Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Best SF&F of -- 1999!

Here's an interesting historical artifact: Barnes and Noble's list of the top science fiction and fantasy books of the year -- from 10 years ago: Best SF&F of 1999
  1. Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
  2. Neil Gaiman, Stardust
  3. Robert J. Sawyer, Flashforward
  4. Michael Crichton, Timeline
  5. Orson Scott Card, Ender's Shadow
  6. Elizabeth Haydon, Rhapsody
  7. Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, Dune: House Atreides
  8. Brian Jacques, Marlfox: A Tale from Redwall
  9. L.E. Modesitt Jr., Gravity Dreams
  10. Guy Gavriel Kay, Sailing to Sarantium
  11. George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
  12. Vernor Vinge, A Deepness in the Sky
  13. Richard Bowes, Minions of the Moon
  14. Elizabeth Hand, Black Light
  15. Frank M. Robinson, Waiting
  16. Terry Goodkind, Soul of the Fire
  17. Ken MacLeod, The Cassini Division
  18. Brendan DuBois, Resurrection Day
  19. Ben Bova, Return to Mars
  20. Sean McMullen, Souls in the Great Machine
  21. Thomas Harlan, The Shadow of Ararat
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At December 13, 2009 9:35 PM , Blogger K. W. Ramsey said...

Hmmm... ok lets see, read the top two, very good books, going to read number 3 after the first season of the show is over (always read the book after seeing the play/movie/show based off of it to avoid disappointment). Ender's Shadow was good but nowhere near as good as Ender's Game. Same the movie for Timeline, and well, meh, so might pick it up at some point but no huge rush. Love Gravity Dreams by L.E. Modesitt Jr, but then I like just about all of his sci-fi and a good portion of his fantasy. The two best books to read by him, in my opinion, are The Parafaith War and The Magic of Recluse. I've read the entire Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, which Clash of Kings is part of, and I've read The Peace War by Vernor Vinge and have just purchased Rainbows End, so I may have to check out A Deepness in the Sky at some point. I'm actually surprised there's nothing on that list by David Weber.

Hmm... so many good books out there, so little time to read. I swear I need to clone myself a few times and get each clone a job so I can skim from each one enough cash to live and read books. :)


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