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According to Wired the list is as follows
Arthur C. Clarke's short story "The Sentinel," which he expanded into the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, which itself was written concurrently with Stanley Kubrick's film.
Tolkien's personal, political fantasy masterwork The Lord of the Rings, written over 12 world-war-torn years and still making millions as you read this. A sprawling novel split into three books, it eventually morphed into three fantasy blockbusters to rule them all, thanks to New Zealand horror director Peter Jackson and the arty digital geniuses at Weta Workshop.
Literary cosmonaut Philip K. Dick's 1968 sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Nominated for the Nebula, it lost to Alexei Panshin's moving Rite of Passage, which, unlike Electric Sheep, you probably haven't heard of, although you probably should.
The third book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter fantasy series, a set of books with a lasting impact that remains Tolkien's only serious commercial competition. As for artistic ambition, only time will tell if Rowling's novels can withstand the changing tastes.
Katsuhiro Otomo's cyberpunk manga series Akira, which he adapted with Izo Hashimoto into what is probably the most influential comic-based sci-fi film of all time.
Beat Generation satellite and postmodern fiction pioneer William S. Burroughs' 1959 hardboiled Naked Lunch, one of the most influential, and banned, novels ever written.
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' epochal graphic novel, which was declared unfilmable by its controversial writer even after director Zach Snyder (mostly) faithfully used the book as a user-friendly storyboard for his controversial 2009 adaptation.
Robert Heinlein's Hugo-winning 1959 military sci-fi novel Starship Troopers, determinedly written during a pause from writing his less controversial religious fable Stranger in a Strange Land. Composed by a veteran during a time of political turbulence and subsequently beloved and incorporated into the curriculum of the U.S. military establishment, Starship Troopers has suffered continued charges of everything from overt fascism and racism to simply serving as a selfish platform for the narrow sociopolitical beliefs of Heinlein, who had become a civilian by the time World War II exploded.
Mickey Spillane's bloodthirsty 1952 pulp mystery Kiss Me Deadly, whose seething antihero Mike Hammer could be a signifier for primal violence or the beginning of the end of hardboiled fiction, or both.
William Goldman's prankster metafiction The Princess Bride, whose subtitle "S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure" neglects to mention outright that no such author or book actually exists. Spoiler alert!
Originally posted by smyleegrl
It's older now, but when I was young I loved "The Never Ending Story"
Originally posted by OccamAssassin
IMHO The Princess Bride should be number 1.
"My Name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father. Prepare to ......"edit on 27/10/2012 by OccamAssassin because: (no reason given)