Building Realistic Fake Languages

If you want the slides from my GeekGirlCon talk, this is where you look.

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The List is Done!

I’ve done it. I’ve finished the list. I am now officially a science fiction expert! So now that I’m done, let me synthesize my findings.

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Best of Science Fiction #31: Anthony Burgess, “A Clockwork Orange”

A hoodlum hoodlums too hard. The state tries to reform him through aversion therapy.

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Best of Science Fiction #28: Orson Scott Card, “Ender’s Shadow”

Hey, you liked Ender’s Game right? So much that you want to hear the story again from a different perspective? Let’s go with, uh, I dunno, how about Bean.

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Best of Science Fiction #27: Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle, “The Mote in God’s Eye”

In the far future, humans finally encounter intelligent aliens. So, genocide or nah?

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The Top 100
Many years ago I undertook a quest to become an expert in science fiction literature. This meant I found a list online of the top 100 scifi novels (seems as authoritative as anything, right?) and started reading through it. As I finish the books I review them here so that you, too, might become a science fiction expert. Here's the list:
  1. Dhalgren
  2. Roadside Picnic
  3. This Immortal
  4. More Than Human
  5. Out of the Silent Planet
  6. Stand on Zanzibar
  7. Blood Music
  8. The Past Through Tomorrow
  9. A Princess of Mars
  10. Alas, Babylon
  11. City
  12. The Cyberiad
  13. Citizen Of the Galaxy
  14. Titan
  15. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  16. Earth Abides
  17. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  18. VALIS
  19. The Postman
  20. The Lathe of Heaven
  21. Way Station
  22. The Uplift War
  23. Burning Chrome
  24. The Invisible Man
  25. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  26. Have Space-Suit - Will Travel
  27. Doomsday Book
  28. The Chrysalids
  29. The Reality Dysfunction
  30. The Puppet Masters
  31. The Door Into Summer
  32. The City and the Stars
  33. Contact
  34. The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch
  35. Startide Rising
  36. Use of Weapons
  37. Player of Games
  38. The Diamond Age
  39. The Handmaid’s Tale
  40. The Stainless Steel Rat
  41. Journey to the Center of the Earth
  42. To Your Scattered Bodies Go
  43. The Shadow of the Torturer
  44. The Andromeda Strain
  45. Eon
  46. Battlefield Earth
  47. The Dispossessed
  48. The Demolished Man
  49. Red Mars
  50. Lucifer's Hammer
  51. The Sirens of Titan
  52. The End Of Eternity
  53. A Fire Upon the Deep
  54. The Gods Themselves
  55. Time Enough For Love
  56. UBIK
  57. Frankenstein
  58. The Day of the Triffids
  59. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  60. Jurassic Park
  61. Cat’s Cradle
  62. A Canticle for Leibowitz
  63. The Stars My Destination
  64. The Caves of Steel
  65. Solaris
  66. Cryptonomicon
  67. Flowers for Algernon
  68. Gateway
  69. Lord of Light
  70. A Clockwork Orange
  71. The Man in the High Castle
  72. A Wrinkle In Time
  73. Ender’s Shadow
  74. The Mote in God’s Eye
  75. Snow Crash
  76. The Left Hand of Darkness
  77. The Martian Chronicles
  78. The Forever War
  79. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  80. Speaker for the Dead
  81. Rendezvous With Rama
  82. The War of the Worlds
  83. Hyperion
  84. Slaughterhouse Five
  85. Childhood’s End
  86. The Time Machine
  87. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  88. Ringworld
  89. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  90. Neuromancer
  91. I, Robot
  92. Fahrenheit 451
  93. Starship Troopers
  94. Brave New World
  95. Stranger in a Strange Land
  96. 1984
  97. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  98. Foundation (1-3)
  99. Ender's Game
  100. Dune

And a few honorable mentions:

  • Dying Inside
  • Camp Concentration
  • Last and First Men
  • Case of Conscience
  • Mission of Gravity
  • Space Merchants