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111 Science Fictions Books to Read Before a Supernova Kills Us All

The Green Dragon

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Jan 4, 2010, 4:06pm Top

And here are the results! Books with 7 or more votes made it to the list.

1984 by Orwell, George
Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, Ray
Dune by Herbert, Frank
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe by Adams, Douglas
Frankenstein by Shelly, Mary
I, Robot by Asimov, Isaac
Ender's Game by Card, Orson Scott
Brave New World by Huxley, Aldous
Foundation by Asimov, Isaac
The Time Machine by Wells, H. G.
The War of the Worlds by Wells, H. G.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Clarke, Arthur C.
Invisible Man by Wells, H. G.
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Verne, Jules
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Verne, Jules
The Handmaid's Tale by Atwood, Margaret
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Stevenson, Robert Louis
A Clockwork Orange by Burgess, Anthony
Slaughterhouse-Five by Vonnegut, Kurt
Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, Robert A.
The Martian Chronicles by Bradbury, Ray
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Dick, Philip K.
Childhood's End by Clarke, Arthur C.
Flowers for Algernon by Keyes, Daniel
The Caves of Steel by Asimov, Isaac
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Bradbury, Ray
Jurassic Park by Crichton, Michael
Neuromancer by Gibson, William
The Nine Billion Names of God by Clarke, Arthur C.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Miller, Walter M.
Nightfall by Asimov, Isaac
Starship Troopers by Heinlein, Robert A.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein, Robert A.
The Mote in God's Eye by Niven, Larry and Pournelle, Jerry
Red Mars by Robinson, Kim Stanley
Ringworld by Niven, Larry
The Andromeda Strain by Crichton, Michael
Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut, Kurt
Cyteen by Cherryh, C. J.
I Sing the Body Electric by Bradbury, Ray
Snow Crash by Stephenson, Neal
The Day of the Triffids by Wyndham, John
Contact by Sagan, Carl
On the Beach by Shute, Nevil
The Illustrated Man by Bradbury, Ray
The Lathe of Heaven by Le Guin, Ursula K.
The Ship Who Sang by McCaffrey, Anne
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harrison, Harry
The Stars My Destination by Bester, Alfie
Barrayar by Bujold, Lois McMaster
The Forever War by Haldeman, Joe
The Giver by Lowry, Lois
Cryptonomicon by Stephenson, Neal
Foreigner by Cherryh, C. J.
Rendezvous with Rama by Clarke, Arthur C.
The Dispossessed by Le Guin, Ursula K.
The Gods Themselves by Asimov, Isaac
The Time Traveler's Wife by Niffenegger, Audrey
Children of Men by James, P. D.
Dangerous Visions by Ellison, Harlon
Downbelow Station by Cherryh, C. J.
Old Man's War by Scalzi, John
Crystal Singer by McCaffrey, Anne
Doomsday Book by Willis, Connie
Lucifer's Hammer by Niven, Larry and Pournelle, Jerry
The City and the Stars by Clarke, Arthur C.
The Demolished Man by Bester, Alfie
Blood Music by Bear, Greg
Footfall by Niven, Larry and Pournelle, Jerry
Hyperion by Simmons, Dan
Solaris by Lem, Stanislaw
Songs of Distant Earth by Clarke, Arthur C.
Stand on Zanzibar by Brunner, John
Stars in my Pocket, Like Grains of Sand by Delany, Samuel
The Diamond Age by Stephenson, Neal
The Island of Doctor Moreau by Wells, H. G.
The Man in the High Castle by Dick, Philip K.
The Midwich Cuckoos by Wyndham, John
Time Enough for Love by Heinlein, Robert A.
To Ride Pegasus by McCaffrey, Anne
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Willis, Connie
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Farmer, Philip Jose
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Wilhelm, Kate
A Princess of Mars by Burroughs, Edgar Rice
A Scanner Darkly by Dick, Philip K.
Anathem by Stephenson, Neal
Grass by Tepper, Sherri S.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Finney, Jack
Little Brother by Doctorow, Cory
Sphere by Crichton, Michael
Tau Zero by Anderson, Poul
The Best of Cordwainer Smith by Smith, Cordwainer
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vinge, Vernor
Alas, Babylon by Frank, Pat
At the Mountains of Madness by Lovecraft, H. P.
Babel-17 by Delany, Samuel
Breakfast of Champions by Vonnegut, Kurt
Chrysalids by Wyndham, John
City by Simak, Clifford
Double Star by Heinlein, Robert A.
Earth by Brin, David
Gateway by Pohl, Frederik
Islands in the Sky by Clarke, Arthur C.
Kindred by Butler, Octavia
More Than Human by Sturgeon, Theodore
On Basilisk Station by Weber, David
The Coelura by McCaffrey, Anne
The Pride of Chanur by Cherryh, C. J.
The Speed of Dark by Moon, Elizabeth
The Ugly Little Boy by Asimov, Isaac and Silverberg, Robert
Uglies by Westerfeld, Scott

Jan 4, 2010, 4:13pm Top

Morphy, you are the best! I'm going to print this and read my way through the list. I've read many of them already.

Jan 4, 2010, 4:19pm Top

Great list! Thanks, Morphy.

Jan 4, 2010, 4:41pm Top

When is that supernova scheduled, because I've got some reading to do!?

Jan 4, 2010, 6:03pm Top

I think I voted for all of those. Thanks for doing this Morphy. Is this in a LT library where we can sort it?

Jan 4, 2010, 6:09pm Top

Not yet. That's next on the to-do list.

Jan 4, 2010, 7:12pm Top

That's a lot of work. Need help?

Jan 4, 2010, 7:49pm Top

Oh, my. I've only read 24 of those 111. I'd best get some reading done! :)

Jan 4, 2010, 8:15pm Top

merci mille fois, ma cherie

thank you a million time, good friend

Jan 4, 2010, 8:23pm Top

Excellent, thank you.

Jan 4, 2010, 9:50pm Top

Morphy, thanks so much. A tour de force.

Jan 4, 2010, 10:02pm Top

Thanks very much for all your efforts, Morphy!

Jan 4, 2010, 11:44pm Top

Yes, thanks

Jan 5, 2010, 3:39am Top

You are a wonder! I've read 12 of them, which is more than I thought I would have read.

Jan 5, 2010, 6:55am Top

>7 Jasper: Thanks, Jasper. It's not too bad. I think I've got it.

Jan 5, 2010, 9:03am Top

Thanks Morph, I've only read 15 on the list though many of the others are unofficially on my TBR pile.

Jan 5, 2010, 10:32am Top

Thanks Morphy!

Jan 5, 2010, 11:14am Top

I've read 11. Got my work cut out for me.

Jan 5, 2010, 11:38am Top

I've read 15, all of them in the top half of the list. 2 more on the TBR pile for this year. I guess I'm not very adventurous about trying new writers.

Jan 5, 2010, 1:29pm Top

A million thanks, Morphy!

Jan 5, 2010, 4:15pm Top

19> I guess I'm not very adventurous about trying new writers.

Not to worry; most of them are actually pretty old!

Jan 5, 2010, 4:51pm Top

Wow, what a great list! Thanks!

I'm looking forward to adding the library to my interesting libraries.

Jan 5, 2010, 6:54pm Top

That's a great list and thanks so much for all the work you put in to make it happen

Jan 5, 2010, 7:48pm Top

Thanks for the list!

Jan 7, 2010, 9:46am Top

hmmmmmm, I've read 43 for sure, a couple other possibles that I'm not sure of as it'd have been MANY years ago if I did

Jan 7, 2010, 9:49am Top

I've read 43 as well. Though some were so long ago all I remember is the title and author.

Jan 7, 2010, 10:11am Top

Hmmm...your Doomsday Book touchstone is linking to Any Given Doomsday, which I'm pretty sure isn't meant to be included on this list. :-)

Jan 7, 2010, 10:12am Top

I've read 59 for sure, some of the others I have on my TBR shelf.

Jan 7, 2010, 10:54am Top

Hmmm...I can only remember reading twenty-three of these.

Jan 7, 2010, 5:39pm Top

#27 - Ack! That book shouldn't be on any list. ;) Just a personal opinion after reading it.

Jan 7, 2010, 6:26pm Top

30> I concur wholeheartedly! I think it's a good thing they gave away so many free copies, otherwise noone would want to read it of their own free will. Actually, its probably not a good thing, considering all of the bad reviews it has gotten on LT.

Jan 7, 2010, 9:16pm Top

Oh man, only 10 when all is said and done. Arg- I thought it would be more.

Thanks for doing this Morphy!

Jan 7, 2010, 11:15pm Top

I've read 51 for sure, and there are a few possibles that I might have read but I don't remember for sure. Been a loooong time since I read some of them though.

Jan 8, 2010, 12:24am Top

Yikes, my husband has read about 73 of those. I've got some catching up to do, I've only read about 30 and some of those I don't remember at all.

Thanks Morphy! My husband has been on a multi-year reading slump. Nothing's been holding his attention, except for the odd book here and there. Normally he reads more and faster than I do. Actually, he still reads faster than I do, when he does read. I just showed him this list and the 1001 Fantasy Books list and he asked me to print out both for him. YES!

Edited: Jan 8, 2010, 9:18am Top

Yay! Morphidae - Savior of Slumped Readers Extraordinaire

edit for fixing misspelling

Jan 8, 2010, 9:21am Top

All Hail the Mighty Morphy!

Many thanks for doing this.

Jan 8, 2010, 9:49am Top

Mighty Morphy the Power Ranger!

Jan 8, 2010, 10:06am Top

I've read 53 of them plus two I threw against a wall in utter disgust.

Jan 8, 2010, 11:35am Top

Thanks for putting together this list, Morphy! I'm currently at 41 and in the process of making it 42 after a trip to the library yesterday. (Something Wicked This Way Comes)

Jan 8, 2010, 11:37am Top

I've actually read 35 of those. More than I thought. Thanks Morphy, lots for the TBR here.

Jan 8, 2010, 12:03pm Top

I've only read 9 of these, but I'll read Neuromancer sometime soon, bringing it up to 10.

Jan 14, 2010, 6:40pm Top

I've read 46, and I'll be working toward the rest of the list.

Jan 22, 2010, 1:22pm Top

The Guardian makes its own list. Not sure those all qualify for fantasy/scifi, plus understandably UK-centric, but interesting.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 10:05am Top

Great list, Morphy - thanks for putting it up here.

Jan 23, 2010, 5:10pm Top

I've only read 30. I own quite a few of them and just haven't managed to read them yet.

Jan 25, 2010, 2:55pm Top

Wow, I've only read 12 of them! And I consider myself a sci-fi geek. Tut tut. Just not good enough!

Apr 19, 2010, 6:49pm Top

I read 73-is that impressive? Seriously, these might have won the votes but a couple...well, I've read better-or, at least, more seminal stories than some chosen. But it is still a pretty good list-must have taken some serious work to assemble. Thumbs up!

Apr 20, 2010, 4:55am Top

#47 - We did it together, here, by vote, so it reflects what we here at the GD thinks. Morphidae organised it all, and did all the manual work.

Apr 27, 2010, 12:31am Top

I've read 76, but largely because the list tends toward older works I read long ago.

May 1, 2010, 3:24am Top

Just counted. I'm at 43 and a half, plus one more in my TBR pile. That and-a-half is likely to stay that way, as I have no intention of finishing it.

Edited: May 1, 2010, 10:15am Top

#50 - What is it? Do tell!

May 1, 2010, 11:57pm Top

It's Anathem. I think there is a really interesting story in there, somewhere, buried under deliberate obfuscation.

May 2, 2010, 4:03am Top

Oh, I loved Anathem, it's his most accessible and well-written book to date!
Well, well - we can't all be alike. Luckily. :D

May 2, 2010, 11:23pm Top

Actually I've LOVED all Stephenson's other books-- just not that one. A rare miss.

May 3, 2010, 8:18am Top

I only own one of his, and keep putting off attempting it.

May 5, 2010, 12:07am Top

Yeah, I'm not sure you want to start with Cryptonomicon. Really at all.

The Diamond Age is the most accessible and one of the shortest-- also one of my favorites of his. (-:,

May 5, 2010, 12:38am Top

Hard not to enjoy Snow Crash, as cliche as that recommendation has become...

May 5, 2010, 6:57am Top

I gave Cryptonomicon to my dad the Yule it was released - it was a decision based on my own enjoyment of it. He promptly went on to scour the market for books on the history of cryptanalysis and cryptography. Just saying that SOME weird minds find it a great and inspiring book, for all its shortcomings ;-)

(It was his first Stephenson. But he bought all three Baroque Cycle books as they were published, so...)

May 5, 2010, 8:20am Top

I took Cryptonomicon on a cruise for pleasure reading - LOL. I got about halfway through and accidentally left it on the ship, bumming me out until I could get a replacement copy. I also enjoy any book about cyrptanalysis and cryptography (fiction and non-fiction).

May 5, 2010, 10:23pm Top

I'm not saying it's not GOOD, just... weighty. Those of you who've dropped it on your foot know what I mean.

FWIW, I loved the Baroque Cycle. Slow going, though.

May 6, 2010, 2:16am Top

I too loved the Baroque Cycle. But often enough it feels like I'm the only one. Nice to find some people who actually agree with me ;D

May 6, 2010, 5:01am Top

>60 reconditereader: yep it could make a nice doorstop - paperback or hardback :)

May 6, 2010, 6:55am Top

And more attractive than a brick!

May 7, 2010, 1:42pm Top

yeah, never finished the Baroque Cycle for multiple reasons (will go back at some point). One of those reasons was the size: the books are really hard to read on the metro while standing and carrying them in my bags was causing pain in my shoulder and back.

Feb 14, 2011, 6:56am Top

11 down, 100 more to go! Great list...thanks for putting it together!

Apr 5, 2011, 10:49pm Top

just found this list, even though I've been a group member since February, sigh. :) I have read a few and a few I really want to read. I'll have to print the list and read through it. Thanks for putting it together!

May 5, 2012, 10:09pm Top

I was just going through this list to see what I might want to read. Trying to pick one I haven't read is tough. I want to read them all now!

May 6, 2012, 6:53am Top

I recently finished A Princess of Mars which is actually pretty decent. Next up is Downbelow Station.

May 21, 2012, 8:04am Top

I just bought Kindred for my Kindle. Last week, Amazon had several of these books for 99 cents.

Feb 20, 2014, 4:10pm Top

Suddenly nearly two years had passed...

Just found this list.
I've read quite a few of them.
Quite a lot of others I'm not sure if I'm recognising titles I'm aware of and meant to read, or if I've actually read them when I used to read nothing else. Now I'll have to look out for them again. I know I've read a lot of HG Wells and Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Asimov, Anne McAffrey and a few others.

Kudos for Something Wicked This Way Comes. Loved that book since I was 15. Which is a while ago now.

Jul 13, 2014, 10:26am Top


Jul 14, 2014, 12:53pm Top

I just finished Neuromancer. It was ok. I gotta get me some Samuel Delaney up in here. Keep meaning to read him.

Jul 14, 2014, 1:57pm Top

Great list. I have my work cut out for me, I've only three of these.

Aug 18, 2014, 2:24pm Top

Read only 10 I think, but have some of the others on my TBR shelf.

Mar 9, 9:06am Top

My brain hurts from trying to remember whether I've read some of these; it's been so so long ago. I count 47, give or take, that I've read.

Any updated data on supernova's arrival?

Mar 9, 10:56am Top

I have no idea about the supernova schedule, but I think the list might be a bit different if we did one today, almost 10 years later?

Some great works has been published since.

Edited: Mar 9, 3:18pm Top

As the lists’ creator, I have thought about this, especially with the fantasy list. However, the GD doesn’t have the activity/members it had in it’s heyday and probably can’t get the votes to make it worthwhile. It was a huge undertaking.

Mar 9, 8:54pm Top

Did we ever finish the fantasy list? Or did it just not get linked in the group header?

Edited: Mar 10, 8:12am Top

>79 Morphidae:
Ah. I was looking for a 111 thread. :)

Mar 10, 8:32am Top

>79 Morphidae: I was thinking something like, I don't now, perhaps using Google Forms or something? I haven't explored it, but perhaps as a more collaborative effort, given the huge work you had to do all on her own, back in the days?

Then, again - as you say the activity is not as high nowadays, so maybe too much hard work and relatively few voters.

Mar 10, 12:59pm Top

>80 gilroy: Because it was such a huge undertaking (1001 books, six surveys) there wasn’t really one dedicated thread.

Nomination thread:

Final announcement:

Search for “1001 Fantasy” in Talk for additional threads.

>81 Busifer: There were upwards of 40+ votes for books. We just don’t have the numbers anymore.

Mar 10, 1:35pm Top

>82 Morphidae: Oh, no worries. I'm thinking of taking the three lists and posting them onto the List Challenges website (with links back to here, of course) just for fun.

Edited: Mar 10, 3:37pm Top

There are four: fantasy, science fiction, nonfiction, and mystery.

If you like, on my profile page, there is a link to the library/thread for each list.

The libraries can be sorted by number of votes (via tags.)

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