When I saw Rinn's Science Fiction challenge list, I did something I had been thinking of for some time - my own list. Majority of it is based on Rinn's list (big thanks for that!), but I did make some changes, which are marked in green colour. Since I'm not a particular YA reader, I removed a bunch of books from there from my own list, and added a few to classic sci-fi and newer sci-fi lists, plus I added two books overall so that I had nice round number 60 in the list. I kept five YA choices based on popularity and what I think could be interesting so that I would roughly know what is going on in that sub-genre.
I've always loved sci-fi, but unfortunately lately have been steering very much away from it because I read
too very many different genres. Back at home at my parents we had quite a selection of Russian (and other) sci-fi books (translated into Estonian), which I remember reading during hot summers. One of the first sci-fi books I ever read was Andromeda: A Space-Age Tale by Russian author Ivan Yefremov. Wikipedia describes this book as "a classic communist utopia set in a distant future"; now, I remember near nothing about the communist part but I remember it was an awesome book.
In that sense I've always been more of a sci-fi girl than fantasy girl. Fantasy came into my life a lot later.
I discovered that the Classics Club list is working super well for me, in the way that I pick books out of it quite regularly, so I decided to make similar reading lists for myself for science fiction and fantasy as well.
Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting another two-month reading event (last one being RIP VIII) called The 2014 Sci-Fi Experience, this time it's for sci-fi and it lasts from December 1st to January 31st. I decided to take part because RIP VIII was great success (two-month events are good!) and that goes nicely with my brand new sci-fi list as well.
1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams - own the book
2. I, Robot, Isaac Asimov
3. Foundation, Isaac Asimov - re-read
4. The Drowned World, J.G. Ballard
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke
8. The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle - own on Kindle, free download
10. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
12. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
16. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
17. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller Jr.
18. Ringworld, Larry Niven
19. The Mote in God's Eye, Larry Niven
21. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
22. A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs
23. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley - own on Kindle, free download
24. Star Maker, Olaf Stapledon
26. Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Jules Verne
27. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne - own the book
30. The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
33. We, Yevgeni Zamyatin
37. Consider Phlebas, Iain M. Banks
41. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
42. Neuromancer, William Gibson
43. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
44. The Road, Cormac McCarthy - own on Kindle
46. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
48. House of Suns, Alastair Reynolds
49. Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds
50. Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson
51. The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell
54. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
55. Mockingbird, Walter Tevis
Young adult sci-fi
57. The Maze Runner, James Dashner - own on Kindle
59. The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
60. All Our Yesterdays, Kristin Terrill