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The Twenty Science Fiction Novels that Will Change Your Life

The Twenty Science Fiction Novels that Will Change Your Life
Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service. @Jackson West: I almost included 2,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but decided to stick to my anglo-centrism and only include works in English. That's why I didn't include any Lem or Abe or all those other people who write in languages I didn't learn in my freaking EuroAmerican, phallogocentric, teleobsessive, totalizing school. Flagged

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