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November 3, 2010

Experts' Experts: 9 great yet largely forgotten sci-fi novels


I'm going to buy and read them one by one, including the one of the nine ("Earth Abides," by George R. Stewart) I've already read.

In the order they appeared in yesterday's Washington Post story:

"Floating Worlds" — Cecelia Holland

"The Cyberiad" — Stanislaw Lem

"Random Acts of Senseless Violence" — Jack Womack


"Dark Universe" — Daniel F. Galouye

"Journey of Joenes" — Robert Sheckley

"We" — Eugene Zamiatin


"Last and First Men" — Olaf Stapledon

"The Listeners" — James Gunn

"Earth Abides" — George F. Stewart



From yesterday's Washington Post: "This article is excerpted from one that appeared in New Scientist magazine. The original is available through www.newscientist.com."

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Joe - time to try that Kindle App for the iPad.

I've bought a number of very expensive "technical" (my profession) books at about 50% off of the hard copy price as ebooks. Given that most of those books will be obsolete / updated within six months - the Kindle is a great tool.

I also did something rather interesting earlier this year - I bought the same book from Audible and in Kindle format. I switched from the Kindle to the audible format when driving. It isn't very difficult to keep the iPod Nano and the Kindle in sync.... I found that to be a really efficient and fun exercise - though I zipped through the book.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Nov 3, 2010 1:34:11 PM

Of note: of the nine, seven are available on Amazon on paper (new or used) at affordable prices (around $10) ; the other two ("Dark Universe" and "Floating Worlds") are $7.99 and $7.19, respectively, for Kindle. Given the choice of atoms or bits for the same price, I still prefer atoms. That could change, though.

Posted by: bookofjoe | Nov 3, 2010 12:45:46 PM

Five of them are available from Amazon in Kindle editions and I just downloaded them to my machine: Floating Worlds, Random Acts of Senseless Violence, Dark Universe, We, Earth Abides.

Posted by: Paul Biba | Nov 3, 2010 10:47:31 AM

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