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Survey of Classic 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, either because they aren't good or aren't science fiction. Please try not to include recently published works (published in the 2000s). True classics only.

Members: 46 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
17
32,156 members, 588 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Explanations:

electrice (0): horror

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

20
8,169 members, 145 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)
21
7,600 members, 203 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)
23
8,065 members, 193 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)
25
34,343 members, 943 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (56): Published after 1980 but should be considered a classic for its influence on the genre

26
7,123 members, 115 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
27
19,119 members, 306 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (55): Published after 1980 but still introduced a new subgenre so I think it deserves inclusion on this list.

28
18,859 members, 241 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)
29
13,236 members, 191 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)
30
8,629 members, 152 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)
31
2,664 members, 39 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)
33
21,447 members, 328 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)
34
10,775 members, 169 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)
35
10,055 members, 177 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)
36
4,907 members, 140 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)
37
4,059 members, 149 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)
38
2,010 members, 57 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)
39
6,512 members, 171 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)
40
6,292 members, 221 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
41
5,154 members, 143 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)
42
3,953 members, 104 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
43
3,805 members, 80 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)
44
3,785 members, 99 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)
45
3,470 members, 59 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: jburlinson, MaryVal, Smurgi, hailelib, Rtrace, sturlington

Thumbs down: andyl

Score: 5

46
3,030 members, 99 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)
47
1,992 members, 59 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
48
6,647 members, 138 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Published after 1980.

49
4,075 members, 129 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
50
2,528 members, 53 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: andyl, BruceCoulson, MaryVal, Rtrace, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 4

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

51
2,171 members, 60 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)
52
1,738 members, 44 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)
53
1,530 members, 32 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)
54
1,339 members, 20 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
55
32,642 members, 937 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Published after 1980

56
12,192 members, 311 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Explanations:

merrystar (0): the novella is much better

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

57
8,636 members, 138 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: cej1027, merrystar, Eliofobia, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 3

58
6,061 members, 116 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: roby72, Eliofobia, andyl, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 3

59
5,652 members, 154 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: jburlinson, roby72, sturlington

Score: 3

60
5,283 members, 90 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: b1_, ayaeckel, sturlington

Score: 3

61
4,278 members, 91 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: Bluewolf0411, andyl, MaryVal, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 3

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

62
3,647 members, 82 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)
63
3,599 members, 58 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: scificomics, Rtrace, sturlington

Score: 3

64
3,526 members, 121 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
65
2,292 members, 91 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: SnowyReach, Eliofobia, andyl, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 3

66
1,915 members, 26 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: deven.bookman, deerhorne, MaryVal, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 3

67
1,782 members, 29 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: andomck, aulsmith, MaryVal, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 3

68
1,293 members, 41 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: Smurgi, absurdeist, sturlington

Score: 3

69
8,898 members, 207 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: Rtrace, deerhorne, andyl, scificomics

Thumbs down: sturlington, merrystar

Score: 2

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

merrystar (0): published after 1980

70
6,203 members, 114 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: Eliofobia, absurdeist, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

71
5,064 members, 114 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: longway, Eliofobia, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

72
2,810 members, 43 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: scorpiusx1, absurdeist, MaryVal, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington, andyl

Score: 2

73
2,395 members, 45 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: absurdeist, sturlington

Score: 2

74
1,624 members, 48 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, absurdeist, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

75
1,593 members, 30 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: andyl, MaryVal, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

76
1,377 members, 28 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, andyl, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

77
1,257 members, 36 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: andyl, Rtrace, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

78
1,171 members, 41 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: andomck, andyl, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

79
996 members, 15 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, andyl, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

80
15,427 members, 158 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: hipdeep, ahef1963, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington, andyl

Score: 1

Explanations:

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

81
12,156 members, 106 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: Rtrace, deven.bookman, Smurgi

Thumbs down: sturlington, absurdeist

Score: 1

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Not good

82
7,564 members, 126 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: merrystar, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

83
4,705 members, 84 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: longway, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

84
3,418 members, 57 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: Rtrace, andyl, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington, merrystar

Score: 1

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

merrystar (0): published after 1980

85
3,185 members, 58 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: ayaeckel, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

86
2,985 members, 65 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: absurdeist, andyl, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington, BruceCoulson

Score: 1

87
2,127 members, 37 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: deven.bookman, scificomics

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

88
2,004 members, 58 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

89
1,974 members, 42 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: MaryVal, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

Explanations:

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

90
1,578 members, 45 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: scificomics, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

91
1,258 members, 28 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: andyl, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

92
1,123 members, 61 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: andyl, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

Explanations:

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

93
1,104 members, 25 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

94
1,100 members, 21 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: absurdeist, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

95
735 members, 20 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, hipdeep, absurdeist

Thumbs down: sturlington, ayaeckel

Score: 1

96
0 members, 0 reviews

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Not science fiction.

97
7,999 members, 157 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Explanations:

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

98
6,208 members, 44 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: hipdeep

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0

99
3,624 members, 45 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: ayaeckel, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington, merrystar

Score: 0

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

merrystar (0): published after 1980

100
2,510 members, 42 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

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About this list

Started by: sturlington (July 2013)

Type: Unnumbered

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