Appears to be like prefer it’s celebration time!

Sorted so as of yr awarded.

Many individuals requested for prolonged critiques – I’ve included a hyperlink to full critiques on every of those snippets.

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

  • Plot: Welcome to the Cell Infantry, the navy of the longer term!

  • Web page Depend: 263

  • Award: 1960 Hugo

  • Price a learn: Sure

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Fail

  • Technobabble: Minimal

  • Evaluation: Standing as basic properly earned. A enjoyable house romp even when it closely glorifies the navy. No worrisome gray morality. Compelling protagonist and glorious particulars maintain ebook transferring at outstanding velocity.

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A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

  • Plot: The Order of Leibowitz does its greatest to guarantee that subsequent time will probably be completely different.

  • Web page Depend: 338

  • Award: 1961 Hugo

  • Price a learn: Sure

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Fail

  • Technobabble: Minimal

  • Evaluation: I really like the primary part of this ebook, significantly benefit from the second, and located the third respectable. That mentioned, if it was solely the primary third, the purpose of the ebook would nonetheless be clear. Characters are very properly written and distinct.

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Stranger in a Unusual Land by Robert A. Heinlein

  • Plot: Michael Smith, the Man From Mars, struggles to grasp Earth tradition.

  • Web page Depend: 408

  • Award: 1962 Hugo

  • Price a learn: No

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Fail

  • Technobabble: Minimal

  • Evaluation: Began out having fun with it, most likely to concerning the midway mark. Attention-grabbing fish-out-of-water story. After which we went for a BA in faith with a focus in polyamory, pedophilia, and only a complete bunch of intercourse – and never much more. Grok Depend: 487 (1.2/web page)

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The Man within the Excessive Citadel by Philip Ok. Dick

  • Plot: Seems it would be dangerous if the Axis had received.

  • Web page Depend: 249

  • Award: 1963 Hugo

  • Price a learn: No, however it hurts to say it

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Fail

  • Technobabble: Minimal

  • Evaluation: I wished to love this extra. Some particulars are glorious, like folks consistently consulting the Tao Te Ching. However the MacGuffin of an in-universe alternate historical past ebook appears self-serving, and the precise alt historical past will not be that fascinating. The large twist can be a shock to characters in-universe, however to not us as readers, which has it fall a bit flat.

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Method Station by Clifford D. Simak

  • Plot: For the reason that Civil Conflict, Enoch Wallace has manned the alien transport hub on Earth.

  • Web page Depend: 210

  • Award: 1964 Hugo

  • Price a learn: Sure! As quickly as attainable.

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Cross

  • Technobabble: Some

  • Evaluation: An distinctive ebook. Enoch’s journals give us peeks at an enormous galaxy of various aliens, all distinct. On the middle of this huge cosmos is an excellent depiction of isolation and loneliness. The writing is poetic but unpretentious. Learn this ebook.

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The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber

  • Plot: A mysterious planet seems out of hyperspace, excessive jinks ensue.

  • Web page Depend: 320

  • Award: 1965 Hugo

  • Price a learn: For the love of all you maintain expensive, No.

  • Major Driver: (No)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Fail

  • Technobabble: A lot

  • Evaluation: How do you’re taking a ebook a few planet of freedom combating horny house cats showing out of hyperspace to devour the moon and make it so boring? So many characters, none of them have personalities aside from racial stereotypes. Foolish to incorporate a number of comedian reduction characters when the ebook itself is a joke. I believe I perceive ebook burning now.

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Dune by Frank Herbert

  • Plot: The desert planet of Arrakis holds many secrets and techniques, presumably sufficient to shift the outcomes of interplanetary conflict and political intrigue.

  • Web page Depend: 610

  • Award: 1966 Hugo and 1966 Nebula

  • Price a learn: Sure, in fact.

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Cross

  • Technobabble: Average

  • Evaluation: Wonderful and epic. Intrigue, cool characters, motion. A sluggish burn at occasions, and the spice ex machina is a bit overdone. Switching views and characters ramps up pressure to very good impact.

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This Immortal by Roger Zelazny

  • Plot: A (considerably) immortal man guides a gaggle (together with an alien) on a tour of post-nuclear-war Earth.

  • Web page Depend: 174

  • Award: 1966 Hugo

  • Price a learn: Sure

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Fail

  • Technobabble: Minimal

  • Evaluation: This was initially serialized and you may really feel it whereas studying; it doesn’t have a plot a lot as a sequence of occasions. Narrator is hilarious with out being insufferable – value studying for his glorious commentary.

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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

  • Plot: An experimental process takes Charlie Gordon from mentally handicapped to genius.

  • Web page Depend: 270

  • Award: 1967 Nebula

  • Price a learn: Sure

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Fail

  • Technobabble: Minimal

  • Evaluation: Very good writing, completely heartrending plot. Story advised solely via Charlie’s progress stories; shifts in tone and elegance all through the ebook convey as a lot because the textual content itself. Takes a troublesome topic and addresses it with tact and charm. All of the tears.

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Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delaney

  • Plot: A sequence of assaults by the invaders have just one factor in widespread: the mysterious language Babel-17

  • Web page Depend: 173

  • Award: 1967 Nebula. You learn that proper. This tied with Flowers for Algernon.

  • Price a learn: No

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Fail

  • Technobabel-17: Go large or go dwelling.

  • Evaluation: Boring. Very boring. Simply so boring. Is the concept language dictates thought fascinating? Certain. Is it sufficient to hold a narrative? Nope. Uninteresting story, tepid characters, belabored central idea. Handful of neat concepts that do not make up for the remaining. Nap time in ebook kind.

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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

  • Plot: The Moon is prepared for a revolution, and solely a supercomputer with a humorousness is wise sufficient to guide it.

  • Web page Depend: 380

  • Award: 1967 Hugo

  • Price a learn: Sure

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Cross

  • Technobabble: Average

  • Evaluation: Mike could also be a pc, however he’s certainly one of Heinlein’s most human characters. Snappy dialogue and good characters maintain you rooting for Luna each step of the best way. Upbeat and enjoyable.

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Lord of Mild by Roger Zelazny

  • Plot: The Hindu gods have stored the world within the Darkish Ages: it’s time for them to die.

  • Web page Depend: 319

  • Award: 1968 Hugo

  • Price a learn: Sure

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Fail

  • Technobabble: Minimal

  • Evaluation: An enchanting depiction of faith and reincarnation supported by know-how. A number of tales (7) of various high quality come collectively properly, although pacing could be a bit throughout. Very good world-building and novel use of Hindu myths.

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The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R. Delany

  • Plot: Child Loss of life has taken Friza and it is as much as Lo Lobey to cease him.

  • Web page Depend: 142

  • Award: 1968 Nebula

  • Price a learn: No

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Fail

  • Technobabble: Average

  • Evaluation: A distant post-apocalyptic world (30,000 years sooner or later) with wildly inconsistent guidelines is for some motive nonetheless referring to the Beatles and Greek myths. Starring an uninteresting first particular person narrator who stumbles from one occasion to a different.

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Ceremony of Passage by Alexei Panshin

  • Plot: Upon turning 14, everybody aboard the ship should survive 30 days unassisted on one of many colony planets.

  • Web page Depend: 254

  • Award: 1969 Nebula

  • Price a learn: Sure, however it’s YA.

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Cross

  • Technobabble: Minimal

  • Evaluation: A coming-of-age story, a clearly YA entry. Good strategy to perspective and prejudice by displaying what these residing on ships consider on planets and vice versa. Plenty of themes are advised a bit on the nostril; this is smart given the youthful audience.

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Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner

  • Plot: 2010 is bleak; overpopulation, eugenics, company colonialism, racism, and violence abound.

  • Web page Depend: 650

  • Award: 1969 Hugo

  • Price a learn: Sure? It is New Wave SF – adore it or hate it.

  • Major Driver: (Plot, World, or Character)

  • Bechdel Take a look at: Cross

  • Technobabble: Minimal

  • Evaluation: Extremely experimental in kind, this ebook is a troublesome learn. Detailed world-building depicted in fascinating methods. Hated a few of it, however felt prefer it was definitely worth the problem. Just about every part that comes up has a payoff – even in the event you do not just like the ebook, you must acknowledge that it is spectacular.

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I am going to proceed to submit every decade of books after they’re performed, and do a ultimate grasp listing when via every part, however it’s round 200 books, so it will be a scorching minute. I am additionally solely doing the Novel class for now, although I’ll do one of many others as properly sooner or later.

If there are different topics or feedback that may be helpful to see in future posts, please inform me! I am making an attempt to maintain it concise however informative. I’ve performed my greatest so as to add issues that individuals requested the primary time round.

Any questions or feedback? Fireplace away!

On the request of a variety of you, I’ve written up prolonged critiques of every part and made a weblog for them. I’ve included the hyperlinks with the posts for particular person books. I attempt to put up new critiques as quick as I learn them. Right here’s the hyperlink in the event you’re curious: http://dontforgettoreadabook.blogspot.com/

Just a few of us advised doing a little type of youtube sequence or podcast – I can look into that as properly, if there’s curiosity.

Different Notes:

The Bechdel Take a look at is a straightforward query: do two named feminine characters converse about one thing apart from a person. Whether or not or not a ebook passes will not be a condemnation a lot as an commentary; it was one of the best binary dedication I might discover. Looks as if a great way to see how writing has developed over time. On the suggestion of some of us, I’m loosening it to non-male recognized characters to raised seize a few of the ways in which science fiction tackles intercourse and gender.

Right here’s an extra clarification from u/Gemmabeta (in a dialogue on the earlier submit)

To everybody under bitching concerning the Bechdel Take a look at. The take a look at is used as a easy gauge of the combination ranges of sexism throughout a whole medium, style, or time interval. It’s NOT a judgement on particular person books or motion pictures. The take a look at is deliberately designed to be trivially straightforward to cross with even probably the most minimal of effort (there are mainly no ebook or movie that fails a male model of the Bechdel take a look at; heck, most chick lit and women-centric fiction manages to cross the male Bechdel test–with the attainable exception of Pleasure and Prejudice).

The the truth that such a big share of books and films fail the take a look at is an indication of the final lack of fine feminine characters in literature/movie (particularly in earlier eras) and the females character that did exist tends to solely exist to prop up a man–even in lots of tales the place the girl is technically the principle character.

PS. The take a look at can be not a measure of the creative benefit of a piece and even the feminist credentials of a piece (for instance, the world’s vilest and most misogynistic porno might cross the take a look at just by having two ladies speak about pizza for five minutes firstly), it purely appears to be like at plotting parts and story construction.

Technobabble instance!

“There have to be intercommunication between all of the Bossies. It was not troublesome to discovered the rules on which this is able to function. Bossy functioned already by a harmonic vibration wanted to be broadcast on the identical precept because the radio wave. No new precept was wanted. Any cookbook engineer might do it—even those that imagine what they learn within the textbooks and contemplate pure assumption to be proved reality. It was not troublesome to design the sending and receiving equipment, nor was additional time consumed since this small alteration was being made contiguous with the manufacturing arrange time of the remaining. The manufacturing of numerous copies of the mind floss itself was likewise no actual downside, no harder than utilizing a key-punched grasp card to duplicate others by the hundreds or hundreds of thousands on the old style gap punch pc system.” – They’d Moderately Be Proper

Cheers, Everybody!

And do not forget to learn a ebook!

Edit: 1950s might be discovered right here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/books/feedback/hmr4z5/im_reading_every_hugo_nebula_locus_and_world/

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