Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Jeeves Takes Charge - PD Wodehouse's very first Jeeves & Wooster story, a favorite series first of Sue's and then of mine as well.
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The complete Sherlock Holmes stories - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Okay, there are various specialties within the larger genre called science fiction. A.E. van Vogt falls into the Pioneer category. I've collected every book of his that I could find.
He freely admitted to using a formula in structuring his stories, which has caused many sci-fi snobs to dismiss him as a lightweight. But the formula doesn't work without great ideas, and his are excellent. He often bases his novels on concepts that interest him personally, such as General Semantics (the Null-A trilogy) and individual responsibility for others and the state of the world (Cosmic Encounter).
He started out during the "pulp" era of science fiction. That refers to the cheap paper used for magazines that were printed at a time when science fiction was considered more weird and freaky than it is now. He eventually expanded or combined many of his magazine stories into novels.
I like all of van Vogt's books, but my short list includes these seven novels:
* - The Weapon Shops novels have been republished in one volume called The Empire of Isher, available at Amazon.com. Also note that while Weapon Makers was written first, Weapon Shops is a prequel and probably should be read first.
|General Semantics connection||Obituary - Mr. van Vogt died in 2000||ISGS - International Society for General Semantics|
|My science fiction links page||van Vogt letter about L. Ron Hubbard - November 1984||Linköping Science Fiction Archive|
|van Vogt bibliography at FantasticFiction.co.uk||Icshi - Isaac Wilcott's AE van Vogt page||Biography of A.E. van Vogt on Alan Nicoll's web site|
|Excellent van Vogt write-up at Wikipedia.org||Weird Worlds of A.E. van Vogt - Excellent site and home of the van Vogt mailing list|
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