200 Greatest Science Fiction Books

Criteria: It is with respect to all the myriad forms & interpretations of science fiction that these books were chosen for their lasting impact, influence in the genre, originality & compositional skill. As with all lists, this is a subjective list & makes no claim of an official nature.
Science Fiction Books
1. Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein
2. Dune
by Frank Herbert
3. Foundation
by Isaac Asimov
4. Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
5. The Book of the New Sun
by Gene Wolfe
6. 1984
by George Orwell
7. Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
8. Earth Abides
by George R Stewart
9. The Book of the Long Sun
by Gene Wolfe
10. Childhood's End
by Arthur C. Clarke
11. The Dispossessed
by Ursula K. Le Guin
12. The Demolished Man
by Alfred Bester
13. Flatland
by Edwin A Abbott
14. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
by Robert A. Heinlein
15. The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
17. Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut
18. Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card
19. I Am Legend
by Richard Matheson
20. The Time Machine
by H.G. Wells
21. All My Sins Remembered
by Joe Haldeman
22. The War of the Worlds
by H.G. Wells
23. Cat's Cradle
by Kurt Vonnegut
24. The City and The Stars
by Arthur C. Clarke
25. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick
26. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
27. Planet of Adventure
by Jack Vance
28. More Than Human
by Theodore Sturgeon
29. A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
30. Hyperion Cantos
by Dan Simmons
31. Neuromancer
by William Gibson
32. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
by Philip K. Dick
33. Gateway
by Fredrick Pohl
34. Rendezvous with Rama
by Arthur C. Clarke
35. Ring Around The Sun
by Clifford D. Simak
36. The Sirens of Titan
by Kurt Vonnegut
37. Cities In Flight
by James Blish
38. Gravity's Rainbow
by Thomas Pynchon
39. The Man in The High Castle
by Philip K. Dick
40. Limbo
by Bernard Wolfe
41. The Invisible Man
by H.G. Wells
42. The Fifth Head of Cerebus
by Gene Wolfe
43. The Puppet Masters
by Robert A. Heinlein
44. Last and First Men
by Olaf Stapledon
45. Alastor
by Jack Vance
46. A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
47. The Embedding
by Ian Watson
48. Island
by Aldous Huxley
49. The Forever War
by Joe Haldeman
50. Ubik
by Philip K. Dick
51. On Wings of Song
by Thomas M. Disch
52. Starship Troopers
by Robert A. Heinlein
53. At The Mountains of Madness
by H.P. Lovecraft
54. Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
55. The Sheep Look Up
by John Brunner
56. Ringworld
by Larry Niven
57. The Paradox Men
by Charles Harness
58. The Drowned World
by J.G. Ballard
59. The Stars My Destination
by Alfred Bester
60. Tau Zero
by Poul Anderson
61. Farmer in the Sky
by Robert A. Heinlein
62. Out of The Silent Planet
by C.S. Lewis
63. The Stainless Steel Rat
by Harry Harrison
64. Solaris
by Stanislaw Lem
65. The Gods Themselves
by Isaac Asimov
66. A Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter Miller
67. Bring The Jubilee
by Ward Moore
68. Flow My Tears The Policeman Said
by Philip K. Dick
69. The Soft Machine
by William S Burroughs
70. The Space Merchants
by Frederik Pohl & C.M. Kornbluth
71. We
by Yevgeni Zamyatin
72. The Centauri Device
by M. John Harrison
73. The Cadwal Chronicles
by Jack Vance
74. Citizen of The Galaxy
by Robert A. Heinlein
75. His Master's Voice
by Stanislaw Lem
76. A Mirror For Observers
by Edgar Pangborn
77. Time Out of Joint
by Philip K. Dick
78. The High Crusade
by Poul Anderson
79. The Book of The Short Sun
by Gene Wolfe
80. The Day of the Triffids
by John Wyndham
81. Way Station
by Clifford D. Simek
82. To Your Scattered Bodies Go
by Philip Jose Farmer
83. A Scanner Darkly
by Philip K. Dick
84. Non-Stop
by Brian W Aldiss
85. A Deepness In The Sky
by Vernon Vinge
86. Man Plus
by Fredrick Pohl
87. Speaker for the Dead
by Orson Scott Card
88. The Midwich Cuckoos
by John Wyndham
89. Camp Concentration
by Thomas Disch
90. The Demon Princes
by Jack Vance
91. The Inheritors
by William Golding
92. The Word For World Is Forest
by Ursula K. Le Guin
93. An Evil Guest
by Gene Wolfe
94. Dorsai
by Gordon R Dickson
95. The Andromeda Strain
by Michael Crichton
96. Mission of Gravity
by Hal Clement
97. The Mote in God's Eye
by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
98. Lord of Light
by Roger Zelazny
99. Ape and Essence
by Aldous Huxley
100. Against The Fall of Night
by Arthur C. Clarke

101. Bug Jack Barron
by Norman Spinrad
102. A Case of Conscience
by James Blish
103. Triplanetary
by E.E. 'Doc' Smith
104. The Fountains of Paradise
by Arthur C. Clarke
105. The Caves of Steel
by Isaac Asimov
106. Mona Lisa Overdrive
by William Gibson
107. Nightwings
by Robert Silverberg
108. This Immortal
by Roger Zelzany
109. The Lathe of Heaven
by Ursula K. Le Guin
110. Hothouse
by Brian Aldiss
111. The Forever Machine
by Frank Riley & Mark Clifton
112. Nostrilia
by Cordwainer Smith
113. Riverworld
by Philip Jose Farmer
114. Player Piano
by Kurt Vonnegut
115. The Diamond Age
by Neal Stephenson
116. The Integral Trees
by Larry Niven
117. Free Live Free
by Gene Wolfe
118. Past Master
by R.A. Lafferty
119. Count Zero
by William Gibson
120. True Names
by Vernor Vinge
121. Make Room! Make Room!
by Harry Harrison
122. The Baroque Cycle
by Neal Stephenson
123. Rainbow's End
by Vernor Vinge
124. Futurological Congress
by Stanislaw Lem
125. A Fire Upon The Deep
by Vernor Vinge
126. The Big Time
by Fritz Leiber
127. Immortality Inc.
by Robert Sheckley
128. Job: A Comedy of Justice
by Robert A. Heinlein
129. Stand On Zanzibar
by John Brunner
130. To Say Nothing of The Dog
by Connie Willis
131. China Mountain Zhang
by Maureen F. McHugh
132. Up The Line
by Robert Silverberg
133. Chthon
by Piers Anthony
134. The Listeners
by James E. Gunn
135. Titan
by John Varley
136. Alas, Babylon
by Pat Frank
137. The Unreasoning Mask
by Philip Jose Farmer
138. Rogue Moon
by Algis Budrys
139. Drowning Towers
by George Turner
140. Cryptonomicon
by Neal Stephenson
141. The Stochastic Man
by Robert Silverberg
142. Forever Peace
by Joe Haldeman
143. Beyond Apollo
by Barry Malzberg
144. Inverted World
by Christopher Priest
145. Thorns
by Robert Silverberg
146. The Snow Queen
by Joan D. Vinge
147. Roadside Picnic
by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
148. The Cat Who Walks Through Walls
by Robert A. Heinlein
149. The Uplift War
by David Brin
150. 2001 A Space Odyssey
by Arthur C. Clarke
151. Sphere
by Michael Crichton
152. Dying Inside
by Robert Silverberg
153. Babel-17
by Samuel R. Delany
154. Beggars in Spain
by Nancy Kress
155. Wildlife
by James Patrick Kelly
156. Snow Crash -by Neal Stephenson
157. The Death of Grass
by John Christopher
158. Ilium
by Dan Simmons
159. The Many Colored Land
by Julian May
160. Altered Carbon
by Richard K. Morgan
161. Green Mars
by Kim Stanley Robinson
162. The Terminal Experiment
by Robert J Sawyer
163. The Einstein Intersection
by Samuel R Delany
164. Spin
by Robert Charles Wilson
165. Griffin's Egg
by Michael Swanwick
166. Rite of Passage
by Alexei Panshin
167. Barrayar
by Lois McMaster Bujold
168. Anathem
by Neal Stephenson
169. Old Man's War
by John Scalzi
170. Schismatrix
by Bruce Sterling
171. Doomsday Book
by Connie Willis
172. Maps In a Mirror
by Orson Scott Card
173. Macroscope
by Piers Anthony
174. The Shockwave Rider
by John Brunner
175. Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang
by Kate Wilhelm
176. Engine Summer
by John Crowley
177. Isle of the Dead
by Roger Zelazny
178. Permutation City
by Greg Egan
179. Nova
by Samuel R. Delany
180. The Years of Rice and Salt
by Kim Stanley Robinson
181. Timescape
by Gregory Benford
182. The Rise of Endymion
by Dan Simmons
183. The Wanderer
by Fritz Leiber
184. Parable of The Sower
by Octavia Butler
185. Downbelow Station
by C.J. Cherryh
186. The Masks of Time
by Robert Silverberg
187. Idoru
by William Gibson
188. Star Maker
by Olaf Stapledon
189. Eon
by Greg Bear
190. The Company
by K.J. Parkerr
191. Accelerando
by Charles Stross
192. The Telling
by Ursula K. Le Guin
193. Behold The Man
by Michael Moorcock
194. Double Star
by Robert A Heinlein
195. Cyteen
by C.J. Cherryh
196. Dreamsnake
by Vonda N. McIntyre
197. Passage
by Connie Willis
198. The Postman
by David Brin
199. Hominids
by Robert J. Sawyer
200. Venus on the Half-Shell
by Kilgore Trout (Philip Jose Farmer)
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Isaac Asimov

Ray Bradbury

Gene Wolfe


Last Updated: 2017-07-24
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