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20 All Time Classic Sci Fi Novels
Sean Robbins "Sean M Robbins"
His Master's Voice
"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'"
Now Wait For Last Year (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"Dick is rightly regarded as one of the giants of sci-fi. Many read his well known novels. Read those but read this too!"
"The prototype for Orwell's more famous 1984. This has a dreamlike atmosphere all of it's own. Highly recommended."
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by A. Square (Penguin Classics)
"Some sci fi works of genius are unique one off's. This is simply a masterpiece of the imagination."
The War of the Worlds
"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."
The Forever War (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"A drawn out space war as a metaphor for the Vietnam war. One of the great anti-war novels of the twentieth century."
Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
"Another anti-war novel. Funny, twisted, experimental and humane."
"Here Le Guin uses sci fi to explore a political experiment. The books pace means people either love or hate it. I loved it!"
The Day of the Triffids (Penguin Modern Classics)
"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."
Flowers For Algernon (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"A beautiful tragic novel that shows that sci-fi is the equal of any other literary form. A deeply moving novel."
The Atrocity Exhibition: Annotated
"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."
Harper Perennial Modern Classics - Naked Lunch: The Restored Text
"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."
Star Maker (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"Olaf Stapledon is one of the forgotten pioneers of sci-fi. It's time he was remembered. Read this. No, seriously read this!"
Stand On Zanzibar
"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."
"Dark brooding dystopian novel. A flawed classic but a classic none the less."
A Voyage To Arcturus (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
"Described as 'an overlooked classic' and 'one of the best novels of the 20th century'. I would simply describe it as 'Wow!''"
"Every sci-fi fan has read this recognised classic haven't they? If not then they should."
Brave New World
"The other famous land mark dystopian novel. Great - but the ending is very frustrating."
The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics)
"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."
Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus (Penguin Popular Classics)
"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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