Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Star Frontiers Version of Appendix N

Taken from the back of the Star Frontiers Alpha Dawn Expanded Game rulebook:

Asimov, Isaac -- Extraterrestrial Civilizations
Bylinsky, Gene -- Life in Darwin's Universe
Dole, Robert -- Habitable Planets for Man
Feinberg, Gerald, and Robert Shapiro -- Life Beyond Earth: An Intelligent Earthling's Guide to Life in the Universe

Anthony, Piers -- Macroscope
Anderson, Poul -- Ensign Flandry series
Asimov, Isaac -- Foundation trilogy, I, Robot, The Gods Themselves
Asprin, Robert -- The Cold Cash War
Bester, Alfred -- The Stars, My Destination
Blish, James -- Cities in Flight
Bradbury, Ray -- The Martian Chronicles
Brown, Frederick -- What Mad Universe
Brunner, John -- Stand on Zansibar
Budrys, Algis -- Rogue Moon
Chandler, Bertram A. -- Commodore Grimes series
Clarke, Arthur C. -- Rendezvous with Rama, The Fountains of Paradise
Clement, Hal -- Mission of Gravity, Close to Critical, The Nitrogen Fix
de Camp, L. Sprague -- Krishna series
Dick, Philip K. -- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Dickson, Gordon -- Dorsai series
Drake, David -- Hammer's Slammers
Farmer, Philip Jose -- Riverworld series
Garrett, Randall -- Starship Death
Goulart, Ron -- many short novels
Haldeman, Joe -- The Forever War
Hansen, Karl -- War Games
Harrison, Harry -- Bill, the Galactic Hero, The Stainless Steel Rat, Deathworld series
Heinlein, Robert -- Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Herbert, Frank -- Dune series
Laumer, Keith -- A Plague of Demons, Retief series, Bolo series
LeGuin, Ursula K. -- The Left Hand of Darkness
Lem, Stanislaw -- Solaris, The Cyberiad
Longyear, Barry -- Circus World
Niven, Larry -- Ringworld, Ringworld Engineers, Tales of Known Space
Niven, Larry and Jerry Pournelle -- The Mote in God's Eye
Norton, Andre -- Star Rangers
Pohl, Frederick -- Gateway
Pournelle, Jerry -- The Mercenary
Russel, Eric Frank -- The Great Explosion
Saberhagen, Fred -- Berserker series
Silverberg, Robert -- The Man in the Maze
Simak, Clifford D. -- City
Smith, E.E. -- Triplanetary, Space Patrol, others in the Lensmen series
Stapleton, Olaf -- Last and First Men
Vance, Jack -- Big Planet, The Gray Prince, Tschai, Planet of Adventure series, Demon Princes series
Van Vogt, A.E. -- The Weapon Shops of Isher, The Silkie, Voyage of the Space Beagle
Varley, John -- The Persistence of Vision
Zelazny, Roger -- Lord of Light


  1. That's a cool list.
    But how many do you think you've actually read?
    For me it's only about 3...

  2. This is really cool, thank you. I've been wanting to expand my science fiction reading a bit ... I've got fantasy and S&S pretty well sorted, but have a shamefully sparse SF background.

  3. @paulXray-3? 3 you say?!? Bah! I've read more than half the list and numerous books by the same authors that aren't listed.

    Jus'teasin' man.

    I do loves me some Science-Fiction though and these are classics.

  4. Putting this up was a little present for Paladin in Citadel. He was wondering if there was a Traveller Appendix N. This is the closest thing I've got.

    Actually, I haven't read that many either. 5 only, although some authors I've read stuff that's not on the list (like Heinlein and Dick).

    I'm eventually going to get more of these read, but I'm still working through a lot of classic Pulp Fantasy (AD&D Appendix N stuff).

    BTW Paul, Gonzaburo stuff coming soon.

  5. How the hell did Piper not end up on that list?!? SF is pretty much the H. Beam Piper RPG. O.o

  6. Of the ones that I have read that are listed, except the ringworld sequels (those are pretty bad), all are solid, solid books. The Gods Themselves by Asimov, Starship Troopers by Heinlein and Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep by Dick being amongst the best.

  7. Thanks! I'm going to put a link in my original post, so people can link right over to this list.