20 All Time Classic Sci Fi Novels

A Listmania! list by Sean Robbins "Sean M Robbins"
 
His Master's Voice
1.  His Master's Voice by Stanislaw Lem
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  "One of the 20th Centuries great writers. Many sci fi fans haven't given him the attention he deserves and underrated by those who only read the unfortunate translation of 'Solaris'"
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Now Wait For Last Year (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
2.  Now Wait For Last Year (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Philip K. Dick
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  "Dick is rightly regarded as one of the giants of sci-fi. Many read his well known novels. Read those but read this too!"
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We
3.  We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
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  "The prototype for Orwell's more famous 1984. This has a dreamlike atmosphere all of it's own. Highly recommended."
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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by A. Square (Penguin Classics)
4.  Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by A. Square (Penguin Classics) by Edwin Abbott
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  "Some sci fi works of genius are unique one off's. This is simply a masterpiece of the imagination."
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The War of the Worlds
5.  The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
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  "H G Wells was so annoyed by the war like behaviour of the British Empire he imagined them being taught a lesson in humility. Still highly relevant today perhaps more than ever."
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The Forever War (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
6.  The Forever War (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Joe Haldeman
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  "A drawn out space war as a metaphor for the Vietnam war. One of the great anti-war novels of the twentieth century."
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Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
7.  Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut
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  "Another anti-war novel. Funny, twisted, experimental and humane."
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The Dispossessed
8.  The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin
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  "Here Le Guin uses sci fi to explore a political experiment. The books pace means people either love or hate it. I loved it!"
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The Day of the Triffids (Penguin Modern Classics)
9.  The Day of the Triffids (Penguin Modern Classics) by John Wyndham
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  "I know no-one who has read this that could put it down after the brilliant first chapter. Throughly entertaining and one of sci-fi's crown jewels."
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Flowers For Algernon (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
10.  Flowers For Algernon (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Daniel Keyes
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  "A beautiful tragic novel that shows that sci-fi is the equal of any other literary form. A deeply moving novel."
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The Atrocity Exhibition: Annotated
11.  The Atrocity Exhibition: Annotated by J. G. Ballard
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  "Ballard's hallucinatory has been called sci-fi by people far cleverer than me. Who am I to argue? A strange modern nightmare of a book."
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Harper Perennial Modern Classics - Naked Lunch: The Restored Text
12.  Harper Perennial Modern Classics - Naked Lunch: The Restored Text by William Burroughs
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  "If Ballard is sci-fi then Burroughs must be too. An immortal classic of the late Twentieth century. Disturbing nightmarish unreality. Brilliant it may be - but it's not for the feint-hearted."
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Star Maker (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
13.  Star Maker (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Olaf Stapledon
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  "Olaf Stapledon is one of the forgotten pioneers of sci-fi. It's time he was remembered. Read this. No, seriously read this!"
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Stand On Zanzibar
14.  Stand On Zanzibar by John Brunner
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  "First of a series of dystopian novels from Brunner. Written in an experimental style this is must read stuff. Even if the end drags a little."
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Camp Concentration
15.  Camp Concentration by Thomas M. Disch
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  "Dark brooding dystopian novel. A flawed classic but a classic none the less."
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A Voyage To Arcturus (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
16.  A Voyage To Arcturus (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) by David Lindsay
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  "Described as 'an overlooked classic' and 'one of the best novels of the 20th century'. I would simply describe it as 'Wow!''"
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Nineteen Eighty-Four
17.  Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
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  "Every sci-fi fan has read this recognised classic haven't they? If not then they should."
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Brave New World
18.  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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  "The other famous land mark dystopian novel. Great -  but the ending is very frustrating."
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The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics)
19.  The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics) by Margaret Atwood
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  "Another important landmark for dystopian writing. Like all the best dystopian fiction it hurts you like a punch in the guts but is deeply touching too."
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Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus (Penguin Popular Classics)
20.  Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus (Penguin Popular Classics) by Mary Shelley
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  "This has been described as the first sci-fi novel. If it is sci-fi then it is the genre's most enduring classic. And look at the price of this edition - go on you know it makes sense."
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