Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #325 - 17 genre-defining science fiction books
Hi Mom, I am re-sharing content again today as a time-saver, because I like this content, and because I am sort of, partially on vacation.
I love tackling these subjects because I learn things, such as I did not know there was a Center for Science Fiction (SF) at the University of Kansas.
I wish I could afford to go to the MidAmerica con at the university in August. Maybe next year.
Here's some good links.
DEFINITIONS OF SCIENCE FICTION
DEFINING SCIENCE FICTION - SFCENTER KU
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS - GUNN CENTER FOR STUDY OF SCIENCE FICTION
I also like that I found Life Hacker, which is a cool site that I did not know until I stumbled across this article, and I have no memory of how I came across this article.
I like that I have read MOST of these books. I have not read Dhalgren. My memory of the Forever War is very sketchy. And I probably could devote some time to re-reading many of these books, especially The Left Hand of Darkness and The Wind Up Girl. But I am happy to say I have read several of these books more than once, and Snow Crash is one of my all-time favorites and a touchstone for my work with the major world-building novel project that I have played with off and on for the last 20+ years (22 to be precise).
But why 17 books?
Why not expand to 20 books or even 25 and include some rather obvious omissions, such as Octavia Butler, John Brunner, or Kim Stanley Robinson, though I am sure I could think of others. But work of individuals who "changed" the genre would take some more thought.
Most important, after years of waiting, Dhalgren is available as an unabridged audio book, so I am going to be reading that one some time soon.
Meanwhile, though you do not care about this subject very much, here's the Life Hacker article.
As always, thanks for reading.
LIFE HACKER - SF BOOKS THAT FOREVER CHANGED THE GENRE
17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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