Starting out as an SF fan

A Listmania! list by "whoisthatclown"
 
The Stainless Steel Rat: The Stainless Steel Rat Book 1
1.  The Stainless Steel Rat: The Stainless Steel Rat Book 1 by Harry Harrison
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  "A great SF space opera, a highly entertaining start to fantastic series of books. A master criminal against the galaxy. I'm with the Rat."
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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
2.  The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
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  "The funniest trilogy in four parts about paranoid robots and a man called Dent going. I want an SEP field."
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MOTE IN GODS EYE
3.  MOTE IN GODS EYE by Niven
The list author says:
  "An exciting book where man's military might is faced with something...alien. Who fix shoes."
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Neuromancer
4.  Neuromancer by William Gibson
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  "This started cyber-punk. An SF genius. Something to get your claws in to."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Foundation: 1/3 (The Foundation Series)
5.  Foundation: 1/3 (The Foundation Series) by Isaac Asimov
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  "The first in Asimov's twisting series. Start here and you won't regret it. Prepare for the Dark. Seldon has."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

Use Of Weapons (The Culture)
6.  Use Of Weapons (The Culture) by Iain M. Banks
The list author says:
  "Always thought provoking and usually disturbing, read anything this man produces. Chair making you woodn't believe."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Time Machine (Everyman Paperback Classics)
7.  The Time Machine (Everyman Paperback Classics) by H.G. Wells
The list author says:
  "A masterpiece."
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I, Robot
8.  I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
The list author says:
  "If you found the movie underwhelming, this is definatelty a case of 'the book is better'. If you loved the movie, the book is better."
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Ender's Game (Ender Saga)
9.  Ender's Game (Ender Saga) by Orson Scott Card
The list author says:
  "Who said computer games are a waste of time?"
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The Mercenary
10.  The Mercenary by Jerry Pournelle
The list author says:
  "Try, really try, to find a copy of 'Future History' which incorporates this book and 'West of Honour'. Great military SF."
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Broken Angels (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
11.  Broken Angels (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by Richard Morgan
The list author says:
  "Continuing with the ideas from 'Broken Carbon' but a better read, this is a gory but satisfying space opera romp."
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Dune
12.  Dune by Frank Herbert
The list author says:
  "What sand was invented for - seriously, millenia of crushing rocks just for this novel. Worth the cost of the Universe alone. I can't think of a better use for the damn stuff."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)

Nineteen Eighty-Four
13.  Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The list author says:
  "masterpiece from a visionary - spying helicopters, and as for Newspeak - New Labour anyone? Saddam has always been our enemy..."
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First and Only (Gaunt's Ghosts)
14.  First and Only (Gaunt's Ghosts) by Dan Abnett
The list author says:
  "Underdogs in an eternal war, death and mud and mutant terrorists - what's not to like?"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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The War of the Worlds (New Windmills)
15.  The War of the Worlds (New Windmills) by H.G. Wells
The list author says:
  "The story that panicked Americans wound up by Cold War paranoia, don't be fooled by Hollywood romanticism - this is an indightment of colonialism and well worth a read."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (605 customer reviews)

Footfall
16.  Footfall by Larry Niven
The list author says:
  "Ever wondered what would happen if elephants invaded Earth? Well, this."
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West of Eden
17.  West of Eden by Harry Harrison
The list author says:
  "What if dinosaurs evolved alongside mammals? - they were here first..."
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Worldwar: Striking the Balance
18.  Worldwar: Striking the Balance by Harry Turtledove
The list author says:
  "Lizards invade Earth during WWII - do Allies and Axis join forces or is it a free for all?"
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Nomad Of Time Streams (Tale of the Eternal Champion)
19.  Nomad Of Time Streams (Tale of the Eternal Champion) by Michael Moorcock
The list author says:
  "Three takes on one outcome, all roads leading to the atomic destruction of Hiroshima - a great intro to the works of this SF master"
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Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
20.  Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut
The list author says:
  "This should really be at the top of the list. Moving. Funny. Horrifying. So it goes."
£6.29   Used & New from: £0.60
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)

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