Wednesday, July 4, 2007

501 Must Reads : Science Fiction

To that person who came here with the search words "501 must read books science fiction", here's the list for you.

1) The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Noel Adams
2) Hothouse Brian Aldiss
3) Brain Wave Poul Anderson
4) I, Robot Isaac Asimov
5) The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
6) The Crystal World J. G. Ballard
7) The Demolished Man Alfred Bester
8) Who Goes There John W. Campbell
9) The Invention of Morel Adolfo Bioy Casares
10) Planet of the Apes Pierre Boulle

11) The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury
12) The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
13) A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
14) Erewhon Samuel Butler
15) Cosmicomics Italo Calvino
16) 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke
17) A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder James De Mille
18) The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Philip K. Dick
19) To Your Scattered Bodies Go Philip Jose Farmer
20) Neuromancer William Gibson

21) Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein
22) Dune Frank Herbert
23) Brave New World Aldous Huxley
24) Two Planets Kurd Lasswitz
25) Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin
26) Solaris Stanislaw Lem
27) Shikasta Doris Lessing
28) Stepford Wives Ira Levin
29) Out of the Silent Planet C. S. Lewis
30) I am Legend Richard Matheson

31) Dwellers in Mirage Abraham Merritt
32) A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter Miller
33) Ringworld Larry Niven
34) Time Traders Andre Norton
35) Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
36) The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
37) The Inverted World Christopher Priest
38) The Green Child Herbert Read
39) The Laxian Key Robert Sheckley
40) City Clifford D. Simak

41) Donovan's Brain Curt Siodmak
42) Lest Darkness Fall L. Sprague De Camp
43) Last and First Men Olaf Stapledon
44) More Than Human Theodore Sturgeon
45) Slan A. E. Van Vogt
46) A Journey to the Centre of the Earth Jules Verne
47) Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade Kurt Vonnegurt
48) The Island of Doctor Moreau H. G. Wells
49) Islandia Austin Tappan Wright
50) The Day of the Triffids John Wyndham



Ted Mahsun said...

Thanks for posting this, Shark. Could you please post the list for Fantasy as well? I'm going through my SF/F phase right now...

sharkgila said...

There's no Fantasy list, Teds. Only Science Fiction. I think they lumped it together..

Ted Mahsun said...

No, there's no fantasy in that list (no Lord of the Rings or Narnia or any of the other usual fantasy heavyweights) so I don't think it was lumped together.

How weird. No fantasy? Inconceivable!

sharkgila said...


Those titles + Terry Prachett's The Color of Magic are in Children's Fiction. Michael Ende's The Neverending Story is in Modern Fiction. Hrmm Hrmm.

:-) said...

Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, The Last Unicorn, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Sword in the Stone, fell under Children's Fiction. The Thousand and One Night fell under Classic Fiction. It seems to me there is a thin line between children fiction and fantasy as well. Fantasy can have quite a huge audience from young to old ... :)

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