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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
75,294 members, 1,002 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
42,545 members, 837 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
32,144 members, 604 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
32,724 members, 595 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
44,442 members, 610 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

7
37,236 members, 572 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
14,480 members, 294 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

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

9
29,331 members, 793 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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

10
30,974 members, 818 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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

11
65,457 members, 1,037 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

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

12
34,920 members, 637 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

13
16,682 members, 368 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

14
12,580 members, 296 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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

16
33,822 members, 612 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
13,477 members, 197 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

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

19
19,148 members, 196 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

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

20
12,247 members, 298 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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

21
33,747 members, 1,002 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
13,453 members, 249 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

23
50,595 members, 3,254 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

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

24
34,737 members, 953 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

25
14,564 members, 468 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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

26
6,150 members, 179 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

27
33,266 members, 957 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

28
18,696 members, 836 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

29
16,399 members, 290 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

30
10,976 members, 180 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

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

31
15,671 members, 401 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

32
19,279 members, 308 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

33
35,636 members, 1,182 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

34
20,326 members, 467 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

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

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

35
20,585 members, 402 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

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

36
30,934 members, 482 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

37
8,331 members, 190 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

38
7,591 members, 130 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

39
38,301 members, 925 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

40
8,308 members, 148 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

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

41
16,272 members, 442 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

42
14,245 members, 263 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

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

43
19,062 members, 245 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

44
21,705 members, 337 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

45
6,746 members, 316 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

46
13,408 members, 267 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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

47
9,023 members, 239 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

48
2,606 members, 37 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

49
12,421 members, 1,003 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

50
31,393 members, 1,415 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

51
4,306 members, 122 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: merrystar (2), ahef1963 (38)

52
8,579 members, 202 reviews
3.52 stars (3.52 stars)

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

53
18,575 members, 410 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

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

54
8,513 members, 131 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

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

55
3,714 members, 82 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

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

56
10,230 members, 146 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

57
10,921 members, 291 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

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

58
4,053 members, 161 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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

59
48,150 members, 709 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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

60
13,681 members, 261 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

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

61
17,756 members, 268 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

62
9,740 members, 229 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1)

63
1,919 members, 45 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: merrystar (18), wlindboe (23)

64
17,133 members, 320 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

65
12,823 members, 1,083 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

66
9,383 members, 383 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: andomck (16), sturlington (61)

67
6,625 members, 330 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (2)

68
21,836 members, 505 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: andomck (19), sturlington (62)

70
3,810 members, 252 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: andomck (21), sturlington (64)

71
1,248 members, 61 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: andomck (22), sturlington (65)

72
8,208 members, 200 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

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

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

73
3,829 members, 101 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (50), sturlington (67)

74
3,271 members, 67 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

75
9,177 members, 386 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (51), sturlington (69)

76
11,049 members, 173 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: OwenRochester (52), sturlington (70)

77
28,962 members, 1,299 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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

Thumbs down: KimarieBee

78
5,130 members, 96 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (53), sturlington (73)

79
14,443 members, 349 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (54), sturlington (72)

80
6,612 members, 352 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (3), sturlington (74)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

81
3,507 members, 136 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: rretzler (31)

82
3,377 members, 83 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (34)

83
14,377 members, 270 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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

Thumbs down: OwenRochester, merrystar (22)

84
8,970 members, 363 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: merrystar (20), ahef1963 (36)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

85
15,093 members, 244 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (16), sturlington (76)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

86
1,991 members, 42 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (28), sturlington (77)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

87
4,141 members, 130 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (29), sturlington (78)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

88
9,285 members, 109 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: rretzler (30), sturlington (79)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

89
5,758 members, 152 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: wlindboe (33), sturlington (80)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

90
1,792 members, 34 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: merrystar (19)

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91
19,379 members, 282 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: sturlington (81)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

92
16,621 members, 319 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: sturlington (82)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

93
16,546 members, 257 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: sturlington (83)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

94
13,627 members, 176 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: sturlington (84)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

95
10,173 members, 180 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: sturlington (85)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

96
9,913 members, 173 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: sturlington (86)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

97
9,607 members, 268 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: sturlington (87)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

98
9,124 members, 125 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: sturlington (88)

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99
8,279 members, 97 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: sturlington (89)

Thumbs down: OwenRochester

100
8,234 members, 144 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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