I found this list of 10 debut science fiction and fantasy novels that took the world by storm from io9 very interesting.
It serves as a reminder that the debuts of today could very well be the classics of tomorrow. On the other hand, they could also be the remainders of tomorrow, lost to history forever.
The point is, we need perspective. This list is interesting in its own right as it is hard to believe that the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was a first novel. But also, titles like Neuromancer took years for their importance to be fully understood.
Please don't forget in this season of "Best Lists" to remember that many of the books which appear on all of the "best" lists today may well be forgotten in 5 or ten years, while still others which came out this year (some even first novels) will go unheralded for now, but looking back will be considered classics in the future.
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