Thursday, February 19, 2009

Recommended novels from a 2002 reference book

In 2002, the American Library Association published
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Readers' Advisory: the Librarian's Guide to Cyborgs, Aliens, and Sorcerers, a 230-page reference book by Derek M. Buker.

Buker detailed five books in a short chapter titled “Mars”:

Climbing Olympus (1994), by Kevin J. Anderson

Moving Mars (1993), by Greg Bear

Mars (2000), by Ben Bova

Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), by Robert A. Heinlein

Red Mars (1992), by Kim Stanley Robinson

And listed 28 “other recommended titles”:

White Mars; or, The Mind Set Free (1999), by Brian Aldiss

The Greening of Mars (1984), by Michael Allaby and James Lovelock

Hard Sell (1990), by Piers Anthony

Total Recall (1989), by Piers Anthony

Solis (1994), by A. A. Attanasio

Voyage (1996), by Stephen Baxter

The Martain Race (1999), by Gregory Benford

Voyage to the Red Planet (1990), by Terry Bisson

The Martian Chronicles (1950), by Ray Bradbury

Martian Time-Slip (1964), by Philip K. Dick

The Far Call (1978), by Gordon R. Dickson

Mars Prime (1992), by William Dietz

Semper Mars (1998), by Ian Douglas

Jesus on Mars (1979), by Philip Jose Farmer

Article 23 (1998) by William R. Forstchen

Double Star (1956), by Robert A. Heinlein

Podkayne of Mars (1963), by Robert A. Heinlein

Red Planet (1949), by Robert A. Heinlein

Mars Crossing (2000), by Geoffrey Landis

Out of the Silent Planet (1938), by C. S. Lewis

Red Dust (1993), by Paul J. McAuley

Man Plus (1976), by Frederik Pohl

Mining the Oort (1992), by Frederik Pohl

Icehenge (1984), by Kim Stanley Robinson

Man O’ War (1996), by William Shatner

Frontera (1984), by Lewis Shiner

Labyrinth of Night (1992), by Allen M. Steele

Martian Viking (1991), by Tim Sullivan

With “Derek’s Pick”:

Red Mars (1992), by Kim Stanley Robinson

And “Best Pick for the Reluctant Reader”:

Climbing Olympus (1994), by Kevin J. Anderson

Interesting choices, with about half from the 1990s!

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