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Fiction writers, at least in their braver moments, do desire the truth. To know it, to speak it, and to serve it. But they go about it in a peculiar and devious way which consists in inventing persons, places, and events which never did and never will exist, and telling about these fictions in detail and at length and with a great deal of emotion, and then when they are done writing down this pack of lies, they say, “There, that's the truth!”

We have to know perfectly well that the whole thing is nonsense, and then, while reading, believe every word of it. Finally, when we're done with it, we may find that we're a bit different from what we were before we read it — that we've been changed a little, crossed a street we never crossed before. But it's very hard to say just how we learned or how we changed…

The artist deals with what cannot be said in words. The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words. Is it any wonder that no truly respectable society has ever trusted its artists?

— Ursula K. Le Guin, ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’

I went a little crazy one day and catalogued part of my bookshelf. This is what I've been reading lately…

AuthorTitle
Douglas AdamsHitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas AdamsThe Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Douglas AdamsLife, The Universe and Everything
Douglas AdamsSo Long and Thanks for All the Fish
Douglas AdamsDirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Roger MacBride AllenCharon's Ring
Roger MacBride AllenThe Shattered Sphere
Roger MacBride AllenThe Modular Man
Roger MacBride AllenThe Depths of Time
Kevin J. Anderson, Doug BeasonVirtual Destruction
Poul AndersonWinners
Poul AndersonVirgin Planet
Poul AndersonTau Zero
Poul AndersonHarvest of Stars
Piers AnthonyBio of a Space Tyrant
Volume I: Refugee
Piers AnthonyBio of a Space Tyrant
Volume II: Mercenary
Piers AnthonyBio of a Space Tyrant
Volume III: Politician
Piers AnthonyBio of a Space Tyrant
Volume IV: Executive
Neal AsherGridlinked
Isaac AsimovI, Robot
Isaac AsimovEight Stories from the Rest of the Robots
Isaac AsimovThe Edge of Tomorrow
Isaac AsimovPrelude to Foundation
Isaac AsimovFoundation
Isaac AsimovFoundation and Empire
Isaac AsimovSecond Foundation
Isaac AsimovFoundation's Edge
Isaac AsimovFoundation and Earth
Isaac AsimovForward the Foundation
Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid's Tale
Wilhelmina BairdCrashcourse
Wilhelmina BairdClipjoint
Iain M. BanksThe Algebraist
Stephen BaxterAnti-Ice
Stephen BaxterThe Time Ships
Stephen BaxterManifold: Time
Stephen BaxterManifold: Space
Stephen BaxterRing
Greg BearEon
Greg BearMoving Mars
Greg BearFoundation and Chaos
Greg BearDarwin's Radio
Gregory BenfordArtifact
Alexander BesherRim
Ben BovaMillennium
Ben BovaThe Exiles Trilogy
Ray BradburyThe Illustrated Man
Reginald BretnorGilpin's Space
David BrinEarth
David BrinSundiver
David BrinStartide Rising
David BrinThe Uplift War
David BrinBrightness Reef
David BrinInfinity's Shore
David BrinHeaven's Reach
David BrinFoundation's Triumph
Gregory Benford, David BrinHeart of the Comet
Fredric BrownRogue in Space
John BrunnerThe Sheep Look Up
Pat CadiganSynners
Pat CadiganMindplayers
Pat CadiganFools
Martin CaidinKiller Station
Grant CallinSaturnalia
Orson Scott CardEnder's Game
Orson Scott CardSpeaker for the Dead
Orson Scott CardEnder's Shadow
Orson Scott CardXenocide
Jack L. ChalkerMidnight at the Well of Souls
Jack L. ChalkerExiles at the Well of Souls
Jack L. ChalkerQuest for the Well of Souls
Jack L. ChalkerThe Return of Nathan Brazil
Jack L. ChalkerTwilight at the Well of Souls
Jack L. ChalkerLilith: A Snake in the Grass
Jack L. ChalkerCerberus: A Wolf in the Fold
Jack L. ChalkerCharon: A Dragon at the Gate
Jack L. ChalkerMedusa: A Tiger by the Tail
Jack L. ChalkerThe Moreau Factor
Deborah ChesterLucasfilm's Alien Chronicles
The Golden One
Deborah ChesterLucasfilm's Alien Chronicles
The Crimson Claw
Deborah ChesterLucasfilm's Alien Chronicles
The Crystal Eye
Arthur C. ClarkeGlide Path
Arthur C. ClarkeThe City and the Stars
Arthur C. ClarkeFountains of Paradise
Arthur C. ClarkeChildhood's End
Arthur C. Clarke2001: A Space Odyssey
Arthur C. Clarke2010: Odyssey Two
Arthur C. ClarkeRendezvous with Rama
Brian DaleyHan Solo at Star's End
Philip K. DickDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Samuel R. DelanyBabel-17
Gordon R. DicksonDorsai!
Gordon R. DicksonLost Dorsai
Gordon R. DicksonNecromancer
Gordon R. DicksonSoldier, Ask Not
Gordon R. DicksonThe Spirit of Dorsai
Gordon R. DicksonTactics of Mistake
Gordon R. DicksonThe Final Encyclopedia
Gordon R. DicksonForward!
David DrakeHammer's Slammers
G.C. Edmondson, C.M. KotlanThe Cunningham Equations
Greg EganTeranesia
Greg EganSchild's Ladder
Paul D. FilippoRibofunk
Michael FlynnIn the Country of the Blind
Alan Dean FosterSplinter of the Mind's Eye
Alan Dean FosterStarman
Alan Dean FosterA Call to Arms
Randall Frakes, Bill WisherThe Terminator
Leo FrankowskiThe Cross-Time Engineer
Leo FrankowskiThe High-Tech Knight
Leo FrankowskiThe Radiant Warrior
Leo FrankowskiThe Flying Warlord
Leo FrankowskiLord Conrad's Lady
Carolyn Ives GilmanHalfway Human
William GibsonNeuromancer
William GibsonBurning Chrome
William GibsonMona Lisa Overdrive
William GibsonVirtual Light
William GibsonAll Tomorrow's Parties
William GibsonPattern Recognition
William GibsonSpook Country
William Gibson, Bruce SterlingThe Difference Engine
Donald F. GlutThe Empire Strikes Back
Joe HaldemanThe Forever War
Joe HaldemanForever Peace
Joe HaldemanWorlds Apart
Joe HaldemanAll My Sins Remembered
Joe Haldeman, Jack C. Haldeman IIThere Is No Darkness
Peter HamiltonReality Dysfunction
Part I: Emergence
Peter HamiltonReality Dysfunction
Part II: Expansion
Peter HamiltonMindstar Rising
Harry Harrison, Marvin MinskyThe Turing Option
David HartwellAge of Wonders
Robert A. HeinleinFarmer In The Sky
Robert A. HeinleinStarship Troopers
Robert A. HeinleinStranger In A Strange Land
Robert A. HeinleinThe Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
Robert A. HeinleinI Will Fear No Evil
Robert A. HeinleinThe Cat Who Walks Through Walls
Robert A. HeinleinThe Number Of The Beast
Robert A. HeinleinFriday
Robert A. HeinleinCitizen Of The Galaxy
Frank HerbertDune
Frank HerbertDune Messiah
Frank HerbertChildren of Dune
Frank HerbertGod Emperor of Dune
Frank HerbertHeretics of Dune
Frank HerbertThe Jesus Incident
Frank HerbertDestination: Void
Frank HerbertWhipping Star
Frank HerbertThe Eyes of Heisenberg
Walter H. HuntThe Dark Wing
Aldous HuxleyBrave New World
D.F. JonesColossus
D.F. JonesThe Fall of Colossus
D.F. JonesColossus and the Crab
James KahnReturn of the Jedi
Glan A. Larson, Robert ThurstonBattlestar Galactica
Keith LaumerBolo
Keith LaumerRogue Bolo
Keith LaumerBolos
Book 2: The Unconquerable
Keith LaumerStar Colony
Madeleine L'EngleA Wrinkle in Time
Ursula K. Le GuinThe Left Hand of Darkness
Ursula K. Le GuinThe Eye of the Heron
Ursula K. Le GuinThe Dispossessed
Ursula K. Le GuinA Wizard of Earthsea
Ursula K. Le GuinThe Tombs of Atuan
Ursula K. Le GuinThe Farthest Shore
Ursula K. Le GuinTehanu
C. S. LewisOut of the Silent Planet
George LucasStar Wars
Richard LupoffSun's End
Elizabeth A. LynnThe Sardonyx Net
Tom MaddoxHalo
Anne McCaffreyThe Ship Who Sang
Anne McCaffreyDragonsdawn
Anne McCaffreyThe Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
Anne McCaffreyMoreta: Dragonlady of Pern
Anne McCaffreyNerilka's Story
Anne McCaffreyDragonflight
Anne McCaffreyDragonquest
Anne McCaffreyThe White Dragon
Anne McCaffreyThe Renegades of Pern
Anne McCaffreyDragonseye
Anne McCaffreyAll The Weyrs of Pern
Anne McCaffreyThe Dolphins of Pern
Anne McCaffreyDragonsong
Anne McCaffreyDragonsinger
Anne McCaffreyDragondrums
Anne McCaffreyCrystal Singer
Anne McCaffreyCrystal Line
Anne McCaffreyKillashandra
Anne McCaffreyDinosaur Planet
Anne McCaffreyPegasus in Flight
Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth MoonSassinak
Anne McCaffrey, Jody Lynn NyeThe Death of Sleep
Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth MoonGeneration Warriors
Anne McCaffreyThe Rowan
Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann ScarboroughPowers That Be
Jack McDevittDeepsix
Jack McDevittAncient Shores
Jack McDevittEternity Road
Jack McDevittEngines of God
Jack McDevittTime Travelers Never Die
Jack McDevittSeeker
Mike McQuayThe Nexus
Laura J. MixonGlass Houses
Laura J. MixonProxies
Grant NaylorRed Dwarf
Larry NivenRingworld
Larry NivenThe Ringworld Engineers
Larry NivenThe Ringworld Throne
Larry NivenRingworld's Children
Larry NivenProtector
Larry NivenNeutron Star
Larry NivenThe Integral Trees
Larry NivenA World Out of Time
Larry Niven, Edward M. LernerFleet of Worlds
Larry Niven, Edward M. LernerJuggler of Worlds
Larry Niven, Steven BarnesDream Park
Larry Niven, Steven BarnesThe Barsoom Project
Larry Niven, Jerry PournelleLucifer's Hammer
Larry Niven, Poul Anderson, Dean IngThe Man-Kzin Wars
Dean Ing, Jerry Pournelle, S.M. StirlingMan-Kzin Wars II
Larry Niven, J.E. Pournelle
S.M. Stirling, Poul Anderson
Man-Kzin Wars III
Donald Kingsbury
Greg Bear, S.M. Stirling
Man-Kzin Wars IV
Jerry Pournelle, S.M. Stirling
Thomas T. Thomas
Man-Kzin Wars V
Donald Kingsbury
Mark O. Martin, Gregory Benford
Man-Kzin Wars VI
Hal Colebatch, Mark O. Martin
Gregory Benford, Paul Chafe
Man-Kzin Wars VII
Jeff NoonVurt
John Phillip PeecherThe Making of Return of the Jedi
Frederik PohlGateway
Frederik PohlBeyond The Blue Event Horizon
Frederik PohlHeechee Rendezvous
Frederik PohlThe Annals Of The Heechee
Frederik PohlThe Gateway Trip
Frederik PohlThe Coming of the Quantum Cats
Frederik PohlThe Space Merchants
Frederik PohlMining The Oort
Frederik PohlTerror
Frederik PohlBipohl
Frederik PohlA Plague of Pythons
Frederik PohlStarburst
Frederik Pohl, Jack WilliamsonThe Starchild Trilogy
Paul PreussVenus Prime
Volume 1: Breaking Strain
Paul PreussVenus Prime
Volume 2: Maelstrom
Paul PreussVenus Prime
Volume 3: Hide and Seek
Paul PreussVenus Prime
Volume 4: The Medusa Encounter
Paul PreussVenus Prime
Volume 5: The Diamond Moon
Paul PreussVenus Prime
Volume 6: The Shining Ones
W.T. QuickSystems
Mike ResnickSecond Contact
Kim Stanley RobinsonRed Mars
Spider RobinsonTelempath
Rudy RuckerSoftware
Fred SaberhagenThe Berserker Wars
Robert J. SawyerFrameshift
William ShatnerTekwar
Robert SheckleyThe 10th Victim
Charles SheffieldThe Mind Pool
John ShirleyEclipse
John ShirleyEclipse Penumbra
John ShirleyEclipse Corona
Alison SinclairLegacies
Dan SimmonsHyperion
Dan SimmonsThe Fall of Hyperion
Dan SimmonsEndymion
Dan SimmonsThe Rise of Endymion
Michael Marshall SmithOnly Forward
Michael Marshall SmithSpares
Allen SteeleOrbital Decay
Neal StephensonSnow Crash
Neal StephensonThe Diamond Age
Neal StephensonCryptonomicon
Bruce SterlingCrystal Express
Bruce SterlingMirrorshades
Bruce SterlingGlobalhead
Bruce SterlingSchismatrix
Bruce SterlingInvolution Ocean
Bruce SterlingThe Artificial Kid
Bruce SterlingIslands In The Net
Bruce SterlingHeavy Weather
Bruce SterlingHoly Fire
Bruce SterlingDistraction
Bruce SterlingA Good Old-Fashioned Future
Bruce SterlingThe Zenith Angle
Marc StieglerThe Gentle Seduction
Marc StieglerDavid's Sling
Marc StieglerEarthweb
Daniel SuarezDaemon
Daniel SuarezFreedom
Sheri S. TepperGrass
Sheri S. TepperThe Gate To Women's Country
Sheri S. TepperSinger From The Sea
Sheri S. TepperA Plague of Angels
Sheri S. TepperGibbon's Decline and Fall
Sheri S. TepperBeauty
Amy ThomsonVirtual Girl
Jack VanceThe Dying Earth
Jack VanceThe Best of Jack Vance
John VarleyTitan
John VarleyWizard
John VarleyDemon
John VarleyMillennium
John VarleyRed Thunder
Joan D. VingeThe Snow Queen
Joan D. VingeThe Summer Queen
Joan D. VingeWorld's End
Vernor VingeTrue Names ...and Other Dangers
Vernor VingeThe Peace War
Vernor VingeMarooned In Realtime
Vernor VingeTatja Grimm's World
Vernor VingeThreats...and Other Promises
Vernor VingeA Fire Upon The Deep
Vernor VingeA Deepness in the Sky
Vernor VingeThe Witling
Vernor VingeRainbows End
Pamela West20/20 Vision
H.G. WellsThe War of the Worlds
H.G. WellsThe Time Machine
Connie WillisTo Say Nothing of the Dog
Gary WolfWho Censored Roger Rabbit?
Roger ZelaznyLord of Light
Roger ZelaznyThis Immortal
Roger ZelaznySign of the Unicorn
Roger ZelaznyThe Hand of Oberon
Roger ZelaznyThe Courts of Chaos
Roger ZelaznyTrumps of Doom
Roger ZelaznyBlood of Amber
Roger ZelaznySign of Chaos
Roger ZelaznyKnight of Shadows
Roger ZelaznyThe Guns of Avalon
Roger ZelaznyNine Princes in Amber