Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Science fiction lists

I don't know much about this Phobos Entertainment, but I enjoyed looking over their 100 Science Fiction Books you just have to read! list. Mostly because I read many of the books here (although I don't agree with the placement.) Here's their top 10:

1. Childhood's End Written by Arthur C. Clarke
2. Foundation Written by Isaac Asimov
3. Dune Written by Frank Herbert
4. Man in the High Castle Written by Philip K. Dick
5. Starship Troopers Written by Robert A. Heinlein
6. Valis Written by Philip K. Dick
7. Frankenstein Written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
8. Gateway Written by Frederick Pohl
9. Space Merchants Written by C.M. Kornbluth & Frederick Pohl
10. Earth Abides Written by George R. Stewart

They have descriptions with each book. Here's the one for Childhood's End:
Before you praise Independence Day for menacing Earth with city-sized flying saucers, credit Clarke’s Overlords for paving the way in Childhood’s End. This meditative novel is somewhat short on space battles and malevolent aliens, but makes up for it in the end when mankind takes that final, staggering evolutionary leap. An amazing read.

They also have a list of 50 science fiction films you just have to see. The top 10 there are:

1. Star Wars Directed by George Lucas
2. Metropolis Directed by Fritz Lang
3. Forbidden Planet Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers Directed by Don Siegel
5. The Fly Directed by David Cronenberg
6. The Thing Directed by Howard Hawkes & Christian Nyby
7. The Thing Directed by John Carpenter
8. The Empire Strikes Back Directed by Irvin Kershner
9. The Matrix Directed by Andy & Larry Wachowski
10. Godzilla Directed by Inshiro Honda

While I would quibble with some of the placement of movies, they do have many movies I enjoy (and I do appreciate Godzilla being in the top 10.)
Anyway, these lists are good fun if you're bored and want to argue with someone about why your favorite book/film wasn't included.

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