TOP TEN TUESDAY: Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles – #SciFiMonth

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point, ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here. 

With such a peculiar theme for this week’s TTT it was not difficult to tailor it to suit the SciFi Month parameters: as a source of inspiration I looked at SF titles on the dedicated Wikipedia page and found an amazing number of books whose titles could be perfect for a song – and let me assure you that the choice was far from easy…

With the exception of Walter Tevis’ THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (which was also filmed in 1976, starring David Bowie), I have not read any of these books, so if you’re as curious as I am about the stories they tell, you can click on the title and explore their relative Wikipedia page: what these books have in common is that they are all quite dated (the more recent one was published in 1981), detail that came across quite clearly as I was searching for their covers and the artwork in some of them spoke of past times, indeed…

So, here is the list of my SF-themed songs: enjoy!  🙂


THE END OF ETERNITY, by Isaac Asimov (1955)

A FALL OF MOONDUST, by Arthur C. Clarke (1961)

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, by Walter Tevis (1963)

ON WINGS OF SONG, by Thomas M. Disch (1979)



TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE, by Robert A. Heinlein (1973)

WAVE WITHOUT A SHORE, by C.J. Cherryh (1981)

WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME, by Marge Piercy (1976)

26 thoughts on “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles – #SciFiMonth

  1. I love this idea. One of the things I always loved (and still do) about Iron Maiden is how creative they are with both song and album titles and how they often write songs based on books or events in history. Things like The Rime of the Ancient Mariner or The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Their album title Seventh Son of a Seventh Son came about after one read Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card. Stranger in a Strange Land is another, though apparently it’s unrelated to the book of the same name by Heinlein. So many more examples. This topic has my mind whirling! 🙂

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  2. Ah… some of these titles take me back! I LOVED Something Wicked This Way Comes and A Fall of Moondust. And what brilliant song titles they’d make. I’ve never read any Roger Zelany, and have always promised myself I’d do so. I know a lovely lady – an author – who knew him well…

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