Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels

The 100 best books of the science fiction genre as listed in Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels and selected by one hundred well-known speculative fiction authors.

See also https://www.worldswithoutend.com/list... for the actual list to verify that no one added any books to this list. Apparently this list only contains books from 1949 and 1984 - so that might make it easier to spot additions.

Please do not add books to this list! Only books listed in Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels should be listed below!
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100 books · 72 voters · list created September 28th, 2012 by Charles (votes) .
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Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Charles 2218 books
13 friends
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 2770 books
630 friends
Pichicarro 683 books
10 friends
Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 540 books
388 friends
Penny 489 books
38 friends
Pickle 426 books
42 friends
Sharon 202 books
103 friends
Patrick 351 books
15 friends

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message 1: by Sérgio (new)

Sérgio How can someone be serious about making a list like that and avoid completely any type of non-american/british SF?

No Stanislaw Lem, no Strugatskys... Weird...


message 2: by Mustafa (new)

Mustafa Ahmad I am so happy that Larry Niven is not on this list.


message 3: by Adrian (new)

Adrian What no H.G.Wells? He is the Godfarther when it comes to sci-fi novels.


message 4: by Bettie☯ (new)

Bettie☯ Betcha I won't be buying the book!


message 5: by Jonathan (last edited May 20, 2014 06:57AM) (new)

Jonathan S. Harbour This appears to be a very old list and not based on Goodreads users but on a publication. What would be much more useful is an actual list of member-suggested books that can be voted on to come up with a "real" top 100 of sci-fi based on votes.


message 6: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Jon wrote: "This appears to be a very old list and not based on Goodreads users but on a publication. What would be much more useful is an actual list of member-suggested books that can be voted on to come up ..."

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...


message 7: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Anyone can add books to this list. If you don't like what you see, add a title or two of your choice. That's what these list are for: REFERENCE!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads And this list's subtitle info includes "Please do NOT add books to this list." There are plenty of other more open lists for science fiction.


message 9: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Kevin wrote: "Anyone can add books to this list. If you don't like what you see, add a title or two of your choice. That's what these list are for: REFERENCE!"

And comparing https://www.goodreads.com/list/user_v... to https://www.worldswithoutend.com/list... it would seem that Kevin added 4 books not on the list specifically:
The Gap Into Conflict: The Real Story
Eon
Stranger in a Strange Land
Downbelow Station

which is why the list reads 104 books. though I'm sure with this reminder he'll remove his votes, rather than make a librarian do it for him.


message 10: by Kevin (last edited May 05, 2015 08:54PM) (new)

Kevin My bad folks, I do apologize.
The titles have been removed. Carry on.


message 11: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Kevin wrote: "My bad folks, I do apologize.
The titles have been removed. Carry on."


Thanks Kevin. This would have been more obvious with a locked list. But that feature isn't generally available. I think it may be limited to goodreads employees only. It certainly isn't available to volunteer librarians.

And it's good to remind people that the list process on goodreads is more confusing than it looks to those already familiar with it. I have often seen people complain that a book should be on a list who doesn't realize that they can and should add it.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yep. (If you want to add a book - to another list! - it's easy. At the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes.")


message 13: by Will (new)

Will Shogren Mustafa wrote: "I am so happy that Larry Niven is not on this list."

Larry Niven is on the list, with a somewhat odd choice: Oath of Fealty.


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