111 Science fiction books to read before a supernova kills us all

I found this list over at Dolce Vita and decided to see how many of them I’ve read.

The symbols are:
X – Read it
W – Want to read it
? – Might get around to it at some point or have tried and given up.

I’ve read 50 of them. That’s not too bad. How about you? 

1984 by Orwell, George – X
Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, Ray – X
Dune by Herbert, Frank – X
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe by Adams, Douglas – X
Frankenstein by Shelly, Mary – ?
I, Robot by Asimov, Isaac – X
Ender’s Game by Card, Orson Scott – X
Brave New World by Huxley, Aldous – ?
Foundation by Asimov, Isaac – X
The Time Machine by Wells, H. G. – ?
The War of the Worlds by Wells, H. G. – ?
2001: A Space Odyssey by Clarke, Arthur C.  – ?
Invisible Man by Wells, H. G. – ?
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Verne, Jules – X
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Verne, Jules – X
The Handmaid’s Tale by Atwood, Margaret – X
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Stevenson, Robert Louis – X
A Clockwork Orange by Burgess, Anthony – ?
Slaughterhouse-Five by Vonnegut, Kurt – X
Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, Robert A. – X
The Martian Chronicles by Bradbury, Ray – ?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Dick, Philip K. – X
Childhood’s End by Clarke, Arthur C.  – ?
Flowers for Algernon by Keyes, Daniel – ?
The Caves of Steel by Asimov, Isaac – X
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Bradbury, Ray – X
Jurassic Park by Crichton, Michael – X
Neuromancer by Gibson, William – X
The Nine Billion Names of God by Clarke, Arthur C.  – ?
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Miller, Walter M. – X
Nightfall by Asimov, Isaac – X
Starship Troopers by Heinlein, Robert A. – X
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein, Robert A. – W
The Mote in God’s Eye by Niven, Larry and Pournelle, Jerry – ?
Red Mars by Robinson, Kim Stanley – X
Ringworld by Niven, Larry – X
The Andromeda Strain by Crichton, Michael – ?
Cat’s Cradle by Vonnegut, Kurt – W
Cyteen by Cherryh, C. J.  – W
I Sing the Body Electric by Bradbury, Ray – ?
Snow Crash by Stephenson, Neal – ?
The Day of the Triffids by Wyndham, John – X
Contact by Sagan, Carl – X
On the Beach by Shute, Nevil – X
The Illustrated Man by Bradbury, Ray – ?
The Lathe of Heaven by Le Guin, Ursula K. – X
The Ship Who Sang by McCaffrey, Anne – X
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harrison, Harry – ?
The Stars My Destination by Bester, Alfie – X
Barrayar by Bujold, Lois McMaster – X
The Forever War by Haldeman, Joe – X
The Giver by Lowry, Lois – ?
Cryptonomicon by Stephenson, Neal – ?
Foreigner by Cherryh, C. J.  – X
Rendezvous with Rama by Clarke, Arthur C.  – ?
The Dispossessed by Le Guin, Ursula K. – X
The Gods Themselves by Asimov, Isaac – X
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Niffenegger, Audrey – X
Children of Men by James, P. D. – ?
Dangerous Visions by Ellison, Harlon – ?
Downbelow Station by Cherryh, C. J. – X
Old Man’s War by Scalzi, John – X
Crystal Singer by McCaffrey, Anne – X
Doomsday Book by Willis, Connie – X
Lucifer’s Hammer by Niven, Larry and Pournelle, Jerry – ?
The City and the Stars by Clarke, Arthur C.  – ?
The Demolished Man by Bester, Alfie – ?
Blood Music by Bear, Greg – ?
Footfall by Niven, Larry and Pournelle, Jerry – ?
Hyperion by Simmons, Dan – ?
Solaris by Lem, Stanislaw – X
Songs of Distant Earth by Clarke, Arthur C.  – ?
Stand on Zanzibar by Brunner, John – ?
Stars in my Pocket, Like Grains of Sand by Delany, Samuel – ?
The Diamond Age by Stephenson, Neal – ?
The Island of Doctor Moreau by Wells, H. G. – ?
The Man in the High Castle by Dick, Philip K. – X
The Midwich Cuckoos by Wyndham, John – ?
Time Enough for Love by Heinlein, Robert A. – X
To Ride Pegasus by McCaffrey, Anne – X
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Willis, Connie – X
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Farmer, Philip Jose – ?
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Wilhelm, Kate – ?
A Princess of Mars by Burroughs, Edgar Rice – ?
A Scanner Darkly by Dick, Philip K. – ?
Anathem by Stephenson, Neal – ?
Grass by Tepper, Sherri S. – X
Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Finney, Jack – ?
Little Brother by Doctorow, Cory – X
Sphere by Crichton, Michael – ?
Tau Zero by Anderson, Poul – ?
The Best of Cordwainer Smith by Smith, Cordwainer – ?
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vinge, Vernor – X
Alas, Babylon by Frank, Pat – ?
At the Mountains of Madness by Lovecraft, H. P. – ?
Babel-17 by Delany, Samuel – ?
Breakfast of Champions by Vonnegut, Kurt – W
Chrysalids by Wyndham, John – ?
City by Simak, Clifford – ?
Double Star by Heinlein, Robert A. – ?
Earth by Brin, David – X
Gateway by Pohl, Frederik – ?
Islands in the Sky by Clarke, Arthur C.  – ?
Kindred by Butler, Octavia – ?
More Than Human by Sturgeon, Theodore – ?
On Basilisk Station by Weber, David – X
The Coelura by McCaffrey, Anne – W
The Pride of Chanur by Cherryh, C. J.  – W
The Speed of Dark by Moon, Elizabeth – W
The Ugly Little Boy by Asimov, Isaac and Silverberg, Robert – ?
Uglies by Westerfeld, Scott – ?


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Posted on February 26, 2011, in Literature/Books and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I’ve read about 85 of these. A few are short stories-Nightfall, Nine Billion Names of God. A few are odd choices-Bradbury’s I Sing the Body Electric is not one of his best collections. A few authors I don’t care for-Cherryh(never been able to finish one of her books), Bujold, McCaffrey, David Weber. Heinlein’s Time Enough For Love is a terrible book as is PD James Children of Men(film is better). Clarkes’s Island In the Sky is a very minor book.

  2. Well, I didn’t make the list, so I’m not going to take any responsibility for “odd” choices. I suspect that there’ll never be a list we can all agree on 🙂

    I really like Cherryh, Bujold and McCaffrey, have become less and less enthuiastic about Weber and never managed to get through “Children of Men”.

  3. I’m adding World War Z to your list. And I’m not even a zombie fan.

  4. Neither am I. It’s probably going to shock zombie fans but I don’t think I’ve even heard about WWZ before. I probably have to broaden my horizons.

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog. Glad you enjoyed the SF list. Regarding one of your other posts;I recently purchased Downbelow Station so I am looking forward to reading it.

  6. Interesting, I am probably showing my age when I admit to having read 91 of the books on your list. Some of these are brilliant and old (Asimov, Niven, Heinlein) some are reasonably recent and still outstanding (Stevenson, Adams) but where oh where is Iain M Banks? Consider Phlebas is the place to start if you have been living in a SF free zone. Of the older titles, I recommend Delany’s Babel-17 and everything by Harlan Ellison (there’s sadly not a lot). And Vonnegut! Everyone should read as much Vonnegut as they can, it will make the world a better place.

  7. 91 – I’m impressed. Your’re right, Ian M.Banks should really be on a list like this. This is also a list that contains only authors that writes in English. There are definitely authors from other languages that should be on here. One that comes to mind is Karin Boye with Kallocain (Swedish), and I’m sure there are many others.

  8. I’m gratified to see that CJ Cherryh is well represented with 4 of her novels on this list. In addition to Ian Banks, other current writers conspicuous by their absence include Neal Asher, Gregory Benford, Jack McDevitt, & Alastair Reynolds. Worse yet is the omission of grand masters Poul Anderson, Hal Clement, Jack Vance & AE Van Vogt.

  9. Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS – if you like Good vs Evil
    Piers Anthony’s IMMORTALS Series – only to Book 5
    Scazli’s EVERY OTHER BOOK HE WROTE, and don’t be misled by ANDROID’S DREAM

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