Niall has a new game: Second-guessing the Denvention 20 Essential Science Fiction Books of the Past 20 Years panel. Here’s my take.
If there’s something you can’t believe isn’t on the list, probably I didn’t read it. I know, I’m a terrible person.
|The Chrononautic Log
Provisional SF Canon, 1988-2008
|Iain M. Banks||The Player of Games||1988|
|Sherri S. Tepper||The Gate to Women’s Country||1988|
|Greg Bear||Queen of Angels||1990|
& Bruce Sterling
|The Difference Engine||1990|
|Emma Bull||Bone Dance||1991|
|Maureen McHugh||China Mountain Zhang||1992|
|Walter Jon Williams||Aristoi||1992|
|Connie Willis||Doomsday Book||1992|
|Vernor Vinge||A Fire Upon the Deep||1992|
|Nancy Kress||Beggars in Spain||1993|
|Ursula le Guin||Four Ways to Forgiveness||1995|
|Neal Stephenson||The Diamond Age||1995|
|Ken Macleod||The Cassini Division||1998|
|Ted Chiang||Stories of Your Life and Others||2002|
|Christopher Priest||The Separation||2002|
|William Gibson||Pattern Recognition||2003|
For my next trick: essay questions for the final exam.
N.b.: I didn’t think too hard about this. Also, there’s more than one book on here that I wasn’t personally all that fond of (or even that irritated the living hell out of me) but that I think is still an important part of What We Talk About When We Talk About The Last Twenty Years Of Science Fiction.
I did try to stick to books I could easily convince myself were unambiguously science fiction, or that were more usefully discussed in company with unambiguously - science - fiction books than with unambiguously - fantasy books. (Fantasy list to come later.)
Side note: Damn, what was up with 1992? Maybe that’s just the last year I really read a lot of SF.