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Some damn good Science Fiction

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The list author says: "Random grab bag of weird or exceptional science fiction..."
The Stars My Destination
The Stars My Destination
"Considered by some to be the single greatest science fiction novel. Wildly inventive rollercoaster of a book that influenced several generations of science fiction. The original cyberpunk?"
Solaris
Solaris
"WOW... disturbing and utterly brilliant"
The Sirens of Titan: A Novel
The Sirens of Titan: A Novel
"One of Vonnegut's best"
Cat's Cradle: A Novel
Cat's Cradle: A Novel
"At the end of the night at the Texas Showdown Saloon in Austin they'd dump leftover bar ice in the urinals, and many years ago there used to be some graffiti on the wall pointing down to the urinal that said "Ice-Nine""
Venus on the Half-Shell
Venus on the Half-Shell
"Philip Jose Farmer writing as the classic Vonnegut character Kilgore Trout. Surreal silliness."
Strange Relations
Strange Relations
"These are the works that introduced sexuality to science fiction in the 1950s. Tame by today's standards, they were revolutionary at the time. Pulp fun, with biological & religious themes."
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
"Very bizarre book... I had no idea how it was going to end, and then I realized that Dick didn't know how it was going to end, either."
A Scanner Darkly
A Scanner Darkly
"One of my favorite PKD books, up there with Valis. Dick writing about drugs, a subject he was very familiar with."
Valis
Valis
"Extremely strange book. More than any other book, Valis explores Dick's bizarre experiences from the 70s."
Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick
Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick
"Great selection of stories -- much better than the PKD Reader."
Forever War, The
Forever War, The
"Damn, this is a good book."
Gateway (Heechee Saga)
Gateway (Heechee Saga)
"Another damn good book. The sequel is also pretty damn good."
True Names: And the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier
True Names: And the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier
"True Names is credited as the work that invented the concept of cyberspace."
A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought)
A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought)
"Engrossing. I liked it better than Fire Upon the Deep."
Software
Software
"Meandering silly book -- one of the earliest cyberpunk books."
Gnarl!: Stories
Gnarl!: Stories
"Collected short stories"
Burning Chrome
Burning Chrome
"The stories that begat cyberpunk"
Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
"The great cyberpunk anthology"
Schismatrix Plus (Complete Shapers-Mechanists Universe)
Schismatrix Plus (Complete Shapers-Mechanists Universe)
"All the Shaper/Mechanist stories plus the novel Schismatrix. I have yet to read Schismatrix, but I highly recommend the short stories, esp. Swarm."
Godbody
Godbody
"Sturgeon's free love book... his last novel."
The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan
The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan
"The original psychedelic sci-fi"
Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy
Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy
"More weirdness from the master of the mindfizzle"
Snow Crash
Snow Crash
"Post-cyberpunk"
The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book)
The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book)
Axiomatic
Axiomatic
"Great short story collection"
Quarantine
Quarantine
"Quantum nano-noir."
Permutation City
Permutation City
"This book blew my mind... one of the best & most far-reaching posthuman works ever. I rank Egan up there with Philip Dick."
Diaspora
Diaspora
Accelerando (Singularity)
Accelerando (Singularity)
"Post-singularity short stories"
Altered Carbon: A Takeshi Kovacs Novel (Takeshi Kovacs Novels)
Altered Carbon: A Takeshi Kovacs Novel (Takeshi Kovacs Novels)
"Transhuman detective noir. Very cool stuff."
Kiln People (The Kiln Books)
Kiln People (The Kiln Books)
"Great book with a page-turning plot, about a future where you can make sentient clay copies of yourself"
Beyond Singularity (Darkside)
Beyond Singularity (Darkside)
"Post-singularity sci-fi stories"
Dhalgren
Dhalgren
"Considered the Finnegans Wake of science fiction. I read a chapter and it made no sense at all to me. He also wrote books that make sense."
The Shockwave Rider
The Shockwave Rider
"Along with Philip Dick, considered one of the grandpappies of cyberpunk."
Image of the Beast
Image of the Beast
"Gothic horror porno noir. Wildly imaginative pulp madness."
Riding the Torch/Tin Soldier (Tor Science Fiction Double)
Riding the Torch/Tin Soldier (Tor Science Fiction Double)
""Riding the Torch" is a novella about virtual reality art, shared sensation via internal internet connections, and sensory deprivation in the void of space. Very cyberpunk, several years before Gibson. Highly recommended."
Agent of Chaos
Agent of Chaos
"Good book about political revolution and the philosophy of chaos."
The Void Captain's Tale
The Void Captain's Tale
"This book blew me away"
The Space Merchants
The Space Merchants
"Book about revolution in a society over-run by advertising -- great critique of capitalism by a socialist sympathizer (Pohl). And it was written in the early 50s!"
Dimensions of Sheckley : The Selected Novels of Robert Sheckley
Dimensions of Sheckley : The Selected Novels of Robert Sheckley
"If you like Douglas Adams, you owe it to yourself to check out Robert Sheckley. Funny, satirical & surreal. I recommend Mindswap & Dimensions of Miracles."