Sunday, November 02, 2014

15 Classic Science Fiction Books

The Christian Science Monitor has a list of 15 classic science fiction books:
1. ‘Frankenstein,’ by Mary Shelley
2. '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,’ by Jules Verne
3. ‘The Time Machine,’ by H.G. Wells
4. 'We,’ by Yevgeny Zamyatin
5. ‘Brave New World,’ by Aldous Huxley
6. ‘1984,’ by George Orwell
7. 'Martian Chronicles,’ by Ray Bradbury
8. 'Foundation,’ by Isaac Asimov
9. ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ by Madeleine L'Engle
10. 'Dune,' by Frank Herbert
11. 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ by Philip K. Dick
12. 'Slaughterhouse-Five,’ by Kurt Vonnegut
13. ‘Rendezvous with Rama,’ by Arthur C. Clarke
14. ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,’ by Douglas Adams
15. 'Neuromancer,’ by William Gibson
I've read all but one of these, and I enjoyed them all. I've kept several of them against the chance I'll re-read them yet again. My favorite from this list is probably Martian Chronicles, which I first read in the late '60s-early '70s and which I have read countless times. I've read all of the emboldened ones more than once except for Rendezvous with Rama and Neuromancer.


  1. I don't read much science fiction but have read #'s 2, 6, 12 and 14 on your list.


    1. Some of these are now considered classics and are read in classrooms. And some are more readable by non-fans than others. I got such an early start in the genre I do pretty good on lists that contain so many older works.

  2. This is an excellent list. I have read about half of them, and now I feel the urge to read some Arthur C Clarke - he always used to make me feel so positive, for some reason. "Slaughterhouse Five" is one I need to read, I don´t know why I haven´t, it has just slipped my mind, I guess.

    1. I used to read a lot of Clarke, too, but not in a long time. Vonnegut, too, but I don't like his later works as much.