Alphabetically on author. Reviewed books are hyperlinked. Non-reviewed books will get a reread & review somewhere in the future. I’ll limit this list to 25, so if I add a book, I bump another title out.

Isaac Asimov

Foundation 1-5 (1951, ’52, ’53, ’82, ’86)

Iain M. Banks

Excession (1996)

John Brunner

Stand On Zanzibar (1968)

Don DeLillo

Zero K (2016)

Greg Egan

Schild’s Ladder (2002)

M. John Harrison

You Should Come With Me Now (2017)

Frank Herbert

Dune (1965)
Heretics Of Dune (1984)
Chapterhouse-Dune (1985)

Ann Leckie

Ancillary Mercy (2015)

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand Of Darkness (1969)

Cixin Liu

The Three-Body Problem (2007)

Dexter Palmer

Version Control (2016)

Kim Stanley Robinson

Aurora (2015)
The Ministry For The Future (2020)

Carter Scholz

Radiance (2002)
Gypsy (2015)

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818)

Neal Stephenson

Anathem (2008)

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

Gene Wolfe

The Book Of The New Sun
The Shadow Of The Torturer (1980)
The Claw Of The Conciliator (1981)
The Sword Of The Lictor (1982)
The Citadel Of The Autarch (1983)


  1. Rabindranauth

    Will be interesting to see how your list changes over time! I’ve only read 6 of these.

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  2. I’ve been trying to start “Excession” for a few months now, but I know I will need more concentration than I can afford right now to enjoy it. But I see that many of my own favorite books are in your list 🙂

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    • I like Excession so much because the protagonists are all Ships. I would have liked another few Culture novels that focussed on Ships, since they are so awesom & funny at the same time, but sadly Banks died.


    • Btw, I think it’s a pretty standard, fairly classic SF favorite list, featuring the usual suspects like Dune & Foundation, so I guess (a big) overlap with other people’s lists is to be expected. Not that that’s a problem…


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