Great Science Fiction of the 80s and 90s
We have a list for 2000 onwards, but I thought there should be a list of great late-20th century sci-fi books. Please only vote for books if they were first published from 1980 to 1999!
1 The Restaurant at the End o...
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2 Startide Rising (The Uplift...
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3 Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
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4 A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones...
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5 Ender's Game (The Ender Qui...
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6 Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
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7 Life, the Universe and Ever...
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8 A Deepness in the Sky (Zone...
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9 Snow Crash
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10 Jurassic Park
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11 The Player of Games (Cultur...
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12 Contact
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13 Sundiver (The Uplift Saga, #1)
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 12,691 ratings
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14 Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga, #7)
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 13,188 ratings
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15 Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 12,641 ratings
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16 The Warrior's Apprentice (V...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 11,864 ratings
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17 The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Sa...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 10,944 ratings
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18 Robots and Empire (Robot, #4)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 13,283 ratings
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19 Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 31,754 ratings
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20 Timescape
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21 A Civil Campaign (Vorkosiga...
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22 Doomsday Book (Oxford Time ...
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23 Green Mars (Mars Trilogy, #2)
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24 Forward the Foundation (Fou...
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25 Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1)
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26 Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)
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27 Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)
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28 Foundation's Edge (Foundati...
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29 Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy, #3)
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29 Foreigner (Foreigner, #1)
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31 Foundation and Earth (Found...
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32 To Say Nothing of the Dog (...
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33 Axiomatic
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34 To Sail Beyond the Sunset
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35 Prelude to Foundation (Foun...
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36 On Basilisk Station (Honor ...
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37 Friday
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38 The Uplift War (The Uplift ...
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39 The Handmaid's Tale
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40 The Snow Queen (The Snow Qu...
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41 Jaran (Jaran, #1)
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42 Crystal Singer (Crystal Sin...
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43 Golden Witchbreed
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44 Six Moon Dance
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45 Buddy Holly is Alive and We...
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46 Timeline
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46 In the Garden of Iden (The ...
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46 Helliconia Spring (Hellicon...
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49 The Pride of Chanur (Compac...
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50 Footfall
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51 Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk...
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51 Borders of Infinity (Vorkos...
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53 The Fall of Hyperion (Hyper...
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54 Speaker for the Dead (The E...
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54 The Family Tree
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54 Burning Chrome
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57 Glory Season
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58 Armor
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59 Bellwether
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60 Wizard (Gaea 2)
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61 West of Eden
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62 Demon (Gaea, #3)
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63 Chanur's Venture (Compact S...
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64 Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga,...
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65 Shards of Honour  (Vorkosig...
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66 Uncharted Territory
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67 Mirror Dance (Vorkosigan Sa...
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68 Mona Lisa Overdrive (Sprawl...
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68 Count Zero (Sprawl, #2)
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70 The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Sa...
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70 Johnny Mnemonic
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72 The Warrior's Apprentice (V...
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73 Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga, #7)
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74 The Silicon Mage (Windrose ...
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75 The Walls of Air (Darwath, #2)
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76 The Silent Tower (Windrose ...
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77 The Armies of Daylight (Dar...
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78 The Time of the Dark (Darwa...
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79 The Gray Prince: A Science ...
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79 Thieves Of Light
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79 Forest Wars
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79 The Metamorphosis of Prime ...
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79 Holy Fire (Bantam Spectra B...
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79 The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
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85 Slow River
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86 The Number of the Beast
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87 Sky Coyote (The Company, #2)
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88 Souls in the Great Machine ...
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89 Passion Play
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89 Factoring Humanity
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91 The Prestige
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92 Moon-Flash (Kyreol Duology,...
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93 Ender's Shadow (Ender's Sha...
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94 Clarke County, Space (Near ...
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94 Ammonite
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94 Cold as Ice  (Cold as Ice #1)
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94 House Atreides (Prelude to ...
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98 Conflict of Honors (Liaden ...
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98 Trader (Newford, #7)
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98 Komarr (Vorkosigan Saga, #11)
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message 1: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell I'm thinking that splitting this list into two lists - one for the 80s and one for the 90s - would be a good idea - also which list are you thinking of as relates to the 2000s? There are also decent lists for the 40s, 50s and 60s. https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4...

perhaps we should add a 70s and reference each of these in the list description.


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