 7 or more votes made it to the list.

1984 by Orwell, George
Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, Ray
Dune by Herbert, Frank
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe by Adams, Douglas
Frankenstein by Shelly, Mary
I, Robot by Asimov, Isaac
Ender's Game by Card, Orson Scott
Brave New World by Huxley, Aldous
Foundation by Asimov, Isaac
The Time Machine by Wells, H. G.
The War of the Worlds by Wells, H. G.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Clarke, Arthur C.
Invisible Man by Wells, H. G.
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Verne, Jules
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Verne, Jules
The Handmaid's Tale by Atwood, Margaret
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Stevenson, Robert Louis
A Clockwork Orange by Burgess, Anthony
Slaughterhouse-Five by Vonnegut, Kurt
Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, Robert A.
The Martian Chronicles by Bradbury, Ray
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Dick, Philip K.
Childhood's End by Clarke, Arthur C.
Flowers for Algernon by Keyes, Daniel
The Caves of Steel by Asimov, Isaac
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Bradbury, Ray
Jurassic Park by Crichton, Michael
Neuromancer by Gibson, William
The Nine Billion Names of God by Clarke, Arthur C.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Miller, Walter M.
Nightfall by Asimov, Isaac
Starship Troopers by Heinlein, Robert A.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein, Robert A.
The Mote in God's Eye by Niven, Larry and Pournelle, Jerry
Red Mars by Robinson, Kim Stanley
Ringworld by Niven, Larry
The Andromeda Strain by Crichton, Michael
Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut, Kurt
Cyteen by Cherryh, C. J.
I Sing the Body Electric by Bradbury, Ray
Snow Crash by Stephenson, Neal
The Day of the Triffids by Wyndham, John
Contact by Sagan, Carl
On the Beach by Shute, Nevil
The Illustrated Man by Bradbury, Ray
The Lathe of Heaven by Le Guin, Ursula K.
The Ship Who Sang by McCaffrey, Anne
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harrison, Harry
The Stars My Destination by Bester, Alfie
Barrayar by Bujold, Lois McMaster
The Forever War by Haldeman, Joe
The Giver by Lowry, Lois
Cryptonomicon by Stephenson, Neal
Foreigner by Cherryh, C. J.
Rendezvous with Rama by Clarke, Arthur C.
The Dispossessed by Le Guin, Ursula K.
The Gods Themselves by Asimov, Isaac
The Time Traveler's Wife by Niffenegger, Audrey
Children of Men by James, P. D.
Dangerous Visions by Ellison, Harlon
Downbelow Station by Cherryh, C. J.
Old Man's War by Scalzi, John
Crystal Singer by McCaffrey, Anne
Doomsday Book by Willis, Connie
Lucifer's Hammer by Niven, Larry and Pournelle, Jerry
The City and the Stars by Clarke, Arthur C.
The Demolished Man by Bester, Alfie
Blood Music by Bear, Greg
Footfall by Niven, Larry and Pournelle, Jerry
Hyperion by Simmons, Dan
Solaris by Lem, Stanislaw
Songs of Distant Earth by Clarke, Arthur C.
Stand on Zanzibar by Brunner, John
Stars in my Pocket, Like Grains of Sand by Delany, Samuel
The Diamond Age by Stephenson, Neal
The Island of Doctor Moreau by Wells, H. G.
The Man in the High Castle by Dick, Philip K.
The Midwich Cuckoos by Wyndham, John
Time Enough for Love by Heinlein, Robert A.
To Ride Pegasus by McCaffrey, Anne
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Willis, Connie
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Farmer, Philip Jose
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Wilhelm, Kate
A Princess of Mars by Burroughs, Edgar Rice
A Scanner Darkly by Dick, Philip K.
Anathem by Stephenson, Neal
Grass by Tepper, Sherri S.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Finney, Jack
Little Brother by Doctorow, Cory
Sphere by Crichton, Michael
Tau Zero by Anderson, Poul
The Best of Cordwainer Smith by Smith, Cordwainer
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vinge, Vernor
Alas, Babylon by Frank, Pat
At the Mountains of Madness by Lovecraft, H. P.
Babel-17 by Delany, Samuel
Breakfast of Champions by Vonnegut, Kurt
Chrysalids by Wyndham, John
City by Simak, Clifford
Double Star by Heinlein, Robert A.
Earth by Brin, David
Gateway by Pohl, Frederik
Islands in the Sky by Clarke, Arthur C.
Kindred by Butler, Octavia
More Than Human by Sturgeon, Theodore
On Basilisk Station by Weber, David
The Coelura by McCaffrey, Anne
The Pride of Chanur by Cherryh, C. J.
The Speed of Dark by Moon, Elizabeth
The Ugly Little Boy by Asimov, Isaac and Silverberg, Robert
Uglies by Westerfeld, Scott

2GeorgiaDawn
Jan 4, 2010, 4:13pm Top

Morphy, you are the best! I'm going to print this and read my way through the list. I've read many of them already.

3jnwelch
Jan 4, 2010, 4:19pm Top

Great list! Thanks, Morphy.

4littlegeek
Jan 4, 2010, 4:41pm Top

When is that supernova scheduled, because I've got some reading to do!?

5Jasper
Jan 4, 2010, 6:03pm Top

I think I voted for all of those. Thanks for doing this Morphy. Is this in a LT library where we can sort it?

6Morphidae
Jan 4, 2010, 6:09pm Top

Not yet. That's next on the to-do list.

7Jasper
Jan 4, 2010, 7:12pm Top

That's a lot of work. Need help?

8Choreocrat
Jan 4, 2010, 7:49pm Top

Oh, my. I've only read 24 of those 111. I'd best get some reading done! :)

9maggie1944
Jan 4, 2010, 8:15pm Top

merci mille fois, ma cherie

thank you a million time, good friend

10OldSarge
Jan 4, 2010, 8:23pm Top

Excellent, thank you.

11MerryMary
Jan 4, 2010, 9:50pm Top

Morphy, thanks so much. A tour de force.

12Jim53
Jan 4, 2010, 10:02pm Top

Thanks very much for all your efforts, Morphy!

13reconditereader
Jan 4, 2010, 11:44pm Top

Yes, thanks

14MrsLee
Jan 5, 2010, 3:39am Top

You are a wonder! I've read 12 of them, which is more than I thought I would have read.

15Morphidae
Jan 5, 2010, 6:55am Top

>7 Jasper: Thanks, Jasper. It's not too bad. I think I've got it.

16readafew
Jan 5, 2010, 9:03am Top

Thanks Morph, I've only read 15 on the list though many of the others are unofficially on my TBR pile.

17Busifer
Jan 5, 2010, 10:32am Top

Thanks Morphy!

18MerryMary
Jan 5, 2010, 11:14am Top

I've read 11. Got my work cut out for me.

19cmbohn
Jan 5, 2010, 11:38am Top

I've read 15, all of them in the top half of the list. 2 more on the TBR pile for this year. I guess I'm not very adventurous about trying new writers.

20hfglen
Jan 5, 2010, 1:29pm Top

A million thanks, Morphy!

21saltmanz
Jan 5, 2010, 4:15pm Top

19> I guess I'm not very adventurous about trying new writers.

Not to worry; most of them are actually pretty old!

22CarolO
Jan 5, 2010, 4:51pm Top

Wow, what a great list! Thanks!

I'm looking forward to adding the library to my interesting libraries.

23ryn_books
Jan 5, 2010, 6:54pm Top

That's a great list and thanks so much for all the work you put in to make it happen

24Narilka
Jan 5, 2010, 7:48pm Top

Thanks for the list!

25rastaphrog
Jan 7, 2010, 9:46am Top

hmmmmmm, I've read 43 for sure, a couple other possibles that I'm not sure of as it'd have been MANY years ago if I did

26Morphidae
Jan 7, 2010, 9:49am Top

I've read 43 as well. Though some were so long ago all I remember is the title and author.

27PhoenixTerran
Jan 7, 2010, 10:11am Top

Hmmm...your Doomsday Book touchstone is linking to Any Given Doomsday, which I'm pretty sure isn't meant to be included on this list. :-)

28calm
Jan 7, 2010, 10:12am Top

I've read 59 for sure, some of the others I have on my TBR shelf.

29OldSarge
Jan 7, 2010, 10:54am Top

Hmmm...I can only remember reading twenty-three of these.

30MrsLee
Jan 7, 2010, 5:39pm Top

#27 - Ack! That book shouldn't be on any list. ;) Just a personal opinion after reading it.

31Belladonna1975
Jan 7, 2010, 6:26pm Top

30> I concur wholeheartedly! I think it's a good thing they gave away so many free copies, otherwise noone would want to read it of their own free will. Actually, its probably not a good thing, considering all of the bad reviews it has gotten on LT.

32MissWoodhouse1816
Jan 7, 2010, 9:16pm Top

Oh man, only 10 when all is said and done. Arg- I thought it would be more.

Thanks for doing this Morphy!

33tardis
Jan 7, 2010, 11:15pm Top

I've read 51 for sure, and there are a few possibles that I might have read but I don't remember for sure. Been a loooong time since I read some of them though.

34sandragon
Jan 8, 2010, 12:24am Top

Yikes, my husband has read about 73 of those. I've got some catching up to do, I've only read about 30 and some of those I don't remember at all.

Thanks Morphy! My husband has been on a multi-year reading slump. Nothing's been holding his attention, except for the odd book here and there. Normally he reads more and faster than I do. Actually, he still reads faster than I do, when he does read. I just showed him this list and the 1001 Fantasy Books list and he asked me to print out both for him. YES!

35maggie1944
Edited: Jan 8, 2010, 9:18am Top

Yay! Morphidae - Savior of Slumped Readers Extraordinaire

edit for fixing misspelling

36clamairy
Jan 8, 2010, 9:21am Top

All Hail the Mighty Morphy!

Many thanks for doing this.

37DaynaRT
Jan 8, 2010, 9:49am Top

Mighty Morphy the Power Ranger!

38majkia
Jan 8, 2010, 10:06am Top

I've read 53 of them plus two I threw against a wall in utter disgust.

39Fred_R
Jan 8, 2010, 11:35am Top

Thanks for putting together this list, Morphy! I'm currently at 41 and in the process of making it 42 after a trip to the library yesterday. (Something Wicked This Way Comes)

40littlegeek
Jan 8, 2010, 11:37am Top

I've actually read 35 of those. More than I thought. Thanks Morphy, lots for the TBR here.

41Octane
Jan 8, 2010, 12:03pm Top

I've only read 9 of these, but I'll read Neuromancer sometime soon, bringing it up to 10.

42GeorgiaDawn
Jan 14, 2010, 6:40pm Top

I've read 46, and I'll be working toward the rest of the list.

43littlegeek
Jan 22, 2010, 1:22pm Top

The Guardian makes its own list. Not sure those all qualify for fantasy/scifi, plus understandably UK-centric, but interesting.

44Tane
Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 10:05am Top

Great list, Morphy - thanks for putting it up here.

45clamairy
Jan 23, 2010, 5:10pm Top

I've only read 30. I own quite a few of them and just haven't managed to read them yet.

46rachisaurus
Jan 25, 2010, 2:55pm Top

Wow, I've only read 12 of them! And I consider myself a sci-fi geek. Tut tut. Just not good enough!

47Cable99
Apr 19, 2010, 6:49pm Top

I read 73-is that impressive? Seriously, these might have won the votes but a couple...well, I've read better-or, at least, more seminal stories than some chosen. But it is still a pretty good list-must have taken some serious work to assemble. Thumbs up!

48Busifer
Apr 20, 2010, 4:55am Top

#47 - We did it together, here, by vote, so it reflects what we here at the GD thinks. Morphidae organised it all, and did all the manual work.

49stellarexplorer
Apr 27, 2010, 12:31am Top

I've read 76, but largely because the list tends toward older works I read long ago.

50reconditereader
May 1, 2010, 3:24am Top

Just counted. I'm at 43 and a half, plus one more in my TBR pile. That and-a-half is likely to stay that way, as I have no intention of finishing it.

51clamairy
Edited: May 1, 2010, 10:15am Top

#50 - What is it? Do tell!

52reconditereader
May 1, 2010, 11:57pm Top

It's Anathem. I think there is a really interesting story in there, somewhere, buried under deliberate obfuscation.

53Busifer
May 2, 2010, 4:03am Top

Oh, I loved Anathem, it's his most accessible and well-written book to date!
Well, well - we can't all be alike. Luckily. :D

54reconditereader
May 2, 2010, 11:23pm Top

Actually I've LOVED all Stephenson's other books-- just not that one. A rare miss.

55clamairy
May 3, 2010, 8:18am Top

I only own one of his, and keep putting off attempting it.

56reconditereader
May 5, 2010, 12:07am Top

Yeah, I'm not sure you want to start with Cryptonomicon. Really at all.

The Diamond Age is the most accessible and one of the shortest-- also one of my favorites of his. (-:,

57stellarexplorer
May 5, 2010, 12:38am Top

Hard not to enjoy Snow Crash, as cliche as that recommendation has become...

58Busifer
May 5, 2010, 6:57am Top

I gave Cryptonomicon to my dad the Yule it was released - it was a decision based on my own enjoyment of it. He promptly went on to scour the market for books on the history of cryptanalysis and cryptography. Just saying that SOME weird minds find it a great and inspiring book, for all its shortcomings ;-)

(It was his first Stephenson. But he bought all three Baroque Cycle books as they were published, so...)

59goddesspt2
May 5, 2010, 8:20am Top

I took Cryptonomicon on a cruise for pleasure reading - LOL. I got about halfway through and accidentally left it on the ship, bumming me out until I could get a replacement copy. I also enjoy any book about cyrptanalysis and cryptography (fiction and non-fiction).

60reconditereader
May 5, 2010, 10:23pm Top

I'm not saying it's not GOOD, just... weighty. Those of you who've dropped it on your foot know what I mean.

FWIW, I loved the Baroque Cycle. Slow going, though.

61Busifer
May 6, 2010, 2:16am Top

I too loved the Baroque Cycle. But often enough it feels like I'm the only one. Nice to find some people who actually agree with me ;D

62goddesspt2
May 6, 2010, 5:01am Top

>60 reconditereader: yep it could make a nice doorstop - paperback or hardback :)

63stellarexplorer
May 6, 2010, 6:55am Top

And more attractive than a brick!

64psocoptera
May 7, 2010, 1:42pm Top

yeah, never finished the Baroque Cycle for multiple reasons (will go back at some point). One of those reasons was the size: the books are really hard to read on the metro while standing and carrying them in my bags was causing pain in my shoulder and back.

65KindleKapers
Feb 14, 2011, 6:56am Top

11 down, 100 more to go! Great list...thanks for putting it together!

66catzteach
Apr 5, 2011, 10:49pm Top

just found this list, even though I've been a group member since February, sigh. :) I have read a few and a few I really want to read. I'll have to print the list and read through it. Thanks for putting it together!

67GeorgiaDawn
May 5, 2012, 10:09pm Top

I was just going through this list to see what I might want to read. Trying to pick one I haven't read is tough. I want to read them all now!

68Morphidae
May 6, 2012, 6:53am Top

I recently finished A Princess of Mars which is actually pretty decent. Next up is Downbelow Station.

69GeorgiaDawn
May 21, 2012, 8:04am Top

I just bought Kindred for my Kindle. Last week, Amazon had several of these books for 99 cents.

70PhilJackson
Feb 20, 2014, 4:10pm Top

Suddenly nearly two years had passed...

Just found this list.
I've read quite a few of them.
Quite a lot of others I'm not sure if I'm recognising titles I'm aware of and meant to read, or if I've actually read them when I used to read nothing else. Now I'll have to look out for them again. I know I've read a lot of HG Wells and Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Asimov, Anne McAffrey and a few others.

Kudos for Something Wicked This Way Comes. Loved that book since I was 15. Which is a while ago now.

71Morphidae
Jul 13, 2014, 10:26am Top

Bump

72reconditereader
Jul 14, 2014, 12:53pm Top

I just finished Neuromancer. It was ok. I gotta get me some Samuel Delaney up in here. Keep meaning to read him.

73DCavin
Jul 14, 2014, 1:57pm Top

Great list. I have my work cut out for me, I've only three of these.

74nrmay
Aug 18, 2014, 2:24pm Top

Read only 10 I think, but have some of the others on my TBR shelf.

752wonderY
Mar 9, 2019, 9:06am Top

My brain hurts from trying to remember whether I've read some of these; it's been so so long ago. I count 47, give or take, that I've read.

Any updated data on supernova's arrival?

76Busifer
Mar 9, 2019, 10:56am Top

I have no idea about the supernova schedule, but I think the list might be a bit different if we did one today, almost 10 years later?

Some great works has been published since.

77Morphidae
Edited: Mar 9, 2019, 3:18pm Top

As the lists’ creator, I have thought about this, especially with the fantasy list. However, the GD doesn’t have the activity/members it had in it’s heyday and probably can’t get the votes to make it worthwhile. It was a huge undertaking.

78gilroy
Mar 9, 2019, 8:54pm Top

Did we ever finish the fantasy list? Or did it just not get linked in the group header?

80gilroy
Edited: Mar 10, 2019, 8:12am Top

>79 Morphidae:
Ah. I was looking for a 111 thread. :)

81Busifer
Mar 10, 2019, 8:32am Top

>79 Morphidae: I was thinking something like, I don't now, perhaps using Google Forms or something? I haven't explored it, but perhaps as a more collaborative effort, given the huge work you had to do all on her own, back in the days?

Then, again - as you say the activity is not as high nowadays, so maybe too much hard work and relatively few voters.

82Morphidae
Mar 10, 2019, 12:59pm Top

>80 gilroy: Because it was such a huge undertaking (1001 books, six surveys) there wasn’t really one dedicated thread.

Nomination thread:
http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=27521

Final announcement:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/36720

Search for “1001 Fantasy” in Talk for additional threads.

>81 Busifer: There were upwards of 40+ votes for books. We just don’t have the numbers anymore.

83gilroy
Mar 10, 2019, 1:35pm Top

>82 Morphidae: Oh, no worries. I'm thinking of taking the three lists and posting them onto the List Challenges website (with links back to here, of course) just for fun.

84Morphidae
Edited: Mar 10, 2019, 3:37pm Top

There are four: fantasy, science fiction, nonfiction, and mystery.

If you like, on my profile page, there is a link to the library/thread for each list.

The libraries can be sorted by number of votes (via tags.)

85sallypursell
Aug 18, 2019, 7:51pm Top

>1 Morphidae: It seems I may belong in this group. I have read 105 of these, although there are 4 others I'd like to re-read, not remembering them well. It may be that I have cheated by having read science fiction for over 55 years.

86sallypursell
Edited: Aug 18, 2019, 8:01pm Top

>61 Busifer: and some other folks. I loved the Baroque Cycle, too. And Crytonomicon. I have not read two of his early ones, but I've just bought them. I have some great readers in my family, but I couldn't see those first two appealing to any reader buy my eldest son. He really liked them, too, but not as much as I did.

I'll have to go look at the fantasy list now.

87MrsLee
Aug 19, 2019, 9:36am Top

>85 sallypursell: I am glad you have found us! There are several here who have if not 55 years of reading, at least a number close to it, experience. :)

88suitable1
Aug 19, 2019, 10:54am Top

>87 MrsLee:

Just realized that I read my first SF book over 60 years ago. Gray Lensman

89Busifer
Aug 19, 2019, 2:26pm Top

>86 sallypursell: Welcome to the club :-)

90gilroy
Aug 19, 2019, 8:14pm Top

Said I was going to do this several months ago and I finally got around to it.
I've added this list to the List Challenges website. Here's the URL to play:
https://www.listchallenges.com/111-science-fictions-books-to-read-before-a

91sallypursell
Aug 19, 2019, 9:41pm Top

> 87 >89 Busifer: Thank you, Mrs. Lee, Busifer. I will probably lurk for a little as I figure out what you are all about. I didn't like Gray Lensman, did you? I have no idea what my first SF was. It would have been in 1960 or thereabouts.

92sallypursell
Aug 19, 2019, 9:50pm Top

>87 MrsLee: >89 Busifer: Thank you for the welcomes. I didn't really like Gray Lensman, did you?

93MrsLee
Aug 20, 2019, 9:51am Top

>91 sallypursell: "as I figure out what you are all about"

Well, good luck with that! We range from Piffle parties and running from Roombas, to interesting and deep discussions of books we are reading and travelogues of the trips various members take. Also, most anything in between you can think of except politics and religion. We like to keep things pleasant and comfortable here, lots of encouragement and kindness.

Mostly we all like to read and talk about what we are reading. We read things from many different genres.

94suitable1
Aug 20, 2019, 2:03pm Top

>92 sallypursell:

Actually the first was probably Galactic Patrol while Gray Lensman was second. And yes I thought they were great; I was 13 or 14 at the time.

95Busifer
Aug 20, 2019, 3:11pm Top

>91 sallypursell: I've never read it, so have no idea.

And I second what >93 MrsLee: said. Not being a native English language speaker I'm a bit slow on the piffle part, though. I get the jests, but are less able to reply in kind. Or maybe it's my dry geeky sense of humour that trips me up ;-)

96sallypursell
Aug 20, 2019, 3:51pm Top

>95 Busifer: I have no idea what piffle is, although I am a native speaker. I despair of ever learning another language as well as others have learned English. Living nearly 1000 miles from every border, even with Canada, there is less incentive to learn. I have studied, a little or a lot, several languages. I can speak intelligibly in Spanish, but my understanding of spoken Spanish lags far behind. I just get so little experience listening. I can't bear most TV, even from the US, so watching Spanish TV is out. I can read only with a dictionary, although kids' books are easier. That slows down the process enough to take much of the interest out of it. I guess I don't want it enough.

97Busifer
Edited: Aug 21, 2019, 4:15am Top

>96 sallypursell: A Piffle Party is when we make fun and nonsense, often but not always in support of someone who want to start a new thread based on the present one: when a thread has reached 150 posts the option to ”continue this topic in a new thread” link appears. We then bring out the cheese and the PGGB’s - pan-galactic gargle-blasters - https://hitchhikers.fandom.com/wiki/Pan_Galactic_Gargle_Blaster - and start writing nonsense posts.

PGGB’s is an old tradition. We bring them to every party.

I get why not everyone learns a foregin language. I have studied Spanish, Italian, and German, besides English, and I can only converse in English, plus my native Swedish (though I understand Norwegian, and Danish if I’m lucky.)
Each of the other languages I started with the intention to actually be able to speak it, but somehow I always lost momentum, and now all I have is fragments.
I find that to truly speak another language you need to enter the mindset of the culture as well. And with English one has to switch between a lot of slightly different cultures (nevermind pants and trousers, and the evasive biscuits, lol). And that’s quite enough for me, at the moment.

98YouKneeK
Aug 20, 2019, 6:58pm Top

>97 Busifer: LOL about the biscuits. :)

>91 sallypursell: Welcome to the group! I’ve found it to be a very friendly and welcoming place where one can have interesting conversations, whether silly or serious, with a minimum of the drama that one often finds on the internet.

As far as the list goes… I’ve only read 28 of them, with several others on my to-be-read list. I didn’t get addicted to SF&F until I was in my early 20’s, about 20 years ago, and it’s only in recent years that I’ve been able to find a reasonable amount of time for reading again, so I still have a lot of catching up to do!

99Karlstar
Aug 20, 2019, 9:40pm Top

What a great list! LT says I have 54 of them, after I added a couple of my collection I had not put in LT and I know there's a couple of others I need to catalog. There's a few I've read I'm not positive I own and I see I have a lot of reading to do! Fantastic list! Did I miss a voting thing somewhere?

>98 YouKneeK: If you need recommendations on where to start I'd be glad to help! :)

100Karlstar
Aug 20, 2019, 9:41pm Top

>94 suitable1: Those are great books! They are extremely dated now, and probably were when they were written, but so much fun!

101haydninvienna
Aug 20, 2019, 11:25pm Top

Seconding what MrsLee said in #87 and #93. I’m one of the “several” mentioned in #93, and I’ve found the GD a very congenial place.

An excellent example of a Piffle Party is this thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/296286.

102haydninvienna
Edited: Aug 21, 2019, 2:23am Top

And as to statistics, I've read 17 of them, mostly a long time ago (most recent would have been The Andromeda Strain, which was a re-read; I decided that the science didn't hold up). Because I can't count, I copied the list into a Word document and got Word to count them for me, which allowed me also to note that Arthur C Clarke is a clear winner in terms of numbers, with 7 titles. Of the other "Golden Age" authors represented in the list, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Robert A Heinlein have 5 each (ETA not counting 1 that Asimov shares with Robert Silverberg).

103-pilgrim-
Edited: Aug 21, 2019, 6:51am Top

And I have read 18 - but that includes some Bancroft Classics i.e. highly abridged versions aimed at children.

And I am pleased to see that 3 John Wyndham's made the list.

104Morphidae
Aug 21, 2019, 9:08am Top

>99 Karlstar: From 2008 - 2011, I ran polls on Science Fiction, Fantasy, Non-fiction, and Mystery.

111 Science Fictions Books to Read Before a Supernova Kills Us All
Library: http://www.librarything.com/profile/111ScienceFiction
List by Votes: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/111_Science_Fiction_by_Votes
Arthur C. Clarke has seven books listed.

1001 Fantasy Books You Must Read Before You Are Turned Into a Newt
Library: http://www.librarything.com/profile/1001Fantasy
List by Votes: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/1001_Fantasy_by_Votes
Mercedes Lackey has nine books listed.

111 Books to Read Before Your Brain Atrophies
Thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/99441

50 Mysteries to Read Before They Find the Body
Thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/119698

I'd think about doing update polls, especially for the fantasy as it's over 10 years old, but I don't think GD has the numbers anymore. As you'll see from looking at the vote tallies, there were almost 50 votes for the most popular books. I don't think we have even half that many active members anymore, do we?

105haydninvienna
Edited: Aug 21, 2019, 9:51am Top

>104 Morphidae: Because I am weird like that, I copied the list of posts from the GD front page and sorted the members' handles so as to get a sense of who posts on GD regularly. It's not exactly scientific because it's just a list of who posted last on each thread (since 31 March or thereabouts). I got 39 separate members. Most of the usual suspects (except for jillwmo) seem to be there:

2wonderY
AHS-Wolfy
Bookmarque
Busifer
catzteach
clamairy
Darth-Heather
GeorgiaDawn
gilroy
Graffotti
haydninvienna
hfglen
humouress
Jenson_AKA_DL
Jim53
Karlstar
littlegeek
Maddz
majkia
Marissa_Doyle
Meredy
Morphidae
MrsLee
Narilka
NorthernStar
Peace2
pgmcc
-pilgrim-
quondame
rolandperkins
RowanTribe
Sakerfalcon
sallypursell
saltmanz
ScoLgo
stellarexplorer
Taphophile13
tardis
YouKneeK

ETA I can think of a couple of others who post in GD fairly regularly too--as I said,it's not scientific.

106pgmcc
Aug 21, 2019, 9:51am Top

Where I grew up personation on election day was a thing, so we could get the numbers up. :-)

107haydninvienna
Aug 21, 2019, 11:33am Top

>106 pgmcc: As they used to say in Sydney, vote early, vote often. So who have you been personating, or vice versa, Pete?

108pgmcc
Aug 21, 2019, 12:50pm Top

>107 haydninvienna: "Whatever you say, say nought!"

109gilroy
Aug 21, 2019, 4:15pm Top

>104 Morphidae: Okay, so I'll start work on getting these lists over to List Challenges the next few days. :) The Science Fiction one is up. (Already had over 120 people take it! Average number read off the list from that grouping: 20)

I'll probably trim the Fantasy list a touch, because 111 books was a lot of work. LOL

>105 haydninvienna: Didn't realize I had voted on the old threads. Huh.

110jjwilson61
Edited: Aug 21, 2019, 5:15pm Top

>109 gilroy: That's a partial list of people who've posted in the last several months, not of people who voted.

111clamairy
Edited: Aug 21, 2019, 11:14pm Top

>109 gilroy: >105 haydninvienna: was answering >104 Morphidae:'s query about the number of active member here in the Dragon.

We've actually had a bit of a resurgence in the last year or so. We're usually in the top 8 groups for number of posts in a week, and often in the top 4. And no, it's not just the same 5 people posting 60 times. LOL

112Karlstar
Aug 22, 2019, 2:29pm Top

>109 gilroy: List Challenges? Is that another group?

113Morphidae
Aug 22, 2019, 7:55pm Top

>109 gilroy: If you look at the link for List by Votes in >104 Morphidae:, you could find a different breaking point.

114sallypursell
Aug 22, 2019, 8:06pm Top

1000 books is too man; I don't have the patience to even check how many I have read. But for Fantasy, I had read 88 of the first 111.

Going to the Mysteries next.

115Karlstar
Aug 22, 2019, 8:52pm Top

How does one vote in one of these things?

116clamairy
Aug 22, 2019, 10:48pm Top

Voting ended a long time ago, I'm afraid.

117-pilgrim-
Aug 23, 2019, 5:15am Top

>112 Karlstar: List Challenges is another website (by that name), where you can check off which books (or videos, or countries) you have read (etc.) on a list, and compare yourself with other readers. You can also vote the list items up or down. Since the site has higher traffic than here, the results are quite interesting.

118Karlstar
Aug 23, 2019, 6:28pm Top

>117 -pilgrim-: Thanks! It was puzzling me that I couldn't find anything of the sort here on LT and I'd never heard of that other site, should have googled it.

119clamairy
Edited: Aug 23, 2019, 8:43pm Top

>118 Karlstar: Beware. Your 'to read' list will explode. :o)

120Karlstar
Aug 23, 2019, 11:28pm Top

>119 clamairy: Too late! So many lists, so many books....

121gilroy
Sep 2, 2019, 1:18pm Top

Okay, so the supernova list and now the brain atrophies list are over on List Challenges for people to take.
Here's the link for the nonfiction list:
https://www.listchallenges.com/111-books-to-read-before-your-brain-atrophies

Fun stats from the supernova list so far:
792 people have checked this off so far. (1480 people have looked it over)
Average checks is 23 books.

Most frequently checked book is 1984. Then Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, Farenheit 451 and Brave new world. Frankenstein rounds out the top 5.

122Morphidae
Sep 2, 2019, 3:12pm Top

>121 gilroy: You are awesome!

123cmbohn
Sep 11, 2019, 5:26am Top

Doubled my count. Now I'm up to 30!

124Morphidae
Sep 11, 2019, 11:09am Top

>123 cmbohn: Whoo hoo!

125MrsLee
Sep 12, 2019, 9:54am Top

Sucked into the lists sight. What have you done to me?!

126gilroy
Sep 12, 2019, 10:26am Top

I'm an innocent. 😁

127-pilgrim-
Sep 12, 2019, 3:17pm Top

And I was another victim..

128Sakerfalcon
Sep 13, 2019, 5:14am Top

I've only read 11, but several of them are on my TBR pile and one or two I was supposed to read at uni but didn't.

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