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message 1: by Mark (last edited Aug 26, 2018 09:55AM) (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 2594 comments As of September 2018, S&L will have selected 16 of 34 Grand Masters for a monthly pick. Nearly halfway.

S&L has read five of the six women named Grand Masters. Jane Yolen to go.

Grand Master Ursula K. Le Guin has been a monthly pick twice.

2018 Peter Beagle
2017 Jane Yolen
2016 C.J. Cherryh, Downbelow Station, 1981, March 2013
2015 Larry Niven, Ringworld, 1970, July 2013
2014 Samuel Delany, The Einstein Intersection, 1967, January 2014
2013 Gene Wolfe, Shadow and Claw, 1994, February 2011
2012 Connie Willis, Doomsday Book, 1992, November 2017
2010 Joe Haldeman, The Forever War, 1974, August 2009
2009 Harry Harrison
2008 Michael Moorcock
2007 James Gunn
2006 Harlan Ellison
2005 Anne McCaffrey, Dragonflight, 1968, April 2013
2004 Robert Silverberg
2003 Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea, 1968, February 2014
---- The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969, July 2017
2001 Philip José Farmer
2000 Brian W. Aldiss, Helliconia Spring, 1982, September 2017
1999 Hal Clement (Harry Stubbs)
1998 Poul Anderson
1997 Jack Vance
1996 A. E. Van Vogt, Slan, 1940, September 2018
1995 Damon Knight
1994 Frederik Pohl, Gateway, 1977, March 2017
1991 Lester Del Rey
1989 Ray Bradbury
1988 Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man, 1953, September 2013
1987 Isaac Asimov, Foundation, 1951, September 2012
1986 Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood's End, 1953, April 2008
1984 Andre Norton, The Time Traders, 1958, July 2016
1981 Fritz Leiber
1979 L. Sprague de Camp
1977 Clifford D. Simak
1976 Jack Williamson
1975 Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, 1966, July 2010

Edit: Added year book published

message 2: by Mark (last edited Aug 24, 2018 11:52AM) (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 2594 comments The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, and Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber have been in the running to be a pick, according to this new page over at the S&L wiki

message 3: by Tasha (new)

Tasha Let's read a Simak book. I love Simak.

message 4: by John (Taloni) (new)

John (Taloni) Taloni (johntaloni) | 4282 comments I read City and while I get the artistry, the nihilism was too much for me. I think that's his style though. Anything actually optimistic or even neutral from Simak?

message 5: by Tasha (new)

Tasha All Flesh is Grass could be considered optimistic...maybe.

message 6: by Tasha (new)

Tasha I may be a little nihilistic myself.

message 7: by Clyde (new)

Clyde (wishamc) | 437 comments John (Taloni) wrote: "... Anything actually optimistic or even neutral from Simak?"

Way Station would fit that requirement I would think.

message 8: by John (Taloni) (last edited Aug 25, 2018 07:59PM) (new)

John (Taloni) Taloni (johntaloni) | 4282 comments ^That looks pretty cool. Adding it to the list.

I also appreciate the referral to All Flesh is Grass. May work that in later.

message 9: by Trike (new)

Trike | 8962 comments I presume someone has the books read ordered by publication date. Can you cut and paste that, just to quench my curiosity?

message 10: by Oleksandr (new)

Oleksandr Zholud Simak sounds like a nice choice

message 11: by Mark (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 2594 comments Trike wrote: "I presume someone has the books read ordered by publication date. Can you cut and paste that, just to quench my curiosity?"

message 12: by Trike (new)

Trike | 8962 comments Mark wrote: "Trike wrote: "I presume someone has the books read ordered by publication date. Can you cut and paste that, just to quench my curiosity?""

You are a scholar and a gentleman, sir. :)

message 13: by Mark (last edited Aug 26, 2018 01:00PM) (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 2594 comments Ok, it took me a while, but I setup the list as a table over at the Sword & Laser wiki, where anyone can edit and update.

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Mark (markmtz) | 2594 comments Now, what other books written by a Grand Master should we read?

How about Harry Harrison's The Stainless Steel Rat?

message 15: by Phil (new)

Phil | 1186 comments Or West of Eden also by Harrison
Dying Inside by Silverberg.
The Dying Earth by Vance.
All the authors listed wrote some great books; it'd be hard to choose.

message 16: by Maclurker (new)

Maclurker | 128 comments Ooh! The Stainless Steel Rat. One of my favorites & not reread in ages. I’m in.

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