Top Sci-Fi / Fantasy Books

Top 50

Ubik – Philip K. Dick
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
The Lord of the Rings trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Dhalgren – Samuel R. Delany
A Song of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin
The Gormenghast series – Mervyn Peake
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein
Kindred – Octavia Butler
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
Nine Princes in Amber – Roger Zelazny
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke
Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
The City & The City – China Miéville
The Once and Future King – T.H. White
The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley
Zone One – Colson Whitehead
The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
The Time Quartet – Madeleine L’Engle
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
The Female Man – Joanna Russ
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
Brown Girl in the Ring – Nalo Hopkinson
Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
The Dune Chronicles – Frank Herbert
Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester
Neuromancer – William Gibson
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
The Foundation series – Isaac Asimov
Discworld – Terry Pratchett
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Among Others – Jo Walton
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Last Unicorn – Peter S. Beagle
The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard
Witch World – Andre Norton
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Little – Big – John Crowley
The Dragonriders of Pern series – Anne McCaffrey
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe – Charles Yu
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles – Patricia C. Wrede
The Castle trilogy – Diana Wynne Jones
The Giver – Lois Lowry

Next 50

Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke
Forever War – Joe Haldeman
Culture Series – Ian M. Banks
Roadside Picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
Mistborn series – Brandon Sanderson
Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A. Heinlein
Wheel of Time Series – Robert Jordan
Malazan series – Steven Erikson
A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter Miller
Hyperion Cantos – Dan Simmons
Sword of Truth series – Terry Goodkind
Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Thomas Covenant – Stephen Donaldson
Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury
Mars Trilogy – Kim Stanley Robinson
A thousand Sons – Graham McNeill
Daemon (TM) – Daniel Suarez
The Dragon’s Egg – Robert L. Forward
The Golden Age – John C. Wright
Fool’s War – Sarah Zettel
Anathem – Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Total Eclipse – John Brunner
Last Stand on Zanzibar – John Brunner
Star Guard – Andre Norton
Sargasso of Space – Andre Norton
Emphyrio – Jack Vance
Blue World – Jack Vance
The Book of the New Sun – Gene Wolfe
A Deepness in the Sky – Vernor Vinge
Well World – Jack Chalker
Two Faces of Tomorrow – James P Hogan
Swords & Devilry – Fritz Lieber
Conan the Barbarian – Robert E Howard
Elric of Melniboné – Michael Moorcock
Book of the New Sun – Gene Wolf
Tigana – Guy Gavriel
The Lions of Al-Rassan – Guy Gavriel
Non-Stop – Brian Aldiss
Hot-House World – Brian Aldiss
Brothers of the Head – Brian Aldiss
Helliconia Trilogy – Brian Aldiss

Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson


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It is not true that individual investors are always going to lose
when they enter a stock market dominated by sophisticated institutional
investors like, well, like me. I have a huge disadvantage stopping me
from doing the right thing; time frame. I have a boss breathing down my
neck to whom I have to justify my bigger trades as well as my weekly,
monthly, quarterly and annual returns. I have a liquidity constraint.
Some of the most interesting ideas can’t make it in my fund if there is
not enough daily volume to take a meaningful position. I cannot “dollar
cost average”. My investors like to invest more at the top of the
market, and panic at the bottoms. I have to be largely fully invested at
all times, and I have to spread my genius over a diversified portfolio
of 30-80 stocks. I have to avoid market strife and draw downs. I cannot
embrace declines in the way that I should. I have to watch every twitch
of the market. I have to worry about things like the VIX.

You don’t! Really….