Via Stainless Steel Droppings, I learned that The Guardian is doing one of those book lists that always gets people up in arms, spurs countless debates as to the legitimacy of including novels like Morrison’s BELOVED and Rushdie’s THE SATANIC VERSES in the SF/F section, and in general causes a lot of fun and umbrage to be had by all. In what is a pleasing move, they’ve allotted 124 spots on this list to SF/F, and from there I have culled the one’s I have read. I am pleased to report that they are many! Here, pasted for your perusal, are the ‘classics’ I have devoured in my time:

1. Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
3. Isaac Asimov: Foundation (1951)
15. Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita (1966)
17. Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange (1960)
25. Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
26. Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)
28. Michael Chabon: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000)
30. GK Chesterton: The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)
31. Susanna Clarke: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2004)
36. Samuel R Delaney: The Einstein Intersection (1967)
37. Philip K Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
42. Neil Gaiman: American Gods (2001)
44. William Gibson: Neuromancer (1984)
46. William Golding: Lord of the Flies (1954)
48. M John Harrison: Light (2002)
49. Robert A Heinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
50. Frank Herbert: Dune (1965)
55. Aldous Huxley: Brave New World (1932)
57. Shirley Jackson: The Haunting of Hill House (1959)
58. Henry James: The Turn of the Screw (1898)
62. Franz Kafka: The Trial (1925)
63. Daniel Keyes: Flowers for Algernon (1966)
64. Stephen King: The Shining (1977)
66. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: Uncle Silas (1864)
76. Cormac McCarthy: The Road (2006)
78. China Miéville: The Scar (2002)
80. Walter M Miller Jr: A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960)
81. David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas (2004)
84. Toni Morrison: Beloved (1987)
85. Haruki Murakami: The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (1995)
88. Larry Niven: Ringworld (1970)
92. Chuck Palahniuk: Fight Club (1996)
94. Mervyn Peake: Titus Groan (1946)
99. Alastair Reynolds: Revelation Space (2000)
101. JK Rowling: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997)
102. Salman Rushdie: The Satanic Verses (1988)
103. Antoine de Sainte-Exupéry: The Little Prince (1943)
104. José Saramago: Blindness (1995)
106. Mary Shelley: Frankenstein (1818)
107. Dan Simmons: Hyperion (1989)
109. Neal Stephenson: Snow Crash (1992)
110. Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)
111. Bram Stoker: Dracula (1897)
119. HG Wells: The War of the Worlds (1898)
120. TH White: The Sword in the Stone (1938)
121. Gene Wolfe: The Book of the New Sun (1980-83)
123. John Wyndham: The Midwich Cuckoos (1957)