ISFDB Top 100 Novels - Critical List

Given by The Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB)

100 Works 513,978 Books 10,673 Reviews 4.1

All novels which have been nominated for an award are scored based on the number of award wins and nominations. The results are then sorted. This is not an attempt to list the best works in the

show more genre, just those which won the most awards. Since the proliferation of genre-related awards is a fairly recent phenomenon, these lists tend to favor more recent works.

The Critical List puts extra emphasis on those awards which are decided by jury. It attempts to construct a list which might appeal to those who prefer "Literate SF". It also attempts to balance the age factor by more heavily weighing older works.

Note that this version of the list hasn't been updated since 2005.
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WorkOrder Label
Neuromancer (1984) by William Gibson
1
The Citadel of The Autarch (1982) by Gene Wolfe
2
American Gods {original} (2001) by Neil Gaiman
3
The Dispossessed (1974) by Ursula K. Le Guin
4
The Time Ships (1995) by Stephen Baxter
5
A Deepness in the Sky (1999) by Vernor Vinge
6
The Handmaid's Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood
7
Doomsday Book (1992) by Connie Willis
8
The Diamond Age (1995) by Neal Stephenson
9
Stations of the Tide (1991) by Michael Swanwick
10
Red Mars (1992) by Kim Stanley Robinson
11
The Claw of the Conciliator (1981) by Gene Wolfe
12
Ash: A Secret History (1999) by Mary Gentle
13
Little, Big (1981) by John Crowley
14
The Sword of the Lictor (1981) by Gene Wolfe
15
Speaker for the Dead (1986) by Orson Scott Card
16
China Mountain Zhang (1992) by Maureen F. McHugh
17
Perdido Street Station (2000) by China MiƩville
18
Ammonite (1992) by Nicola Griffith
19
The Safety of Unknown Cities (1995) by Lucy Taylor
20
Midnight Robber (2000) by Nalo Hopkinson
21
On Wings of Song (1979) by Thomas M. Disch
22
Brittle Innings (1994) by Michael Bishop
23
Darwin's Radio (1999) by Greg Bear
24
Moving Mars (1993) by Greg Bear
25
The Fall of Hyperion (1989) by Dan Simmons
26
The Sparrow (1996) by Mary Doria Russell
27
Gateway (1977) by Frederik Pohl
28
The Postman (1985) by David Brin
29
The Shadow of the Torturer (1980) by Gene Wolfe
30
Rendezvous With Rama (1973) by Arthur C. Clarke
31
Startide Rising (1982) by David Brin
32
The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) by Ursula K. Le Guin
33
Tea with the Black Dragon (1983) by R. A. MacAvoy
34
A Woman of the Iron People (1991) by Eleanor Arnason
35
Blue Mars (1996) by Kim Stanley Robinson
36
A Fire upon the Deep (1992) by Vernor Vinge
37
The Sea and Summer (1987) by George Turner
38
Timescape (1980) by Gregory Benford
39
Dreamsnake (1978) by Vonda N. McIntyre
40
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966) by Robert A. Heinlein
41
Mother of Storms (1994) by John Barnes
42
The Wild Shore (1984) by Kim Stanley Robinson
43
Ender's Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card
44
Parable of the Talents (1998) by Octavia E. Butler
45
Brown Girl In The Ring (1998) by Nalo Hopkinson
46
Drawing Blood (1993) by Poppy Z. Brite
47
The Anubis Gates (1983) by Tim Powers
48
In the Country of the Blind (1990) by Michael Flynn
49
Green Eyes (1984) by Lucius Shepard
50
Only Begotten Daughter (1990) by James Morrow
51
Passage (2001) by Connie Willis
52
Waking the Moon (1995) by Elizabeth Hand
53
Riddley Walker (1980) by Russell Hoban
54
Fairyland (1995) by Paul J. McAuley
55
Forever Peace (1997) by Joe Haldeman
56
Babel-17 (1966) by Samuel R. Delany
57
The Terminal Experiment (1995) by Robert J. Sawyer
58
The Child Garden (1989) by Geoff Ryman
59
The Wounded Land (1980) by Stephen R. Donaldson
60
Temporary Agency (1994) by Rachel Pollack
61
Titan (1979) by John Varley
62
Time Enough for Love (1973) by Robert A. Heinlein
63
Ivory (1988) by Mike Resnick
64
No Enemy But Time (1982) by Michael Bishop
65
Blind Voices (1978) by Tom Reamy
66
Sabriel (1995) by Garth Nix
67
Permutation City (1994) by Greg Egan
68
Fire in the Mist (1992) by Holly Lisle
69
Islands in the Net (1988) by Bruce Sterling
70
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1970) by Philip K. Dick
71
Dawn Song (1998) by Michael Marano
72
Man Plus (1976) by Frederik Pohl
73
Helliconia Spring (1982) by Brian W. Aldiss
74
Emergence (1984) by David R. Palmer
75
The Cipher (1991) by Kathe Koja
76
Slow River (1995) by Nicola Griffith
77
Tehanu (1990) by Ursula K. Le Guin
78
Declare (2000) by Tim Powers
79
The Music of Razors (2001) by Cameron Rogers
80
A Midsummer Tempest (1974) by Poul Anderson
81
The Snow Queen (1980) by Joan D. Vinge
82
The One Tree (1982) by Stephen R. Donaldson
83
The Chronoliths (2001) by Robert Charles Wilson
84
A Time of Changes (1971) by Robert Silverberg
85
The Year of the Quiet Sun (1970) by Wilson Tucker
86
Grave Markings (1994) by Michael A. Arnzen
87
Anno Dracula (1992) by Kim Newman
88
The Urth of the New Sun (1987) by Gene Wolfe
89
Briar Rose (1992) by Jane Yolen
90
The Infernal (1997) by Kim Wilkins
91
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999) by J. K. Rowling
92
Sunglasses After Dark (1989) by Nancy A. Collins
93
Sacrament (1996) by Clive Barker
94
The Star Fox (1966) by Poul Anderson
95
The Stand (1978) by Stephen King
96
The Scar (2002) by China MiƩville
97
Power Of Un (2000) by Nancy Etchemendy
98
The Forever War (1974) by Joe Haldeman
99
Lincoln's Dreams (1987) by Connie Willis
100

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