Okay, that may be going a bit far.
I mean, I know a lot of people who aren’t into science-fiction at all, so they may not claim to have read these books or have any interest at all. But, they are a pretty good hit-list of interesting ideas in science-fiction. And, I suppose that’s why the folks over at IO9 probably suggested that instead of claiming to have read these books, that you actually read them. I’m pleased to say that I’ve read several of the books on the list, though not all, and they do make a good suggested reading list for people interested in science-fiction classics.
IO9’s list of 10 Science-Fiction Novels You Pretend to Have Read (and why you should actually read them) are:
- Crytptonomicon – by Neal Stephenson
- Dune – by Frank Herbert
- Gravity’s Rainbow – by Thomas Pynchon
- Foundation – by Issac Asimov
- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – by Susanna Clarke
- 1984 – by George Orwell
- First and Last Men and Starmaker – by Olaf Stapleton
- The Long Tomorrow – by Leigh Brackett
- Dhalgren – by Samuel Delany
- The Infinite Jest – by David Foster Wallace
I’m pleased to say that I’ve read a significant number of these, namely Cryptonomicon, Dune, Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and 1984. And, The Infinite Jest is in my To Be Read pile. I have to admit that I tried reading Foundation, but it just didn’t appeal to me. I know his work is classic and he was a genius and all, but Asimov’s work always read like a Physics lecture to me.
In any case, there’s a bit more for your Summer reading list to go find and read instead of working on a Friday afternoon.