What do you think Are the Best Classic Fantasy And Science Fiction Books and Stories of All Time?

  1. Joshua Keeling

    Joshua Keeling New Member

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    The Word For World Is Forest by Ursula K Leguin.

    Eye in the Sky, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and VALIS by Philip K Dick.

    We Who Are About To... by Joanna Russ

    All are books I've read in the last few years, and which stuck with me. I think it's something about their unflinching way of looking at humanity with a wry, dark humour that doesn't omit the capacity for a person to be 'bad' or make mistakes. Great reads.
     
  2. steffthecat

    steffthecat Science fiction fantasy

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  3. Robert Armstrong

    Robert Armstrong New Member

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    I will forever choose The Forever War.
     
  4. Extollager

    Extollager Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to Chrons, Robert Armstrong!
     
  5. SPoots

    SPoots Well-Known Member

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    Almost anything by Terry Pratchett, praise be unto him.
     
  6. SPoots

    SPoots Well-Known Member

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    In my opinion, Dune is the greatest sci-fi novel ever written.

    That wasn't written by Terry Pratchett of course.
     
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  7. svalbard

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    Duncton Wood by William Horwood. First read it when I was 15, and it made quite an impression after reading dozens of sword and sorcery books. At the time it struck me as a grown up version of Watership Down(which is not fair). Both are equally impressive and important works.

    Of course there will always be LOTR and The Hobbit, although my enjoyment of them has diminished over the years for varying reasons they still hold a special place in my heart.

    Can I mention Don Quixote. Not fantasy but magical and moving.
     
  8. BAYLOR

    BAYLOR There Are Always new Things to Learn.

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    Dune is to science fiction what Lord of The Rings is to Fantasy.:cool:
     
  9. SPoots

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    For me, Dune wins over Lord of the Rings in that I find it more readable and accessible.
    Lord of the Rings wins over Dune by having more than one book in the series that's really good.
     
  10. Cathbad

    Cathbad Level 30 Geek Master

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    I dunno... Jabberwocky was pretty darn good!
     
  11. LeonDaydreamer

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    Did anyone mention The Hobbit?
    It was my favorite book in high school, and still is one of my favorites. I think to this day, it is the only book I read three times. Couldn't stand the first movie, though. I was looking forward to it, but it was just all wrong. I can't say I have much interest in checking out the other two.
     
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  12. BAYLOR

    BAYLOR There Are Always new Things to Learn.

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    An excellent choice and welcome to Chrons.:)
     
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  13. LeonDaydreamer

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    Thanks! : )
     
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  14. Bick

    Bick A Member of the Forum

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    Don't! They are all kinds of wrong.
     
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  15. Cathbad

    Cathbad Level 30 Geek Master

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    3 movies for a 200 page book. Sheesh.
     
  16. BAYLOR

    BAYLOR There Are Always new Things to Learn.

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    So they stretched things out a little. What's the big deal? :D
     
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