(urth) Round 2 of NPR top 100 sci-fi books of all time
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Thu Aug 4 11:46:32 PDT 2011
Stand on Zanzibar is one of my favorite books ever. A monument of literature, with an inventive perspectiveless style that perfectly presages modern information overload. I can't say enough great about this book. I've worn out four copies: a trade paperback from the 70s that my mom had, a version from the 90s, and two reissues.
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On Aug 4, 2011, at 1:34 PM, "Gerry Quinn" <gerry at bindweed.com> wrote:
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> From: Robin B. Smith
> Hi everyone,
> I'm a Wolfe devotee and a lurking URTH subscriber and I'd be interested in your opinions on a few titles that I selected for my Top 10, but which I did not see included on your lists above: The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons, The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, The Once and Future King by TH White, Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner, and The Worm Ouroboros by ER Edison
> I mentioned a couple. The Hyperion Cantos were on my list, and Stand on Zanzibar nearly made it.
> The Cantos are Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion. [Simmons later wrote two more in the same universe, named after Endymion, but not as good.] Hyperion is an unusually structured book, with six or seven distinct parts telling the stories of various individuals. The sequel is more conventional in structure. They are large-scale far future novels with interstellar warfare, mysterious AIs, time travel, and suchlike. People who like Wolfe will probably like these too. Certainly I would strongly recommend them.
> Stand on Zanzibar is an oldish book, written in the Sixties I think, and set in an overpopulated future. Nonetheless it's quite cheerful by Brunner's standards. It's a long time since I read it and I don't remember details, but I think it would probably be a good read even today.
> I didn't notice The Once and Future King on the list. It's a retelling of the story of King Arthur - I recall it as pretty good.
> Enders Game is an expansion of the short story of the same name. I only read the short story. But I did read Speaker for the Dead, a sequel to the expansion, which I enjoyed.
> - Gerry Quinn
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