Phobos Entertainment's "100 Science Fiction Books You Just Have to Read"
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1 Ender's Game (The Ender Qui...
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2 Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 351,399 ratings
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3 The Hitchhiker's Guide to t...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 692,217 ratings
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4 1984
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5 Fahrenheit 451
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6 Brave New World
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7 The Foundation Trilogy (Fou...
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8 Frankenstein
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 604,765 ratings
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9 The War of the Worlds
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10 Stranger in a Strange Land
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11 Starship Troopers
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12 The Martian Chronicles
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13 Snow Crash
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 127,310 ratings
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14 A Clockwork Orange
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15 Flowers for Algernon
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 206,356 ratings
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16 I Am Legend and Other Stories
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 74,334 ratings
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17 Childhood's End
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 55,369 ratings
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18 Cat's Cradle
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 180,399 ratings
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19 Ringworld (Ringworld, #1)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 51,686 ratings
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20 Twenty Thousand Leagues Und...
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21 The Time Machine
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22 The Left Hand of Darkness (...
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23 The Man in the High Castle
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24 A Canticle for Leibowitz (S...
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25 I, Robot (Robot, #0.1)
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26 The Day of the Triffids
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27 The Lathe of Heaven
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28 Lord of Light
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29 2001: A Space Odyssey (Spac...
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30 Alice's Adventures in Wonde...
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31 Neuromancer (Sprawl #1)
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32 Earth Abides
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33 Solaris
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34 The Andromeda Strain
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35 The Puppet Masters
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36 Doomsday Book (Oxford Time ...
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37 The Forever War (The Foreve...
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38 Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
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39 The Three Stigmata of Palme...
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40 Gateway (Heechee Saga, #1)
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41 The Strange Case of Dr. Jek...
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42 To Your Scattered Bodies Go...
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43 The Stars My Destination
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44 The Gods Themselves
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45 The Space Merchants (The Sp...
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46 Flatland: A Romance of Many...
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47 Eon (The Way, #1)
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48 The Demolished Man
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49 Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
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50 The Midwich Cuckoos
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51 A Princess of Mars (Barsoom...
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52 Journey to the Center of th...
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53 Dragonflight (Pern, #1)
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54 A Case of Conscience (After...
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55 The Drowned World
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56 Roadside Picnic
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57 The Postman
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58 Cities in Flight (Cities in...
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59 Blood Music
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59 Deathbird Stories
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61 Beggars in Spain (Sleepless...
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62 The Shadow of the Torturer ...
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63 VALIS (VALIS Trilogy, #1)
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64 Mission of Gravity (Mesklin...
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65 Dragon's Egg
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66 Camp Concentration
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66 Startide Rising (The Uplift...
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68 Berserker (Berserker, #1)
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69 Dhalgren
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69 The Snow Queen (The Snow Qu...
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71 Stand on Zanzibar
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72 Way Station
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73 Behold the Man
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74 Star Maker
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75 Star Surgeon (Sector Genera...
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76 Cuckoo's Egg (Age of Explor...
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77 The Heritage of Hastur (Dar...
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78 The Man Who Folded Himself
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79 Slan (Slan, #1)
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80 Last and First Men
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81 The Upanishads
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82 Mars
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83 Timescape
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84 Radix (Radix, #1)
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85 Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)
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86 Gray Lensman (Lensman, #4)
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87 In Conquest Born (In Conque...
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88 Cosm
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89 The Voyage of the Space Beagle
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90 Omnivore (Of Man and Manta,...
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91 Flesh
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92 Trouble on Triton: An Ambig...
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93 The Death of Grass
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94 The Planiverse: Computer Co...
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95 Downbelow Station (Company ...
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96 Mutant
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97 Ralph 124C 41+: A Romance o...
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98 Brain Wave
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99 War with the Newts
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100 More Than Human
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message 1: by Adam (new)

Adam Wow! I cant believe that The Giver, The City of Ember, The HUnger Games and Uglies arent on here!


message 2: by James (last edited Dec 12, 2009 02:18PM) (new)

James This was a copy and paste from a list of 100 books from a static list (http://www.hcpl.net/read/phobos-100-b...). It is interesting to see the current permutation from all of the votes over the past few months that was seeded from this original list.

Given that this list is now at 165 books and no longer the original list ... you should add books to this list Adam. :)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I can remove the books that are not on the list if you would prefer it.


message 4: by James (new)

James I did not know if it was possible to delete books. It would be nice to remove books not on the phobos list, or to fork the list into the original phobos list and the current permutation of this list.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Librarians can remove books from Listopia lists.

I can remove the ones that are not on the Phobos list for you.


message 6: by James (new)

James That would be great Susanna. thanks.


message 7: by James (new)

James I have applied to be a librarian and may add and curate some other published lists. I was going to add more, but stopped after this one got too big.


message 8: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Apr 22, 2010 10:51AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed for not being on the Phobos list:

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia, by Ursula K. Le Guin
A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven
The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell
Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton
Ubik, by Philip K. Dick
The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
Sphere, by Michael Crichton
Ender's Shadow, by Orson Scott Card
Accelerando, by Charles Stross
The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells
The Rediscovery of Man, by Cordwainer Smith
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, by Harlan Ellison
At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P. Lovecraft
Replay, by Ken Grimwood
The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells
The Cyberiad, by Stanislaw Lem
Man Plus, by Frederik Pohl
The Door into Summer, by Robert Heinlein
Inferno, by Larry Niven
Babel-17, by Samuel R. Delany
Neutron Star, by Larry Niven
Tales of Known Space, by Larry Niven
Dangerous Visions, by Harlan Ellison
The Futurological Conference, by Stanislaw Lem
Martians, Go Home, by Frederic Brown
The Chrysalids, by John Wyndham
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, by Philip K. Dick
Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne
Non-Stop, by Brian W. Aldiss
The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe
Kirinyaga, by Mike Resnick
The Persistence of Vision, by John Varley
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1, by Robert Silverberg
The John Varley Reader, by John Varley
Disappearance, by Don Inman
The Star Diaries, by Stanislaw Lem
The End of Eternity, by Isaac Asimov
His Master's Voice, by Stanislaw Lem
The Artifact, by Michael Gear
The Shadow Out of Time, by H.P. Lovecraft
A Covenant of Justice, by David Gerrold
Star Hunt, by David Gerrold
Dark Benediction, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
The Middle of Nowhere, by David Gerrold
Blood and Fire, by David Gerrold
Under the Eye of God, by David Gerrold
The Voyage of the Star Wolf, by David Gerrold
The War Against the Chtorr 1, by David Gerrold
World War Z, by Max Brooks
Jamie and Other Stories, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Letters from the Flesh, by Marcos Donnelly
Youth Without Youth, by Mircea Eliade
Greybeard, by Brian W. Aldiss
Secret Passages, by Paul Preuss
Callahan's Key, by Spider Robinson
Very Hard Choices, by Spider Robinson
Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, by Spider Robinson
Macroscope, by Piers Anthony
Stardance, by Spider Robinson
Manhattan Transfer, by John E. Stith
Mindkiller, by Spider Robinson
City, by Clifford D. Simak
True Minds, by Spider Robinson
The Lifehouse Trilogy, by Spider Robinson
Anywhere but Here, by Gerald Oltion
Starmind, by Spider Robinson
Night of Power, by Spider Robinson
Starseed, by Spider Robinson
Lifehouse, by Spider Robinson
Very Bad Deaths, by Spider Robinson
Callahan's Lady, by Spider Robinson
Lady Slings the Booze, by Spider Robinson
Return to Nevereyon, by Samuel R. Delany
Empire Star, by Samuel R. Delany
Neveryona, by Samuel R. Delany
They Fly at Ciron, by Samuel R. Delany
The Ballad of Beta-2, by Samuel R. Delany
Flight from Neveryeon, by Samuel R. Delany
Nova, by Samuel R. Delany
Babel-17/Empire Star, by Samuel R. Delany
Tales of Neveryon, by Samuel R. Delany
All My Sins Remembered, by Joe Haldeman
Mindbridge, by Joe Haldeman
Forever Peace, by Joe Haldeman
Camouflage, by Joe Haldeman
Old Twentieth, by Joe Haldeman
Forever Free, by Joe Haldeman
Marsbound, by Joe Haldeman
The Coming, by Joe Haldeman
The Hemingway Hoax, by Joe Haldeman
The Ophiuchi Hotline, by John Varley
Millennium, by John Varley
Mammoth, by John Varley
The Star Pit/Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo, by Samuel R. Delany
The Dreaming Jewels, by Theodore Sturgeon
Venus Plus X, by Theodore Sturgeon
Some of Your Blood, by Theodore Sturgeon
Lord Valentine's Castle, by Robert Silverberg
The Mote in God's Eye, by Larry Niven
The Ringworld Engineers, by Larry Niven
The Integral Trees and the Smoke Ring, by Larry Niven
Protector, by Larry Niven
The Gripping Hand, by Larry Niven
Dream Park, by Larry Niven
The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton, by Larry Niven
N-Space, by Larry Niven
The Draco Tavern, by Larry Niven
All the Myriad Ways, by Larry Niven
Convergent Series, by Larry Niven
Playgrounds of the Mind, by Larry Niven
The Patchwork Girl, by Larry Niven


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads From my own experience, it's a lot easier starting and "keeping" a list when one is a librarian. You can clean up as you go.


message 10: by C-tim (new)

C-tim If you decide to read everything on this list save Frankenstein for last. It is here because it is arguably the first science fiction novel. It is not on the list because it is a good read.


message 11: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Feb 17, 2011 04:45PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Susanna wrote: "Removed for not being on the Phobos list:

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia, by Ursula K. Le G..."


That's one heck of a purge list, Susanna. Speaking from experience, I don't even want to think about how long it took you to go through all that ...

That said, likewise removed for not being on th original list: The Fifth Head of Cerberus and Pandora's Star.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I see you got my back - thanks!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I see this has been made static.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I hate frozen lists.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) So do I. Besides, now it doesn't even seem to be possible for librarians to add books any longer (contrary to the "frozen list" description given below). I didn't try on this list, obviously, as this one is in itself based on a list with a fixed number of entries, but I did try on another (IMHO quite unnecessarily) frozen one, recently ... only to find my additions wiped out again every time I refreshed the page. (Whereas previously, it DID use to be possible for librarians to add books to frozen lists, just as the comment at the bottom suggests.) So what's the point?!


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