50 Must-Read Sci-Fi Novels

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**Note: This list is organized alphabetically by author, not by number, as it originally appeared**

  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series) – Douglas Adams
  2. The Helliconia Trilogy (series) – Brian Aldiss
  3. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  4. The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi
  5. The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard
  6. The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks
  7. Blood Music – Greg Bear
  8. Timescape – Gregory Benford
  9. The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester
  10. The Demolished Man – Alfred Bester
  11. Zoo City – Lauren Beukes
  12. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  13. Sundiver – David Brin
  14. Stand on Zanzibar – John Brunner
  15. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  16. The Death of Grass – John Christopher
  17. Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke
  18. Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke
  19. Babel-17 – Samuel R. Delany
  20. Ubik – Philip K. Dick
  21. The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick
  22. Neuromancer – William Gibson
  23. The Forever War – Joe Haldeman
  24. The Reality Dysfunction – Peter F. Hamilton
  25. Make Room! Make Room! – Harry Harrison
  26. The Centauri Device – M. John Harrison
  27. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein
  28. Dune – Frank Herbert
  29. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  30. The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
  31. The Dispossessed – Ursula K. Le Guin
  32. I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
  33. Embassytown – China Mieville
  34. A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  35. Altered Carbon – Richard Morgan
  36. Ringworld – Larry Niven
  37. Gateway – Frederik Pohl
  38. The Inverted World – Christopher Priest
  39. Pavane – Keith Roberts
  40. Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
  41. The Female Man – Joanna Russ
  42. Dying Inside – Robert Silverberg
  43. Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
  44. The Difference Engine – Bruce Sterling & William Gibson
  45. Zones of Thought (series) – Vernor Vinge
  46. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
  47. War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  48. Shadow & Claw – Gene Wolfe
  49. The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
  50. Lord of Light – Roger Zelazny