So my brother posted this on Facebook, but I wanted to respond with a little bit more room to throw in a few words about each one (and add book cover pictures…because they’re cool). Here goes, in no particular order:
1. The Holy Bible Various authors – Be excellent to each other.
2. The Dragonriders of Pern (original trilogy) Anne McCaffrey – Because who doesn’t want to ride a majestic dragon through the skies of an alien planet?
3. The Honor Harrington series David Weber – Military Sci-Fi 101
4. The Mote in God’s Eye Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle – Military Sci-Fi 201 (+ Alien Contact lab class)
5. Starship Troopers Robert Heinlein – Military Sci-Fi 301 (+ Social Contract thesis)
6. Five Great Ideas Mortimer J. Adler – So, that’s what a bunch of those ‘-isms’ are about.
7. A Stranger in a Strange Land Robert Heinlein – Screw your -isms…just grok it.
8. Ringworld Larry Niven – This is how scale is done.
9. The Stand Stephen King – This is how scope is done.
10. The Harry Potter series J.K. Rowling – Heroes, done right.
11. Watchmen Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons – Anti-heroes, done right.
12. 1984 George Orwell – The horrific triumph of the Left.
13. V for Vendetta Alan Moore & David Lloyd – The horrific triumph of the Right.
14. Night Shift Stephen King – Scary, short, and scary (yeah, I said it twice).
15. Lucifer’s Hammer Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle – Scary, because $%!# falls out of the sky all the *@#-damned time.