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Damien Broderick is a writer whose works include the novel "The Judas Mandala" and critical studies "Ferocious Minds "and "X, Y, Z, T: Dimensions of Science Fiction." He is a five-time recipient of the Australian SF Ditmar Award and a runner-up for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. He lives in San Antonio, Texas. Paul Di Filippo is a two-time Nebula Awardfinalist and a Philip K. Dick finalist. He is the author of "Creature from the Black Lagoon," "Ribofunk," "The Steampunk Trilogy," and "Top Ten: Beyond the Farthest Precinct "and the editor of "Freaks in a Box: The Myths of Media." He lives in Providence, Rhode Island. David Pringle is a writer and editor. He is the author of several guides, including "Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels," " Science Fiction" "The 100 Best Novels," and "The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction." He served as the editor of "Foundation," an academic journal, and founded the English science magazine "Interzone.""

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A Great Overview of the past 25 years in SF 27. Juni 2012
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For the casual sf fan looking for a new read, or for someone like me who needs to stay abreast of the ever-sprawling world of sf, Broderick & Di Filippo have done us all a service. Concise, engaging and insightful, Science Fiction the 101 Best Novels: 1985-2010 provides an important survey of the work being done with the sf novel over the last quarter century. From seminal works like Atwood's The Handmaiden's Tale & Mieville's Perdito Street Station, onto less-discussed gems like Nagata's Vast & Jensen's My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time, Broderick & Di Filippo provide the reader with a generous offering of quality science fiction.

Will every reader agree with the selections laid out in this book? Did everyone agree with Rolling Stone's list of the 100 great rock n roll guitarists? Hell no. But that's the point. Books like 101 stir the debate and get people talking about favorite books unloved and not included, and this enthusiasm spills over and generates more conversation and ultimately more reading. Broderick & Di Filippo hipped me to at least 15 books that slipped under my radar, and their combined enthusiasm for books I have neglected like Shepard's Life During Wartime and Niffeneggar's The Time Traveler's Wife have made me reconsider both novels. And on the macro level, 101 offers the reader a solid overview of the themes, artistic movements and philosophical ideas that have guided sf from cyberpunk to singularity.

Science fiction has always been a dialogue between the past and the present. With Science Fiction the 101 Best Novels: 1985-2010, Broderick & Di Filippo keep the dialogue moving forward.
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VERY USEFUL 6. August 2012
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I've been sampling BEST 101 & am very pleased at the summaries indeed. It's an insightful way to consider the sprawl of great work over 25 years, a huge job!
I've read the majority and agree they should be in. (There's even one of mine, an unexpected bonus. They treated my galactic series well and caught the flavor of it.) Glad to see Anderson's GENESIS, his last great work -- writ for me in a month! -- when Zelazny died and I had a slot to fill in the collection, FAR FUTURES. Anderson was a titan.
Could've used an index, but still, immensely valuable. Thanks for this very useful book--must read some of these I missed!
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101 Bottles of SF on the Wall 7. Oktober 2012
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This book has an unusually descriptive title. It contains 101 brief (2-5 page) reviews of the "best" 101 science fiction novels published in 1985 through 2010. It is a companion volume to David Pringle's Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels: 1949-1984. Both books guide readers through the relatively large universe of book-length science fiction. Authors Damien Broderick and Paul Di Filippo limit themselves to one entry per book author, using this entry to discuss multiple works by that author as appropriate.

The entries include reviews of five of my favorites. They provide a general sense of the way these books are reviewed and evaluated.

Ender's Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card. This novel about human cadets training to fight in an interstellar war launched Card's career. Its success is attributed to the inclusion of a dozen hot-button topics: " existential threat to the human race; the nature of alien intelligence and person-hood; genocide; means versus ends; the `great man' theory of history; the limits of government and the proper role of the citizen; the limits and nature of the educational system; the military ethos; the nature of sociopaths and power; family dynamics; sibling rivalry; and schoolboy rivalry."

Use of Weapons (1990) by Iain M. Banks. The review outlines the book's history of protagonist Cheradenine Zakalwe, a perpetual soldier for various armies and causes. It also overviews Banks' other novels set in the "Culture" universe and the primary themes emphasized in its post-scarcity society. There is an insightful discussion of the book's twin helix narrative structure. And there is an *unforgiveable* spoiler for one of the other Culture books.

A Fire Upon the Deep (1992) by Vernor Vinge. This story spans star systems across an entire sector of the galaxy and includes humans, an engagingly-strange collection of aliens, and strange, incomprehensible Powers with... strange, incomprehensible powers. The universe is partitioned into Zones which are concentric regions around the galaxy's center. The laws of physics differ in these Zones, with thought and spaceflight barely possible in the Unthinking Depths and artificial intelligence, faster-than light travel, and other wonders abundant in the Beyond. Bad things can happen when denizens of different Zones interact. The review discusses Vinge's the relationship between this work, its prequel A Deepness in the Sky, and the Singularity concept introduced in Marooned in Realtime.

Perdido Street Station (2000) by China Miéville. This book introduced readers to the author's Bas-Lag series and to its central city, the sprawling, overcrowded, mucusy metropolis of New Crobuzon. The book is named for its largest train station, only one of an incredible set of locations that includes an enclave of cactus-people and an embassy of Hell. The story is about a scientist who accidentally looses deadly slake-moths on the City. But the story is just an excuse to explore the people, places, and improbabilities of New Crobuzon. There is also some discussion of Miéville`s subsequent Bas-Lag books, The Scar and Iron Council.

The Time Traveler's Wife (2003) by Audrey Niffenegger. This book isn't really about time travel in the traditional sense, nor may it "really" be considered science fiction. But it is close to both. Clair and Henry are friends, lovers, spouses, parents who have a life together, but many parts of it are out of sequence. Henry is an involuntary time traveler who jumps to different points in the past and future without will or warning. He knows Clair as a little girl, a teenager, a woman. And she waits for him, never knowing how old he will be when he appears. We see the implications across the span of their lives, if span is the right word. The review gives us a bit more of the author's perspective on her unique book.

The reviews of books I am familiar with describe their characters and plots accurately and are reasonably free of spoilers--with a few exceptions. Reviews of books I have not read have convinced me to pick up some overlooked gems, including Cyteen, The Diamond Age, and The Handmaid's Tale. I recommend this book as a reference and reading guide to recent, higher-quality science fiction.
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From Handmaid's Tale to Quantum Thief 20. Juni 2012
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In the interests of full disclosure, I have to admit that I am a big fan of book lists. I have used the Modern Library fiction and non-fiction lists to find referrals and lists by Pringle and Moorcock to locate works of fantasy. The CWA British and US lists have suggested a number of mystery gems I would not likely have found on my own. For science fiction ideas, I have utilized a list of the 100 best novels from 1949 to 1984 by David Pringle.

Broderick and Di Filippo have updated Pringle's work by compiling a new list of SF novels from 1985 through 2010. A foreward by David Pringle provides continuity with the earlier list.

The new collection resembles the earlier one in that it is chronological rather than providing a countdown to the best novel of the period. It covers a shorter time by ten years and includes a much larger selection of female writers than the earlier book given the work produced in the period from which selections were made. I find this new list to be better written and to have more value than the prior one. Broderick and Di Filippo spend far less space than did Pringle on plot summary and provide more context regarding the subject matter in each book. For example, the plot of Handmaid's Tale is compared to 1984 as well as to the way power relationships in society actually developed. There is also more discussion of how some volumes came to be written. The authors explain that Orson Scott Card expanded Ender's Game from a short story by changing the narrative viewpoint to that of an adult telling his story in retrospect. The authors also take the time to think through where each work and author rests in SF history. Ender's Game is compared to Starship Troopers, A Case of Conscience and The Female Man while China Meiville is expansively mentioned in the same breath as Mervyn Peake.

The authors demonstrate their considerable genre knowledge by recounting the literary history of certain tropes in the works represented. In discussing Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, they talk about the development of stories dealing with black market body parts from Niven's Known Space in the sixties to current works. Broderick and Di Filippo also show some courage in evaluating the overall output of some of the authors contained in their list as when they suggest that Card would be regarded as "a minor, respectable, forgotten craftsman" if not for the Ender series.

The true value of the list, of course, is not in the reading pleasure it delivers but in leading the discerning user to new books and authors. Even though I thought I had consumed modestly in the SF field in recent years, I still found 87 books I had not read, many of which I had not come across in any other forum. There are actually far more than 101 books considered as the authors list all 3 of Meiville's Bas-lag books when discussing Perdido Street Station and 4 of Gene Wolfe's series in the entry for Nightside the Long Sun.

In using lists as sources for reading referral, not only have I located hidden classics but I have found that virtually all recommended books reach at least an acceptable level of literary merit. In a genre such as SF, where there is a very large range of quality exhibited in what is published, lists like those of Pringle and Broderick/Di Filippo can improve and enrich the reading selection process.
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Good but not as great as Pringle's book 20. Juli 2012
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I bought David Pringle's 100 Best Novels WAY back in high school when it first came out. It had a profound effect on my life because I ended up reading most of the books he reviewed- along the way, I became a PKD fan and a JG Ballard fan (authors whom I likely would not have read otherwise). Pringle's book was wonderful because it made you want to read the books. He described the books in CLEAR concise terms with a plot summary and gave you some context of the book's historical mileu.

101 Novels is a worthy sucessor. The problem is the writing (while stylish) is too "post-modernish" for me. In some cases, it's hard to even tell what the book is about. Also, unfortunately, the font size is very small. Overall, this book is well worth getting (and there are many excellent picks). But it doesn't live up to Pringle's masterpiece.
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