100 Best Science Fiction Books

I love lists. Don’t you?

Even though this is a list of a genre that I absolutely don’t read. I don’t dislike it, but I don’t really like it either.

I had bet that I have not read one book on the list, but hey, I actually read two! I have read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, which I absolutely did not understand thus hated, and Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, which I unwittingly read without realising it is science fiction, not even after I had finished it (I don’t know why I’m such a doofus), and perhaps therefore absolutely loved it! Maybe there is hope for me to find something I like to read in this genre…

Anyway, this is the list. Since I’m barely proficient in this genre, I’ve highlighted the books I’ve actually heard of but have yet to read in italics, and the only two books I have read in bold.

1. Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke
2. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
3. Dune – Frank Herbert
4. Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick
5. Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein
6. Valis – Philip K. Dick
7. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
8. Gateway – Frederick Pohl
9. Space Merchants – C.M. Kornbluth & Frederick Pohl
10. Earth Abides – George R. Stewart
11. Cuckoo’s Egg – C.J. Cherryh
12. Star Surgeon – James White
13. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch – Philip K. Dick
14. Radix – A.A. Attanasio
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
16. Ringworld – Larry Niven
17. A Case of Conscience – James Blish
18. Last and First Man – Olaf Stapledon
19. The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
20. Way Station – Clifford Simak
21. More Than Human – Theodore Sturgeon
22. Gray Lensman – E. E. “Doc” Smith
23. The Gods Themselves – Isaac Asimov
24. The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
25. Behold the Man – Michael Moorcock
26. Star Maker – Olaf Stapledon
27. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
28. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
29. Heritage of Hastur – Marion Zimmer Bradley
30. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
31. The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester
32. Slan – A.E. Van Vogt
33. Neuromancer – William Gibson
34. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
35. In Conquest Born – C.S. Friedman
36. Lord of Light – Roger Zelazny
37. Eon – Greg Bear
38. Dragonflight – Anne McCaffrey
39. Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
40. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein
41. Cosm – Gregory Benford
42. The Voyage of the Space Beagle – A.E. Van Vogt
43. Blood Music – Greg Bear
44. Beggars in Spain – Nancy Kress
45. Omnivore – Piers Anthony
46. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
47. Mission of Gravity – Hal Clement
48. To Your Scattered Bodies Go – Philip Jose Farmer
49. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
50. The Man Who Folded Himself – David Gerrold
51. 1984 – George Orwell
52. The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyl And Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
53. Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
54. Flesh – Philip Jose Farmer
55. Cities in Flight – James Blish
56. Shadow of the Torturer – Gene Wolfe
57. Startide Rising – David Brin
58. Triton – Samuel R. Delany
59. Stand on Zanzibar – John Brunner
60. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
61. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (I did read his collection of short stories The Golden Apples of the Sun)
62. A Canticle For Leibowitz – Walter Miller
63. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
64. No Blade of Grass – John Christopher
65. The Postman – David Brin
66. Dhalgren – Samuel Delany
67. Berserker – Fred Saberhagen
68. Flatland – Edwin Abbot
69. Planiverse – A.K. Dewdney
70. Dragon’s Egg – Robert L. Forward
71. Downbelow Station – C.J. Cherryh
72. Dawn – Octavia E. Butler
73. Puppet Masters – Robert Heinlein
74. The Doomsday Book – Connie Willis
75. Forever War – Joe Haldeman
76. Deathbird Stories – Harlan Ellison
77. Roadside Picnic – Boris Strugatsky & Arkady Strugatsky
78. The Snow Queen – Joan Vinge
79. The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury
80. Drowned World – J.G. Ballard
81. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
82. Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
83. Upanishads – Various
84. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
85. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
86. The Lathe of Heaven – Ursula K. Le Guin
87. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham
88. Mutant – Henry Kuttner
89. Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
90. Ralph 124C41+ – Hugo Gernsback
91. I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
92. Timescape – Gregory Benford
93. The Demolished Man – Alfred Bester
94. War with the Newts – Karl Kapek
95. Mars – Ben Bova
96. Brain Wave – Poul Anderson
97. Hyperion – Dan Simmons
98. The Andromeda Strain – Michael Crichton
99. Camp Concentration – Thomas Disch
100. A Princess of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Anyone wants to recommend me anything from the list? (Keeping in mind my penchant for chick lit and young adult.)

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