Some of you were stymied in your attempts to read all about the candidates in February’s American Asshole contest. Evidently, Yahoo removed the page about Mark R. Levin.
Well, I found a new one, and this one even shows some asshole enablers cheering him on! You can see it in the American Asshole:February post below.
So far, this month’s contest is a 4-way tie! If you haven’t voted, you have until this Thursday night. Please go vote! America needs you!
It was similar news that prompted me to write this awhile back. Even though the links I used there are mostly dead, it still makes my point clear, and the question was never addressed fully. So it still bugs me.
BTW: If you haven’t voted for Asshole of the Month, scroll down and do so. We can’t do this without your help!!!
Stolen verbatim from Jenna.
This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club.
Bold the ones you’ve read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov*
Dune, Frank Herbert
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein*
A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
Neuromancer, William Gibson
Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
Cities in Flight, James Blish
The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
Gateway, Frederik Pohl
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams*
I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
Little, Big, John Crowley
Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
On the Beach, Nevil Shute
Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
Ringworld, Larry Niven
Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
Timescape, Gregory Benford
To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer
The funny thing is, I have read a lot more science fiction than this…… in fact science fiction (I never, ever say “sci-fi”, and recommend slow torture for those that do) is what I’ve read the most of. Many of my favorite writers are up there, I just didn’t read those particular books. For instance, Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber is something I would have put up there…… it’s a 5-book series I liked enough to read twice. I have Lord of Light, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Asimov- I’ve read almost all of his fiction…… there’s just a few books I’m holding on to for savoring purposes. I’ve read Vonnegut, Blish, Ellison, Clarke, and I’m pretty sure I’ve read some Sturgeon, just not these particular titles. I guess I know what to read during the summer break from school.
In case you’re wondering why none of them are stricken out, it’s because when I get to hating a book, I generally don’t finish it. I move on to something more palatable. The ones I didn’t like, then, are italicized.