75 Essential Science Fiction Books


  1. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany (Winner of Nebula Award; Locus Science Fiction Award)
  2. Blindsight by Peter Watts (Winner of Hugo Award; Locus Science Fiction Award; John W. Campbell Award)
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Winner of Arthur C. Clarke Award; Nebula Award; Locus Science Fiction Award)
  4. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds (Winner of British Sience Fiction Association Award; Arthur C. Clarke Award)
  5. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (Winner of Nebula Award; Hugo Award)
  6. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Winner of Nebula Award; Hugo Award; Locus Science Fiction Award; Nebula Award)
  7. R.U.R. by Karel Capek
  8. Lilith’s Brood by Octavia E. Butler
  9. Blood Music by Greg Bear (Winner of Nebula Award; Hugo Award; British Sience Fiction Association Award; John W. Campbell Award)
  10. Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton
  11. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  12. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  13. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  14. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  15. Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan; Philip K. Dick Award
  16. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner (Winner of Hugo Award; British Sience Fiction Association Award; Nebula Award
  17. Queen City Jazz by Kathleen Ann Goonan (Winner of British Sience Fiction Association Award)
  18. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. (Winner of Hugo Award)
  19. The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard
  20. Ringworld by Larry Niven (Winner of Nebula Award; Hugo Award; Locus Science Fiction Award)
  21. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Gala… by Douglas Adams
  22. Synners by Pat Cadigan; Arthur C. Clarke Award (Winner of Nebula Award)
  23. Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance
  24. Pavane by Keith Roberts
  25. The City & The City by China Mieville (Winner of British Sience Fiction Association Award; Hugo Award; British Sience Fiction Association Award; World Fantasy Award; Arthur C. Clarke Award; Nebula Award; John W. Campbell Award)
  26. 1984 by George Orwell
  27. Contact by Carl Sagan
  28. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Winner of Nebula Award; Hugo Award; John W. Campbell Award; British Sience Fiction Association Award)
  29. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  30. Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
  31. The Rediscovery of Man: The Comple… by Cordwainer Smith
  32. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.
  33. The HelliconiaTrilogy by Brian Aldiss
  34. Cry of the Wind by Sue Harrison
  35. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny (Winner of Hugo Award; Nebula Award)
  36. Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated … by David Brin
  37. Inverted World by Christopher Priest
  38. The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl
  39. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the … by Jules Verne
  40. The Fabulous Riverboat by Philip Jose Farmer
  41. The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  42. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi; Hugo Award
  43. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (Winner of Hugo Award; Locus Science Fiction Award; John W. Campbell Award)
  44. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  45. The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber (Winner of Hugo Award)
  46. World War Z: An Oral History of th… by Max Brooks
  47. City by Clifford D. Simak
  48. Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg (Winner of Nebula Award; Hugo Award; Locus Science Fiction Award)
  49. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  50. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  51. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union: A N… by Michael Chabon
  52. Modern Classics the Death of Grass… by John Christopher
  53. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  54. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
  55. Licht — Die Trilogie: Drei Romane by M. John Harrison
  56. Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress (Winner of Hugo Award; Nebula Award; Locus Science Fiction Award; John W. Campbell Award)
  57. Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell
  58. Schismatrix Plus by Bruce Sterling
  59. Last and First Men and Star Maker … by Olaf Stapledon
  60. Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler; Nebula Award
  61. Take Back Plenty by Colin Greenland (Winner of British Sience Fiction Association Award; Arthur C. Clarke Award; Philip K. Dick Award)
  62. Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky (Winner of John W. Campbell Award)
  63. Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang: A… by Kate Wilhelm
  64. The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy (Winner of Arthur C. Clarke Award)
  65. River of Gods by Ian McDonald (Winner of British Sience Fiction Association Award; Hugo Award; Arthur C. Clarke Award)
  66. Dangerous Visions by Harlan Ellison, ed
  67. Air: Or, Have Not Have by Geoff Ryman
  68. Life During Wartime by Lucius Shepard (Winner of Philip K. Dick Award; Locus Science Fiction Award; Arthur C. Clarke Award)
  69. Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock
  70. Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys (Winner of Hugo Award)
  71. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry A… by Claire North
  72. Swastika Night by Katharine Burdekin
  73. Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy… by Jeff VanderMeer
  74. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  75. The Skylark of Space and Other Wor… by E. E. Smith