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I have no idea who wrote this or what their criteria were. reedsy seems to be involved in helping authors hook up with editors and designers and might eventually head toward being a publishing house. But Nisi Shawl says it's a good list, writing "the list starts out fairly male and white and then there comes a flowering of color and gender diversity." It contains some interesting bits of trivia.


Have read

Have not heard of before

Plan to read 

Read some of it, didn't like it



1. The Blazing World and Other Writings by Margaret Cavendish (1666)

2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)

3. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895)

4. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (1897)

5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)

6. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949)

7. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (1950)

8. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (1950)

9. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)

10. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954)

11. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. (1959)

12. Solaris by Stanislaw Lem (1961)

13. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein (1961)

14. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (1962)

15. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)

16. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (1962)

17. Dune by Frank Herbert (1965)

18. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (1966)

19. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)

20. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey (1968)

21. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)

22. Ringworld by Larry Niven (1970)

23. Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (1972)

24. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974)

25. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (1974)

26. The Female Man by Joanna Russ (1975)

27. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany (1975) (OK I haven't finished it.)

28. Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy (1976)

29. The Stand by Stephen King (1978)

30. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979) (I always liked the radio play better than the books)

31. Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta by Doris Lessing (1979)

32. Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh (1981)

33. Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)

34. Contact by Carl Sagan (1985) (I really liked the movie, haven't read the book)

35. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)

36. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)

37. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (1986)

38. Watchmen by Alan Moore and David Gibbons (1986)

39. Watchers by Dean Koontz (1987)

40. Dawn by Octavia Butler (1987)

41. The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks (1988)

42. Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor (1989) (Seen a lot of the TV series)

43. Hyperion by Dan Simmons (1989)

44. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (1990)

45. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr. (1990)

46. The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (1992)

47. Ammonite by Nicola Griffith (1992)

48. The Children of Men by P.D. James (1992)

49. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (1992)

50. The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

51. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (1996)

52. Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card (1999)

53. Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear (1999)

54. Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff (2000)

55. Probability Moon by Nancy Kress (2000)

56. Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson (2000)

57. number9dream by David Mitchell (2001)

58. The Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson (2001)

59. Otherland: City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams (2001)

60. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang (2002)

61. Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (2002)

62. Feed by M. T. Anderson (2002)

63. Veniss Underground by Jeff VanderMeer (2003)

64. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (2003)

65. Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton (2004)

66. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)

67. The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (2005)

68. World War Z by Max Brooks (2006) 

69. Anathem by Neal Stephenson (2008) (OK, so why do they list Snow Crash and Anathem and leave out The Diamond Age?

70. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008)

71. The City & The City by China Miéville (2009)

72. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (2009)

73. Redemption of Indigo by Karen Lord (2010) (Actually Redemption *in* Indigo, I think)

74. Death's End by Cixin Liu (2010)

75. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu (2010)

76. The Martian by Andy Weir (2011)

77. Legend by Marie Lu (2011)

78. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters (2012)

79. Amatka by Karin Tidbeck (2012)

80. Redshirts by John Scalzi (2012)

81. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (2013)

82. Dust by Hugh Howey (2013)

83. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (2013)

84. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014)

85. Red Rising by Pierce Brown (2014)

86. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (2014)

87. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (2015)

88. Planetfall by Emma Newman (2015)

89. The Fold by Peter Clines (2015)

90. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman (2015)

91. Infomocracy by Malka Older (2016)

92. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (2016) (Listening to the audiobook now)

93. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (2016)

94. Everfair by Nisi Shawl (2016)

95. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (2016)

96. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (2016)

97. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (2016)

98. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty (2017)

99. Exo by Fonda Lee (2017)

100. The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch (2018)

Date: 23 Feb 2019 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hitchhiker
"probability moon" is shortish and enjoyable, though it's book 1 of a trilogy. if you have some space on your reading queue it's worth taking a look at. surprised to see it on this list, though; i felt it was a pretty minor trilogy, especially given that kress has done more impressive stuff.

"red rising" is in many ways a fairly standard dystopia where the aristocracy play at gladiators, but i found it compulsively readable.

"infomocracy" was amazing. i didn't enjoy the sequel quite as much, but still very much looking forward to book 3.

hadn't heard of "exo" but i really liked "the jade city" and the premise of exo sounds good; i added it to my goodreads queue.

(also i'm surprised "death's end" made the list; for me "the dark forest" was far and away the outstanding book in that trilogy.)

Date: 23 Feb 2019 09:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bibliofile
I like that the list is chronological. Like you, I've heard of most but not all of them.


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