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Sci-Fi Book List

Following the meme:

"This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved."

Mine in the extended.

  1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien *
  2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
  3. Dune, Frank Herbert
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
  8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
  12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
  14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
  15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
  16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett *
  17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
  18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
  19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
  20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
  21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
  22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
  23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
  24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
  25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
  26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
  27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
  29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
  30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
  31. Little, Big, John Crowley
  32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
  33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
  35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
  36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
  37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
  38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
  39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
  40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
  41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut *
  43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson *
  44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
  45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
  47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
  48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
  49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
  50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer


Comments (3)


Hi. This is my last hope in regards to finding a Sci-Fi series I started to read about 6 years ago while I was in the Marine Corps. A guy I knew turned me onto this book, and then dissapeared right after I gave it back. I don't know the names of the authors or anything. So here's what I remember:

It's a future space sci-fi book. The main character is a kid who ends up having a really durable, almost unbreakable, knife surgicly implanted into his forearm where it can slip into his hand. He was on a space station and was considered a malcontent and put into some kind of training camp. He ended up being saved by the empire maybe, and then starts to go through their marines or army, but ends up in something like Special Ops or Covert Ops where he ends up becoming the lead man on the team. There is another character on the team who comes from a planet with a high gravity, so he's really strong and is short. Another character is the main characters old girlfriend and she becomes a beast master, controlling 2 very intelligent tigers.

I really liked the series, but have not been able to find it for years. It's an older series and I don't think it's still published any help should be appreciated, or if you could send me in the right direction. Thanks.



@Sheshu: my friend parakkum was able to hunt this down with the help of others: "The Sten Chronicles" by Allan Cole and others.



That's an impressive list. Most I've read. Many I liked. A few I've never heard of. There's one book a friend of mine gave me, I've never heard of, and is not included in the sci-fi book club— but was a really great read was 'THE HUMAN FACTOR" by A.J. DiChiara. It was a real page turner. He got it on Amazon, and said it had great reader reviews. I have to say, I couldn't put it down. It reminded my of a good Rod Serling tale— one you'd expect to see on the Twilight Zone. If you're a sci-fi fan and want a good weekend read, definately pick up "THE HUMAN FACTOR" by A.J. DiChiara.

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