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A Science Fiction Book list From A Nerdy Librarian

children of men jamesMy love affair with science fiction and fantasy started when I was about six years old and Star Wars and E.T. were embedded in everyone’s waking moments. The more I watched, the more I wanted to watch. This extended to the books I read as well. This science fiction book list began in many ways when I picked up a Buck Rogers comic as a very young kid, then moved on to stuff like Piers Anthony’s Adept and Incarnations of Immortality series, which in turn led to Arthur C. Clarke, Heinlein and…well, I’ve never looked back.

These days science fiction novels probably make up about a third of the reading I do, but I always come back to it no matter what. I’m through trying to figure out why I love it, and it really doesn’t matter.

So below I’m going to be listing my favorite sci fi books, and will add to the list whenever I remember another good one or I read something new.

  1. Dune by Frank Herbert
  2. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  3. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  4. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  5. Ilium by Dan Simmons
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  7. Just about everything Philip K. Dick ever wrote
  8. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
  9. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  10. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
  11. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  12. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  13. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  14. Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  15. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  16. 1984 by George Orwell
  17. The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson
  18. The Iluminatus! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson
  19. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Leguin
  20. The Children of Men by P.D. James
  21. House of Stairs by William Sleator

That’s where I’ll stop for today. Feel free to add to the list and I’ll add your comments to the post as they come in.


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