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by Maria Popova What Galileo has to do with the economy, or how Wall Street is moulding your taste in art. “The universe is made of stories, not atoms,” poet Muriel Rukeyser famously proclaimed.
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Where do you want to start? Do you like Cyberpunk? Are you going to be upset when you don't find Harry Potter ?
Free Science Fiction, Fantasy & Dystopian Classics on the Web: Huxley, Orwell, Asimov, Gaiman & BeyondToday we’re bringing you a roundup of some of the great Science Fiction, Fantasy and Dystopian classics available on the web. And what better way to get started than with Aldous Huxley reading a dramatized recording of his 1932 novel, Brave New World . The reading aired on the CBS Radio Workshop in 1956. You can listen to Part 1 here and Part 2 here . (FYI: You can download Huxley’s original work — as opposed to the dramatized version — in audio by signing up for a Free Trial with Audible.com , and that applies to other books mentioned here as well.)
In my literature related internet journeys I’ve seen the same scenario time and time again. People have finished reading “Harry Potter” or “Lord of the Rings” or are simply just getting into fantasy and are looking for something interesting, asking for advice from the more experienced fantasy readers. Unfortunately the names they are given are always the same: Jordan (“The Wheel of Time”) Martin (“The Song of Ice and Fire”) Goodkind (“The Sword of Truth”)
That's a really bad list. Dan Simmons, Frank Herbert, David Wingrove and Gene Wolfe aren't even on it. Consider Phlebas and Pattern Recognition are two of the more mediocre books by their respective authors.
Chris Silas Neal More than 5,000 of you nominated . More than 60,000 of you voted . And now the results are in. The winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey are an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles. Over on NPR's pop culture blog, Monkey See, you can find one fan's thoughts on how the list shaped up, get our experts' take, and have the chance to share your own.
Although he died when he was only 53 years old, Philip K. Dick (1928 – 1982) published 44 novels and 121 short stories during his lifetime and solidified his position as arguably the most literary of science fiction writers. His novel Ubik appears on TIME magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels , and Dick is the only science fiction writer to get honored in the prestigious Library of America series , a kind of pantheon of American literature. If you’re not intimately familiar with his novels, then you assuredly know major films based on Dick’s work – Blade Runner , Total Recall , A Scanner Darkly and Minority Report .