Thursday, June 19, 2008

Read a Book, Save the World

A great reading list via this morning's Shelf Awareness:
Read Orwell, save the world. SciFi channel's Visions for Tomorrow initiative asked fans to pick the "Top Things You Must Read, Watch and Do to Save the World." Wired reported that the "top three planet-saving activities were reading, recycling and registering to vote."

And what should you read?

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  3. Dune by Frank Herbert
  4. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  5. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  6. The Stand by Stephen King
  7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  8. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  10. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
I would revisit any of the books that I've already read (bold red). Dune captivated me in high school. In fact, I somewhat regret only making it through the first three books in the series because I don't think I'll ever take an opportunity to dedicate myself to it again. I read Orwell and Huxley while in college, studying British writers, and I thought they were each so profound. Just after I graduated college, when I was working in a bookstore and had just met the future Mr. Bibliotonic, who bought a copy of Brave New World to catch my attention. Very romantic.

I have just added all of these titles to my TBR list, and I think I'll start with some H.G. Wells. Plus, I've got the new TV movie of The Andromeda Strain queued on my DVR.

Which of these books have you read?


Terri B. said...

I've read:
Fahrenheit 451
Brave New World
The Andromeda Strain

I've watched:
The War of the Worlds (LOVE it)
The Time Machine
I, Robot
Fahrenheit 451
The Andromeda Strain (1960s? 1970s?)

jennifer said...

Terri, I would love to see the original Andromeda Strain for comparison to the new version. You've got most of this list covered!