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)
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 (1980-83)

Check my favorite fantasy list here. Consult the author index for a list of all reviews, or my other favorite lists.

Click here for an index of my non-fiction or art book reviews only, and here for an index of my longer fiction reviews of a more scholarly & philosophical nature.


  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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