OUSFG's Desert Planet Books

The idea was to come up with the 10 books* that you would choose to spend the rest of eternity with after crashing on a desert planet. (OUSFG discussion meeting, 14th October 2015).

* loosely defined as we also accept some series of books

Top Ten

  1. The Wee Free Men (+ the rest of the Tiffany Aching series) by Sir Terry Pratchett
  2. Red Shirts by John Scalzi
  3. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
  4. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
  5. Lock in by John Scalzi
  6. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  7. Glasshouse by Charlie Stross
  8. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russel
  9. The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard
  10. The Martian by Andy Weir

The Nominees


2014

Here are the books from the last Desert Planet Books discussion on 15th October 2014. This year we made a point of choosing relatively new books that aren't all that well-known.

Top Ten

  1. Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
  2. Calculating God, Robert J Sawyer
  3. The City and the City, China Mieville
  4. A Madness of Angels, Kate Griffin
  5. The Martian, Andy Weir
  6. Gemsigns, Stephanie Saulter
  7. The Cry of the Icemark, Stewart Hill
  8. The Inheritance Trilogy, N K Jemisin
  9. The Melancholy of Mechagirl, Catherynne Valente
  10. Spirits Abroad, Zen Cho
  11. Welcome to Nightvale (commonplacebooks.com)

The Nominees

These two came up a lot but we didn't want to include them in the actual voting because they've been on the list before.


2013

Here are the books from a previous Desert Planet Books discussion on 16th October 2013. We tried to account for the likelihood that the wreckage of earlier suttlepods would still be around, so we needn't include our choices from previous years.

Top Ten

  1. The City and The City – China Mieville
  2. The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell
  3. Wise Man's Fear – Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Gentleman Bastard series – Scott Lynch
  5. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
  6. The First Born of the Dead – WJ Dickson (aka Whitney Dickson)
  7. Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold
  8. Stories of Your Life and Others – Ted Chiang
  9. Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin
  10. Existence – David Brin

The Nominees


2012

Here are the books from a previous Desert Planet Books discussion on 10th October 2012.

Top Ten

  1. Baslag – China Miéville
  2. Hainish cycle – Ursula Le Guin
  3. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (first n books, for a given value of n) – Douglas Adams
  4. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  5. Laundry series – Charles Stross
  6. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality – Eliezer Yudkowsky
  7. A Song of Ice and Fire – George R R Martin
  8. Sandman – Neil Gaiman and various artists
  9. Howl's Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
  10. Isaac Asimov's short stories

Special mention, taking Desmond's place in the escape capsule: Shatnerquake – Jeff Burk

The Nominees


2011

Here are the books from a previous Desert Planet Books discussion on 12th October 2011.

Top Ten

  1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (The first x books, for a given value of x) (D. Adams)
  2. Good Omens (N. Gaiman/T. Pratchett)
  3. His Dark Materials (P. Pullman)
  4. Song Of Ice And Fire (G. Martin)
  5. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (R. Heinlein)
  6. Foundation (I. Asimov)
  7. Fahrenheit 451 (R. Bradbury)
  8. Perdido St Station (C. Miéville)
  9. Lord Of The Rings (J. Tolkein)
  10. Saga Of The Eternal Champion (M. Moorcock)

The Nominees


2010

Here are the books from a previous Desert Planet Books discussion on 13th October 2010.

Top Ten

  1. Good Omens (Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman)
  2. Sandman (Neil Gaiman)
  3. Mortal Engines Quadrillogy (Philip Reeve)
  4. Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer)
  5. The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  6. The Foundation Trillogy (Issac Asimov)
  7. The Bas-Lag Series (China Mieville)
  8. The Commonwealth Saga (Peter F. Hamilton)
  9. His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman)
  10. Dune (Frank Herbert)

The Nominees

Lyndsey and others enthused about Ted Chiang's short stories available online, in particular Seventy Two Letters and others.


2008

Here are the books from a previous Desert Planet Books discussion on 15th October 2008.

Top Ten

The Nominees


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Lists compiled by Rory Evans (2015), Lyuba Bozhilova (2014), Thea Hutchison and Miriam Backens (2013), Jonathan Hall (2012), Peter Gerrard (2011), Douglas Hall (2010), and Oliver St John (2008)