Category Archives: World Building

#2 – Dune Review – Frank Herbert

Summary | Review | Quotes | Buy Few books on this list have had a bigger cultural impact than Frank Herbert’s 1965 masterpiece. Often cited as the best selling science fiction novel of all time (over 10 million copies sold), … Continue reading

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#13 – Ringworld Review – Larry Niven

Summary | Review | Buy Any book that begins with the main character teleporting to different time zones in order to prolong his 200th birthday party is worth giving a chance. And while Ringworld doesn’t exactly live up to its … Continue reading

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#15 – Hyperion Review – Dan Simmons

Summary | Review | Buy Hyperion is one of the truly revelatory books that I came across while working my way through this list. While discovering some of the other books on this list felt like finding a $100 bill … Continue reading

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#26 – The Left Hand of Darkness Review – Ursula K Le Guin

Summary | Review | Buy The Left Hand of Darkness is the first novel on this list from a female author. And while it’s no secret that women are severely underrepresented in the world of Science Fiction, the ones that … Continue reading

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#27 – Speaker for the Dead Summary – Orson Scott Card

Summary | Review | Buy Speaker for the Dead is the sort-of sequel to the #1 book on this list, Ender’s Game, although the books share very little in terms of themes, setting and characters, except for the main character. … Continue reading

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#33 – Lord of Light Review – Roger Zelazny

Summary | Review | Buy I wanted to like this book, I really did. Check out that sweet cover of the glowing florescent Buddha! Science Fiction mixed with Hindu mythology and Buddhist mysticism? Sign me up. A world where humans … Continue reading

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#36 – A Winkle in Time Review – Madeleine L’Engle

Summary | Review | Buy To be honest, I read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle a long time ago – so some of the finer details of the plot and themes may escape me. But like a lot … Continue reading

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#45 – Time Enough for Love Review – Robert Heinlein

Summary | Review | Buy Lazarus Long (aka Woodrow Wilson Smith) has to be one of the most fascinating characters ever to come out of the science fiction genre. In Heinlein’s hands, Lazarus is the ultimate rugged individualist; a man … Continue reading

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#47 – Red Mars Summary – Kim Stanley Robinson

Summary | Review | Buy Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars is one of the few hard science fiction novels that spends as much time delving into the inner lives of its main characters as it does explaining the scientific underpinnings … Continue reading

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#76 – Ilium Review – Dan Simmons

Summary | Review | Buy No other author that I know of is better at infusing Science Fiction with elements of classic literature and epic storytelling than Dan Simmons. Where other writers are content to work within the confines of … Continue reading

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