Top Science Fiction Novels of All Time
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I expect to have a different rank order in significance, based on when I read them and how they influenced the read of the succeeding works. So I find that in addition to your list and ranking I get that you are an idea person too. I appreciate you taking the time to frame these works in a positive way. E.E.”Doc” Smith is notably missing for me. Both main space opera series were prescient in technology and like Tom Swift were confident that the U.S. was a force for good. Gibson and Stephenson are my current “heros”. Foundation (and the extensions) was great – to tie in the Robot as well WHEW! I missed Phillip K Dick and am catching up at present. Sturgeon and Voigt will never be movies but will forever be influential. Thanks!
I generally agree on your list, especially your comment about Hollywood’s inept attitute toward bringing what SF authors wrote about on screen. I know Hollywood is another business, like all other businesses, wants to make money. There are so many great SF novels, like your top SF 100 novels, that I am pessimistic about seeing these books to film. I believe that they shouldn’t take any of these novels and put them in a 1 1/2 to 2 hour movie. Meanwhile, I will continue to encourage everyone to read these books. The publishers should promote these great books. I discourage any wishfull thinking to have Hollywood bring these books to film. READ !!!
When I found your website, it was really awesome to see someone who takes science fiction as a form of literature seriously. Your critical review of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” was refreshing, considering that most reviews of the series involve nothing but “fan boy” level praise. I was hoping that you would be interested in reviewing a new book by Colin Wright, published by Asymmetrical Press. The book in question is a science fiction short story collection entitled 7 or 8 Ways to End the World.
The world is a precarious thing, and the stories in this collection drive that point home.
The works in this book — some inspirational, some quite disquieting, and all intended to evoke a reaction from the reader — span from the quiet home office of a struggling fantasy novelist to the deranged mind of a self-declared holy man to the comic book hideaway of a thoughtful super villain. Each story touches on a different meaning of the phrase, ‘end of the world,’ and asks the question: Is this how it all ends?
Colin Wright is a 28-year-old author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler. For the past four years, Colin has moved to a new country every four months based on the votes of his readers. He has published 11 books in addition to his subscription-based dispatches, Exiles and Let’s Know Things.
Colin is the author of the breakaway speculative science fiction series, Real Powers, and has been featured in USA Today, The Jeff Probst Show, TEDx, and many other major media outlets around the world. His blog, Exile Lifestyle, has more than 150,000 monthly readers.
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What are the best science fiction novels without humans or human-like beings in them? Difficult to write, read and relate to, I imagine, but there must be some out there. This is not counting novels without humans where the characters behave as if they were humans; I’m looking for something really alien. Thanks.
I’m trying to recall the name and author of a science fiction book I read, I think in the 90s. But the borrowed book was already old and dog-eared when I read it. It centered on another planet’s civilization that experienced periodic waves of elevated enthusiasms. They developed a calendar to follow the periods of these ecstasies and a set of diviners/priests/leaders who preached the value of following predictions of these ecstasies. Finally it becomes apparent these waves were caused by passing radiometric probes in a repeating global cycle to which these creatures resonate in an orgiastic response. Clever funny. I want to credit this delightful Sci-Fi story but can’t without a title. Can you or your readers help me out?
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