My Personal SF/F Collection

Thursday, 01 September 2011 16:36

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been asked by a number of people for book recommendations. Seeing as that I studied feminist post-cyberpunk and tend to enjoy texts that deal with issues related to technology and the (raced, dis/abled, gendered, sexed) body, most of the books I own reflect those themes. I should note that even though I love reading, I am not a bibliophile in the least. For someone with a literature PhD, I am definitely an aberration from the norm. There is only *one* bookcase in my house! I lend out/give away my books once I am done reading them - of all the books I have ever owned, I have retained less than 5%. Part of the reason for my relatively low-book ownership is that I have a family history of hoarding and I intend not to go down that road. Additionally, I have always believed that books should be read and shared. It has never made sense to me to hold on to books just for the sake of looking at them. I also use the public library since I can’t afford to a buy everything I want to read. The books that I own and hold on to, then, are the stories that I truly love or find engaging in some lasting way.

The below list contains my SF/F-related titles only (I’ll leave my other favourite non-SF books for a future post). If you see a book on the list that you want to learn more about, leave a comment and I’ll write up a review!


SF/F Books on my shelf that I’ve read (and recommend):

Feed. M. T. Anderson

Weaving the Web. Tim Berners-Lee (2000)

Kindred. Octavia Butler (1979)

Lilith’s Brood series (Dawn, Adulthood Rites, & Imago). Octavia Butler (1987/2000)

Seed to Harvest series (Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind, Clay’s Ark, & Patternmaster). Octavia Butler (1976/2007)

Synners. Pat Cadigan (1991)

Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep. Philip K. Dick (1968)

The House of the Scorpion. Nancy Farmer (2002)

Reload: Rethinking Women and Cyberculture. Eds. Mary Flanagan & Austin Booth (2002)

Burning Chrome. William Gibson (1986)

Count Zero. William Gibson (1986)

Neuromancer. William Gibson (1984)

Mona Lisa Overdrive. William Gibson (1988)

Virtual Light. William Gibson (1994)

The Haraway Reader. Donna Haraway (2004)

Skin Folk. Nalo Hopkinson (2001)

Brown Girl in the Ring. Nalo Hopkinson (1998)

Midnight Robber. Nalo Hopkinson (2000)

So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial SF & F. Eds. Nalo Hopkinson & Uppinder Mehan (2004)

Beggars in Spain. Nancy Kress (1993)

Salt Fish Girl. Larissa Lai (2002)

When Fox is a Thousand. Larissa Lai (2004)

A Wrinkle in Time. Madeleine L’Engle (1962)

The Dispossessed. Ursual Le Guin (1974)

Earthsea series (The Wizard of Earthsea, The Farthest Shore, The Tombs of Atuan, Tales from Earthsea, & The Other Wind).Ursual Le Guin (1968-2001)

The Left Hand of Darkness. Ursula Le Guin (1969)

Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology. Eds. James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel (2007)

Storming the Reality Studio. Ed. Larry McCaffery (1991)

Red Spider, White Web. Misha (1990)

47. Walter Mosley (2005)

Woman on the Edge of Time. Marge Piercy (1976)

He, She And It. Marge Piercy (1991)

Glass Houses. Laura J. Mixon (1992)

Proxies. Laura J. Mixon (1998)

The Female Man. Joanna Russ (1975

WWW series (Wake, Watch, Wonder). Robert J. Sawyer (2009-2011)

Snow Crash. Neal Stephenson (1992)

Dreaming in Smoke. Tricia Sullivan (1998)

Maul. Tricia Sullivan (2003)

Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative. Priscilla Wald (2008)

Uglies. Scott Westerfeld (2006)


SF/F Books on my shelf that I still need to read:

The Wind Up Girl. Pablo Bacigalupi (2009)

Nova. Samuel Delany (1968)

Spook Country. William Gibson (2007)

The New Moon’s Arms. Nalo Hopkinson (2007)

Up Against It. M.J. Locke (2011) *currently reading*

Fractions (The Star Fraction, The Stone Canal). Ken Macleod (1995/2008)

The City & The City. China Mieville (2009)

Running with the Pack. Ed. Ekatrina Sedia (2010)

Far Horizons. Ed. Robert Silverberg (2005)

Revolution World. Katy Stauber (2011)

Mechanique. Genevieve Valentine (2011)

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