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Want to become a science fiction buff? Want to expand your reading in your favourite genre? This is a good place to start! From the publishers of the popular Good Reading Guide comes a rich selection of some of the finest SF novels ever published. With 100 of the best titles fully reviewed and a further 500 recommended, you'll quickly become an expert in the world of scien Want to become a science fiction buff? Want to expand your reading in your favourite genre? This is a good place to start! From the publishers of the popular Good Reading Guide comes a rich selection of some of the finest SF novels ever published. With 100 of the best titles fully reviewed and a further 500 recommended, you'll quickly become an expert in the world of science fiction. The book is arranged by author and includes some thematic entries and special categories such as SF film adaptations, SF in rock music and Philip K. Dick in the mass media . It also includes a history of SF and a new definition of the genre, plus lists of award winners and book club recommendations. Foreword by Christopher Priest, the multiple award-winning SF author.


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Want to become a science fiction buff? Want to expand your reading in your favourite genre? This is a good place to start! From the publishers of the popular Good Reading Guide comes a rich selection of some of the finest SF novels ever published. With 100 of the best titles fully reviewed and a further 500 recommended, you'll quickly become an expert in the world of scien Want to become a science fiction buff? Want to expand your reading in your favourite genre? This is a good place to start! From the publishers of the popular Good Reading Guide comes a rich selection of some of the finest SF novels ever published. With 100 of the best titles fully reviewed and a further 500 recommended, you'll quickly become an expert in the world of science fiction. The book is arranged by author and includes some thematic entries and special categories such as SF film adaptations, SF in rock music and Philip K. Dick in the mass media . It also includes a history of SF and a new definition of the genre, plus lists of award winners and book club recommendations. Foreword by Christopher Priest, the multiple award-winning SF author.

30 review for 100 Must-read Science Fiction Novels

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jersy

    While this has a varied selection of books, I didn't find that much that I'm hyped to read. These novels are probably great, but I don't think the authors always manage to make a good case for them. The descriptions sometimes sound generic and after reading the texts, I don't feel well equipped to know if I would like these books. There isn't much about the style or where a certain concept goes, so I might as well just have read some backcovers. This might just be my impression, but certain subg While this has a varied selection of books, I didn't find that much that I'm hyped to read. These novels are probably great, but I don't think the authors always manage to make a good case for them. The descriptions sometimes sound generic and after reading the texts, I don't feel well equipped to know if I would like these books. There isn't much about the style or where a certain concept goes, so I might as well just have read some backcovers. This might just be my impression, but certain subgenres like cyberpunk and post-earth-distruction stories are pretty dominant while others are rather rare. There weren't that many books were the concept alone was enough to make me want to read them. However, the books I already knew were some I think deserve the praise. It kinda does what it sets out to do, however I spent more time googling the novels than reading the actual book, and a lot of them didn't have that many helpful reviews. I personally would have needed more info on why I should read certain stories, however, if you only need this as a list of suggestion, it'll do just fine.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ninja

    Each book only gets a small page or two; some authors get one entry and some get two - HG Wells gets three. I quite liked the 'read on a theme' segments that followed entries, sometimes on similar books by the author, or similar plotlines, or similarities to the author (minorities). As the book mentions, there are few women listed, though not pitifully few it seemed. It's dominated by caucasian males, but then it also seems to bias somewhat toward older, 'classic' works (understandably, given it' Each book only gets a small page or two; some authors get one entry and some get two - HG Wells gets three. I quite liked the 'read on a theme' segments that followed entries, sometimes on similar books by the author, or similar plotlines, or similarities to the author (minorities). As the book mentions, there are few women listed, though not pitifully few it seemed. It's dominated by caucasian males, but then it also seems to bias somewhat toward older, 'classic' works (understandably, given it's surveying the whole field). It did remind me of books I'd intended to read, as well as inspired me to pick up others. There were a number of cases that the book selected may be somewhat surprising for the author (compared to more well known works by them) but often there would be justification for that. Includes a glossary of terms, and a listing of several of the major SF award novel winners until the book's printing (~2007), though obviously those could just be looked up online.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jlawrence

    This is a great list of recommended novels for science fiction fans (and for each recommendation there's 'further reading' lists so you get more than 100). I've already added a good number to a to-read list. Where it fails is in being a good gateway for non-fans to find interesting books in the genre. The forward by Christopher Priest and the introduction are both well-written and serve both a fan and non-fan audience. The individual book summaries, however, are not as carefully written are ofte This is a great list of recommended novels for science fiction fans (and for each recommendation there's 'further reading' lists so you get more than 100). I've already added a good number to a to-read list. Where it fails is in being a good gateway for non-fans to find interesting books in the genre. The forward by Christopher Priest and the introduction are both well-written and serve both a fan and non-fan audience. The individual book summaries, however, are not as carefully written are often clunky. A fan of the genre (like me) will still likely find a lot that sounds interesting regardless, but a non-fan is likely to read some of the summaries and just come away with a "that sounds totally ridiculous" impression. I think David Pringle's "100 Best Science Fiction Novels", which has an inferior and not as current list of recommendations, nevertheless does a better job making a case for each book in a way that can appeal to newcomers as well as genre fans.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Douglas

    This book lists 100 Science Fiction novels every SF fan should read. For each book there is a paragraph or two plot summary (usually without giving away the ending) and some additional paragraphs on the author and how the book fits the "required reading" definition. There are some obvious classic books here (with a sampling of 1800's Verne, Wells, and Shelly novels) along with more than a few golden age standards (Heinlein, Asimov, and Pohl) and even some books written in the 90's. I wouldn't sa This book lists 100 Science Fiction novels every SF fan should read. For each book there is a paragraph or two plot summary (usually without giving away the ending) and some additional paragraphs on the author and how the book fits the "required reading" definition. There are some obvious classic books here (with a sampling of 1800's Verne, Wells, and Shelly novels) along with more than a few golden age standards (Heinlein, Asimov, and Pohl) and even some books written in the 90's. I wouldn't say I agree with all the selections - there are some really important books left out, and probably too much emphasis has been given to UK writers (it is a UK book). It is nice to see how many of these books actually are crossovers into the general public/literary realm - Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, and others. It's also interesting to realize how many of these books were written in the first half of the 20th century, predicting issues and technologies the world is very familiar with today (environmental issues, communication technologies, biological advancements, etc.).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels is, like its fantasy counterpart, pretty predictable in many ways. There are some I hadn't heard of, but it's still predominantly from the white male establishment. There is some lip service to the increasing diversity of science fiction in the introduction, but that isn't really carried through to the books. Flicking through it, I landed on female SF writers only twice in 84 pages. On the other hand, the introduction is an interesting whip through of the foun 100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels is, like its fantasy counterpart, pretty predictable in many ways. There are some I hadn't heard of, but it's still predominantly from the white male establishment. There is some lip service to the increasing diversity of science fiction in the introduction, but that isn't really carried through to the books. Flicking through it, I landed on female SF writers only twice in 84 pages. On the other hand, the introduction is an interesting whip through of the foundations of the SF genre, and there are a fair number of novels here that I hadn't heard of or hadn't got round to yet that are now (higher) on my reading list. As long as you realise that it is limited in scope and not a definitive list of the best SF novels out there, it could be a useful resource.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    this is a fascinating little book which i must admit has made me interested in reading more from its series. However it is far from perfect but this is my personal taste and they do warn this in the introduction. They give you a brief overview of that that book is about - but stopping short of what happens. Now for me i will read a book even if i know exactly what happens as to me its the "journey" that i am reading for. However i am sure there are those out there who would refuse to read a book this is a fascinating little book which i must admit has made me interested in reading more from its series. However it is far from perfect but this is my personal taste and they do warn this in the introduction. They give you a brief overview of that that book is about - but stopping short of what happens. Now for me i will read a book even if i know exactly what happens as to me its the "journey" that i am reading for. However i am sure there are those out there who would refuse to read a book if they felt they knew what was going to happen next. However this is my review and i would have liked to have seen more in the way of what is happening with the storyline,

  7. 4 out of 5

    Huw

    had this for, literally, years. its not a big book, but it is one you dip into. as with all such books you question what has been icluded and what has been left out. but it is a good sweep of sf writing and has given me some ideas to explore and reminded me of some books i've loved. some good little essays too. had this for, literally, years. its not a big book, but it is one you dip into. as with all such books you question what has been icluded and what has been left out. but it is a good sweep of sf writing and has given me some ideas to explore and reminded me of some books i've loved. some good little essays too.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tim Schneider

    This is the kind of thing I gravitate to when I'm suffering from readers block. I'm usually hoping to find either a little insight into something old or something new to look in to when the blockage is gone. There wasn't anything spectacular here, but there are a few things that I haven't seen before...and that's a good thing. This is the kind of thing I gravitate to when I'm suffering from readers block. I'm usually hoping to find either a little insight into something old or something new to look in to when the blockage is gone. There wasn't anything spectacular here, but there are a few things that I haven't seen before...and that's a good thing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

    This is where this list gets its name. Its an awsome little book with a write up for 100 Sci-fi novels that provide a good sample of the scope of Science Fiction. It also provides you with hundreds more books to read in similar veins as those written up in the book. Its a pocket sized reference no Sci-fi fan should be with out.

  10. 5 out of 5

    David

    Neat little SF intro.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adam

  12. 4 out of 5

    Roberto

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  14. 5 out of 5

    Meera

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jason Hanrahan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paul Gardiner

  17. 4 out of 5

    daniel j goodwin

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jodie Adam

  19. 4 out of 5

    The Bauchler

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ralph Palm

  21. 4 out of 5

    Luke

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jorge

  23. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Fletcher

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robinson

  25. 5 out of 5

    jazzwand

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mel Davis

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

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