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Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels : An English-Language Selection, 1949-1984

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From one of the best editors in science fiction, this lively and authoritative guide will appeal to both newcomers and connoisseurs of the genre. Informative and readable, Pringle's choices focus on landmarks by Ray Bradbury, Alfred Bester, and J. G. Ballard, unearth such lesser-known talents as Ian Watson, Octavia Butler, and Joanna Russ, and highlight breakthrough novels ...more
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Published December 3rd 1997 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published 1985)
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Stuart
Jan 31, 2016 Stuart rated it it was amazing
This book was such a great guide for me growing up in Hawaii. Without any real SF fan community, conventions, or the Internet, there really weren’t many places to get good SF reading tips. Of course I knew every bookstore in town, both new and used. So I didn’t have trouble finding the big names like Clarke, Heinlein, Asimov, etc. And then I found a list of all the Hugo and Nebula winners for Best Novel, and made it my mission to track down every one of these books in the used stacks. But I didn ...more
Andrew
Apr 01, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Ok I am biased - now I am not agreeing with David Pringles comments completely ( he does come down with some damming comments on some of my longest loved Authors) but I love how this book is laid out and its content. Yes its FULL of SPOILERS - since it gives a couple of pages overview to the entire storyline of the books mentioned. I love that ok - I love to read a book even when I know the ending - for me its the ride not just the destination - so shoot me! But there are numerous books I had re ...more
Roddy Williams
This is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of literary SF. Pringle has selected 100 novels which, for one reason or another, are considered classics and provides an in depth review of each.
Of course, no one is ever going to choose the same 100 novels for such a purpose and there are bound to be eyebrows raised from some quarters at some of the choices. (I would have left out the Asimov selection for instance which Pringle admits in the review was only included out of respe
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Jeff
Jun 06, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for classic SF
Recommended to Jeff by: the urge to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new writers and new fictionalizations
I feel as if Pringle and i are kindred spirits. He created a list of the 100 BEST science fiction novels yet most of his discussions are quite negative nancyish. It reminds me of my review of SF Hall of Fame, vol 1 (a childhood fave), to which someone commented something like, "This is possibly the most negative 4-star review i've ever read." I laughed, i smiled, i saw myself through another's eyes. That's kinda what i look for and love most about SF and about talking about books, moments of ins ...more
Tim
Mar 30, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed reading about many high points in the realm of Science Fiction, with a British twist. Looking forward to readings some of the reviewed books.
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