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When in doubt, post the Top 100 SciFi list

Posted by Lissa on August 30, 2011

Because I have no post fodder for today, and all the cool kids are doing it, and better late than never . . .  (I’ve added comments and questions in parentheses)

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert (I made it through the first three or four books, so that counts, right?)

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin

6. 1984, by George Orwell

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov

9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman (I adore how this book is set up)

12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan (I stopped at number two or three, bored)

13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson

15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore (I saw the wretched awful terrible movie, but that doesn’t count)

16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov (again, saw the movie, but that one was okay)

17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein (a birthday gift from my mom, who loved it as much as I do)

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss

19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick

22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (scifi? huh?)

23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King

24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

25. The Stand, by Stephen King

26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman

30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein (I thought the movie was okay until I read the book. Then I realized how terrible the flick was.)

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams (ummmmmm scifi what?)

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey (I think I read maybe three of these?)

34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein

35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller

36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells

37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne

38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys (I wouldn’t have pegged this as scifi, but it was really good)

39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells

40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny (I tried this one, it just didn’t suit me)

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings

42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley

43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson

44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven

45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin

46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien (was this really worth reading? I did the trilogy plus the hobbit multiple multiple times, but maybe I need to add this to my list . . . )

47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White (literally at least forty times – one of my fave books growing up)

48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke

50. Contact, by Carl Sagan

51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons

52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks

55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle (this was one of my favorite movies as a kid; if I read the book, is it going to ruin the film???)

56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman

57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett

58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson

59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold

60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett

61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle (I just started this and it’s not clicking for me)

62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind

63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist

67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks (started this and hated it; thought it was a poor woman’s Tolkien)

68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard

69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb

70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (ummmmm this is a romance novel and I love it, but scifi? huh?)

71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne

73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore

74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi

75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson

76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey (oh come on.  historical fiction romance, not fantasy.)

78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin

79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire

81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson

82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde

83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks

84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart

85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson

86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher

87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe

88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn

89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan

90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock

91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley (whoa. I love this book, but the top 100 novels? I don’t think so.)

93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge

94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov

95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson

96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis

98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville

99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony

100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis


I can’t believe they didn’t list “Discworld” as an entry.  So I didn’t make it as far as “Small Gods”, so what? I did at least the first three . . .

Lots of people are pointing out that this list is kind of silly and sort of random. So what?  It gave me both blog content and ideas for books to put on my Kindle list, so I’m happy 🙂

7 Responses to “When in doubt, post the Top 100 SciFi list”

  1. Amy said

    I not only read dragonflight but the whole series which I actually own. And to really make myself sound like a geek – I’ve read them more than once. ; )

  2. TBG said

    Hi Lissa-
    Re:70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (ummmmm this is a romance novel and I love it, but scifi? huh?)

    More romance than Sci Fi, but the way the author dealt with the Temporal Displacement was unique… She avoided some of the time-traveler traps (go back and do something that endangers existence) by making the time travel uncontrollable, and added the element of a TD affected embryo…
    I very much enjoyed this book…
    And @ Amy – R:Dragonflight- I’ve read (and still own) all the Pern series books… Especially the Harper Hall books and the deviations (Masterharper, Dolphins of pern, etc)
    Ms McCaffery keeps a story moving, and makes compelling characters & plot elements. When the technology comes on-line I’m getting a fire lizard. 🙂

  3. Mike said

    I’d add that, if you want to read them, we have the following on our bookshelves already:

    8. Foundation Trilogy (I’ve actually been meaning to pick that up again)
    16. I, Robot (I think I have that at any rate; it’s a book of short stories and the movie is only loosely based on one of them)
    46. The Silmarillion
    66. The Riftwar Saga (Kindle version)
    73. The Legend of Drizzt series (I may not have all of them anymore, but I would be shocked if the missing ones weren’t out for Kindle)
    88. The Thrawn Trilogy (set in Star Wars universe after the movies took place)

    You need to read the Larry Niven ones too. I know you have one already on your Kindle, so it’s time to get to it!

  4. Smasher said

    RE: The Silmarillion

    If you read the Appendices at the end of ROTK and thought they were cool, you will mostly at least LIKE the Silmarillion. If you didn’t read or like the Appendices then the Sil will not interest you.

    Advice: If you DO decide to read the Sil, skip the big chunk of the Children of Hurin part. Christopher Tolkien actually finalized all the notes and different storylines into a coherent, and surprisingly good (if dark) book called “The Children of HUrin” a couple of years ago. Read that instead.

    I think the SIlmarillion has some of the most evocative prose I’ve ever encountered, but maybe that’s just me.

  5. The Kushiel books have magic in them, so they’re more fantasy than anything. Erotic alternate historical fantasy? Maybe that works!

  6. “The Mote…” is not an easy read. I think I finally got it after reading it three times over a period of years. Start with “Lucifer’s Hammer”. It’s a straightforward TEOTWAWKI novel, but very well done. Then maybe the “Ringworld” series to get you familiar with that universe. Or maybe “The Man-Kzin Wars” first the Ringworld because they are set in the same universe. You’ll love the Pierson’s Puppeteers because their leader is called “The Hindmost”. He leads from behind and there are obvious Obama analogies to be drawn. Pournelle is a libertarian (I think), so he’d get them too.

  7. Ross said

    Dune: “(I made it through the first three or four books, so that counts, right?)”

    Well, Lissa… that just proves that you have more ambition than I do. I got to page 100 of Dune and threw it down in disgust. Utter trash. I have absolutely NO IDEA why anyone likes Dune, Son of Dune, Dune Strikes Back or any of the other books or movies that that garbage spawned.

    And… you read I, Robot and liked the movie? Seriously? *shakes head* Isaac Asimov had to be spinning when that came out.

    In fact, the ONLY time I’ve ever seen Hollyweird do a decent movie from a book has got to be The Princess Bride. (LOTR was fair… but that whole elf dream sequence in The Two Towers just made my teeth itch).

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