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20 Books from 20 Years

The 20 Books from 20 Years meme
See here for context. Bold if you've read (all of) them, italicise if you've started but not finished (inc some but not all of a series) and strikethrough if you hated them.

The Culture Novels, Iain M Banks (starting 1987)
The Hyperion Cantos, Dan Simmons (starting 1989)
Grass, Sherri S Tepper (1989)
The Aleutian Trilogy, Gwyneth Jones (starting 1991)
The Mars Trilogy, Kim Stanley Robinson (starting 1992)
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson (1992)
The Flower Cities sequence, Kathleen Ann Goonan (starting 1994)
Fairyland, Paul McAuley (1996)
Diaspora, Greg Egan (1997)
Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds (2000)
The Arabesks, Jon Courtenay Grimwood (starting 2000)
Light, M John Harrison (2002)
Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang (2002)
Evolution, Stephen Baxter (2003)
Pattern Recognition, William Gibson (2003)
Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)
Air, Geoff Ryman (2004)
River of Gods, Ian McDonald (2004)
Accelerando, Charles Stross (2005)
Spin, Robert Charles Wilson (2005)

It's not a bad list. Nothing in strikeout, because I didn't hate any of it, but I didn't care for the Goonan, Ryman, Harrison, Grimwood or McAuley.

I find it pleasing, though not entirely surprising, that 11 out of the 20 are British (I'm claiming Geoff Ryman for the UK, here).

It's a bit disconcerting that only three of the 21 Hugo winning novels of the past 20 years (there was a tie one year) are represented on the list. Admittedly, four of them were fantasy and thus not really eligible for this list, but that still leaves 14 Hugo winners.

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