Just to start off conversation, I'd like to try putting together a "required reading" list - a list of all the best genre books - stuff you should be familiar with to be considered "well read". I'll start: The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien The Mote in God's Eye -Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury The Time Machine - H.G. Wells War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut 1984 - George Orwell The Puppet Masters - Robert Heinlein Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes William Gibson - Neuromancer What else?