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The Ten Best Science Fiction Books of All Time! *

The ten best science fiction books of all time include: -


not necessarily in this order


The Crysalids by John Wyndham

The last quarter of the Crysalids turns into a car chase, but the first 3/4s is so good that I still rank it as one of the very best. 1955
The Dreaming Jewels Theodore Sturgeon,.
1950. "More Than Human" is also wicked (or wonderful), perhaps even one of the top ten

Magic Street Orson Scott Card


The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester1953. Also published as "Tiger Tiger"

Childhoods End Arthur C Clarke


1953. The City and the Stars (which is "a complete rewrite of his earlier novella, Against the Fall of Night" {Wikipedia} is also awesome)
Lord of Light Roger Zelazny1967
 Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut1959
 1984 George Orwell

1949 Yes, it is serious literature, but yes, it is science fiction
 Among Others Jo Walton2010 (I think: just finished it yesterday: I think...)


The last novel amongst the top ten would be from amongst the following (it's debatable)
 Hot House Brian Aldiss1962 Aldiss' AI is a great film (expanding a nice short story into (as it were) a novel)**
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert Heinlen

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is also fabulous, oh, and Space Merchants!
The Green Brain Frank Herbert
 Dragon Masters Jack Vance 
Dune Frank Herbert
 Lord of the Rings Tolkienand "the Hobbit" is part of that tale
 Cats Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

Scanner Darkly Philip K Dick

Dick's work is awesome


Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Samuel Delany

"It was part of a planned diptych whose second half, The Splendor and Misery of Bodies, of Cities, remains unfinished..." Wikipedia. When I read this I thought it was fantastic, but I'd have to wait to judge or rank it. Still waiting

 Among the 100 greatest Sci Fi works I'd list...

But these would never make it into my top ten

Foundation Isaac Asimov

just because the scene when they are approaching Trantor impressed me so. Currents of Space is also neat.
 Nova Samuel Delany"Dhalgren" is also fascinating (and unique) - for that matter, the first and third parts of Delany's Triton are fabulous!

Player of Games Iaim M Banks

perhaps some, but not all, of the other "Culture" books
 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury 
 Way Station Clifford SimacAfter writing this I was reading someones list of 100, and I seem to remember that Way Station was wicked... have to reread it
even though Wells' Time Machine, War of the Worlds, and Invisable Man made a great impression (establishing the genre), I'm not sure they'd make it into the top 100 (read "Mr. Polly" instead) ... likewise the best work of Gibson and Blish ... anyway, the 100 best is beyond me (I forget...) Atwoods recent Year of the Flood might be in that 100. The Eye in the Mote of God... Ventus ? Snow Crash ?

* this is my list, and to get onto it you have to be a book that I have read
** Steven Soderbergh's Solaris is a great movie, but Lem's book doesn't make my top 100

to be updated (I think I'm going to write a great sci fi flicks page... AI and Solaris and...

see also
"a book list"