Phobos Entertainment's "100 Science Fiction Books You Just Have to Read"

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Take my word for it; all science fiction books are not created equal. All right, don’t take my word for it. You’ll figure it out when you plow through packed bookstore shelves. You’ll realize soon enough that not every writer pens a tale worth reading. So just how does one find stellar SF? For starters, why don’t you try out these 100 narrative works. Each one should be part of every SF reader’s—not to mention every SF writer’s—repertoire. Many of these novels are award winners, and most have inspired profound trends in science fiction. List picked by Keith Olexa for Phobos.

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  1. 1.
    Childhood's End
    by Arthur C. Clarke

  2. 2.
    The Foundation Trilogy
    by Isaac Asimov

  3. 3.
    by Frank Herbert

  4. 4.
    The Man in the High Castle
    by Philip K. Dick

  5. 5.
    Starship Troopers
    by Robert A. Heinlein

  6. 6.
    by Philip K. Dick

  7. 7.
    Frankenstein (Enriched Classics)
    by Mary Shelley

  8. 8.
    Gateway (Heechee Saga)
    by Frederik Pohl

  9. 9.
    Space Merchants (Sf Masterworks)
    by Frederik Pohl

  10. 10.
    Earth Abides
    by George R. Stewart

  11. 11.
    Cuckoo's Egg
    by C. J. Cherryh

  12. 12.
    Star Surgeon
    by James White

  13. 13.
    The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
    by Philip K. Dick

  14. 14.
    Radix (Radix, Book 1)
    by A. A. Attanasio

  15. 15.
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    by Arthur C. Clarke

  16. 16.
    by Larry Niven

  17. 17.
    A Case of Conscience (Del Rey Impact)
    by James Blish

  18. 18.
    Last and First Men (Dover Books on Literature & Drama)
    by Olaf Stapledon

  19. 19.
    The Day of the Triffids (20th Century Rediscoveries)
    by John Wyndham

  20. 20.
    Way Station
    by Clifford D. Simak

  21. 21.
    More Than Human
    by Theodore Sturgeon

  22. 22.
    Gray Lensman (The Lensman Series, Book 4)
    by Edward E. Smith

  23. 23.
    The Gods Themselves
    by Isaac Asimov

  24. 24.
    The Left Hand of Darkness
    by Ursula K. Le Guin

  25. 25.
    Behold the Man
    by Michael Moorcock

  26. 26.
    Star Maker (Early Classics of Science Fiction)
    by Olaf Stapledon

  27. 27.
    H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds
    by H. G. Wells

  28. 28.
    20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Scholastic Classics)
    by Jules Verne

  29. 29.
    The Heritage of Hastur (A Darkover Novel)
    by Marion Zimmer Bradley

  30. 30.
    The Time Machine
    by H. G. Wells

  31. 31.
    Stars My Destination (Sf Masterworks 05)
    by Alfred Bester

  32. 32.
    Slan: A Novel
    by A. E. Van Vogt

  33. 33.
    by William Gibson

  34. 34.
    Ender's Game (The Ender Saga)
    by Orson Scott Card

  35. 35.
    In Conquest Born (Daw Book Collectors)
    by C.S. Friedman

  36. 36.
    Lord of Light
    by Roger Zelazny

  37. 37.
    by Greg Bear

  38. 38.
    Dragonflight (Mccaffrey, Anne. Dragonriders of Pern.)
    by Anne Mccaffrey

  39. 39.
    Journey to the Center of the Earth
    by Jules Verne

  40. 40.
    Stranger in a Strange Land
    by Robert A. Heinlein

  41. 41.
    by Gregory Benford

  42. 42.
    The Voyage of The Space Beagle
    by A.e.van vogt

  43. 43.
    Blood Music (Ibooks Science Fiction Classics)
    by Greg Bear

  44. 44.
    Beggars in Spain
    by Nancy Kress

  45. 45.
    Omnivore (Of Man and Manta)
    by Piers Anthony

  46. 46.
    I, Robot (The Isaac Asimov Collection)
    by Isaac Asimov

  47. 47.
    Mission of Gravity
    by Hal Clement

  48. 48.
    To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld Saga, Book 1)
    by Philip Jose Farmer

  49. 49.
    Brave New World
    by Aldous Huxley

  50. 50.
    The Man Who Folded Himself
    by David Gerrold

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List Destruction/Secondary List Source — 6 years ago

Someone had deleted all but 24 of the books on this list.

Also, the Phobos website is defunct.

I found a copy of the list here:

I have restored the list, but a number of editions have changed.

Defunct listsource — 6 years ago

The website that produced this lists seems no longer to exist. Does anyone have another link? (I was unable to locate another one.)

#1 Childhood's End — 6 years ago

had been deleted. I replaced it.

Olaf Stapledon books — 7 years ago

The two books by this author were listed under the same link. I have separated them, so each book can be checked off individually.

The listsource wasn't working — 7 years ago

The website it came from changed its location slightly. I updated it and it’s working again.

#34 Ender's Game — 7 years ago

I changed the link to point to the single novel rather than the three book series.

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