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Top 10 Unmissable SciFi Novels

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The Mote in God's Eye
The Mote in God's Eye
"One of the greatest hard SF novels ever written, with a fantastic, believable alien race and a chilling prophecy for the future of humanity."
Ender's Game (Ender Saga)
Ender's Game (Ender Saga)
"A slow burner; spectacularly good character development interspersed with quality moments of action."
Startide Rising (Uplift)
Startide Rising (Uplift)
"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."
Memory (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)
Memory (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)
"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..."
Lord Of Light (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Lord Of Light (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"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."
Use Of Weapons (The Culture)
Use Of Weapons (The Culture)
"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!"
The Caves of Steel (Robot Series)
The Caves of Steel (Robot Series)
"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."
Dune
Dune
"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."
The Snow Queen
The Snow Queen
"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."
Neuromancer
Neuromancer
"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."