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Cool. A meme. A list: SF Masterworks

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I started buying these in, I think, their second year. I have all of the numbered series – that’s up to 73 – but I plan to buy the new ones in the relaunched series. Anyway, apparently, there’s a meme doing the rounds. It’s clearly come from the SF and Fantasy Masterworks Reading Project (an excellent idea, by the way, chaps and chapesses), but a few others have picked it up. And I thought… why not? The ones in bold I’ve read. The ones in italics I have yet to buy.

II The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K Le Guin
V A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M Miller, Jr
X The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham

1 The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
2 I Am Legend Richard, Matheson
3 Cities in Flight, James Blish
4 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K Dick
5 The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
6 Babel-17, Samuel R Delany
7 Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
8 The Fifth Head of Cerberus, Gene Wolfe
9 Gateway, Frederik Pohl
10 The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
11 Last and First Men, Olaf Stapledon
12 Earth Abides, George R Stewart
13 Martian Time-Slip, Philip K Dick
14 The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
15 Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
16 The Dispossessed, Ursula K Le Guin
17 The Drowned World, JG Ballard
18 The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut
19 Emphyrio, Jack Vance
20 A Scanner Darkly, Philip K Dick
21 Star Maker, Olaf Stapledon
22 Behold the Man, Michael Moorcock
23 The Book of Skulls, Robert Silverberg
24 The War of the Worlds, HG Wells
25 Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
26 Ubik, Philip K Dick
27 Timescape, Gregory Benford
28 More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
29 Man Plus, Frederik Pohl
30 A Case of Conscience, James Blish
31 The Centauri Device, M John Harrison
32 Dr Bloodmoney, Philip K Dick
33 Non-Stop, Brian Aldiss
34 The Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C Clarke
35 Pavane, Keith Roberts
36 Now Wait for Last Year, Philip K Dick
37 Nova, Samuel R Delany
38 The First Men in the Moon, HG Wells
39 The City and the Stars, Arthur C Clarke
40 Blood Music, Greg Bear
41 Jem, Frederik Pohl
42 Bring the Jubilee, Ward Moore
43 VALIS, Philip K Dick
44 The Lathe of Heaven, Ursula K Le Guin
45 The Complete Roderick, John Sladek
46 Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, Philip K Dick
47 The Invisible Man, HG Wells
48 Grass, Sheri S Tepper
49 A Fall of Moondust, Arthur C Clarke
50 Eon, Greg Bear
51 The Shrinking Man, Richard Matheson
52 The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Philip K. Dick
53 The Dancers at the End of Time, Michael Moorcock
54 The Space Merchants, Frederik Pohl and Cyril M Kornbluth
55 Time Out of Joint, Philip K Dick
56 Downward to the Earth, Robert Silverberg
57 The Simulacra, Philip K Dick
58 The Penultimate Truth, Philip K Dick
59 Dying Inside, Robert Silverberg
60 Ringworld, Larry Niven
61 The Child Garden, Geoff Ryman
62 Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
63 A Maze of Death, Philip K Dick
64 Tau Zero, Poul Anderson
65 Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C Clarke
66 Life During Wartime, Lucius Shepard
67 Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm
68 Roadside Picnic, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
69 Dark Benediction, Walter M Miller, Jr
70 Mockingbird, Walter Tevis
71 Dune, Frank Herbert
72 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Robert A Heinlein
73 The Man in the High Castle, Philip K Dick
74 Inverted World, Christopher Priest
75 Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
76 The Island of Dr Moreau, HG Wells
77 Childhood’s End, Arthur C Clarke
78 The Time Machine, HG Wells
79 Dhalgren, Samuel R Delany
80 Helliconia, Brian Aldiss
81 Food of the Gods, HG Wells
82 The Body Snatchers, Jack Finney
83 The Female Man, Joanna Russ
84 Arslan, MJ Engh

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6 thoughts on “Cool. A meme. A list: SF Masterworks

  1. That’s an impressive number of the series that you have read Ian.

    You do intend to read every one of them then?

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  3. Again, I’m including ones I’ve read/have even if they’re not Masterworks editions:

    II The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K Le Guin
    V A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M Miller, Jr
    X The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham

    1 The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
    2 I Am Legend Richard, Matheson
    3 Cities in Flight, James Blish
    4 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K Dick
    5 The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
    6 Babel-17, Samuel R Delany
    7 Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
    8 The Fifth Head of Cerberus, Gene Wolfe
    9 Gateway, Frederik Pohl
    10 The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
    11 Last and First Men, Olaf Stapledon
    12 Earth Abides, George R Stewart
    13 Martian Time-Slip, Philip K Dick
    14 The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
    15 Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
    16 The Dispossessed, Ursula K Le Guin
    17 The Drowned World, JG Ballard
    18 The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut
    19 Emphyrio, Jack Vance
    20 A Scanner Darkly, Philip K Dick
    21 Star Maker, Olaf Stapledon
    22 Behold the Man, Michael Moorcock
    23 The Book of Skulls, Robert Silverberg
    24 The War of the Worlds, HG Wells
    25 Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
    26 Ubik, Philip K Dick
    27 Timescape, Gregory Benford
    28 More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
    29 Man Plus, Frederik Pohl
    30 A Case of Conscience, James Blish
    31 The Centauri Device, M John Harrison
    32 Dr Bloodmoney, Philip K Dick
    33 Non-Stop, Brian Aldiss
    34 The Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C Clarke
    35 Pavane, Keith Roberts
    36 Now Wait for Last Year, Philip K Dick
    37 Nova, Samuel R Delany
    38 The First Men in the Moon, HG Wells
    39 The City and the Stars, Arthur C Clarke
    40 Blood Music, Greg Bear
    41 Jem, Frederik Pohl
    42 Bring the Jubilee, Ward Moore
    43 VALIS, Philip K Dick
    44 The Lathe of Heaven, Ursula K Le Guin
    45 The Complete Roderick, John Sladek
    46 Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, Philip K Dick
    47 The Invisible Man, HG Wells
    48 Grass, Sheri S Tepper
    49 A Fall of Moondust, Arthur C Clarke
    50 Eon, Greg Bear
    51 The Shrinking Man, Richard Matheson
    52 The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Philip K. Dick
    53 The Dancers at the End of Time, Michael Moorcock
    54 The Space Merchants, Frederik Pohl and Cyril M Kornbluth
    55 Time Out of Joint, Philip K Dick
    56 Downward to the Earth, Robert Silverberg
    57 The Simulacra, Philip K Dick
    58 The Penultimate Truth, Philip K Dick
    59 Dying Inside, Robert Silverberg
    60 Ringworld, Larry Niven
    61 The Child Garden, Geoff Ryman
    62 Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
    63 A Maze of Death, Philip K Dick
    64 Tau Zero, Poul Anderson
    65 Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C Clarke
    66 Life During Wartime, Lucius Shepard
    67 Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm
    68 Roadside Picnic, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
    69 Dark Benediction, Walter M Miller, Jr
    70 Mockingbird, Walter Tevis
    71 Dune, Frank Herbert
    72 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Robert A Heinlein
    73 The Man in the High Castle, Philip K Dick
    74 Inverted World, Christopher Priest
    75 Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
    76 The Island of Dr Moreau, HG Wells
    77 Childhood’s End, Arthur C Clarke
    78 The Time Machine, HG Wells
    79 Dhalgren, Samuel R Delany
    80 Helliconia, Brian Aldiss
    81 Food of the Gods, HG Wells
    82 The Body Snatchers, Jack Finney
    83 The Female Man, Joanna Russ
    84 Arslan, MJ Engh

  4. I’ve 21 left to read, so I thought I’d just include the ones I haven’t read:

    46 – Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said – Philip K. Dick
    47 – The Invisible Man – H. G. Wells
    48 – Grass – Sheri S. Tepper
    49 – A Fall of Moondust – Arthur C. Clarke

    52 – The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch – Philip K. Dick
    53 – The Dancers at the End of Time – Michael Moorcock
    56 – Downward to the Earth – Robert Silverberg
    58 – The Penultimate Truth – Philip K. Dick

    62 – Mission of Gravity – Hal Clement
    67 – Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang – Kate Wilhelm
    68 – Roadside Picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
    70 – Mockingbird – Walter Tevis

    74 – Inverted World – Christopher Priest (5/2010)
    75 – Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut (5/2010)
    76 – The Island of Dr Moreau – H.G. Wells (6/2010)
    79 – Dhalgren – Samuel R. Delany (7/2010)
    80 – Helliconia – Brian Aldiss (8/2010)

    81 – The Food of the Gods – H.G. Wells (9/2010)
    82 – The Body Snatchers – Jack Finney (10/2010)
    83 – The Female Man – Joanna Russ (11/2010)
    84 – Arslan – M.J. Engh (12/2010)

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