Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] kadath

According to the Science Fiction Book Club, these are the 50 most significant SF & Fantasy Books of the last 50 Years, 1953-2002. Bold the ones you've read, strike the ones you hated, italicize the ones you couldn't get through, asterisks for the ones you loved (more asterisks, more love), exclamation points for the ones you own.

1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
3. Dune by Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin! (previously owned, don't know where it is now)
6. Neuromancer by William Gibson
7. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke (hm, I might have read it, I forget)
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick (I need to read this one)
9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury*
11. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. (I might have read)
13. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov (might have read?)
14. Children of the Atom by Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight by James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (I don't think I've read anything by him, strangely)
17. Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey! (enjoyed it, but wouldn't say I loved it)
22. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card*! (still one of my faves, though the rest of the series I'm mixed on)
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway by Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (the main thing I liked about this was that it gets kids reading)
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams*!
28. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson*! (just recently, on audiobook)
29. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (I think my mom owned it)
30. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (I think I disliked? I forget)
31. Little, Big by John Crowley
32. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
35. More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke* (I can't remember much of it, but I liked it then)
39. Ringworld by Larry Niven* (OMG yes! I love anything Niven)
40. Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (way too tedious)
42. Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson*! (own abridged audio, afterwards read full version in print)
44. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (much better than the movie)
47. Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (the only way I got through this was I accidentally read the Elfstones first, and yet I have recently wanted to get back into the series.)
49. Timescape by Gregory Benford (read it for a class. science good, characters are 2-D cardboard cutouts)
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer

Just so you know, the Science Fiction Book Club is the one that keeps sending you unsolicited catalogs entirely full of Honor Harrington paperbacks, Star Wars hardcovers, and Stephen King, with half-naked women sprawled over dragons on the cover and an offer of a free pewter wizard figurine with club membership (see order form for details.)

Ask me meme

Dec. 9th, 2008 03:26 pm
asterroc: (doll)
The problem with LJ: We all think we are so close, but really we know nothing about each other.

So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.

(Since this is an public entry, I won't be answering any questions that aren't appropriate for a public audience, content-wise and privacy-wise.)

Meme from [livejournal.com profile] rumorofrain.
I've done this one before, with the same results, though I think the questions were slightly different.

cut for results )


Sep. 9th, 2008 02:58 pm
Just for you [livejournal.com profile] meleah, it's the Large Hadron Rap. Show it to your kids - I'm probably going to show it to mine tomorrow.

If you're looking for a short sci-fi read, give this one a whirl.


Jun. 6th, 2008 10:47 pm
You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You have:

1. one weapon.
2. one song blasting on the speakers.
3. one famous person to fight alongside you.

Weapon can be real or fictional, you may assume endless ammo if applicable. Person can be real or fictional.

1) The Vorpal Sword
2) Circle by Suzy K
3) Boy Blue from Fables. He's a mofo with that Vorpal Sword. All I'd have to do is sit back and watch - presuming he thought me worth saving.

1930's Wife

Jun. 6th, 2008 05:39 pm


As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Poor (Failure)

Take the test!

"Puts her cold feet on husband at night to warm them."

Ah, the quintessential sign of a good wife!



As a 1930s husband, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

The tests are quite unbalanced, as would be expected for the 1930's.
Made by the Aussies, it's a greenhouse gas calculator - it determines how much CO_2 you produce in a year (3 tonnes per year per person is the sustainable amount, 24 is the average Aussie), and therefore when you should kill yourself so you don't use more than your fair share.

I produce 15.0 tonnes of CO_2 per year (according to their calculator), and therefore I should die at age 15.4. At least I'm better than average! :-P

Image Meme

May. 30th, 2008 12:08 pm
1. Think of the first word that comes to mind when you think of me.

2. Go to Google Images and search for that word.

3. Reply to this post with one of the pictures on the first page of results (don't tell me the word).

4. Do this in your own LJ, if you wish.

Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] amavia.
This meme was originally titled "what maketh a man?" but being who I am, I preferred "what maketh a mensch?" - mensch is Yiddish with a literal meaning of man, but a figurative meaning of "good human being" so it seemed perfect. Meme comes from here, where Caveblogem does (mostly unscientific) "meme studies", so if you do it, please post a link for him there.

Bold what you can do. )

Nothing says you have to be able to do them *well*...
It's a kitty playing a theramin. This one's for you, [livejournal.com profile] kelsin. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jmgold/[livejournal.com profile] jmgold42.

So I read half of this "wikihistory" page when [livejournal.com profile] kadath posted about it, and now upon [livejournal.com profile] jrtom's reposting I finished it. Can it *get* any better than that? Wikis, time travel, Hitler, and Robert's Rules of Order!
Icon seen on [livejournal.com profile] math_jokes, owned by [livejournal.com profile] supamikeymon

Either you spewed your drinks, or you need to take more Math.

Meme time!

Feb. 20th, 2008 05:38 pm
Invented by [livejournal.com profile] etaoin_shrdlu, passed on by [livejournal.com profile] jennekirby. Feel free to post anonymously if you don't want who you are known, since this post is public.

"You wake up one morning and discover that you got knocked in the head and are suffering from amnesia regarding the last... let's say five years. As far as your memories are concerned, it's February 2003. Someone close to you sits down with you and gives you a summary of who you are right now -- all of your activities, your relationships, and your interests.

"What would be the biggest surprise? Would you be pleased?"

Finally a version that links to the actual quiz and not a dating site.

Edit: and just spotted the ad in there and removed it. Dur.



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