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My 20 all-time favorite science fiction novels

I don’t read much science fiction these days, but that was by no means always the case. I devoured sci-fi novels as a teenager and for extended periods later in life, attracted above all by the sheer creativity the writers¬†demonstrated in speculating about life and reality from new perspectives.

Here, in alphbetical order by author, are the science fiction novels that have lingered in my mind — in some cases, for fifty years or more:

  • Isaac Asimov, The Foundation Trilogy
  • Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl
  • Greg Bear, Darwin’s Radio
  • Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
  • Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
  • Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
  • Frank Herbert, Dune
  • Ursula LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness
  • Walter M. Miller Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz
  • Larry Niven, Ringworld
  • George Orwell, Animal Farm
  • George Orwell, 1984
  • Kim Stanley Robinson, The Mars Trilogy
  • Robert J. Sawyer, The Hominids Trilogy
  • Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age
  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughterhouse-5
  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Cat’s-Cradle
  • H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds
  • Connie Willis, The Doomsday Book


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