Monday, August 24, 2015

Top 33 Science Fiction Classics

This is my subjectively curated list of science fiction classics from the very roots of the genre to the turn of the millennium.  Most of these I have read, but some are well-regarded classics on my list of books to read.  I tried to throw in some surprises for the hardened sci-fi nerds to contemplate.  Looking for Fantasy novels?  Check out this list: Top 33 Fantasy Classics.

I have divided the books into three categories: Space Travel, Dystopian and Post-apocalyptic, and Speculative Fiction for those I couldn't find a more specific category for.  Many would fit into more than one category, but I didn't repeat so as not to bore you.  I also didn't choose more than one book from the same author, or list a whole series instead of a single book.  For the fantasy enthusiasts out there, I'll compile a separate list to be posted another day.

What would you have put on the list?  How many of these have you read? Tell me in the comments!

Space Travel

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine

The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin

Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

Ringworld - Larry Niven

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

Hyperion - Dan Simmons


Shards of Honor - Lois McMaster Bujold

 Dune - Frank Herbert

2001: a Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke

Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein

Contact - Carl Sagan

Out of the Silent Planet - C.S. Lewis

Dystopian and Post-apocalyptic

Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

A Canticle for Liebowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr.

The Road - Cormac McCarthy

Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

1984 - George Orwell

The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells


I am Legend - Richard Matheson


Slow River - Nicola Griffith

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood


Dawn - Octavia Butler

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Neuromancer - William Gibson

Speculative Fiction

Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

Catch-22 - Joseph Heller

The House on the Strand - Daphne DuMaurier

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes

The Fifth Child - Doris Lessing

Doomsday Book - Connie Willis

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