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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: 45 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
14
28,337 members, 507 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Explanations:

electrice (0): horror

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

18
7,558 members, 131 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)
24
11,378 members, 166 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)
25
6,467 members, 104 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
27
7,085 members, 154 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)
28
2,407 members, 36 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)
29
19,782 members, 295 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)
30
7,939 members, 142 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)
31
3,749 members, 136 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
32
1,732 members, 48 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)
33
31,961 members, 887 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Published after 1980

34
17,338 members, 217 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: andomck, ahef1963, Smurgi, MaryVal, Rtrace, sturlington

Thumbs down: barney67

Score: 5

35
9,265 members, 156 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
36
5,773 members, 150 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
37
5,740 members, 205 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
38
4,312 members, 113 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: andomck, MaryVal, BruceCoulson, andyl, Rtrace, sturlington

Thumbs down: barney67

Score: 5

39
3,485 members, 72 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
40
3,471 members, 93 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)
41
2,769 members, 93 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
42
1,812 members, 52 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
44
17,696 members, 278 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Published after 1980

45
5,037 members, 134 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)
46
4,904 members, 77 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: b1_, barney67, ayaeckel, sturlington

Score: 4

47
4,664 members, 125 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)
48
3,773 members, 117 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)
49
3,643 members, 94 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
50
3,233 members, 55 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)
51
3,211 members, 74 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)
52
2,305 members, 48 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

53
1,924 members, 53 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)
54
1,433 members, 26 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)
55
1,215 members, 20 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
56
6,052 members, 125 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Published after 1980.

57
3,934 members, 86 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: Bluewolf0411, andyl, MaryVal, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 3

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

58
3,270 members, 116 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)
59
3,264 members, 49 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: scificomics, Rtrace, sturlington

Score: 3

60
1,737 members, 22 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)
61
1,612 members, 25 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: andomck, aulsmith, MaryVal, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 3

62
1,524 members, 34 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: ayaeckel, andyl, sturlington, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: barney67

Score: 3

63
1,164 members, 33 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)
64
28,605 members, 797 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Published after 1980

65
11,239 members, 88 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Not good

66
10,840 members, 280 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.

67
7,972 members, 177 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: Rtrace, deerhorne, andyl, scificomics

Thumbs down: sturlington, merrystar

Score: 2

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

merrystar (0): published after 1980

68
7,766 members, 126 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: cej1027, merrystar, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

69
2,569 members, 37 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: scorpiusx1, EnriqueFreeque, MaryVal, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington, andyl

Score: 2

70
2,110 members, 35 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: EnriqueFreeque, sturlington

Score: 2

71
1,905 members, 39 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: EnriqueFreeque, sturlington

Score: 2

72
1,813 members, 68 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: SnowyReach, andyl, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

73
1,458 members, 43 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, EnriqueFreeque, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

74
1,447 members, 24 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: andyl, MaryVal, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

75
1,249 members, 24 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, andyl, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

76
1,143 members, 27 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: andyl, Rtrace, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

77
1,078 members, 37 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: andomck, andyl, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

78
889 members, 13 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, andyl, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2

79
7,300 members, 139 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Explanations:

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

80
6,938 members, 113 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: merrystar, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

81
5,662 members, 99 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: EnriqueFreeque, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

82
5,392 members, 102 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: roby72, andyl, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington, barney67

Score: 1

83
4,566 members, 99 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: longway, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

84
4,287 members, 75 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: longway, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

85
3,176 members, 50 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: Rtrace, andyl, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington, merrystar

Score: 1

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

merrystar (0): published after 1980

86
2,948 members, 53 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: ayaeckel, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

87
2,709 members, 61 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: EnriqueFreeque, andyl, MaryVal

Thumbs down: sturlington, BruceCoulson

Score: 1

88
2,032 members, 61 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: andyl, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

Explanations:

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

89
1,955 members, 30 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: deven.bookman, scificomics

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

90
1,737 members, 56 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

91
1,392 members, 39 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: scificomics, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

92
1,092 members, 23 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: andyl, EnriqueFreeque

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

93
1,011 members, 21 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: EnriqueFreeque, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

94
964 members, 22 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1

95
14,371 members, 137 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: hipdeep, ahef1963, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington, andyl, barney67

Score: 0

Explanations:

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

96
5,849 members, 33 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: hipdeep

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0

97
3,426 members, 41 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: ayaeckel, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington, merrystar

Score: 0

Explanations:

sturlington (0): DNF

merrystar (0): published after 1980

98
2,562 members, 36 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: barney67, Rtrace

Thumbs down: sturlington, andyl

Score: 0

Explanations:

andyl (0): not enough core sf

99
2,290 members, 41 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: Elizabeth088, ayaeckel

Thumbs down: sturlington, andyl

Score: 0

Explanations:

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

100
2,230 members, 38 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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