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Survey of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Type: Preset list created by sturlington

Description: This is a list for the beginning reader in the science fiction and fantasy genres. It is a representative sample of works from the 18th century through today. My initial list of 50 books, identified by date, provide a grounding in the genre. (Some authors have more than one work on the list, in which case, select one of the choices given.) As a bonus, there are an additional 25 works by women writers, plus 15 extra credit choices to encourage further reading in the genres. Feel free to check off books as they are read. If you couldn't finish a book, thumbs it down.

Members: 11 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
74,209 members, 992 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), OwenRochester (1), Traveller333 (1), wlindboe (1), merrystar (1), rretzler (2), kiwiflowa (3), ahef1963 (11)

Explanations:

sturlington (1): Done for SFFCAT

2
41,913 members, 826 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: andomck (1), sturlington (2), OwenRochester (2), hipdeep (3), rretzler (3), wlindboe (3), merrystar (4), kiwiflowa (7), ahef1963 (18)

3
31,671 members, 599 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1), Traveller333 (2), sturlington (3), OwenRochester (3), merrystar (5), rretzler (9), kiwiflowa (9), ahef1963 (22)

4
32,172 members, 588 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: andomck (2), ahef1963 (2), sturlington (4), Traveller333 (4), OwenRochester (5), rretzler (6), wlindboe (6), hipdeep (14)

6
43,854 members, 597 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: kiwiflowa (2), andomck (3), merrystar (3), rretzler (4), sturlington (6), OwenRochester (7), ahef1963 (10)

7
36,827 members, 569 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: andomck (4), sturlington (7), OwenRochester (8), hipdeep (8), rretzler (18), wlindboe (18), kiwiflowa (18), ahef1963 (39)

8
14,265 members, 285 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: andomck (5), ahef1963 (6), sturlington (8), KimarieBee (10), OwenRochester (11), rretzler (11), wlindboe (11)

9
29,009 members, 786 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: andomck (7), sturlington (9), hipdeep (9), OwenRochester (10), kiwiflowa (12), rretzler (17), ahef1963 (30)

10
30,435 members, 793 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: andomck (6), sturlington (10), hipdeep (10), rretzler (12), wlindboe (12), merrystar (15), ahef1963 (33)

11
65,579 members, 1,053 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: kiwiflowa (4), rretzler (5), wlindboe (5), OwenRochester (6), sturlington (11), ahef1963 (14)

12
34,221 members, 621 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: kiwiflowa (5), OwenRochester (9), sturlington (12), hipdeep (12), rretzler (14), ahef1963 (15)

13
16,356 members, 366 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (7), merrystar (8), sturlington (13), rretzler (13), OwenRochester (14), hipdeep (17)

14
12,379 members, 288 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: andomck (8), wlindboe (10), merrystar (12), sturlington (14), OwenRochester (16), ahef1963 (19)

16
33,371 members, 608 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: rretzler (7), wlindboe (8), merrystar (11), ahef1963 (13), sturlington (16)

17
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: merrystar (6), andomck (9), rretzler (10), kiwiflowa (11), sturlington (17), ahef1963 (29)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

18
13,241 members, 191 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (5), wlindboe (13), merrystar (16), OwenRochester (17), sturlington (18)

19
18,730 members, 186 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (1), wlindboe (4), sturlington (20), OwenRochester (21)

20
12,030 members, 291 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (5), andomck (10), sturlington (19), OwenRochester (25), wlindboe (25)

21
33,271 members, 1,005 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (6), kiwiflowa (10), OwenRochester (15), sturlington (21), rretzler (21), ahef1963 (28)

Thumbs down: merrystar (23)

22
13,316 members, 247 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: andomck (11), wlindboe (14), merrystar (17), sturlington (22), OwenRochester (24)

23
49,878 members, 3,225 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (8), OwenRochester (12), sturlington (23), rretzler (23), ahef1963 (35)

24
34,348 members, 943 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: OwenRochester (13), merrystar (14), rretzler (16), sturlington (24), ahef1963 (24)

25
14,393 members, 458 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: andomck (12), kiwiflowa (13), OwenRochester (22), sturlington (25), ahef1963 (31)

26
6,017 members, 174 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (5), sturlington (26), OwenRochester (29), wlindboe (30), ahef1963 (40)

27
32,652 members, 937 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: kiwiflowa (15), wlindboe (16), OwenRochester (18), sturlington (27), ahef1963 (41)

28
18,392 members, 825 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: kiwiflowa (16), wlindboe (17), OwenRochester (20), sturlington (28), ahef1963 (42)

29
16,148 members, 282 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: rretzler (8), wlindboe (9), merrystar (10), ahef1963 (16), sturlington (29)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

30
10,777 members, 169 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (4), wlindboe (19), OwenRochester (26), sturlington (30)

31
15,436 members, 400 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (4), OwenRochester (23), rretzler (26), sturlington (31)

32
19,124 members, 306 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (7), andomck (13), sturlington (32), OwenRochester (34)

33
35,456 members, 1,182 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (4), OwenRochester (31), sturlington (33), ahef1963 (44)

34
20,066 members, 465 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (2), merrystar (13), rretzler (15), ahef1963 (21)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

35
20,280 members, 402 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: OwenRochester (19), rretzler (20), ahef1963 (20), sturlington (34)

36
30,425 members, 476 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: andomck (14), rretzler (25), OwenRochester (32), sturlington (35)

37
8,202 members, 184 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: rretzler (19), wlindboe (24), OwenRochester (28), sturlington (36)

38
7,566 members, 126 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (15), merrystar (21), ahef1963 (37), OwenRochester (44)

39
37,867 members, 921 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (12), OwenRochester (30), sturlington (37), ahef1963 (45)

40
8,171 members, 145 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: rretzler (22), wlindboe (26), OwenRochester (27), sturlington (38)

41
16,055 members, 437 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (13), OwenRochester (36), sturlington (39), ahef1963 (46)

42
13,954 members, 257 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (20), OwenRochester (37), sturlington (40), ahef1963 (43)

43
18,862 members, 241 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: andomck (15), sturlington (41), ahef1963 (49), OwenRochester (50)

44
21,451 members, 328 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: rretzler (27), OwenRochester (33), sturlington (43), ahef1963 (47)

45
6,659 members, 313 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: merrystar (7), kiwiflowa (14), ahef1963 (34), sturlington (42)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

46
13,161 members, 263 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (9), OwenRochester (38), sturlington (44)

47
8,854 members, 236 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (11), OwenRochester (41), sturlington (45)

48
2,545 members, 37 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (12), sturlington (46), OwenRochester (47)

49
11,985 members, 990 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (15), OwenRochester (43), sturlington (47)

50
30,933 members, 1,407 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (11), rretzler (28), sturlington (48), ahef1963 (48)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

51
4,231 members, 123 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: merrystar (2), ahef1963 (38)

52
8,467 members, 200 reviews
3.51 stars (3.51 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (21), OwenRochester (42), sturlington (49)

53
18,255 members, 403 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (25), OwenRochester (35), sturlington (51)

54
8,435 members, 128 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: andomck (18), ahef1963 (52), sturlington (53)

55
3,649 members, 82 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (22), OwenRochester (46), sturlington (50)

56
10,105 members, 144 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (26), OwenRochester (39), sturlington (52)

57
10,704 members, 285 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (32), OwenRochester (40), sturlington (54)

58
4,010 members, 160 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: rretzler (29), OwenRochester (45), sturlington (55)

59
46,740 members, 698 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: OwenRochester (48), ahef1963 (55), sturlington (56)

60
13,458 members, 262 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: OwenRochester (51), ahef1963 (56), sturlington (57)

61
17,426 members, 268 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (8), merrystar (9), sturlington (58)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

62
9,654 members, 221 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1)

63
1,903 members, 44 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: merrystar (18), wlindboe (23)

64
16,903 members, 317 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (6), ahef1963 (27), sturlington (59)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

65
12,538 members, 1,063 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (7), ahef1963 (32), sturlington (60)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

66
9,347 members, 383 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: andomck (16), sturlington (61)

67
6,559 members, 324 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (2)

68
21,619 members, 501 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: andomck (19), sturlington (62)

70
3,879 members, 264 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: andomck (21), sturlington (64)

71
1,174 members, 58 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: andomck (22), sturlington (65)

72
8,066 members, 193 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: andomck (17), wlindboe (27), sturlington (66)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

73
3,786 members, 99 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (50), sturlington (67)

74
3,259 members, 68 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: rretzler (24), wlindboe (31), sturlington (68)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

75
9,044 members, 386 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (51), sturlington (69)

76
10,846 members, 170 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: OwenRochester (52), sturlington (70)

77
28,582 members, 1,294 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: kiwiflowa (17), OwenRochester (49), sturlington (71)

Thumbs down: KimarieBee

78
5,053 members, 97 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (53), sturlington (73)

79
14,331 members, 347 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (54), sturlington (72)

80
6,509 members, 348 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (3), sturlington (74)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

81
3,468 members, 131 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: rretzler (31)

82
3,391 members, 84 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (34)

83
14,239 members, 267 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: kiwiflowa (8), ahef1963 (23), sturlington (75)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester, merrystar (22)

84
8,779 members, 356 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: merrystar (20), ahef1963 (36)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

85
14,995 members, 242 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (16), sturlington (76)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

86
1,974 members, 42 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (28), sturlington (77)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

87
4,076 members, 129 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (29), sturlington (78)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

88
9,146 members, 107 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: rretzler (30), sturlington (79)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

89
5,652 members, 154 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (33), sturlington (80)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

90
1,797 members, 32 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: merrystar (19)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

91
19,242 members, 280 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: sturlington (81)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

92
16,402 members, 318 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: sturlington (82)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

93
16,218 members, 259 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: sturlington (83)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

94
13,470 members, 174 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: sturlington (84)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

95
10,063 members, 177 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: sturlington (85)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

96
9,855 members, 171 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: sturlington (86)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

97
9,467 members, 262 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: sturlington (87)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

98
9,061 members, 124 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: sturlington (88)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

99
8,147 members, 96 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: sturlington (89)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

100
8,121 members, 140 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: sturlington (90)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

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About this list

Started by: sturlington (October 2014)

Type: Numbered and unnumbered

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