50 “Essential” Science Fiction Books – Do You Agree?

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Shoot me! I’m a real sucker for lists. As much as I try to avoid them, I’m always curious to see what other people consider great and how they organize their collections. This manifests itself, of course, in these ridiculous “best books of all time” lists which never really capture the whole story, and usually end up leaving somebody out. However, What these folks have done is pretty cool. By leaving out the multiple works of Heinlein, Asimov, and Clarke, they’ve made a little bit more room for a few unknowns. They also don’t ignore the golden age of science fiction, like many modern lists do, and they give you a very short synopsis of each. I recommend you do yourself a favor and make a few of these Required Reading. My personal top five:

1. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

2. Solaris by Stanislaw Lem

3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

4. Foundation by Isaac Asimov

5. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (not included, but a serious omission)

AbeBooks: 50 Essential Science Fiction Books.

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