[LMB] favorite non-Lois SF/F books OT:

Adam K. Reuter aherring at netcarrier.com
Mon, 25 Feb 2002 13:15:51 -0500

My overall SF/F list goes (see below for authors):
1.    Mote in God's Eye
2.    Dune
3.    Hellspark
4.    Daughter of the Blood
5.    Obsidian Butterfly

My SF list goes like this:
1.    Niven and Pournell, The Mote in God's Eye
2.    Frank Herbert, Dune
3.     Janet Kagan, Hellspark
4.    Asimov, Foundation
5.    Heinlein, Starship Troopers

If I remove "The Classics" that I would expect most people on this list 
to know about and/or have read my SF list becomes:
1.    Janet Kagan, Hellspark
2.    Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Plan B
3.    David Brin, The Uplift War (this book specifically I liked better 
than the others in the trilogy).
4.    Elizabeth Moon, Once a Hero
5.    Anne McCaffrey, Restoree

As far as Fantasy goes:
1.    Anne Bishop, Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels Trilogy)
2.    Laurell K. Hamilton, Obsidian Butterfly
3.    David Eddings, Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad)
4.    Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts, Daughter of the Empire
5.    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones (tie)
5.    Elizabeth Moon, The Deed of Paksenarrion (tie)

Again removing all the really big names I come up with:
1.    Anne Bishop, Daughter of the Blood
2.    P.C. Hodgell, Seeker's Mask
3.    Shirley Meier, Shadow's Daughter
4.    Tanya Huff, Summon the Keeper (perhaps the funniest SF/F book I 
have ever read)
5.    Keith Hartman, The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse

OK so I like to make lists and recommend books.

Natalie Getzoff wrote:

>I am trolling for new books and authors.  :-)  So I thought I would suggest that 
>people send in a list of five of their favorite SF/F books (NOT INCLUDING LOIS'S 
>BOOKS).   We did this on-list back in 1996 or 1997, but I am not sure we've taken 
>any polls of this since then.  I may be misremembering.   I realize that these lists 
>change over time, but it might be interesting.
>Mine (in no particular order, and as of today):
>David Palmer -- Emergence
>Vernor Vinge -- A Fire Upon The Deep
>Ellen Kushner -- Swordspoint
>Niven and Pournelle -- The Mote In God's Eye
>David Brin -- The Uplift War
>There were something like 10 runners-up, but I tried to keep to a limit of 5.  If 
>enough people give suggestions, I will collect them into a compiled list and post it to 
>the List.  Somewhere, I think I still have the original list of favorite books (that one 
>included non-SF books), but it may have been lost when my old computer died.
>Natalie -- who thinks she has spare time to do this...