The Top 100 (for now)

This is my list for now. Some authors wrote several books that are considered worthy of the best, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov being notable. For others, some lists named one of their books, another list might name a different one. When it comes down to reading one, I may vary my choice depending on which book is easiest to obtain.

If I’ve included any books that fit into the fantasy genre, please let me know. Often science fiction and fantasy are grouped together, but while they share similarities, they differ in many ways and I want to focus on sci fi.

1 Frank Herbert Dune 1965
2 Orson Scott Card Ender’s Game 1985
3 Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451: A Novel 1954
4 Ursula K Le Guin The Left Hand of Darkness 1969
5 George Orwell 1984 (Signet Classics) 1949
6 Dan Simmons Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, Book 1) 1989
7 William Gibson Neuromancer 1984
8 Robert A Heinlein Starship Troopers 1959
9 Isaac Asimov I, Robot 1950
10 Ursula K Le Guin The Dispossessed: A Novel  1974
11 Ray Bradbury The Martian Chronicles 1950
12 Philip K Dick The Man in the High Castle 1962
13 Alfred Bester The Stars My Destination 1956
14 Isaac Asimov The Foundation Trilogy 1951
15 Arthur C Clarke 2001: a Space Odyssey 1968
16 Vernor Vinge A Fire Upon The Deep  1991
17 Stanislaw Lem Solaris 1961
18 Robert A Heinlein The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress 1966
19 Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale 1985
20 Kim Stanley Robinson Red Mars (Mars Trilogy) 1992
21 Philip K Dick Ubik 1969
22 Mary Shelley Frankenstein  1818
23 Daniel Keyes Flowers for Algernon 1966
24 Joe Haldeman The Forever War 1974
25 Keith Roberts Pavane 1968
26 Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-Five 1969
27 Aldous Huxley Brave New World 1932
28 H G Wells The Time Machine 1895
29 Walter M  Miller, Jr. A Canticle for Leibowitz 1959
30 Neal Stephenson Snow Crash 1992
31 Neal Stephenson The Diamond Age 1995
32 Christopher Priest Inverted World 1975
33 Frederik Pohl Gateway 1977
34 Philip K Dick Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?  1968
35 Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange 1962
36 Iain M Banks Use of Weapons  1990
37 Larry Niven Ringworld 1970
38 Roger Zelazny Lord of Light 1967
39 John Wyndham The Day of the Triffids 1951
40 Arthur C Clarke Childhood’s End 1954
41 Jules Verne 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1870
42 Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space 2000
43 John Scalzi Old Man’s War 2005
44 Connie Willis Doomsday Book 1992
45 Joanna Russ The Female Man 1975
46 Gene Wolfe The Book of the New Sun, Vol. 1 1980
47 Richard Morgan Altered Carbon 2002
48 Iain M Banks The Player of Games 1988
49 David Brin Startide Rising 1983
50 John Brunner Stand on Zanzibar 1969
51 Carl Sagan Contact 1985
52 Ward Moore Bring the Jubilee 1953
53 E. E. “Doc” Smith The Skylark of Space 1915-1920
54 Samuel R. Delany Dhalgren 1975
55 Douglas Adams Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1979
56 Greg Bear Blood Music 1985
57 Robert A Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land 1961
58 Robert Charles Wilson Spin 2005
59 Isaac Asimov The Caves of Steel 1954
60 Paolo Bacingalupi The Windup Girl 2009
61 Kurt Vonnegut Cat’s Cradle 1963
62 Arthur C Clarke Rendezvous with Rama 1973
63 Peter Watts Blindsight 2006
64 Neal Stephenson Anathem 2008
65 Lois McMaster Bujold Falling Free (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) 1987
66 Peter F Hamilton The Reality Dysfunction (The Night’s Dawn) 1996-99
67 Edgar Rice Burroughs A Princess of Mars 1917
68 H G Wells The War of the Worlds 1898
69 Pat Cadigan Synners 1991
70 Ann Leckie Ancillary Justice 2013
71 Cormac McCarthy The Road 2006
72 Andy Weir The Martian 2011
73 Lois McMaster Bujold Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga) 1986
74 Ernest Cline Ready Player One 2011
75 George R. Stewart Earth Abides 1949
76 Kurt Vonnegut Sirens Of Titan 1959
77 Jerry Niven The Mote in God’s Eye 1975
78 Alfred Bester The Demolished Man 1953
79 Karel Capek R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) 1920
80 Orson Scott Card Ender’s Shadow 1999
81 Orson Scott Card Speaker for the Dead 1986
82 Michael Crichton Jurassic Park 1990
83 Arthur C Clarke The City and the Stars 1956
84 Pierce Brown Red Rising 2014
85 Michael Crichton The Andromeda Strain 1969
86 Peter F Hamilton Pandora’s Star 2004
87 Brian W. Aldiss Helliconia Spring 1982
88 Frederik Pohl & C.M.  Kornbluth The Space Merchants 1953
89 Isaac Asimov The End of Eternity 1955
90 Madeleine L’Engle A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) 1962
91 Isaac Asimov The Gods Themselves 1972
92 Kathleen Ann Goonan Queen City Jazz 1984
93 Robert A Heinlein The Door into Summer 1956
94 J.G. Ballard Love and Napalm: Export U.S.A 1972
95 Philip K Dick Radio Free Albemuth 1985
96 Hal Clement Mission of Gravity 1954
97 Robert A Heinlein Time Enough for Love 1973
98 Robert Silverberg Dying Inside 1972
99 Jack Vance Tales of the Dying Earth 1999
100 Arkady & Boris Strugatsky Roadside Picnic 1972

Author: Tina

A writer with interest in everything and gratitude for life

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