#starkafterdark #Top10 #SF #tierlist
My Top 10 SF as tier list or video game meme for ranking player characters. Of course, being a Top 10 by definition precludes mid-tier (C-tier), low tier (D-tier) and bottom or crap tier (F-tier) rankings.
(1) H.G. Wells - The Time Machine (1895) / The War of the Worlds (1898)
My world of SF is still mostly Morlocks and Martians. Technically two books, but between them they defined modern literary SF and shaped my world of SF forever
(2) Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson - Illuminatus Trilogy (1975)
(3) Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (original trilogy 1979-1982)
If H.G. Wells is my Old Testament, the Illuminatus Trilogy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are my New Testament.
A-TIER (TOP TIER)
(4) Philip Jose Farmer - Riverworld (1971-1983) (5) Robert Silverberg - To the Land of the Living (1990)
(6) Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle - Inferno (1976)
(7) Mick Farren - Jim Morrison's Adventures in the Afterlife (1999)
(8) Charles Stross - Laundry Files (2004 - present)
In something of a quirk, all of my A-tier SF except Stross are what might be called the sub-genre of posthumous fantasy - not fantasy that is published posthumously, but fantasy set in the afterlife. It's an odd quirk of my SF Top 10, but I love that sub-genre and these are my favorite works of it, by authors I otherwise read or love for (or was introduced to by) their SF
B-TIER (HIGH TIER)
(9) Peter F. Hamilton - Night Dawn trilogy (1996-1999)
(10) Richard Morgan - Altered Carbon / Takeshi Kovacs trilogy (2002-2005)