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Classics of Science Fiction

Description: Add or vote for those books that belong in the canon of science fiction. Vote down any books that don't belong in a canonical list, because they aren't good, classic or science fiction. Please try not to include recently published works (nothing after 1980). True classics only.

Members: 43 participating members (show all)

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13
25,807 members, 461 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Explanations:

electrice (0): horror

sturlington (13): Arguably the first science fiction novel.

18
7,206 members, 120 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)
20
10,403 members, 154 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)
22
8,142 members, 109 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)
26
6,002 members, 102 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
27
6,497 members, 140 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)
28
3,555 members, 127 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)
29
2,282 members, 38 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)
30
18,748 members, 273 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)
31
7,537 members, 127 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)
32
5,384 members, 141 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
33
3,267 members, 91 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
34
1,690 members, 48 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
35
1,601 members, 45 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)
36
30,227 members, 846 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Published after 1980

37
16,718 members, 205 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: andomck, ahef1963, Smurgi, MaryVal, sturlington

Thumbs down: barney67

Score: 4

38
8,782 members, 148 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)
39
4,712 members, 72 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: b1_, barney67, ayaeckel, sturlington

Score: 4

40
4,661 members, 128 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)
41
4,443 members, 118 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)
42
3,968 members, 98 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: andomck, MaryVal, BruceCoulson, andyl, sturlington

Thumbs down: barney67

Score: 4

43
3,500 members, 115 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)
44
3,285 members, 70 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: lawecon, ayaeckel, andyl, sturlington

Score: 4

45
2,664 members, 90 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
46
1,368 members, 25 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)
47
1,143 members, 20 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
49
5,425 members, 201 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
50
3,492 members, 92 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
51
3,105 members, 106 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
52
3,091 members, 54 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: jburlinson, MaryVal, Smurgi, hailelib, sturlington

Thumbs down: andyl, barney67

Score: 3

53
2,917 members, 64 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, barney67, sturlington

Score: 3

54
2,167 members, 42 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: andyl, BruceCoulson, MaryVal, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 3

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

55
1,779 members, 50 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: asalamon, ayaeckel, sturlington

Score: 3

56
1,568 members, 63 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
57
1,539 members, 25 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: andomck, aulsmith, MaryVal, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 3

58
1,385 members, 33 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: ayaeckel, andyl, sturlington, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: barney67

Score: 3

59
1,081 members, 31 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)
60
1,014 members, 36 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: andomck, andyl, EnriqueFreeque

Score: 3

61
16,887 members, 266 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Published after 1980

62
10,012 members, 256 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Explanations:

merrystar (0): the novella is much better

andyl (0): Would choose to have the novella version of this story in an anthology.

63
5,671 members, 120 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Published after 1980.

64
3,757 members, 77 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Bluewolf0411, andyl, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

65
3,076 members, 46 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: scificomics, sturlington

Score: 2

66
1,987 members, 35 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: EnriqueFreeque, sturlington

Score: 2

67
1,770 members, 38 reviews
3.47 stars (3.47 stars)

Lists: EnriqueFreeque, sturlington

Score: 2

68
1,635 members, 19 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: deven.bookman, deerhorne, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

69
1,391 members, 39 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, EnriqueFreeque

Score: 2

70
1,176 members, 25 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, andyl, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

71
1,103 members, 24 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: andyl, EnriqueFreeque

Score: 2

72
1,011 members, 22 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: andyl, EnriqueFreeque

Score: 2

73
838 members, 12 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, andyl, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

74
25,703 members, 662 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Published after 1980

75
10,737 members, 89 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Not good

76
7,434 members, 169 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: deerhorne, andyl, scificomics

Thumbs down: sturlington, merrystar

Score: 1

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

merrystar (0): published after 1980

77
7,231 members, 120 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: cej1027, merrystar

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

78
6,832 members, 127 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Explanations:

prosfilaes (0): Allegory? Fantasy? Definitely not science fiction.

79
6,559 members, 108 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: merrystar

Score: 1

80
5,347 members, 89 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: EnriqueFreeque, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

81
4,992 members, 96 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: roby72, andyl, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington, barney67

Score: 1

82
2,799 members, 50 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: ayaeckel

Score: 1

83
2,551 members, 57 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: EnriqueFreeque, andyl, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington, BruceCoulson

Score: 1

84
2,410 members, 35 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: scorpiusx1, EnriqueFreeque, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington, andyl

Score: 1

85
1,955 members, 58 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: andyl, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

Explanations:

sturlington (0): On the line--published in 1980.

86
1,846 members, 29 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: deven.bookman, scificomics

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

87
1,568 members, 53 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

88
1,375 members, 29 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: ayaeckel

Score: 1

89
1,366 members, 23 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: andyl, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

90
1,302 members, 39 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: scificomics

Score: 1

91
1,141 members, 38 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: barney67

Score: 1

92
974 members, 19 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: EnriqueFreeque

Score: 1

93
903 members, 18 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: aulsmith

Score: 1

94
259 members, 6 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: EnriqueFreeque

Score: 1

95
5,642 members, 32 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: hipdeep

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0

96
4,229 members, 93 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: longway

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0

97
4,011 members, 65 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: longway

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0

98
3,044 members, 48 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: andyl, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington, merrystar

Score: 0

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

merrystar (0): published after 1980

99
2,212 members, 39 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: Elizabeth088, ayaeckel

Thumbs down: sturlington, andyl

Score: 0

Explanations:

andyl (0): would choose short version in anthology over this expansion

100
2,166 members, 37 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: andyl, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington, merrystar

Score: 0

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Published after 1980.

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Started by: sturlington (July 2013)

Type: Unnumbered

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