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oo, Sci-Fi / Fantasy book meme!

I’m still catching up from being in MN last week for the SERC workshop, so I’m a bit behind on participating in the NPR sci-fi / fantasy book meme. ¬† But this is one of my favorite genres (is it really two???), so better late than never ūüôā

Previous participants:

The basic rules, get the list here or¬†at NPR, bold the books you’ve read.

Note:¬†NPR did not include “children’s fiction” so some of my all time favorites are missing. ¬† I also seem to read quite a bit more “girly fantasy” than is represented on this list…

My count: 24


1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien РI only got through ~50 pages & was recently scorned by an 11-year old who had read the series MULTIPLE TIMES


2.¬†The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams


3.¬†Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card


4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert


5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin


6. 1984, by George Orwell


7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury


8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov


9.¬†Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley – I was “forced” to read this for a GS badge in high school; really, really did not like it


10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman


11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman Рpeople keep stealing my copy!


12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan


13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell


14.¬†Neuromancer, by William Gibson – OC’s favorite author, so it was lying around


15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore


16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov


17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein


18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss Рread about 10 pages before just abandoing


19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut Рsomewhere I have pics of the appropriate section of Dresden


20.¬†Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley – volcanic eruption lead to this book ūüôā


21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick


22.¬†The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood


23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King


24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke


25. The Stand, by Stephen King


26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson


27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury


28.¬†Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut


29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman


30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess


31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein


32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams


33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey


34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein


35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller


36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells


37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne


38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys


39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells


40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny


41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings


42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley


43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson


44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven


45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin


46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien


47.¬†The Once And Future King, by T.H. White – I have a copy bouncing around somewhere…


48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman


49.¬†Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke


50. Contact, by Carl Sagan


51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons


52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman


53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson


54. World War Z, by Max Brooks


55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle


56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman


57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett


58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson


59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold


60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett


61.¬†The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle


62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind


63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy


64.¬†Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke – could not get past 100 pages…


65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson


66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist


67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks


68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard


69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb


70.¬†The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger


71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson


72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne


73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore


74.¬†Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi


75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson


76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke


77.¬†The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey


78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin


79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury


80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire РI finished it but swore never to pick up another book from Maguire ever again


81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson


82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde


83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks


84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart


85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson


86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher


87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe


88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn


89.¬†The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan – its on my iThingy unread…


90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock


91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury


92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley


93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge


94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov


95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson – started the first one then purposely set it free on a plane


96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle


97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis


98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville


99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony


100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis


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Lockwood started it. (I got it from Callan.)   He grabs two new lists from National Geographic: the Ten Most Visited National Parks and the Ten Least Visited National Parks. Says he: Bold the ones you have visited, and italicize the ones you’ve never heard of before.

Most visited:
10: Glacier
9: Acadia
8: Grand Teton
7:¬†Cuyahoga Valley (I have absolutely no idea where this is…)
6: Rocky Mountain
5: Olympic
4: Yellowstone
3: Yosemite
2: Grand Canyon
1: Great Smokey Mountains

Least Visited:
10: City of Rocks NR, Idaho
9: Cumberland Island NS, Georgia
8: Florissant Fossil Beds NM, Colorado
7: Chiricahua NM, Arizona
6: Tonto NM, Arizona
5: Dry Tortugas NP, Florida
4: Katmai NP & Preserve, Alaska
3: Kalaupapa NHP, Hawaii
2: Hagerman Fossil Beds NM, Idaho (we went during field camp–they were actually working on digging the horse bones up and we stood in the hot sun watching for a bit)
1: Russel Cave NM, Alabama

My conclusion: I need to visit more National Parks / Monuments. ¬† I’ve hit a ridiculous number of the historical ones on the east coast (my mother has worked as a ranger in several around Boston and drags us to others on vacation), but I need to plan a trip to see more of the “scenic geology” ones ūüôā

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