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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Gollancz SF Masterworks and what I've read/acquired to date

Since I'm going to be an active participant on the SFF Masterworks review blog, I thought I might give an idea to the readers here just what I have read or at least bought out of the books added to the list so far (see the sidebar for the Fantasy Masterworks list and what I have read/acquired).  This list will include books coming out later this year.  In addition, the roman numbers indicate books originally released as part of a hardcover subset, so there will be some duplicates on this list.  Bold means I've read it, italics that I own but haven't read it, and plain means I haven't yet bought and/or read it.  Links will be provided to reviews that I have written, either here or on the SFF Masterworks blog.

I - Dune - Frank Herbert
II - The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
III - The Man in the High Castle -
Philip K. Dick
IV - The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
V - A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
VI - Childhood's End -
Arthur C. Clarke
VII - The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein
VIII - Ringworld - Larry Niven
IX - The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
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 - J. G. 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 Time Machine and The War of the Worlds - H. G. 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 - H. G. 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 -
H. G. 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 - H.G. Wells
77 - Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke
78 - The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
79 - Dhalgren - Samuel Delany 
80 - Helliconia - Brian Aldiss 

81 -  Food of the Gods - H.G. Wells
82 -  The Body Snatchers - Jack Finney
83 - The Female ManJoanna Russ
84 - Arslan - M.J. Engh
85 - The Difference Engine - William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
86 - The Prestige - Christopher Priest
87 - Greybeard - Brian Aldiss
88 - Sirius - Olaf Stapledon
89 - Hyperion - Dan Simmons
90 - City -  Clifford Simak

91 - Hellstrom's Hive - Frank Herbert 
92 - Of Men and Monsters - William Tenn
93 - The War with the Newts and R.U.R. - Karel Čapek
94 - The Affirmation - Christopher Priest
95 - Floating Worlds- Cecelia Holland
96 - Rogue Moon- Algis Budrys (Jan. 2012)
97 - Dangerous Visions - Harlan Ellison (ed.) (Feb. 2012)
98 - Odd John - Olaf Stapledon (March 2012)
99 - The Fall of Hyperion - Dan Simmons (April 2012)
100 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (May 2012)

101 - The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
102 - Synners - Pat Cadigan
103 - Ammonite - Nicola Griffith
104 - Sarah Canary - Karen Joy Fowler
105 - The Continuous Catherine Mortenhoe - D.J. Compton
106 - Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
107 - Riddley Walker - Russell Hoban
108 - Doomsday Book - Connie Willis
109 - Unquenchable Fire - Rachael Pollock
110 - The Caltraps of Time - David I. Masson

111 - Engine Summer - John Crowley
112 - Take Back Plenty - Colin Greenhand
113 - Slow River - Nicola Griffith
114 - The Game-Players of Titan - Philip K. Dick
115 - The Gate to Women's Country - Sheri S. Tepper
116 - The Sea and Summer - George Turner
117 - The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells  *
118 - A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr. *
119 - Wasp - Eric Frank Russell (May 2013)
120 - To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis (May 2013)

121 - The Gods Themselves - Isaac Asimov (June 2013)
122 - This is the Way the World Ends - James Morrow (June 2013)
123 - The First Men on the Moon - H.G. Wells * (July 2013)
124 - The Deep - John Crowley (July 2013)
125 - Time is the Fire:  The Best of Connie Willis - Connie Willis (August 2013)
126 - Double Star - Robert Heinlein (September 2013)
127 - Random Acts of Senseless Violence - Jack Womack (October 2013)
128 - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams (November 2013)
129 - Transfigurations - Michael Bishop (November 2013)
130 - Life, the Universe and Everything - Douglas Adams (December 2013)

131 - The Door into Summer - Robert Heinlein (December 2013)
132 - Half Past Human - T.J. Bass (January 2014)
133 - The Godwhale - T.J. Bass (March 2014)

5 comments:

Seth Merlo said...

I've got the review site on the old RSS feed - love the idea, as I've been slowly collecting both series for a while now. My only complaint is that I wished Gollancz would've keep the same format for the new titles they're adding, like Cat's Cradle, Inverted World, etc. Would've been nice to have the whole set all matching.

Still, it's an incredibly strong collection, even with the missing titles copyright don't allow for.

Larry said...

Yeah, for all the limitations that they are going to experience with copyright, what they've managed to publish has been interesting in regards to the variety of styles and narratives. There are some flaws, however, which I believe we will cover in some essays in the near future that will appear on the SFF Masterworks blog.

Roland said...

This blog is a great idea! I love the SFM series, and I've read many of them as well. I can't wait to see a review of "Stand on Zanzibar".

I'll do a little post about the project on my blog.

http://rolandscodex.blogspot.com/

Chad Hull said...

Fun as I think this idea is, leave it to me to be the voice of dissent...

I prefer sites that feature one to not-too-many-more-than-one reviewers. If I read ten reviews from one source then read the books myself, I can claim to have a good understanding of what, "This book rocks/sucks donkey balls" means in regards to that particular reviewer.

That's not to say that all reviewers involved won't do a fine job only, that the audience may need to exercise more prudence when looking for suggestions.

That being said, I can't wait to see the comments for The Dispossessed as I just finished it and put up my own thoughts on a fantastic book. It's fun to see other peoples reactions to a book when it is still fresh in my mind.

Andreas said...

I like the idea! A group of reviewers will be able to cover more books and I guess it's okay to have more than one review per book, right?

Some books that are not bold nor italic:

Gateway is not to be missed and still stands the test of time. It has some parallels to Mindbridge from Joe Haldeman, a book that seems to be almost unknown.

Downward to the Earth from Silverberg and Roadside Picnic from the Russian brothers Strugatzki are also great reads.

 
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