The American SF "Canon"
March 23, 2014 6:53 AM Subscribe
For an upcoming project I'm putting together what's meant to be a comprehensive timeline of important (even "necessary") works of American science fiction since the late 19th century.
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For the purposes of the list, science fiction is somewhat broadly defined, including some speculative fantasy or horror, as well as "mainstream"/"canonical" works with SF elements like Gravity's Rainbow, Infinite Jest or Slaughterhouse-Five. It will also include comics, film and television, video games, and related media, though perhaps at a somewhat less comprehensive level than it will prose literature.
This is my subject area, so you can assume I'm going to hit the best-known works in the genre; I also just don't have the space to include genuinely obscure works. So I'm looking for personal and sentimental favorites in the middle range -- works you worry I might overlook, but hope I wouldn't.