Larry, the editor of the excellent OF Blog of the Fallen, came once again with a very interesting challenge: What are 10 speculative fiction (the definition of which is left up to you, of course) would you say are among the best ever?
Well, I would not attempt to find a proper definition for the speculative fiction. During my readings I found myself attracted more or less by different types of fiction. And although I settled for fantasy and horror as genres that provide most of my readings I like stepping beyond these boundaries. Speaking of boundaries, I believe that it is difficult to find a definition for speculative fiction since many new works I’ve read tend to step the borders set by a genre or other and tend to mix elements of fiction. And that is something I really like. Maybe when it comes to these boundaries a non-conformist approach can produce a better work of fiction.
Anyway, I would not attempt to make a top, since I found myself in difficulty when it comes to such tops, but I’ll list (in author alphabetic order) 10 readings that made the greatest impact on me, as a reader and why not, as a person. I stepped over boundaries myself and you’ll see a few different genres in my list. I tried to bring as many authors I love as I could in the top therefore I’ve limited myself to one title from their works, the one I loved the most. So, without further ado here are my 10 best readings:
- Philip K. Dick – “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – “The Lost World”
- Alexandre Dumas – “The Count of Monte Cristo”
- Stephen King & Peter Straub – “The Talisman”
- Ursula K. Le Guin – “The Left Hand of Darkness”
- George R.R. Martin – “A Game of Thrones”
- Henryk Sienkiewicz – “With Fire and Sword”
- J.R.R. Tolkien – “The Lord of the Rings”
- Jules Verne – “A Journey to the Center of the Earth”
- Carlos Ruiz Zafón – “The Shadow of the Wind”