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    Interesting list. I think the original dragonlance trilogy should have been on there.
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    BD Horror News - TIFF '11: Hi-Res 'The Day' Still Introduce Motley Crew

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    It is hard to only pick 10

    I went with ones that even though it's been years since I read them I can still remember the stories quite vividly.

    The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, By Stephen R. Donaldson
    The Conan the Barbarian series, By Robert E. Howard
    Deathbird Stories, By Harlan Ellison
    The Elric Saga, By Michael Moorcock
    Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury
    The Lord of Rings, By J. R. R. Tolkien
    Neuromancer, By William Gibson
    Neverwhere, By Neil Gaiman
    The Stainless Steel Rat series, By Harry Harrison
    2001 A Space Odyssey, By Arthur C. Clarke

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob8880 View Post
    Interesting list. I think the original dragonlance trilogy should have been on there.
    that's what i'm saying'. tho i would consider Dragonlance to be geared a bit more towards younger readers (at least initially), its scope is far more involved from D&D modules on - rendering an entire universe, than some of the more hip rags like Sandman and such… and if one, then why not the other, you know?



    Quote Originally Posted by JWR View Post
    It is hard to only pick 10

    I went with ones that even though it's been years since I read them I can still remember the stories quite vividly.

    The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, By Stephen R. Donaldson
    The Conan the Barbarian series, By Robert E. Howard
    Deathbird Stories, By Harlan Ellison
    The Elric Saga, By Michael Moorcock
    Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury
    The Lord of Rings, By J. R. R. Tolkien
    Neuromancer, By William Gibson
    Neverwhere, By Neil Gaiman
    The Stainless Steel Rat series, By Harry Harrison
    2001 A Space Odyssey, By Arthur C. Clarke

    hard indeed.

    off the bat, i'd have to say that; Dune, The Martian Chronicles and The Foundation Series are no-brainer immediate entries. then with the addition of Fantasy, The Lord of the Rings becomes another automatic.

    that's 4… already.

    then you have to start considering; Vonnegut, Pynchon and Bradbury, whose novels (respectively); Cat's Cradle, Gravity's Rainbow and Fahrenheit 451 venture outside the parameters of straight Science Fiction/Fantasy and into post-modern literature… for all intents and purposes. i mean Cat's Cradle, for instance, is what earned Vonnegut his Masters in Anthropology for Pete's sake.

    and with that, seven, you're down to three. not much room left for some of what i would consider as the finer gems of the genre(s) like an Ender's Game or Demolished Man or Snow Crash or Stranger in a Strange Land or Dan Simmons' Hyperion books.

    you also almost have to consider (if nothing else at least) Valis, and as much as i consider Dick to be somewhat of a hack (a VERY skilled and entertaining hack at that, mind you), you'd be silly to not include him in any 'best of all time' type of list.

    and i haven't even touched William Gibson or Haruki Murakami yet. speaking of Gibson, i'm shocked that the only nod to Bruce Sterling was their collaboration. THAT, i think is a crime considering "Chairman Bruce" was the real brain behind the whole Cyberpunk movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gescom View Post
    that's what i'm saying'. tho i would consider Dragonlance to be geared a bit more towards younger readers (at least initially), its scope is far more involved from D&D modules on - rendering an entire universe, than some of the more hip rags like Sandman and such… and if one, then why not the other, you know?
    ...
    Exactly Dragonlance was what got me started in sci fi/fantasy reading. Without it I might not have gone on to read some of the other books on that list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JWR View Post
    NPR is having an online poll as to the best Sci-Fi/Fantasy books ever written.
    Vote For Top-100 Science Fiction, Fantasy Titles : NPR
    Foundation Trilogy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Naysay View Post
    Foundation Trilogy.
    didja just skip over my post?

    i suggested that was one of the automatic inclusions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gescom View Post
    didja just skip over my post?

    i suggested that was one of the automatic inclusions.
    Sorry... I was in skim mode...

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    For J.J. Abrams, ‘Star Trek’ Characters Come Before A Release Date | Geeks of Doom

    The director recently spoke to Collider, and revealed that nothing will be happening until he gets the characters and script all set into place.



    Here’s what the director had to say:

    Yeah. There have been a lot of things that we’ve been working on, a lot of important elements that we just know we need to really nail down and solve. Once you say, “We’re ready to go, but we don’t have a finished script yet,” or “I’m directing the thing and here’s the release date, but we don’t have a finished script,” what starts to happen – and I’ve seen this happen with a lot of friends of mine – is that you’re suddenly in production on a movie that they’re thinking, “Oh my god, we weren’t really ready. We thought we’d get it done in time, but we didn’t.” So, while we have a moment to say, “Let’s get the important things figured out,” then all the pre-production stuff will come. But, I just want to make sure that we’re putting the story and the characters, the cast and the crew, and most importantly the audience, first before we start talking about exactly which locations we’re going to be shooting at and what the wardrobe and visual effects budgets are. It just seems important that we get the important stuff right first.

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