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.

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1 Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 355,397 ratings
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2 1984
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,297,982 ratings
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3 Do Androids Dream of Electr...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 144,793 ratings
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4 Neuromancer (Sprawl #1)
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 148,741 ratings
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5 Childhood's End
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 56,606 ratings
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6 Flowers for Algernon
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 209,844 ratings
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7 The Martian Chronicles
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 96,314 ratings
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8 The Day of the Triffids
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 42,553 ratings
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9 The Demolished Man
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 14,817 ratings
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10 Fahrenheit 451
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 758,924 ratings
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11 The Man in the High Castle
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 40,619 ratings
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12 A Canticle for Leibowitz (S...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 46,345 ratings
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13 The Puppet Masters
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 19,436 ratings
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14 The Stars My Destination
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 20,276 ratings
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15 The Left Hand of Darkness (...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 40,158 ratings
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16 More Than Human
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 8,058 ratings
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17 The Sirens of Titan
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 52,376 ratings
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18 Alas, Babylon
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 20,421 ratings
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18 Cat's Cradle
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 184,093 ratings
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20 The Dispossessed (Hainish C...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 30,510 ratings
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21 The End of Eternity
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 18,250 ratings
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22 Mission of Gravity (Mesklin...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 3,827 ratings
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23 The Three Stigmata of Palme...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 14,497 ratings
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24 A Clockwork Orange
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 319,052 ratings
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25 Stand on Zanzibar
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 7,944 ratings
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26 Way Station
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 7,611 ratings
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27 The Shadow of the Torturer ...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 9,769 ratings
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28 The Door Into Summer
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 12,330 ratings
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29 The Midwich Cuckoos
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 7,975 ratings
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30 Time Out of Joint
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 4,699 ratings
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31 Hothouse
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 1,789 ratings
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32 Crash
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 9,422 ratings
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33 A Mirror for Observers
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 146 ratings
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34 Martian Time-Slip
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 5,180 ratings
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35 Pavane
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,397 ratings
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35 Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1)
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 6,293 ratings
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37 Timescape
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 5,726 ratings
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38 The Dancers at the End of Time
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 2,296 ratings
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39 High-Rise
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 4,731 ratings
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40 The Space Merchants (The Sp...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 4,905 ratings
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41 Earth Abides
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 12,559 ratings
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42 The Death of Grass
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 2,996 ratings
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43 Have Space Suit—Will Travel
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 16,230 ratings
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44 The City and the Stars
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 12,929 ratings
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45 A Case of Conscience (After...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 2,698 ratings
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46 Non-Stop
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 2,450 ratings
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46 Greybeard
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 589 ratings
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48 The Drowned World
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 5,003 ratings
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49 Venus Plus X
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 959 ratings
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50 Make Room! Make Room!
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 2,785 ratings
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50 Downward to the Earth
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 951 ratings
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52 Camp Concentration
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,352 ratings
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53 Norstrilia
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 1,075 ratings
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54 The Embedding
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 215 ratings
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55 Dr. Bloodmoney
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 3,815 ratings
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56 The Inverted World
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 2,689 ratings
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57 Looking Backward, From The ...
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3.08 of 5 stars 3.08 avg rating — 39 ratings
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58 Orbitsville
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 335 ratings
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59 Miracle Visitors
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3.1 of 5 stars 3.10 avg rating — 48 ratings
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60 Bug Jack Barron
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,017 ratings
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60 Engine Summer
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 843 ratings
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62 The Ophiuchi Hotline
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 1,660 ratings
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63 The Birth of the People's R...
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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 81 ratings
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64 Man Plus
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 3,968 ratings
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64 On Wings of Song
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 495 ratings
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64 Karma: Retribution (Book 1)
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
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67 Limbo
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 139 ratings
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68 Oath of Fealty
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 1,996 ratings
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68 No Enemy but Time
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 539 ratings
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70 The Paradox Men
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 104 ratings
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71 Bring the Jubilee
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 924 ratings
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72 The Alteration
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 416 ratings
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73 Ring Around the Sun
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 735 ratings
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74 The Long Tomorrow
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 649 ratings
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75 The Inheritors
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 1,663 ratings
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76 Rogue Moon
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,213 ratings
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77 Journey Beyond Tomorrow
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 114 ratings
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78 Nova Express (The Nova Tril...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 1,908 ratings
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79 The Wanderer
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 1,467 ratings
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80 The Crystal World
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 1,745 ratings
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81 The Dream Master
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 1,405 ratings
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82 Nova
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 3,385 ratings
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83 The Final Programme
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 338 ratings
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84 Heroes and Villains
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 840 ratings
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85 The Palace Of Eternity
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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 79 ratings
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86 Tau Zero
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 4,580 ratings
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87 The Year of the Quiet Sun
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 283 ratings
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88 334
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 543 ratings
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89 The Fifth Head of Cerberus
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 2,748 ratings
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90 Walk to the End of the World
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 194 ratings
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91 The Centauri Device
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 717 ratings
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92 Galaxies
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 71 ratings
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93 The Female Man
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 2,551 ratings
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94 Woman on the Edge of Time
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 7,586 ratings
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95 Michaelmas
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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 117 ratings
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96 The Walking Shadow
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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32 avg rating — 22 ratings
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97 Juniper Time
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 158 ratings
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98 The Dreaming Dragons
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3.15 of 5 stars 3.15 avg rating — 20 ratings
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99 Riddley Walker
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 3,854 ratings
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100 The Complete Roderick
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 241 ratings
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101 books · 46 voters · list created September 28th, 2012 by Charles (votes) .
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Charles
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Penny
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Patrick
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Comments (showing 1-6 of 6) (6 new)

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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 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 Jon (last edited May 20, 2014 06:57AM) (new)

Jon 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...


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