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 Post subject: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:36 pm 
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200 Greatest Science Fiction Books

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Science Fiction:
with it's sub-genres, series & it's broad perspective of definition.

Criteria: - It is with respect to all the myriad forms & interpretations of science fiction that these books were chosen for their lasting impact, influence in the genre, originality & compositional skill. As with all lists, this is a subjective list & makes no claim of an official nature.

*** With a significant percent of science fiction books presented as a multiple book series, to include would be to exclude, so for the purpose of this list the series title has been chosen to be represented here ***

List Compiled and Edited By: Rick Varner

1. Stranger in a Strange Land - by Robert A Heinlein
2. Dune - by Frank Herbert
3. Foundation - by Isaac Asimov
4. Fahrenheit 451 - by Ray Bradbury
5. The Book of the New Sun - by Gene Wolfe
6. 1984 - by George Orwell
7. Brave New World - by Aldous Huxley
8. Earth Abides - by George R Stewart
9. The Book of the Long Sun - by Gene Wolfe
10. Childhood's End - by Arthur C Clarke
11. The Dispossessed - by Ursula K. LeGuin
12. The Demolished Man - by Alfred Bester
13. Flatland - by Edwin A Abbott
14. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress - by Robert A Heinlein
15. The Left Hand of Darkness - by Ursula K. LeGuin
16. Frankenstein - by Mary Shelley
17. Slaughterhouse-Five - by Kurt Vonnegut
18. Ender's Game - by Orson Scott Card
19. I Am Legend - by Richard Matheson
20. The Time Machine - by H.G. Wells
21. All My Sins Remembered - by Joe Haldeman
22. The War of the Worlds - by H.G. Wells
23. Cat's Cradle - by Kurt Vonnegut
24. The City and The Stars - by Arthur C Clarke
25. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - by Philip K Dick
26. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - by Douglas Adams
27. Planet of Adventure - by Jack Vance
28. More Than Human - by Theodore Sturgeon
29. A Clockwork Orange - by Anthony Burgess
30. Hyperion Cantos - by Dan Simmons
31. Neuromancer - by William Gibson
32. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - by Philip K Dick
33. Gateway - by Fredrick Pohl
34. Rendezvous with Rama - by Arthur C. Clarke
35. Ring Around The Sun - by Clifford D Simak
36. The Sirens of Titan - by Kurt Vonnegut
37. Cities In Flight - by James Blish
38. Gravity's Rainbow - by Thomas Pynchon
39. The Man in The High Castle - by Philip K Dick
40. Limbo - by Bernard Wolfe
41. The Invisible Man - by H.G. Wells
42. The Fifth Head of Cerebus - by Gene Wolfe
43. The Puppet Masters - by Robert A Heinlein
44. Last and First Men - by Olaf Stapledon
45. Alastor - by Jack Vance
46. A Wrinkle in Time - by Madeleine L'Engle
47. The Embedding - by Ian Watson
48. Island - by Aldous Huxley
49. The Forever War - by Joe Haldeman
50. Ubik - by Philip K. Dick
51. On Wings of Song - by Thomas M Disch
52. Starship Troopers - by Robert A Heinlein
53. At The Mountains of Madness - by H.P. Lovecraft
54. Flowers for Algernon - by Daniel Keyes
55. The Sheep Look Up - by John Brunner
56. Ringworld - by Larry Niven
57. The Paradox Men - by Charles Harness
58. The Drowned World - by J.G. Ballard
59. The Stars My Destination - by Alfred Bester
60. Tau Zero - by Poul Anderson
61. Farmer in the Sky - by Robert A Heinlein
62. Out of The Silent Planet - by C.S. Lewis
63. The Stainless Steel Rat - by Harry Harrison
64. Solaris - by Stanislaw Lem
65. The Gods Themselves - by Isaac Asimov
66. A Canticle for Leibowitz - by Walter Miller
67. Bring The Jubilee - by Ward Moore
68. Flow My Tears The Policeman Said - by Philip K. Dick
69. The Soft Machine - by William S Burroughs
70. The Space Merchants - by Frederik Pohl & C.M. Kornbluth
71. Star Maker - by Olaf Stapledon
72. The Centauri Device - by M John Harrison
73. The Cadwal Chronicles - by Jack Vance
74. Citizen of The Galaxy - by Robert A Heinlein
75. His Master's Voice - by Stanislaw Lem
76. A Mirror For Observers - by Edgar Pangborn
77. Time Out of Joint - by Philip K Dick
78. The High Crusade - by Poul Anderson
79. The Book of The Short Sun - by Gene Wolfe
80. The Day of the Triffids - by John Wyndham
81. Way Station - by Clifford D Simek
82. To Your Scattered Bodies Go - by Philip Jose Farmer
83. A Scanner Darkly - by Philip K. Dick
84. Non-Stop - by Brian W Aldiss
85. A Deepness In The Sky - by Vernon Vinge
86. Man Plus - by Fredrick Pohl
87. Speaker for the Dead - by Orson Scott Card
88. The Midwich Cuckoos - by John Wyndham
89. Camp Concentration - by Thomas Disch
90. The Demon Princes - by Jack Vance
91. The Inheritors - by William Golding
92. The Word For World Is Forest - by Ursula K. LeGuin
93. An Evil Guest - by Gene Wolfe
94. Dorsai - by Gordon R Dickson
95. The Andromeda Strain - by Michael Crichton
96. Mission of Gravity - by Hal Clement
97. The Mote in God's Eye - by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
98. Lord of Light - by Roger Zelazny
99. Ape and Essence - by Aldous Huxley
100. Against The Fall of Night - by Arthur C Clarke

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101. Bug Jack Barron - by Norman Spinrad
102. A Case of Conscience - by James Blish
103. Triplanetary by E.E. 'Doc' Smith
104. The Fountains of Paradise - by Arthur C Clarke
105. The Caves of Steel - by Isaac Asimov
106. Mona Lisa Overdrive - by William Gibson
107. Nightwings - by Robert Silverberg
108. This Immortal - by Roger Zelzany
109. The Lathe of Heaven - by Ursula Le Guin
110. Hothouse - by Brian Aldiss
111. The Forever Machine - by Frank Riley & Mark Clifton
112. Nostrilia - by Cordwainer Smith
113. Riverworld - by Philip Jose Farmer
114. Player Piano - by Kurt Vonnegut
115. The Diamond Age - by Neal Stephenson
116. The Integral Trees - by Larry Niven
117. Free Live Free - by Gene Wolfe
118. Past Master - by R.A. Lafferty
119. Count Zero - by William Gibson
120. True Names - by Vernor Vinge
121. Make Room! Make Room! - by Harry Harrison
122. The Baroque Cycle - by Neal Stephenson
123. Rainbow's End - by Vernor Vinge
124. Futurological Congress - by Stanislaw Lem
125. A Fire Upon The Deep - by Vernor Vinge
126. The Big Time - by Fritz Leiber
127. Immortality Inc. - by Robert Sheckley
128. Job: A Comedy of Justice - by Robert A Heinlein
129. Stand On Zanzibar - by John Brunner
130. To Say Nothing of The Dog - by Connie Willis
131. China Mountain Zhang - by Maureen F. McHugh
132. Up The Line - by Robert Silverberg
133. Chthon - by Piers Anthony
134. The Listeners - by James E Gunn
135. Titan - by John Varley
136. Alas, Babylon - by Pat Frank
137. The Unreasoning Mask - by Philip Jose Farmer
138. Rogue Moon - by Algis Budrys
139. Drowning Towers - by George Turner
140. Crytonomicon - by Neal Stephenson
141. The Stochastic Man - by Robert Silverberg
142. Forever Peace - by Joe Haldeman
143. Beyond Apollo - by Barry Malzberg
144. Inverted World - by Christopher Priest
145. Thorns - by Robert Silverberg
146. The Snow Queen - by Joan D Vinge
147. Roadside Picnic - by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
148. The Cat Who Walks Through Walls - by Robert A Heinlein
149. The Uplift War - by David Brin
150. 2001 A Space Odyssey - by Arthur C Clarke
151. Sphere - by Michael Crichton
152. Dying Inside - by Robert Silverberg
153. Babel-17 - by Samuel R Delany
154. Beggars in Spain - by Nancy Kress
155. Wildlife - by James Patrick Kelly
156. Snow Crash -by Neal Stephenson
157. The Death of Grass - by John Christopher
158. Ilium - by Dan Simmons
159. The Many Colored Land - by Julian May
160. Altered Carbon - by Richard K. Morgan
161. Green Mars - by Kim Stanley Robinson
162. The Terminal Experiment - by Robert J Sawyer
163. The Einstein Intersection - by Samuel R Delany
164. Spin - by Robert Charles Wilson
165. Griffin's Egg - by Michael Swanwick
166. Rite of Passage - by Alexei Panshin
167. Barrayar - by Lois McMaster Bujold
168. Anathem - by Neal Stephenson
169. Old Man's War - by John Scalzi
170. Schismatrix - by Bruce Sterling
171. Doomsday Book - by Connie Willis
172. Maps In a Mirror - by Orson Scott Card
173. Macroscope - by Piers Anthony
174. The Shockwave Rider - by John Brunner
175. Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang - by Kate Wilhelm
176. Engine Summer - by John Crowley
177. Isle of the Dead - by Roger Zelazny
178. Permutation City - by Greg Egan
179. Nova - by Samuel R Delany
180. The Years of Rice and Salt - by Kim Stanley Robinson
181. Timescape - by Gregory Benford
182. The Rise of Endymion - by Dan Simmons
183. The Wanderer - by Fritz Leiber
184. Parable of The Sower - by Octavia Butler
185. Downbelow Station - by C.J. Cherryh
186. The Masks of Time - by Robert Silverberg
187. Idoru - by William Gibson
188. Oath of Fealty - by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
189. Eon - by Greg Bear
190. The Company - by K.J. Parkerr
191. Accelerando - by Charles Stross
192. The Telling - by Ursula K Le Guin
193. Behold The Man - by Michael Moorcock
194. Double Star - by Robert A Heinlein
195. Cyteen - by C.J. Cherryh
196. Dreamsnake - by Vonda N. McIntyre
197. Passage - by Connie Willis
198. The Postman - by David Brin
199. Hominids - by Robert J Sawyer
200. Venus on the Half-Shell - by Kilgore Trout (Philip Jose Farmer)


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 Post subject: Re: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:53 pm 
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Iain M. Banks Consider Phlebas (or another of his "Culture" novels) surely belongs here.

Edit: No Ian McDonald on this list either.


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 Post subject: Re: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
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R.I.P Ray Bradbury.

Ray Bradbury, the author of classics such as “Fahrenheit 451,” “Something Wicked this Way Comes” and “The Martian Chronicles,” died Wednesday morning in Los Angeles at the age of 91.

Bradbury’s daughter confirmed the death of the legendary science fiction writer to the Associated Press Wednesday morning.

Thanks Ray..........


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 Post subject: Re: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:30 pm 
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Ah, I love Bradbury. Had no idea he was even still alive. RIP


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 Post subject: Re: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
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Tried reading first and last men. Goddamn the complexity !!!


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 Post subject: Re: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
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Where's Le Guin's "The Left Hand of Darkness? or Butler's "Lilith's Brood?"


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 Post subject: Re: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
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beaverteeth92 wrote:
Where's Le Guin's "The Left Hand of Darkness? or Butler's "Lilith's Brood?"


Look again, 'Darkness is #15 :eek:


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 Post subject: Re: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
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What about the Culture series? Can't leave that out.


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 Post subject: Re: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
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Rick wrote:
beaverteeth92 wrote:
Where's Le Guin's "The Left Hand of Darkness? or Butler's "Lilith's Brood?"


Look again, 'Darkness is #15 :eek:


I Ctrl+Fed that and for some reason it didn't show up. My bad. I'm shocked at the lack of VALIS though. Also no Barsoom series? It was highly influential in the development of science fiction.


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 Post subject: Re: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:57 am 
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Shouldn't We by Yevgeny Zamyatin be on this list?


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 Post subject: Re: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
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Tiny Tim wrote:
Shouldn't We by Yevgeny Zamyatin be on this list?


Quite right, where would you suggest ?


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 Post subject: Re: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
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I dunno, maybe somewhere in #30-40 range of this list. I am not a great expert on this stuff though.


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 Post subject: Re: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
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Tiny Tim wrote:
I dunno, maybe somewhere in #30-40 range of this list. I am not a great expert on this stuff though.


Not a problem I'll take care of it.


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 Post subject: Re: 200 Greatest Science Fiction Books
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So, how 'bout that Ian M. Banks. He's very well regarded in the genre.


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