January 24, 2013

50 Must-Read Science Fiction Books?

AbeBooks took on the task of listing the 50 MOST ESSENTIAL science fiction books of all time. Trying to list only one book per author and trying to show as many sub-genres in Science Fiction as possible can make the task even more of a challenge, but - alas - they managed to round out their top 50 must-read books in the popular genre.

Check out the list and see if you agree with the choices.

A Journey to the Center of the Earth
by Jules Verne (1864)

The War of the Worlds
by H.G. Wells (1898)

  Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley (1932) 

When Worlds Collide
by Edwin Balmer & Philip Wylie (1933) 

Odd John
by Olaf Stapledon (1935) 

Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell (1949)

Earth Abides
by George R. Stewart (1949) 

by Isaac Asimov (1951)

The Illustrated Man
by Ray Bradbury (1951) 

The Demolished Man
by Alfred Bester (1953) 

Go to AbeBooks to view the full list.


  1. I should try some of these.

  2. Hi Jessica! :) I took a long break from my blog but I've returned :P I just posted a review on Carnival of Souls...just wanted to invite you to check it out and also let me know what you thought about it if you have read it.

    1. 50 science fiction titles and no mention of Octavia Butler? Now that's cause for concern.

  3. Two titles that I noticed are suspiciously absent: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Both essential reading. Also, noting by Robert McCammon or Robert Heinlein. But the books listed are all very good.