Megan Willett and Peter Jacobs tally them in a 2013 Business Insider article.

I’ve read 19 of these. I haven’t heard of two, or their authors.

I couldn’t finish “Pandora’s Star,” by Peter F. Hamilton; or “Red Mars,” by Kim Stanley Robinson.

I read “Ender’s Game,” by Orson Scott Card, and don’t see why people love it so much. I liked it fine, but didn’t love it. I was already an adult when it came out. I suspect I was too old for it to hit me as hard as it hit so many people 10 years or more younger than I am.

Also, it’s a novel that gets creepier the more you think about it. It’s a love letter to the strong man theory of history. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin would love it.

And there’s also the whole Orson Scott Card thing.

Too bad how Card turned out. I loved many of his books and stories in the 70s and 80s. I won’t read anything else by him until and unless he recants his position on LGBTQ rights.

If you enjoy Card despite his odious views, that’s fine. I’m not judging you. My position on Card costs me nothing, and therefore I don’t claim moral high ground for it. Plenty of books for me to read by people who aren’t raging homophobic psychos.

I found Neal Stephenson’s big historical trilogy unreadable. I pushed through the first volume, got 100 pages into the second volume, and said OK, that’s enough. And I’ve been afraid to read any Stephenson since. On the other hand, I loved “Snow Crash,” “Cryptonomicon,” and “The Diamond Age.” I really need to give his later books another try.

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