August 14th, 2004

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Classic SF&F

Being unsatisfied with the SF book meme that I did earlier, I've decided to do something of my own.

Here's a list of SF&F novels that won the Hugo or Nebula award (or both) before 1985. (I'm going to include the retro Hugos as well.) I choose this arbitrary cut-off date as that is the year I graduated from High School and was, therefore, still in the Golden Age of SF&F (which is defined, I am told, as anywhere from 8 to 18 years old). These are what I am calling "classic" SF&F.

I'm going to use this as a reading list, so I'll just mark those that I've read with strong emphasis. And since this list is, actually, pretty short, I'll not give it an lj-cut.

1. ...And Call Me Conrad, by Roger Zelazny (also called This Immortal)
2. Babel-17, by Samuel R. Delany
3. The Big Time, by Fritz Leiber
4. A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
5. A Case of Conscience, by James Blish
6. The Claw of the Conciliator, by Gene Wolfe
7. The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester
8. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin
9. Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein
10. Downbelow Station, by C.J. Cherryh
11. Dreamsnake, by Vonda McIntyre
12. Dune, by Frank Herbert
13. The Einstein Intersection, by Samuel R. Delany
14. Farenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
15. Farmer in the Sky, by Robert A. Heinlein
16. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
17. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
18. Foundation's Edge, by Isaac Asimov
19. The Fountains of Paradise, by Arthur C. Clarke
20. Gateway, by Frederik Pohl
21. The Gods Themselves, by Isaac Asimov
22. The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
23. Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny
24. The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
25. Man Plus, by Frederik Pohl
26. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein
27. The Mule, by Isaac Asimov
28. No Enemy but Time, by Michael Bishop
29. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
30. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
31. Rite of Passage, by Alexei Panshin
32. The Snow Queen, by Joan D. Vinge
33. Stand on Zanzibar, by John Brunner
34. Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein
35. Startide Rising, by David Brin
36. Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein
37. They'd Rather Be Right, by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley (Currently sold as The Forever Machine)
38. A Time of Changes, by Robert Silverberg
39. Timescape, by Gregory Benford
40. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, by Philip Jose Farmer
41. The Wanderer, by Fritz Leiber
42. Way Station, by Clifford Simak
43. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, by Kate Wilhelm

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Non-Irish Night, breakfast musings

I was hoping to get over to the Minnesota Irish Fair Friday night. See local boys, The Tim Malloys, and the night's headliner, Gaelic Storm, before heading in to work. Maybe squeeze in a pint or two (always a good thing before work, I find). But, alas, sleep and food won out over drink and music. I did get to watch a chunk of baseball (the Twins winning over Seattle when I had to leave) and had myself some tomato sandwiches and a banana for dinner.

I have another tomato in the fridge and I'm thinking of making myself another omelette for breakfast this morning. Or, now that I think about it, maybe I'll use a banana. Banana omelette? Banana crepe, sure, but that's way more fussy than I want to be get when I get home from work. Hmm. Banana omelette. Maybe do a Bananas Foster kinda thing. With eggs.


No, I think the tomato will be the better way to go. See if I can scrape up an onion from somewhere. Or some sausage. Hey, I'm getting close to my regular order at Al's Breakfast, the Leonard, an omelette with tomato, sausage and cheddar. Yes, I think that's the ticket, run up to a grocery, pick up some sausage and cheese, get gas for the car on the way home, make omelette, consume and sleep.

Excellent plan.
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