chose from this list my next few books

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You guys like to read, read this.
I downloaded someones top 100 sifi books of all time,
I removed the ones I've read, give me your top 5, so I know were to start.
I would like your choices, The ones that show up the most will be my next few books

2 - Dune - Frank Herbert - 1965
3- Foundation - Isaac Asimov - 1951
4 - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - 1979
6 - Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A Heinlein - 1961
7 - Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - 1954
8 - 2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C Clarke - 1968
9 - Starship Troopers - Robert A Heinlein - 1959
10 - I, Robot - Isaac Asimov - 1950
12 - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K Dick - 1968
13 - Ringworld - Larry Niven - 1970
14 - Rendezvous With Rama - Arthur C Clarke - 1973
15 - Hyperion - Dan Simmons - 1989
16 - Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - 1932
17 - The Time Machine - H G Wells - 1895
18 - Childhood's End - Arthur C Clarke - 1954
19 - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A Heinlein - 1966
20 - The War of the Worlds - H G Wells - 1898
21 - The Forever War - Joe Haldeman - 1974
22 - The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury - 1950
23 - Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut - 1969
24 - Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson - 1992
25 - The Mote in God's Eye - Niven & Pournelle - 1975
26 - The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K Le Guin - 1969
29 - The Man in the High Castle - Philip K Dick - 1962
30 - The Caves of Steel - Isaac Asimov - 1954
31 - The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester - 1956
32 - Gateway - Frederik Pohl - 1977
33 - Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny - 1967
34 - Solaris - Lem Stanislaw - 1961
35 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne - 1870
36 - A Wrinkle in Time - Madelein L'Engle - 1962
37 - Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut - 1963
40 - The Gods Themselves - Isaac Asimov - 1972
41 - A Fire Upon the Deep - Vernor Vinge - 1991
42 - Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson - 1999
43 - The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham - 1951
44 - UBIK - Philip K Dick - 1969
45 - Time Enough For Love - Robert A Heinlein - 1973
46 - A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess - 1962
47 - Red Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson - 1992
48 - Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
49 - A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M Miller - 1959
50 - The End of Eternity - Isaac Asimov - 1955
51 - Battlefield Earth - L Ron Hubbard - 1982
52 - Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - 1818
53 - Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne - 1864
54 - The Dispossessed - Ursula K Le Guin - 1974
55 - The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson - 1995
56 - The Player of Games - Iain M Banks - 1988
57 - The Reality Dysfunction - Peter F Hamilton - 1996
58 - Startide Rising - David Brin - 1983
59 - The Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut - 1959
60 - Eon - Greg Bear - 1985
62 - To Your Scattered Bodies Go - Philip Jose Farmer - 1971
63 - A Scanner Darkly - Philip K Dick - 1977
64 - Lucifer's Hammer - Niven & Pournell - 1977
65 - The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - 1985
66 - The City and the Stars - Arthur C Clark - 1956
67 - The Stainless Steel Rat - Harry Harrison - 1961
68 - The Demolished Man - Alfred Bester - 1953
69 - The Shadow of the Torturer - Gene Wolfe - 1980
71 - The Door Into Summer - Robert A Heinlein - 1957
72 - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - Philip K Dick - 1964
73 - Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds - 2000
74 - Citizen of the Galaxy - Robert A Heinlein - 1957
75 - Doomsday Book - Connie Willis - 1992
76 - Ilium - Dan Simmons - 2003
77 - The Invisible Man - H G Wells - 1897
78 - Have Space-Suit Will Travel - Robert A Heinlein - 1958
79 - The Puppet Masters - Robert A Heinlein - 1951
80 - Out of the Silent Planet - C S Lewis - 1938
81 - A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs - 1912
82 - The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K Le Guin - 1971
83 - Use of Weapons - Iain M Banks - 1990
84 - The Chrysalids - John Wyndham - 1955
85 - Way Station - Clifford Simak - 1963
86 - Flatland - Edwin A Abbott - 1884
87 - Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan - 2002
88 - Old Man's War - John Scalzi - 2005
91 - The Postman - David Brin - 1985
93 - VALIS - Philip K Dick - 1981
96 - The Lost World - Arthur Conan Doyle - 1912
97 - The Many-Colored Land - Julian May - 1981
98 - Gray Lensman - E E 'Doc' Smith - 1940
99 - The Uplift War - David Brin - 1987
 
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The Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut - 1959
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A Heinlein - 1961
2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C Clarke - 1968
Starship Troopers - Robert A Heinlein - 1959
Hyperion - Dan Simmons - 1989
The War of the Worlds - H G Wells - 1898
Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton - 1990
Old Man's War - John Scalzi - 2005
The Road - Cormac McCarthy - 2006

These are all the ones I've read on that list. I enjoyed them all. Out of them, hmmmmm. In no particular order.

Old Man's War - John Scalzi - 2005 (This is great, meet strange new aliens, kill them)
2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C Clarke - 1968 (Can be a little slow)
Starship Troopers - Robert A Heinlein - 1959 (Nothing like the movie)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (this is ridiculously silly)
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A Heinlein - 1961 (This can be a hard read)


The Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut - 1959
Reading this now and really enjoying it.
 

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Those are the only ones I have read on that list. I liked them all. There are several others that I do want to read myself.
 

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thanks BIV, I have read the road and Jurassic Park, not sure how I didn't see those. I removed them, but the 5 you picked for me are ones i've never got around to or never heard of before, going on short list. I voted for Sirens on the pole, I keep coming up 2nd
 

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Sooo many good ones on that list.....
Hitchhikers Guide - Douglas Adams is great
Good to see old old authors on that list
Frankenstein ....My great great great great aunt would be happy that she's in that list...
Flowers for Algernon is an easy read...(I read it in school in 7th grade)
Princess Of Mars is the John Carter of Mars Story (it was a pulp published in magazines)
Martian Chronicles is Great.
Brave New World is Great
 

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Hitchhiker would be my first on that list. Also, any Heinlein.
 

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I would say the best of that list is The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, Childhood's End and The Mote In God's Eye.
 

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I feel like his list is a bit limited in terms of authors, but I read about 15-20 of them, and I know of plenty of others (the big name classics)

I'll give you 5:

Foundation - Isaac Asimov: Dude invents a science called Psychohistory that can predict that future.

Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson: Cyberpunk future. Virtual reality. Computer virus that can kill you in real life. This book will shock you because you've probably read or seen a good 50 books/movies that basically steal tons of shit from this. Together with Neuromancer by William Gibson, it is probably the most influential cyberpunk novel there is.

The Reality Dysfunction - Peter F. Hamilton: Oh boy... How do I describe this without spoiling it? It's the most epic fusion of science fiction and fantasy/supernatural that I know. Hard science fiction combined with crazy otherworldly shit.

Ilium - Dan Simmons: Humans are extinct. Earth is dead. Sentient machines called Moravecs live on the Jovian moons. One day they look at Earth with their powerful telescope and see... The Greek God Apollo riding his golden chariot across the sky. They send two Moravecs to investigate.

And two for the lovers of proper SCIENCE fiction:

Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephson: All about cryptography. In World War 2 and in modern times. Spectacular book and one of my top 5 sci-fi of all time. But be prepared for lots of math. It's basically about a unit in WWII that performs counterespionage to prevent the Nazis from discovering that the allies cracked the Enigma machine.

Red Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson: Humans colonize Mars. In great details. And I mean GREAT detail. Everything from geology and terraforming to medical science and politics. If we colonize Mars for real, this is how it'll happen. I'm sure of it.
 

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Anybody who hasn't read this is qweeb and/or qway...

 

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That sounds good too. I wish listed it and Killing Rommel. You read it?
Matter of fact... I saw that as I was looking up the Gates... Amazon... aaaaaaaaaaaand... there it is on my kindle.

I loves me the modernistic techmologies.
 

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I feel like his list is a bit limited in terms of authors, but I read about 15-20 of them, and I know of plenty of others (the big name classics)

Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson: Cyberpunk future. Virtual reality. Computer virus that can kill you in real life. This book will shock you because you've probably read or seen a good 50 books/movies that basically steal tons of shit from this. Together with Neuromancer by William Gibson, it is probably the most influential cyberpunk novel there is.
Neuromancer was #11 on this list, One of the few books I have just gave up reading, made it 50-60% and just could give a shit about anyone.
 

TomC

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it would help me out if you guys could also give me the list # also. Thanks also for this, its not the usual "what should i read" I now have the books on this list downloaded and was just needing someone to help point the way.
 
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I am not trying to be an asshole or snotty..this is just how I am and the OCD I have ..I would would have to go with the oldest authors on that list and work my way forward in years... I do like the stuff from the 40's, 50's, and 60's where some of the writers thought we would still be using tubes and huge radios and other technology of the time...while others foresaw that we would miniaturize stuff and make view screens..and the move from stored electricity to nuclear..etc..
Sorry....
#4, 52, 48, 81, 22, 16
 

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Neuromancer was #11 on this list, One of the few books I have just gave up reading, made it 50-60% and just could give a shit about anyone.
It's definitely the less accessible of the two. Snow Crash might be more to your liking. It's a bit more pulpy and fun.
 

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I've read all of these save two of them. The best is 49 Canticle for Leibowitz. Next is Fahrenheit 451, cats cradle, slaughterhouse 5, and brave new world (no particular order on these).
 

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done i,Robot- what did the movie have to do with the book? Wow.
done Hitchhiker- think I will start on with the sequel next
 

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Ilium - Dan Simmons: Humans are extinct. Earth is dead. Sentient machines called Moravecs live on the Jovian moons. One day they look at Earth with their powerful telescope and see... The Greek God Apollo riding his golden chariot across the sky. They send two Moravecs to investigate.
Way to give him a preview to only one-third of the plot, Neon. And you failed to tell him that he'd have to brush up on his Shakespeare, Proust, and Homer before reading it.

My picks:

Dune
Hyperion
War of the Worlds
Brave New World
Stranger in a Strange Land

Damn -- too many must-reads.