As stolen from jmarie
According to the Science Fiction Book Club, these are the 50 most significant SF & Fantasy Books of 1953-2002. Bold the ones you’ve read, strike the ones you hated, italicize the ones you couldn’t get through, asterisks for the ones you loved.
I have never read a book I hated, so none of them will be struck for me. However, I’m apparently not as well read as I’d thought. Either that, or my tastes are not the norm.
1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – several times actually, and found something new to be in wonder about each and every time.
2. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
3. Dune by Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein*
5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin – Loved it!!!
6. Neuromancer by William Gibson*
7. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke*
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick*
9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley*
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom by Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight by James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison*
18. Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison*
19. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester*
20. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey – Read most of the series actually. Awesome books.
22. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card*
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman*
25. Gateway by Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling* – I’m an American. It’s a sorcerer’s stone.
27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams*
28. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice* – Should try reading this series again.
30. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin*
31. Little, Big by John Crowley
32. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick*
34. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
35. More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach by Nevil Shute*
38. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld by Larry Niven – Amazing and original.
40. Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien – Written very much like the Bible. Couldn’t wade through it.
42. Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester*
46. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein*
47. Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock – LOVED! This book is part of why I love antiheroes so much.
48. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks – Lost count of how many times I’ve read it. The whole series is good.
49. Timescape by Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer