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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: 13 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
84,435 members, 1,118 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (1): Done for SFFCAT

2
37,448 members, 655 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: Quaisior (2), andomck (2), ahef1963 (2), ManWithAnAgenda (3), sturlington (4), Traveller333 (4), OwenRochester (5), rretzler (6), wlindboe (6), hipdeep (14)

3
48,174 members, 927 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

4
46,740 members, 448 reviews
4.53 stars (4.53 stars)

Lists: rretzler (1), Quaisior (3), Traveller333 (3), OwenRochester (4), sturlington (5), kiwiflowa (6), wlindboe (7), KimarieBee (9), ahef1963 (17)

5
35,661 members, 679 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)
6
49,307 members, 715 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: kiwiflowa (2), andomck (3), merrystar (3), rretzler (4), sturlington (6), OwenRochester (7), ahef1963 (10), ManWithAnAgenda (44)

7
35,418 members, 890 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: Quaisior (4), andomck (6), sturlington (10), hipdeep (10), rretzler (12), wlindboe (12), merrystar (15), ahef1963 (33), ManWithAnAgenda (38)

8
40,689 members, 652 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: andomck (4), sturlington (7), OwenRochester (8), hipdeep (8), rretzler (18), wlindboe (18), kiwiflowa (18), ahef1963 (39), ManWithAnAgenda (40)

9
74,172 members, 1,195 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

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

10
19,451 members, 427 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: Quaisior (6), ahef1963 (7), merrystar (8), sturlington (13), rretzler (13), OwenRochester (14), hipdeep (17), ManWithAnAgenda (36)

11
15,994 members, 324 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

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

12
14,289 members, 349 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: Quaisior (7), andomck (8), wlindboe (10), merrystar (12), sturlington (14), OwenRochester (16), ahef1963 (19)

13
40,293 members, 703 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: kiwiflowa (5), OwenRochester (9), sturlington (12), hipdeep (12), rretzler (14), ahef1963 (15), ManWithAnAgenda (37)

14
31,786 members, 885 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: andomck (7), sturlington (9), hipdeep (9), OwenRochester (10), kiwiflowa (12), rretzler (17), ahef1963 (30), ManWithAnAgenda (39)

Thumbs down: Quaisior

15
23,891 members, 306 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: kiwiflowa (1), wlindboe (2), ahef1963 (3), sturlington (15), rretzler (32), ManWithAnAgenda (35)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

16
22,741 members, 446 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (1), Quaisior (8), OwenRochester (19), rretzler (20), ahef1963 (20), sturlington (34)

17
37,819 members, 1,078 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: Quaisior (9), kiwiflowa (15), wlindboe (16), OwenRochester (18), sturlington (27), ManWithAnAgenda (32), ahef1963 (41)

18
14,095 members, 348 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

19
1,019 members, 11 reviews
3.51 stars (3.51 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (1), wlindboe (4), sturlington (20), OwenRochester (21), ManWithAnAgenda (34)

20
38,067 members, 1,086 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (6), kiwiflowa (10), OwenRochester (15), sturlington (21), rretzler (21), ahef1963 (28), ManWithAnAgenda (33)

Thumbs down: merrystar (23)

21
39,615 members, 705 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

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

22
36,742 members, 617 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: Quaisior (11), andomck (14), rretzler (25), ManWithAnAgenda (28), OwenRochester (32), sturlington (35)

23
20,847 members, 902 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: kiwiflowa (16), wlindboe (17), OwenRochester (20), sturlington (28), ManWithAnAgenda (31), ahef1963 (42)

24
15,781 members, 228 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

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

25
21,383 members, 349 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (7), Quaisior (12), andomck (13), sturlington (32), OwenRochester (34)

26
15,151 members, 296 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

27
17,604 members, 448 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (4), OwenRochester (23), rretzler (26), ManWithAnAgenda (29), sturlington (31)

28
56,895 members, 3,377 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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

29
15,912 members, 512 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

30
6,872 members, 193 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

31
9,328 members, 213 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (11), rretzler (19), wlindboe (24), OwenRochester (28), sturlington (36)

33
41,084 members, 978 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (12), ManWithAnAgenda (27), OwenRochester (30), sturlington (37), ahef1963 (45)

34
9,248 members, 166 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

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

35
22,786 members, 502 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (2), merrystar (13), rretzler (15), ahef1963 (21), sturlington (91)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

36
17,768 members, 474 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (13), ManWithAnAgenda (25), OwenRochester (36), sturlington (39), ahef1963 (46)

37
20,768 members, 270 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: andomck (15), ManWithAnAgenda (24), sturlington (41), ahef1963 (49), OwenRochester (50)

38
18,522 members, 346 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: rretzler (8), wlindboe (9), merrystar (10), ahef1963 (16), sturlington (29), ManWithAnAgenda (30)

Thumbs down: Quaisior, OwenRochester

39
12,941 members, 201 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

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

40
7,391 members, 346 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: merrystar (7), kiwiflowa (14), ManWithAnAgenda (23), ahef1963 (34), sturlington (42)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

41
10,257 members, 277 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (10), hipdeep (11), OwenRochester (41), sturlington (45)

42
9,510 members, 238 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (9), Quaisior (13), andomck (17), wlindboe (27), sturlington (66)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

43
11,141 members, 164 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (5), ahef1963 (26), OwenRochester (39), sturlington (52)

44
2,969 members, 42 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (12), ManWithAnAgenda (22), sturlington (46), OwenRochester (47)

45
15,748 members, 1,155 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (15), ManWithAnAgenda (21), OwenRochester (43), sturlington (47)

46
9,873 members, 236 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (19), wlindboe (21), OwenRochester (42), sturlington (49)

47
35,619 members, 1,508 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (11), ManWithAnAgenda (20), rretzler (28), sturlington (48), ahef1963 (48)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

48
10,795 members, 174 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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

49
16,293 members, 294 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

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

50
23,904 members, 369 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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

52
54,238 members, 816 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (17), OwenRochester (48), ahef1963 (55), sturlington (56)

53
4,678 members, 136 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (2), merrystar (2), ahef1963 (38)

Thumbs down: sturlington

54
20,872 members, 312 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (8), merrystar (9), ManWithAnAgenda (13), sturlington (58)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

55
18,674 members, 364 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (6), ManWithAnAgenda (12), ahef1963 (27), sturlington (59)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

56
37,918 members, 1,017 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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

Thumbs down: Quaisior, ManWithAnAgenda

57
37,573 members, 1,238 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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

Thumbs down: Quaisior

58
16,322 members, 298 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

59
5,586 members, 104 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (7), ahef1963 (53), sturlington (73)

60
3,726 members, 73 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (8), rretzler (24), wlindboe (31), sturlington (68)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

61
8,482 members, 149 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Thumbs down: sturlington

63
12,276 members, 205 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Quaisior (15), OwenRochester (52), sturlington (70)

64
4,297 members, 98 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

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

65
12,401 members, 326 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

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

66
4,416 members, 171 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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

67
10,453 members, 410 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: Quaisior (14), ManWithAnAgenda (16), merrystar (20), ahef1963 (36)

Thumbs down: sturlington, OwenRochester

68
15,690 members, 1,181 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

69
23,316 members, 549 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: andomck (19), sturlington (62)

70
1,238 members, 37 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: andomck (20), sturlington (63)

71
5,135 members, 320 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: andomck (21), sturlington (64)

72
1,714 members, 78 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: andomck (22), sturlington (65)

73
1,945 members, 40 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Quaisior (18), merrystar (19), sturlington (92)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

74
2,160 members, 48 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: Quaisior (16), wlindboe (28), sturlington (77)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

75
4,529 members, 141 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: Quaisior (17), wlindboe (29), sturlington (78)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

76
20,657 members, 454 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

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

Thumbs down: Quaisior

77
4,260 members, 109 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (50), sturlington (67)

78
9,876 members, 409 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (51), sturlington (69)

79
31,430 members, 1,352 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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

Thumbs down: KimarieBee

80
15,546 members, 376 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (54), sturlington (72)

81
7,162 members, 381 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (3), sturlington (74)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

82
10,022 members, 144 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (4), sturlington (87)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

83
11,100 members, 261 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1)

Thumbs down: sturlington

84
10,758 members, 293 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (6), sturlington (86)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

85
2,108 members, 50 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: merrystar (18), wlindboe (23)

Thumbs down: sturlington

86
7,137 members, 348 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (2)

Thumbs down: sturlington

87
18,767 members, 297 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (15), sturlington (82)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

88
10,514 members, 125 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: rretzler (30), sturlington (79)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

89
6,534 members, 165 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (33), sturlington (80)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

90
3,885 members, 153 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: rretzler (31)

Thumbs down: sturlington

91
3,758 members, 92 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (34)

Thumbs down: sturlington

92
15,393 members, 289 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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

Thumbs down: ManWithAnAgenda, OwenRochester, merrystar (22)

93
16,123 members, 282 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (16), sturlington (76)

Thumbs down: ManWithAnAgenda, OwenRochester

94
11,200 members, 208 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: sturlington (84)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

95
10,571 members, 197 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: sturlington (85)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

96
9,119 members, 106 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: sturlington (88)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

97
9,238 members, 159 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: sturlington (89)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

98
8,635 members, 231 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: sturlington (90)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

99
21,023 members, 306 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: sturlington (81)

Thumbs down: ManWithAnAgenda, OwenRochester

100
14,702 members, 198 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: sturlington (83)

Thumbs down: ManWithAnAgenda, OwenRochester

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About this list

Started by: sturlington (October 2014)

Type: Numbered and unnumbered

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