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Author:  DanHenderson [ Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:39 pm ]
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Sorry for the link post, but I thought the folks here would be especially interested in an infographic of the best-selling sci-fi books of all time. #1 is our hero's "Stranger In A Strange Land." Woo Hoo!

Author:  JJGarsch [ Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:28 pm ]
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The "legitimacy" of some of the numbers in this ranking was addressed by Patrick Nielsen Hayden. See http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/ar ... tml#014559.

Author:  sakeneko [ Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:10 pm ]
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The comments to PNH's blog are... excoriating is far too fuzzy, too indefinite, too wishy-washy a word to describe them. Definitely read the blog, and the comments. <G>

Author:  Daled73 [ Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:49 am ]
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It is interesting to note, numbers aside, that this supposed list of "best-sellers" includes Asimov's "Foundations Series" which ran to 8 or 9 books as one entry and the "Foundation Trilogy" which was the first three of the series as a separate entry. Nothing like counting things twice is there.

And while I don't quibble with anything on the list as being "top drawer" writing of the genre, whether it is my personal favorite or not, how does anyone who ever read the book(s) put Lord of the Rings on a Science Fiction Booklist?

I know that bookstores today aggregate "Fantasy and Science Fiction" together, because they are, frankly, too lazy to try and separate the two. But there is no call to make a work of epic fantasy, which LOTR IS, an entry on a Science Fiction booklist.

Author:  jeepojiii [ Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:02 pm ]
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Daled73 wrote:
It is interesting to note, numbers aside, that this supposed list of "best-sellers" includes Asimov's "Foundations Series" which ran to 8 or 9 books as one entry and the "Foundation Trilogy" which was the first three of the series as a separate entry. Nothing like counting things twice is there.


Those "8 or 9 books" in the "Foundations Series" were 8 or 9 novellas/novelettes when they were published in the pulps. [Disremember which one it was.] They were later combined and published in hard cover editions as three books that became known as The Foundation Series - Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. I don't think that those 8 or 9 novellas/novelettes ever saw publication separately in hard cover editions [among other things, it wouldn't have made sense - the only reason they were collected as a planned trilogy in the first place was to justify printing them in hard cover editions.] If that list included them as separate entries, it shouldn't have.

Author:  PeterScott [ Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:54 pm ]
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I believe Daled73 is referring to the latter day sequels, which started off okay, rapidly ran to seed, and became incomprehensible as soon as authors other than Asimov took over.

Author:  jeepojiii [ Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:50 pm ]
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My bust. I never knew the Asimov literary estate had farmed out the Asimov name for a continuation of the Foundation by other authors after his death.

In my experience, I have been disappointed every time that has been done. The writer(s) selected have never caught the essence of the original author's work.

Author:  PeterScott [ Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:16 pm ]
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jeepojiii wrote:
In my experience, I have been disappointed every time that has been done. The writer(s) selected have never caught the essence of the original author's work.


You said it. The Dune pre-sequels made me think, "Never send a boy to do a man's work."

Author:  RobWright [ Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:45 pm ]
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PeterScott wrote:
jeepojiii wrote:
In my experience, I have been disappointed every time that has been done. The writer(s) selected have never caught the essence of the original author's work.


You said it. The Dune pre-sequels made me think, "Never send a boy to do a man's work."



You are too generous, it should be "Never send a poo flinging monkey to do a man's work.'

Rob

Author:  deserto [ Thu May 16, 2013 7:12 am ]
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DanHenderson wrote:
Sorry for the link post, but I thought the folks here would be especially interested in an infographic of the best-selling sci-fi books of all time. #1 is our hero's "Stranger In A Strange Land." Woo Hoo!

I am interested so thank you

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