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I'm a huge fan of David's Uplift Saga, not to mention The Postman. I dropped David an email and asked for his picks. He responded with a fantastic set of novels, broken down into quirky categories. He'll be posting all 100 of his selections on his blog within the next few days - this is a distilled version that's been turned into a list. Enjoy!

1.
1984 (George Orwell)
David says: "DIRE WARNINGS AND SELF PREVENTING PROPHECIES: These novels and shorter works have drawn millions to ponder different kinds of danger that may lurk among our many possible tomorrows - from tyranny to ecological deterioration to the failure of citizenship. Some even attained the most powerful status any work of fiction can achieve ... changing the future, by alerting millions, who then girded themselves, discussing the problem with neighbors, becoming active, vowing to help ensure the bad thing never happens. These examples of self-preventing prophecy stand out."
2.
Stand on Zanzibar (John Brunner)
David says: "HARBINGERS OF HOPE: These tales offer something almost as important as warnings... a tantalizing glimpse at better tomorrows. It's actually much harder to do than issuing dire warnings! (That's why there's so little optimism in print.)"
3.
Lord of Light (Roger Zelazny)
David says: "HUH! I NEVER REALIZED! Some tales simply rocked readers back with wondrous stories that also broadened their perspective... from strange cultures to alternate social systems to unusual ways of thinking."
4.
Timescape (Gregory Benford)
David says: "THE HARD STUFF. Take me someplace new. Boggle me with possibilities grounded in this strange-real universe of science!"
5.
David says: "FANTASY - WITH BRAINS: Just because there's magic and wizards and kings and such... doesn't mean it has to be lobotomizing."
6.
The Stars My Destination (Alfred Bester)
David says: "GEDANKENEXPERIMENTS: Or... what if things were different?"
7.
David says: "RIP-SNORTING GOOD STORYTELLING: Explains itself."
8.
David says: "HUMOR: The hardest thing of all to do well."
9.
The Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury)
David says: "SHEER BEAUTY: Forget science, logic and other superficialities. Just love it. The words... the words..."
10.
Herland (Charlotte Perkins Gilman)
David says: "QUIRKY CLASSICS"
I LIKE IT
IT'S JUST OK
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