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.
I’ve been there! Sure, being a print reporter on Hurricane coverage is largely a thankless job (especially if you’re just providing the feeds), but there’s a certain amount of excitement that comes along with it as well.
I’m a multimedia journalist who, when not reporting, writing, taking photos or producing, is a pop culture junkie. Though I have a lot of guilty pleasures (think Jersey Shore and store-bought buttercream cookies), I also enjoy reading anything I can get my hands on.