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Yet another list, this time the 100 sci-fi books you have to read. The original is here. I've read a few of these, mostly the older ones. Makes me want to go back and try some of them, like Triton, Zanzibar, and, especially Canticle.
|Index of the 100 science fiction books you just have to read|
||Childhood's End Written by Arthur C. Clarke |
||Foundation Written by Isaac Asimov |
||Dune Written by Frank Herbert |
||Man in the High Castle Written by Philip K. Dick |
||Starship Troopers Written by Robert A. Heinlein |
||Valis Written by Philip K. Dick |
||Frankenstein Written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley |
||Gateway Written by Frederick Pohl|
||Space Merchants Written by C.M. Kornbluth & Frederick Pohl|
||Earth Abides Written by George R. Stewart|
||Cuckoo's Egg Written by C.J. Cherryh|
||Star Surgeon Written by James White |
||The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Written by Philip K. Dick |
||Radix Written by A.A. Attanasio |
||2001: A Space Odyssey Written by Arthur C. Clarke |
||Ringworld Written by Larry Niven|
||A Case of Conscience Written by James Blish |
||Last and First Man Written by Olaf Stapledon |
||The Day of the Triffids Written by John Wyndham |
||Way Station Written by Clifford Simak |
||More Than Human Written by Theodore Sturgeon |
||Gray Lensman Written by E. E. "Doc" Smith |
||The Gods Themselves Written by Isaac Asimov |
||The Left Hand of Darkness Written by Ursula K. Le Guin |
||Behold the Man Written by Michael Moorcock |
||Star Maker Written by Olaf Stapledon |
||The War of the Worlds Written by H.G. Wells |
||20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Written by Jules Verne |
||Heritage of Hastur Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley |
||The Time Machine Written by H.G. Wells |
||The Stars My Destination Written by Alfred Bester |
||Slan Written by A.E. Van Vogt |
||Neuromancer Written by William Gibson |
||Ender's Game Written by Orson Scott Card |
||In Conquest Born Written by C.S. Friedman |
||Lord of Light Written by Roger Zelazny |
||Eon Written by Greg Bear |
||Dragonflight Written by Anne McCaffrey |
||Journey to the Center of the Earth Written by Jules Verne |
||Stranger in a Strange Land Written by Robert Heinlein |
||Cosm Written by Gregory Benford |
||The Voyage of the Space Beagle Written by A.E. Van Vogt |
||Blood Music Written by Greg Bear |
||Beggars in Spain Written by Nancy Kress|
||Omnivore Written by Piers Anthony|
||I, Robot Written by Isaac Asimov |
||Mission of Gravity Written by Hal Clement |
||To Your Scattered Bodies Go Written by Philip Jose Farmer |
||Brave New World Written by Aldous Huxley |
||The Man Who Folded Himself Written by David Gerrold |
||1984 Written by George Orwell |
||The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyl And Mr. Hyde Written by Robert Louis Stevenson |
||Snow Crash Written by Neal Stephenson |
||Flesh Written by Philip Jose Farmer |
||Cities in Flight Written by James Blish |
||Shadow of the Torturer Written by Gene Wolfe |
||Startide Rising Written by David Brin|
||Triton Written by Samuel R. Delany |
||Stand on Zanzibar Written by John Brunner |
||A Clockwork Orange Written by Anthony Burgess |
||Fahrenheit 451 Written by Ray Bradbury |
||A Canticle For Leibowitz Written by Walter Miller |
||Flowers for Algernon Written by Daniel Keyes |
||No Blade of Grass Written by John Christopher |
||The Postman Written by David Brin|
||Dhalgren Written by Samuel Delany |
||Berserker Written by Fred Saberhagen |
||Flatland Written by Edwin Abbot |
||Planiverse Written by A.K. Dewdney |
||Dragon's Egg Written by Robert L. Forward |
||Downbelow Station Written by C.J. Cherryh |
||Dawn Written by Octavia E. Butler |
||Puppet Masters Written by Robert Heinlein |
||The Doomsday Book Written by Connie Willis |
||Forever War Written by Joe Haldeman |
||Deathbird Stories Written by Harlan Ellison |
||Roadside Picnic Written by Boris Strugatsky & Arkady Strugatsky|
||The Snow Queen Written by Joan Vinge |
||The Martian Chronicles Written by Ray Bradbury |
||Drowned World Written by J.G. Ballard |
||Cat's Cradle Written by Kurt Vonnegut |
||Red Mars Written by Kim Stanley Robinson |
||Upanishads Written by Various |
||Alice in Wonderland Written by Lewis Carroll |
||Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Written by Douglas Adams |
||The Lathe of Heaven Written by Ursula K. Le Guin |
||The Midwich Cuckoos Written by John Wyndham |
||Mutant Written by Henry Kuttner|
||Solaris Written by Stanislaw Lem |
||Ralph 124C41+ Written by Hugo Gernsback |
||I Am Legend Written by Richard Matheson |
||Timescape Written by Gregory Benford |
||The Demolished Man Written by Alfred Bester |
||War with the Newts Written by Karl Kapek |
||Mars Written by Ben Bova|
||Brain Wave Written by Poul Anderson|
||Hyperion Written by Dan Simmons|
||The Andromeda Strain Written by Michael Crichton |
||Camp Concentration Written by Thomas Disch |
||A Princess of Mars Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs |
- Foxit Reader : Are you as tired as I am with the bloated Acrobat Reader from Adobe? Well, fear no more, as a the free Foxit Reader comes to your rescue. A lightweight, easy to use program that does just what it is supposed to do - accurately display the ubiquitous PDF files.
- WeatherMole : A great mashup which combines a Google Map with NOAA forecasts.
- Snap : As they say, "The other way to Search.". Using lots of fancy Web 2.0 technology, you get prompts, samples and snapshots of what you are searching for.
- Computer Languages History : A genealogy chart of computer languages
- Horsename-O-Matic : Exactly what the name promises - an easy way to generate horse names like "Hustling Overblood" and "Minimalistic Moonlight Kentucky". Other suggested uses include Boybands, Cruiseships and Snowboarding Tricks.
- The Lotus Esprit Fact File : If you're looking to buy me the car of my dreams, here's a hint - make it a Lotus Esprit Turbo. I'll accept any color. I've been in love with this wedge-shaped car ever since I first saw it, and it starred in many James Bond movies (Roger Moore era). When they blew up the beautiful white one in Spy Who Loved Me, it broke my heart.
- Paper Crafts | YAMAHA MOTOR : Way neat paper models that you can print out and fold at home. Not for the faint of heart, though.
- Thanks. No. : A simple page with a simple purpose - reply with this link when you get the "boy needs a postcard" hoax for the umpteenth time. I get these forwarded messages all the time. One hint - if it has more than one level of forwarding, I almost certainly don't want it.
- Motivator: Inspire! Motivate! Mock! : Using your own picture and text, you too can create one of the motivational posters. Or you could mock instead. Up to you!
- TheOpenCD : A simgle, burnable ISO file to let you enjoy a full range of Open Source software on on CD.
- Sphere : Although I sincerely doubt the hyperbole on the first page ("Add this to your browser and change your life!"), this is another one of the community surfing things, where you can share interesting blog tidbits. I have a bunch of these on my toolbar, but I never use them. This also includes Stumble and Furl. Maybe some day I'll figure out how to best utilize these.
- In search of the One True Layout: This one is for you CSS geeks out there, where she talks about how to best use CSS to get a flexible, portable layout. Nice tutorial on CSS too.
- Guess Which Movie : Shows you a still from a movie and, yup, you have to guess which movie it is from. A whole series of games.
- Why Bush Won the Election : A whole series of side by side images which show Bush vs. Kerry. Pretty funny stuff, like these:
- Relate-a-zon: The Related Products on Amazon Game : Another mashup but this time as a game - try to work your way through the "Related Products" on Amazon.com from the starting item to the destination item. Pretty fun!
- REAL TIME SATELLITE TRACKING : One of the coolest mashups I've found, this shows, in real time, the location of satellites drawn over a Google Map. Pick your satellite and see where it is. This includes the International Space Station too.
- wikiHow - The How-To Manual That Anyone Can Write or Edit : A bunch of user contributions on how to do a whole range of interesting things, from useful ("Save Money on Auto Insurance") to the arcane ("How To Squeeze An Egg Without Breaking It").
For you puzzle fiends out there, here's a web puzzle for you. I needed a hint to get started even, and I didn't get too far.Web Puzzle
Abebooks: Powers of 10
Cool - here's some pictures, the complete set list and a complete recording of the Monday night Radiohead show I was at. And yes, it was definitely "There There" that was the multi-drum song.bradley's almanac
Pretty cool article on the 25 worst tech products of all time. Number one on the list? AOL. Very appropriate, because I've been exchanging some email about AOL problems on one of our mailing lists. I love this quote from Bill:
“We designed AOL so any idiot could get online… and a lot of them did”PCWorld.com - The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time
One of those silly web quizzes. I'm not sure which one of the questions that I answered had me speaking "Dixie". The rest makes sense, being pretty much a born and raised New Englander.
|Your Linguistic Profile:|
|45% General American English|
|0% Upper Midwestern|
Here's a couple of cool giveaways I've come across over the past week or so, for cocktail related stuff:
First up is a couple of free videos from Ketel One. Just go here and fill out the form. There are two different videos, both of which are available on DVD and one can also be had on VHS. Not sure exactly what they are, but hey, how can you go wrong when they say "free"?
Secondly is a book called "Wines From Spain". It's put out by a marketing firm, but Days That End In Y gives it a good review nonetheless. But again, it is really free, as in Free Beer - no "shipping" charges, no "handling" charges, nothing. So what do you have to lose? Just go here and ask for it!
So get out there and get those forms filled out!
Still, I was please to read about Woot's new venture, Wine.Woot. Here, they put up a few bottles of wine for your wooting pleasure. Of course, given the crazy patchwork quilt of liquor laws in this country, there are all sorts of catches and gotchas and places they can't mail to. But I was glad to see that Massachusetts is one of them, albeit with the caveat "(expect longer delivery times)". Not sure why.
Woot Wine : One Week, One Wine
Gelf Magazine has an interesting short article doing what it does best - tweak the Main Stream Media for being lackadasical. In this case, it is the reporting done on the annual Social Security Administration list of the most popular baby names from last year. The media says dumb things like :
"When kids born in 2005 head to kindergarten in a few years, a lot of them will be raising their hands when the teacher calls out 'Emily' or 'Jacob'"
Which is, as you might imagine, a vast overstatement, seeing as how it is only about 1% of the boys were named Jacob and a similar percentage of girls were named Emily. And, in fact, the percentage of babies named using the top 100 names has fallen rather dramatically over the last 60 years:2005:
Percentage of Boys given a Top 100 Name: 48.0%
Percentage of Girls given a Top 100 Name: 34.2%
Percentage of Boys given a Top 100 Name: 67.1%
Percentage of Girls given a Top 100 Name: 51.6%
Percentage of Boys given a Top 100 Name: 72.7%
Percentage of Girls given a Top 100 Name: 57.9%
Percentage of Boys given a Top 100 Name: 75.4%
Percentage of Girls given a Top 100 Name: 65.8%
Geflog: Keeping Up With the Jacobs
When it came to naming our babies, we had two very different processes. The first, like the process of labor, was long and arduous. The second, again very much like the birth, was relatively quick and easy.
For our first, we read books, talked about it constantly, surfed the web, checked lists, you name it. With a last name of Arnold, we really needed a consonant at the end for it to flow easily, so that help whittle the list down. We eventually narrowed it down to ten names in each list, boy and girl. We did as recommended, and actually practiced using the names during the day, just to hear how it sounded out loud.
I don't remember all the names in the girls list. I'll bet Gabrielle has it written down somewhere. We wanted a name that was different, yet not too far out there. The most helpful book was the classic "Beyond Jennifer and Jason", with all kinds of great lists and comments. Both of us love our own names but have also had issues with them. For mine, people have tried far too hard to spell it. There are a few variations on "Jonathan", but I'd have to say mine is probably the most common. Other ones include "Jonathon", "Johnathan" and "Johnathon". So we were certain we weren't going to go with a unusual spelling of a common name. For my wife, "Gabrielle" is reasonably easy to spell but you'd be surprised at exactly how hard it is to pronounce for many people. It isn't the case as much any more, because it is becoming more common, but, much like the spelling of my name, people try way too hard to pronounce it.
So we practiced names on the list. Some from the girls list I remember include Spencer and Bailey (which had the extra attraction of it being my mother's maiden name). We also refused to discuss it with anyone else. You only get into trouble when you ask the opinion of others. When word leaked out about us considering Bailey, my sister got all up in arms because she was thinking of using it (and she eventually did with one of her twins). You get all kinds of unneeded comments if you try bouncing it off other people. We kept it pretty close to the chest and didn't regret it in the slightest, despite pressure from all side.
But we just couldn't get to one name. It wasn't like I had a favorite and Gabrielle had a different favorite. We just couldn't decide on one. It's a very early indication of the pressure you get as a parent, making lifetime choices for your child, and so it was a good introduction for us. We actually didn't decide until the middle of the night, during the long, hard labor, when Gabrielle said to me "It's going to be Rhiannon". Which is a cool name, don't you think? And it fits in a lot of ways. While she isn't named "after" the Fleetwood Mac song, we probably wouldn't have heard of it otherwise, and the song has the added benefit of making it familiar to others. I always thought it was a cool name. And her oldest brother was something of a Celtic scholar, who died the previous year in a fishing boat accident off the coast of Ireland, so it seemed a fitting tribute. And the folklore Rhiannon is something of a moon goddess (as well as a fairy tale witch), and her horoscope (which is, of course, a crock) sign is the Moon; they often call it "Moon Child" now, instead of Cancer the Crab, for obvious reasons. So it is a lovely name and fit in a number of interesting ways. And the day we brought her home from the hospital, there was a Rhiannon pictured on the front page of the local newspaper! She was a high school student, pictured working on something. Too funny!
Rhiannon's middle name was much easier. Both of us wanted to avoid those middle names that you are embarrassed to talk about in school, that become something of a talisman to guard against exposing. And "Elizabeth" was perfect - her mom's name, my sister's name, and a good solid name all around.
But for our second child, the process was much smoother. I'm not sure where it came from or who first proposed it, but "Adrienne" was an immediate hit, and we never varied from it. We each had one other top contender. I liked the name "Cam", for a boy or a girl (or "Cammi"). Cam Neely was, and probably still is, my favorite hockey player and it is a great name. Gabrielle wanted "Lucy", but I wasn't crazy about it. Funny thing is, I don't think any of those names, but especially Adrienne, was on the top ten list for Rhiannon! But "Adrienne" was the top pick all along, and when she showed up 20 minutes after we got to the hospital, we were ready with a name at least. Gabrielle still says, though, that Adrienne would make a good Lucy too. And it does give you a pretty clear picture of her personality.
And her middle name also was pretty easy. Christine is my mom's name, and relatives on both sides have the same or variations on it. And, oddly enough, Rhiannon Elizabeth and Adrienne Christine have the same number of letters - 17. I hate the idea of some kind of cutesy pattern for names, like Roger Clemens' kids' names all beginning with the letter K, but it just worked out that way.
And another thing we liked about the first names - there are no obvious nicknames. Gabrielle and I both have obvious ones, but both prefer to go by the long version of our names, although we're not sticklers. But with Adrienne and Rhiannon, the default is the full version, and so far it has worked. Rhiannon used to call Adrienne "Ay-Ya", and it is still in occasional use. But luckily, Adrienne's early name for her sister, Rhi-Rhi, hasn't come up since then.
I went on a Web oddyssey and all I got in return were these links:-) I was looking for some interesting Blog Carnivals to join and before you knew it, I was wandering around in some simply fascinating cocktail blogs, with dozens of great sounding recipes - phew, I'm simply dizzy with the possibilities. Anyway, here's a sampler of the ones I came across:
- The Art of Drink
- The Cocktail Chronicles
- Cocktail Jen
- Days That End In "Y"
- Kaiser Penguin
- The Bottom Shelf
And a couple of the "Carnivals" I uncovered:
And even a new magazine to subscribe to, Imbibe. Phew!
The one catch is that they say it will only be free until Dec 31, 2006. But hey, why not?
Free calls to all landlines and mobile phones within the US and Canada - Skype Blogs
|Discover Dungeons & Dragons|
|From Planets to Pulsars: Astronomy Basics|
|Writing Science Fiction with Gotham Writers' Workshop|
I'll probably check one out.
Barnes & Noble.com - Barnes & Noble University
Thanks to This Mama Cooks for the link