Geek Test: I Failed

Looks like I have some serious reading to do:

  1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
  3. Dune, Frank Herbert
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  7. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
  8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
  12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
  14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
  15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
  16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
  17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
  18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
  19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
  20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
  21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
  22. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
  24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
  25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
  26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
  27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
  29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
  30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
  31. Little, Big, John Crowley
  32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
  33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
  35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
  36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
  37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
  38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
  39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
  40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
  41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
  43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
  44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
  45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
  47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
  48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
  49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
  50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

I’ve put the one’s I’ve actually read, from cover to cover, in bold. I’m being very honest here. Frankly, as someone who thinks he’s a fairly well read geek (I even took a class in college on this stuff, no kidding!), this is very humbling. I’m not claiming to any that I’ve seen the movie ten times on or have talked about enough with others that I know everything that happens. No, only the one’s I’ve honestly read.

So how about you? I know a lot of the people who read my site read many more books than I do. Care to put up your list? No fudging the truth, now (Sorry, Stephen, the graphic novel of Elric I got you doesn’t count since it’s a different book than Stormbringer.).

Also, I would like to say that I’ve read a couple that are older than 50 years that would surely make the list for the past century.

One thought on “Geek Test: I Failed”

  1. 1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
    2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov* (I’ve only read the first book so far, so do I get a third credit for this one?)
    3. Dune, Frank Herbert
    6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
    7. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
    10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
    26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
    27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
    33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
    42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
    46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein

    And wait a minute. You’ve never ready all of the Hitchhiker’s Guide?

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