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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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 3rd 1997 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published 1985)
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Andrew
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
Jeff
Jun 06, 2014 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Carrie Robinson
I wish this book had been titled, Science Fiction: MY favorite 100 novels. I can see what authors Mr. Pringle likes (Dick, Heinlein, Moorcock, to name a few) and what his taste in sci-fi is and can even probably determine his age, but objectively speaking (if I am in fact, being objective) I think a lot of novels that should have been in the top 100 were left off off his list. Of course we all have our opinions of what the best science fiction is, and if you like science fiction that usually mea ...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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James
This is an excellent overview of some classic science fiction novels. I appreciated the author's recommendation of some less well known authors and their work; for example, The Paradox Men by Charles Harness, which he compares favorably with comparable works by A. E. Van Vogt (one of my personal favorite science fiction authors). For every lesser known work their are several renowned classics listed. The result is a great source for recommendations of novels to read or reread and an excellent pl ...more
Stuart
An excellent, wide-ranging and useful reference for any serious SF fan. It was such a revelation to discover this in high school before the Internet was a reality. The entries on each book are well-written but avoid excessive spoilers. Best of all, Pringle selects such a broad range of sf themes and subgenres, and unearths many neglected but important works that would otherwise remain obscure. I still have yet to read even half of them all, and nobody will agree with all his choices, but that's ...more
Vivek kumar
A very comprehensive list.
Britty Kitty
The writer was very obviously a British snob which was annoying the whole way through the book. Some stories he either sucked at explaining a summary of them, or they are just terrible stories with stupid plots.

He did open my eyes to some books I probably wouldn't have stumbled upon otherwise which is good.

I'm not going to lie, I definitely knew I was going to have a beef with many of the author's opinions when I read that he basically only included an Asimov story because he "had to". Ugh!
Matti
I was very lucky to find this book on a second-hand shop 23 years ago! I like the economic way Pringle writes about noteworthy sf-novels, and I have no big complaints about his choices. It has also been interesting to check which ones have been translated into Finnish. It's naturally a bit outdated by now, ending on the year 1984...
Keith Davis
A tremendously useful reference work that helped me build my collection. The only drawback is that it ends with Necromancer in 1984. An updated edition would be fantastic.
Benjamin Kahn
A good source for science fiction recommendations.
Jason
My bible for disaster SF. Hasn't let me down yet.
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