Best Science Fiction Series
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Note that books will be removed if they do not follow these guidelines.

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1 The Great Dune Trilogy
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2 The Foundation Trilogy (Fou...
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 55,319 ratings
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3 The Ultimate Hitchhiker's G...
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 182,461 ratings
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4 The Ender Quartet Box Set (...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 899 ratings
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5 The Hyperion Omnibus: Hyper...
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 1,569 ratings
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6 I, Robot (Robot, #0.1)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 129,876 ratings
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7 Old Man's War (Old Man's Wa...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 57,314 ratings
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8 2001: A Space Odyssey (Spac...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 111,864 ratings
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9 Alien Species Intervention ...
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10 Ringworld (Ringworld, #1)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 53,527 ratings
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11 Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 30,370 ratings
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12 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 2,905,909 ratings
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13 The Reality Dysfunction (Ni...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 14,305 ratings
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14 Revelation Space (Revelatio...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 21,366 ratings
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15 On Basilisk Station (Honor ...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 20,532 ratings
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16 The Warrior's Apprentice (V...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 11,254 ratings
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17 Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 30,071 ratings
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18 Rendezvous with Rama (Rama,...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 64,005 ratings
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19 Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kov...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 28,473 ratings
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20 Neuromancer (Sprawl #1)
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 150,819 ratings
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21 Pandora's Star (Commonwealt...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 19,687 ratings
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22 Sundiver (The Uplift Saga, #1)
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 12,118 ratings
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23 To Your Scattered Bodies Go...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 17,026 ratings
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24 Gateway (Heechee Saga, #1)
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 20,950 ratings
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25 Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 61,829 ratings
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26 The Forever War (The Foreve...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 62,560 ratings
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27 The Empire Novels (Galactic...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 320 ratings
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28 The Book of the New Sun
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 1,823 ratings
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29 The Past Through Tomorrow (...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 11,183 ratings
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30 A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones...
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31 The Stainless Steel Rat (St...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 7,684 ratings
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32 Darkover Landfall (Darkover...
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33 Lilith's Brood (Xenogenesis...
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34 Ilium (Ilium, #1)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 14,781 ratings
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35 Chronicles of the Lensmen, ...
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35 The Engines of God (The Aca...
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37 Uglies (Uglies, #1)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 303,435 ratings
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38 The Gap Into Conflict: The ...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 5,279 ratings
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39 Cities in Flight (Cities in...
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40 Dragonflight (Pern, #1)
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 67,741 ratings
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41 Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, #1)
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42 Trading in Danger (Vatta's ...
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43 Midnight at the Well of Sou...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 2,396 ratings
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44 Perdido Street Station (New...
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45 Presence (Presence, #1)
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 99 ratings
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46 A Talent for War (Alex Bene...
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 2,823 ratings
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47 Cordelia's Honor (Vorkosiga...
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48 Foreigner (Foreigner, #1)
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 3,898 ratings
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49 The Mote in God's Eye (Moti...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 37,953 ratings
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50 Hominids (Neanderthal Paral...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 6,474 ratings
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51 Downbelow Station (Company ...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 7,325 ratings
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52 Tales from the 23rd Century...
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53 Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 23,571 ratings
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54 City of Golden Shadow (Othe...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 15,599 ratings
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55 Gridlinked (Agent Cormac, #1)
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 4,582 ratings
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56 The Case of the Displaced D...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 63 ratings
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56 Daimones (Daimones Trilogy,...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 303 ratings
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58 Daimones (Daimones Trilogy,...
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59 The Atrocity Archives (Laun...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 8,552 ratings
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60 Valor's Choice (Confederati...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 3,331 ratings
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61 City of Pearl (Wess'har War...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,180 ratings
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62 WWW: Wake (WWW, #1)
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 4,846 ratings
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63 Off Armageddon Reef (Safeho...
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64 The Magic of Recluce (The S...
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65 In the Balance (Worldwar, #1)
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 3,704 ratings
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66 Berserker (Berserker, #1)
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 4,197 ratings
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67 Singularity Sky (Eschaton, #1)
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 7,577 ratings
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68 The Uglies Trilogy (Uglies,...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 11,634 ratings
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69 Three to Dorsai!
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70 Arana's Visitor (The Vadela...
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71 The Robot Novels: The Caves...
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 1,769 ratings
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72 Titan (Gaea, #1)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 4,650 ratings
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73 Seed to Harvest (Patternmas...
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74 A Princess of Mars
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75 The Faded Sun Trilogy (The ...
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76 Coyote (Coyote Trilogy, #1)
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,796 ratings
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76 Live Free or Die (Troy Risi...
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78 The Memory of Earth (Homeco...
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79 Conquerors' Pride (The Conq...
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80 Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1)
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81 Virtual Light (Bridge, #1)
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82 The Tar Aiym Krang (Pip & F...
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83 An Oblique Approach (Belisa...
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84 The Actuator: Fractured Earth
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84 The Book of Occult
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84 Blackout
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87 Beginning Operations (Secto...
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88 March Upcountry (Empire of ...
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89 Crystal Singer (Crystal Sin...
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90 The Branches of Time
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91 Hunting Party (Familias, #1)
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92 Doomsday Book (Oxford Time ...
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93 The Golden Age (Golden Age #1)
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94 The Demon Princes
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95 Crystal Rain (Xenowealth, #1)
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96 The Van Rijn Method (Techni...
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97 Origins
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97 New Zigon - The Founder's C...
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99 Tales from the 23rd Century...
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100 Ender's War (The Ender Quin...
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Comments (showing 1-15 of 15) (15 new)

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message 1: by Greyweather (last edited Jul 12, 2009 05:21PM) (new)

Greyweather Downbelow Station was the first of the Company Wars novels published, and is the most famous, so it is listed instead of the prequel Heavy Time.

Same logic used in picking Neal Asher's Gridlinked over Prador Moon.


message 2: by Heather (new)

Heather The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson should be on this list as it is such a though-provoking romp. :)


message 3: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather Is it sci-fi? I was under the impression The Baroque Cycle was historical fiction.


message 4: by C-tim (new)

C-tim For what it's worth the Baroque Cycle is sold in the SF section of books stores. But how is Snow Crash part of a series?


message 5: by Terry (new)

Terry John Varley's Gaea Trilogy - Titan, Wizard, Demon - needs to be on this list.


message 6: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia True Game = science fiction?


message 7: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia Is "The Handmaid's Tale" part of a series? I didn't think so. Can I delete?


message 8: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell There are a number of books on this list that are not series including - Diamond Age, Snow Crash, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Graveyard Book - and should be removed.


message 9: by Andrey (new)

Andrey Why in the world is Hunger Games so highly ranked? Arthur C Clarke, at least in my opinion, is a better writer by a thousand times than Collins is, and yet he is ranked so low! I know HG was a big hit and they were light, fun reads. But...we are talking about the best series of all time. That is something that HG is not. Not by a long shot.


message 10: by Amy (new)

Amy Petty I don't understand why The Hunger Games is classified as a sci fi novel. I see it as a YA dystopia, perhaps speculative fiction, but not really seeing the sci-fi bit.


message 11: by Amy (new)

Amy Petty Andrey wrote: "Why in the world is Hunger Games so highly ranked? Arthur C Clarke, at least in my opinion, is a better writer by a thousand times than Collins is, and yet he is ranked so low! I know HG was a big ..."

What makes something the best is purely subjective. I enjoyed Hunger Games but would agree that it's not the best book ever.

I do have to question what you mean by "light" read. I would consider Terry Pratchett's satire novels from the Discworld series light. The Hunger Games may not be quite so deep, dark, and compelling as other titles, but that doesn't make it light.


message 12: by Tim (new)

Tim Coyle Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of Seven Suns, starting with Hidden Empire. Seven of the most exciting books around. Better prose than the Honor Herrington books, and FUN all the way.


message 13: by Tim (new)

Tim Coyle Hidden Empire


message 14: by Tetrachromat (new)

Tetrachromat Feersum Enjinn and Century Rain are stand alone novels. Good ones, too. They aren't part of any series however.


message 15: by Rose (new)

Rose Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is on there twice - currently as 40 and 64


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