Top 10 Unmissable SciFi Novels

A Listmania! list by Kerome (England)
 
The Mote in God's Eye
1.  The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven
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  "One of the greatest hard SF novels ever written, with a fantastic, believable alien race and a chilling prophecy for the future of humanity."
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Ender's Game (Ender Saga)
2.  Ender's Game (Ender Saga) by Orson Scott Card
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  "A slow burner; spectacularly good character development interspersed with quality moments of action."
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Startide Rising (Uplift)
3.  Startide Rising (Uplift) by David Brin
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  "A great mix, this has everything: battles, many varieties of alien, heroics aplenty and deep thought on the nature of ecology and preservation. Amazingly inventive."
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Memory (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)
4.  Memory (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) by Lois McMaster Bujold
The list author says:
  "Possibly slightly controversial in such exalted company, but at its heart this is pure rollicking sci-fi fun. My favorite of all the Miles Vorkosigan books..."
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Lord Of Light (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
5.  Lord Of Light (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Roger Zelazny
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  "Men as gods on an Indian-inspired colony world. A genre-crossing masterpiece which just touches the line between sci-fi and fantasy, this has that fantastic Zelazny touch. He is sorely missed."
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Use Of Weapons (The Culture)
6.  Use Of Weapons (The Culture) by Iain M. Banks
The list author says:
  "A war-torn veteran looking for redemption in a vast and uncaring culture. It's a tough choice between this and Player of Games, but this just shades it. A dark novel, but definitely Banks at his best!"
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The Caves of Steel (Robot Series)
7.  The Caves of Steel (Robot Series) by Isaac Asimov
The list author says:
  "Sci-fi gumshoe classic. More than a token gesture to the old Master of sci-fi, this is a genuine classic which has stood the test of time, and a good introduction to the Elijah Bailey/Robot series."
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Dune
8.  Dune by Frank Herbert
The list author says:
  "Grand sci-fi on a huge scale, no genre top-ten would be complete without this; the cultural analysis and distant future prediction is breathtaking. And as usual, the book is better than the film."
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The Snow Queen
9.  The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
The list author says:
  "A coming-of-age tale on a distant planet. Beautifully portrayed, styled, with a good mix of action, and often underrated; also the beginning to a great trilogy. Try this, you won't be disappointed."
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Neuromancer
10.  Neuromancer by William Gibson
The list author says:
  "Another rather dark novel, this kicked off the cyberpunk genre in style, and deserves its place in the top 10. Modern techno-noir of the highest quality."
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