My 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.
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Ilium by Dan Simmons
- 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
- Just about everything Philip K. Dick ever wrote
- The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
- A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
- Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
- Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson
- The Iluminatus! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Leguin
- The Children of Men by P.D. James
- 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.