Earlier this month, NPR published a list of the top 100 Science-Fiction Fantasy books.
Here are their top five, check out their site for more:
- The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
- Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
- The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
- A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
I’ve read 10 of the books on that list so far (at least it gives me something to aspire to!).
The latest book I gave a try on that list was Foundation by Isaac Asimov. I have to say, I wasn’t enthralled.
I only read the first in the multi-part series written by Asimov in the 1950s. He is the same author who brought us I, Robot, the book that was later made into a Will Smith movie.
There is something alluring about reading science fiction from the 1950s. There’s a sense that plots are less derivative and self aware, simply because the genre hadn’t been around as long.
I was drawn in by the publisher’s description of the Galactic Empire where a scientist, Hari Seldon, uses an obscure branch of science, psychohistory, to predict and therefore manipulate history. Seldon promises the leaders of his day (sometime far into the future) that he would be able to reduce 30,000 years of suffering through his techniques.
To read the full text of my review, see it here: http://patch.com/A-l6DG
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