Rachel's Blog: Fifty spec fic books to read.
China Mieville's list of Fifty Fantasy & Science Fiction Works That Socialists Should Read seems as good a launching place as any. The never ending quest to become familiar with genre fiction (in accordance with Orson Scott Card's advice) is somewhat intimidating. So - new project! But no deadline on this one.
Edit to add: Here's a short hand version of the list with those I have read in bold all meme-like.