The top 100 from oldest to most recent

I’ve decided to read the books starting with the oldest and moving forward in time. I believe that way I’ll have a better idea of how the later ones have been influenced by the older books and perhaps why some of the older ones are considered so important to the genre. Here’s the same list in order of date:

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

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

Which 100 Books?

Several months ago I decided to sample the best science fiction out there. Who I am and why I decided to do this, I’ll get to. For now, just know that I found a list and started to read. What an adventure it turned out to be!

I soon realized that others might enjoy sharing this project with me. Hence this website, and the soon-to-be-posted Youtube video reviews of each book.

First, though, I needed to know that the list I was using was indeed the best 100 science fiction novels. I discovered that there’s not much agreement as to which books are the best 100. Using various lists, I compiled the names of 335 books someone or the other thought were worthy. I’ve chosen 100 based on how many lists the books appeared on and where they appeared on two particular lists. I’ll share my sources in the future. In fact I’ll share the names of all 335 books.

In the meantime, I’d appreciate your help in making sure I read the best.