• fandom, science-fiction 01.08.2009

    Any list of science-fiction classics is a very subjective thing. I don’t doubt that every fan of science-fiction novels who sees this list may disagree with my selection. Classic can mean one of three things: and old book, a famous book or an influential book. I’m going with influential. These are the novels that other science-fiction authors talk about and often imitate.

    Some of these books I liked, some I didn’t and some I haven’t yet read. Some entries have FURTHER READING listed.  The titles under FURTHER READING are not classics but are books by the same author in the same setting (often with the same characters). These are listed in case you decide you really like the story and want to pursue it further.

    The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
    The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
    A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

    Lensman Series by Edward E. “Doc” Smith
    Triplanetary
    First Lensman
    Galactic Patrol
    Gray Lensman
    Second Stage Lensman
    Children of the Lens

    Robot Series by Isaac Asimov
    The Complete Robot
    Caves of Steel
    The Naked Sun
    FURTHER READING
    The Robots of Dawn
    Robots and Empire

    Empire Novels by Isaac Asimov
    The Currents of Space
    The Stars, Like Dust
    Pebble in the Sky

    Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
    Foundation
    Foundation and Empire
    Second Foundation
    FURTHER READING
    Prelude to Foundation
    Forward the Foundation
    Foundation’s Edge
    Foundation and Earth
    Foundation’s Fear by Gregory Benford
    Foundation and Chaos by Greg Bear
    Foundation’s Triumph by David Brin

    Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis
    Out of the Silent Planet
    Perelandra
    That Hideous Strength

    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    FURTHER READING
    Speaker for the Dead
    Xenocide
    Children of the Mind

    Dune Series by Frank Herbert
    Dune
    FURTHER READING
    Dune Messiah
    Children of Dune
    God Emperor of Dune
    Heretics of Dune
    Chapterhouse Dune

    Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

    Ringworld Series by Larry Niven
    Ringworld
    The Ringworld Engineers
    FURTHER READING
    The Ringworld Throne
    Ringworld’s Children

    What science-fiction novels do you think should be on this list? Leave a comment and let me know.

    Posted by Tachyon @ 6:00 am

  • 4 Responses

    • The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy- Douglas Adams

      The Sprawl Trilogy- William Gibson
      Neuromancer
      Count Zero
      Mona Lisa Overdrive

      Rendezvous with Rama- Arthur C. Clarke

      Voyage From Yesteryear- James P. Hogan

      The Forever War- Joe Halderman

      The Uplift Trilogy- David Brin

      Blood Music- Greg Bear

      Stranger in a Strange Land- Robert A. Heinlein

    • The Sprawl Trilogy, Rendezvous with Rama, The Forever War and Stranger in a Strange Land would certainly count as influential books. I should have included them.

      The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Brin’s first Uplift trilogy were great books. I really liked them a lot.

      I’ve never heard of Voyage From Yesteryear. Was it good?

    • The Chronicles of Amber, A Canticle to Leibowitz, and Enough Time for Love by Heinlein.

      Check out my first and recently released novel, Long Journey to Rneadal. This exciting story is a romantic action adventure in space.

    • Yeah, it’s about a colony that is established in the system Alpha Centauri by an unmanned deep spacecraft before the outbreak World War III. They send a message to Earth 20 years later and a colony ship from Earth is sent to make contact. What they discover is a society that has no central form of government, law enforcement or military, nor a system of currency, but they are technologically advanced, free of prejudice, crime or war. The story focuses on how the political and military leaders of Earth try to negotiate with them and the civilians who begin into a society free of all the social customs and expectations they’re used to.

      To me, Hogan’s writing compares to Asimov or Clarke but is more human-centric and character-driven, he cares more about telling the stories of the people living in his worlds that how cool or fantastic the world is.

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