Science Fiction : The 100 Best Novels

A friend sent me this list some time ago, taken from Science Fiction : The 100 Best Novels (1949-1984) by David Pringle. It’s ostensibly a list of the most notable science fiction novels since the Second World War.

001 – 1984 by George Orwell (1949) *
002 – Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (1949) *
003 – The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (1950)
004 – The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein (1951)
005 – The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (1951) *
006 – Limbo by Bernard Wolfe (1952)
007 – The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester (1953) *
008 – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953) *
009 – Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke (1953)
010 – The Paradox Men by Charles L. Harness (1953)
011 – Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore (1953)
012 – The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth (1953) *
013 – Ring Around the Sun by Clifford D. Simak (1953)
014 – More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon (1953)
015 – Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement (1954)
016 – A Mirror for Observers by Edgar Pangborn (1954)
017 – The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov (1955)
018 – The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett (1955)
019 – The Inheritors by William Golding (1955)
020 – The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester (1956) (aka Tiger! Tiger! ) *
021 – The Death of Grass by John Christopher (1956)
022 – The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke (1956)
023 – The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein (1957)
024 – The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham (1957)
025 – Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss (1959) *
026 – A Case of Conscience by James Blish (1959)
027 – Have Space-Suit Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein (1959)
028 – Time Out of Joint by Philip K. Dick (1959)
029 – Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (1959)
030 – A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller (1959)
031 – The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut (1959) *
032 – Rogue Moon by Algis Buldrys (1960)
033 – Venus Plus X by Theodore Sturgeon (1960)
034 – Hothouse by Brian W. Aldiss (1962) *
035 – The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard (1962)
036 – A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962) *
037 – The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (1962) *
038 – Journey Beyond Tomorrow by Robert Sheckley (1963)
039 – Way Station by Clifford D. Simak (1963)
040 – Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (1963) *
041 – Greybeard by Brian W. Aldiss (1964)
042 – Nova Express by William S. Burroughs (1964)
043 – Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick (1964) *
044 – The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick (1964)
045 – The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber (1964)
046 – Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith (1964-69)
047 – Dr – Bloodmoney by Philip K. Dick (1965) *
048 – Dune by Frank Herbert (1965) *
049 – The Crystal World by J. G. Ballard (1966)
050 – Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison (1966)
051 – Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (1966) *
052 – The Dream Master by Roger Zelazny (1966)
053 – Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner (1969)
054 – Nova by Samuel R. Delany (1969)
055 – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (1969) *
056 – Camp Concentration by Thomas M. Disch (1969)
057 – The Final Programme by Michael Moorcock (1969)
058 – Pavane by Keith Roberts (1969)
059 – Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter (1969)
060 – The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)
061 – The Palace of Eternity by Bob Shaw (1969)
062 – Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinard (1969)
063 – Tau Zero by Poul Anderson (1970) *
064 – Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg (1970)
065 – The Year of the Quiet Sun by Wilson Tucker (1970)
066 – 334 by Thomas M. Disch (1972)
067 – The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolf (1972)
068 – The Dancers at the End of Time by Michael Moorcock (1972-76) *
069 – Crash by J. G. Ballard (1973)
070 – Looking Backward, From the Year 2000 by Mack Reynolds (1973)
071 – The Embedding by Ian Watson (1973)
072 – Walk to the End of the World by Suzy Mckee Charnas (1974)
073 – The Centauri Device by M. John Harrison (1974)
074 – The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974)
075 – Inverted World by Christopher Priest (1974)
076 – High-Rise by J. G. Ballard (1975) *
077 – Galaxies by Barry N. Malzberg (1975)
078 – The Female Man by Joanna Russ (1975)
079 – Orbitsville by Bob Shaw (1975)
080 – The Alteration by Kingsley Amis (1976)
081 – Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy (1976)
082 – Man Plus by Fredrik Pohl (1976) *
083 – Michaelmas by Algis Budrys (1977)
084 – The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley (1977)
085 – Miracle Visitors by Ian Watson (1979)
086 – Engine Summer by John Crowley (1979)
087 – On Wings of Song by Thomas M. Disch (1979)
088 – The Walking Shadow by Brian Stableford (1979)
089 – Juniper Time by Kate Wilhelm (1979)
090 – Timescape by Gregory Benford (1980)
091 – The Dreaming Dragons by Damien Broderick (1980)
092 – Wild Seed by Octavia A. Butler (1980)
093 – Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban (1980) *
094 – Roderick and Roderick at Random by John Sladek (1980-83)
095 – The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolf (1980-83)
096 – The Unreasoning Mask by Philip Jose Farmer (1980)
097 – Oath of Fealty by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (1981)
098 – No Enemy But Time by Michael Bishop (1982)
099 – The Birth of People’s Republic of Antartica by John Calvin Batchelor (1983)
100 – Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)

I have been dipping into the list for years now, but have really only read a fraction of what’s on there (I’ve put an asterix by the ones I’ve finished reading). It’s a good list and, if you like science fiction at all, it’s fun to pick out the books you think you’ll enjoy.

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