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The mission of this blog is simple: To give my thoughts, feelings, impressions and judgments on the top 100 Science Fiction novels of all time (as selected by Sci Fi Lists).

I’m not interested in getting into an argument over where each book falls on the list or how the rankings were compiled. Passionate fans could argue for millennia about the ranking of specific books – and each reader is going to have their own opinion on their favorite novels. However, I’ve found that this list in particular has been a great resource for discovering new novels and authors that I would have never come across on my own.

I’m nowhere near done with the list, so this is going to be an ongoing process. Please feel free to comment on any of my posts, whether you agree, disagree or just want to talk about the book!

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8 comments on “Mission

  1. This is a pretty good top 100 list, but any list that doesn’t include Theodore Sturgeon’s “More Than Human,” C. S. Lewis’ “Space Trilogy” and Stanislaus Lem’s “Solaris” is seriously deficient. I might also add Bester’s “The Demolished Man.” Since the list already has “Childhood’s End,” there is no need for its earlier incarnation as “The City and the Stars.” The reviews and comments are excellent.

    Far too many of these top 10, 20, 50 or 100 lists are written by younger readers who seem to have forgotten that great work was done in the first half of the 20th century.

    • Thanks for the comment!

      Just to clarify, the books that I have listed on the right are only the ones that I’ve gotten to so far. You can see the full list by clicking on the link in the “Mission” post. “Solaris” and “The Demolished Man” are both on the list and I’m excited to read them. As for the other two you mentioned, I will definitely check them out.

      I should also probably be more clear that this isn’t MY list so to speak. I’ve really just been using it as a way to discover great science fiction novels that I may have not otherwise come across (including a bunch from the first half of the 20th century which I had never heard of before). As someone who got into Sci-Fi at a relatively late age, lists like this are a great way for me to discover great books, and my hope is that I can help other people find one or two they haven’t heard of before.

      Thanks again for reading.

  2. Love your blog and now I’m inspired to start tracking down many of these books. I’ve read 20 from the top 100 list but have 80 to go! I’m starting with farenheit 451.

    Hope you’re still writing these reviews it’s hard to tell from the dates posted…

    • Thanks David! I appreciate the support. I’m definitely still writing these reviews. The blog post date thing is a little misleading, as I just create the dates like that so that I could have them display in order from #1-100. I might just remove the dates altogether to avoid confusion. Anyway, thanks for reading! As you can see, the list of the right is missing a lot of numbers, so I still have a long way to go.

  3. Andrew, thanks for your excellent work in putting this blog together. Your reviews are very well-written in my opinion.

    I’ve read a bunch of the novels on your list; many more yet to read. Ringworld is my personal favorite, as that’s the one that got me started on the genre over 30 years ago.

    You’re right on target with the Hyperion series; some of the most beautiful and wildly-imagined writing I’ve ever seen.

    Thanks again.

    • Thanks for reading Britt, I appreciate the compliment! I’ve been a big lover of Sci-Fi novels for a long time, and I thought this list would be a good way to broaden my knowledge and help other people discover great books. As you can see by some of the missing numbers on the list in the right sidebar, I still have a ways to go as well. Keep checking back, and I’d love to hear your specific thoughts and comments on any of the books in this list.

  4. Reading through more of your blog here… your reviews and summaries are excellent. Some thoughts on my end:

    Like you, I read Foundation about age 15-16; didn’t really understand it. Re-read in recent years with much greater appreciation. Seems to me mostly dialogue-driven, would make a great stage production. I thoroughly enjoyed Foundation’s Edge and Foundation and Earth.

    Starship Troopers and Forever War; fantastic military sci-fi. I had all the greater appreciation for these, having served in two branches of military.

    Ringworld…. sure the characters don’t really evolve from beginning of novel to end; but brilliantly-imagined. Hyperdrives, stasis fields, worlds-in-flight, ring perfectly lined up with galactic core explosion, etc. I thought that stuff was brilliant. Neutron Star is a great collection of short stories by Niven in the same universe.

    Ender’s Game vs Dune: I would have put Ender’s Game much farther down the list, with Dune on top; but I know that’s how popular EG is with other readers.

    Hyperion series: Far-and-away some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever seen. Crucifixes, resurrection creches on crushing-gravity-drive ships, time-tombs, the Shrike; and that magnificent love story that was actually very well-written; I’ve been hard-pressed to find anything comparable. Welcome any suggestions if there are any. Meanwhile, on with Ilium….

    That’s just a few of my favorites. Please keep up the great work on your blog.

    Oh, and by the way; I think excellent sci-fi art is absolutely essential on a good sci-fi novel cover.

  5. I just stumbled across this website, and I’m loving your reviews so far! I started a very similar project myself about two years ago, with the Austar.net Top 100 List, reviewing them and such (unfortunately i just found out that the list website has been taken down…). When I copied the list down, Dune was #1, The City and the Stars, Solaris, More Than Human, The Space Trilogy, and a few others hidden gems were still on the list, but no Old Man’s War or Xenocide. I’ve only reviewed about 45 books since then, though, but seeing this list makes me want to get back into it! I’ve also added the Gollancz SF Masterworks series to my project, making for a total hybrid-list with about 180 novels on it. Hopefully I can get as many books reviewed as you have!

    P.S.- I agree on your assessment of Ringworld as overrated and short on entertainment value.

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