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1,205 books · 1,141 voters · list created September 13th, 2010 by Kim (votes) .
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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah The Mote in God's Eye (around #104) by Larry Niven probably shouldn't be on this list...


message 2: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Mar 14, 2012 12:26PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Excellent point.

Removed, for not being written by a woman:

The Mote in God's Eye, by Larry Niven

ETA: Tried to remove it but failed. Will try again later.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Seems to be gone now..


message 4: by Book Punks (new)

Book Punks 41...Is James Tiptree Jr actually a lady? Or is that another one that should be removed?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's a pen name. Her actual name was Alice Sheldon.


message 6: by Book Punks (new)

Book Punks Excellent.


message 7: by Robin (new)

Robin Rutan There is a small series of books written by a woman about a lone human woman on a planet where the local sentient species goes from stage to stage instead of sexual identity including asexual younglings, father and mother. One of the characteristics that might mark the people is the minor magic of making flames overhead to see in the dark.

I cannot remember the author, a woman, not the names of the books in the series. I was hoping to find it on this list. Does anyone have a idea of what books and author I might be talking about?


message 8: by Bella (new)

Bella Swann Robin wrote: "There is a small series of books written by a woman about a lone human woman on a planet where the local sentient species goes from stage to stage instead of sexual identity including asexual young..."

I know it's already on the list but might you be thinking about Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness?


message 9: by Linda (new)

Linda How do 2 books with only 69 and 66 ratings, respectively, make it to ##16 and 17 on the list? Both have 22 votes, so I suspect those 22 people may be friends and not serious sci fi readers!


message 10: by Jain (new)

Jain Linda wrote: "How do 2 books with only 69 and 66 ratings, respectively, make it to ##16 and 17 on the list? Both have 22 votes, so I suspect those 22 people may be friends and not serious sci fi readers!"

Vote trading by Goodreads authors. :-( You can email GR support or flag the list anytime you notice suspicious activity of this sort and--in theory, at least--GR will investigate the situation and remove any books whose list placement they consider in violation of GR policies.


message 11: by Julia (new)

Julia If there is a librarian on this list, can you please run the combine duplicates? Crystal Singer (Anne McCaffrey) and Plan B (Sharon Lee) are both listed more than once.


message 13: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Nothing stops the list creator from setting a minimum number of ratings to be on this list. I especially like a combined rule - like any book published later than 2000 needs 500 ratings to be on this list.

And then any librarian on this list will help enforce that rule.


message 14: by Martini (new)

Martini Removed some fantasy books that I accidentally added - thought I was on another list. Sorry.
Also ran the combine duplicates.


message 15: by Julian (new)

Julian White I thought Margaret Atwood insists that she doesn't write Science fiction...


message 16: by Linda (new)

Linda Julian wrote: "I thought Margaret Atwood insists that she doesn't write Science fiction..."

She does, but no one agrees with her -- she writes science fiction, although it is very literary science fiction!


message 17: by Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* (last edited Apr 12, 2015 07:13AM) (new)

Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* I would consider removing the following:
Gone Girl, 311.
Dark Places, 622.

Also To Kill a Mockingbird, 719.


message 18: by Jane (new)

Jane Ashley wrote: "I would consider removing the following:
Gone Girl, 311.
Dark Places, 622.

Also To Kill a Mockingbird, 719."


Done, thank you for your attention.


message 19: by Jane (new)

Jane Removed "Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer-Bradley, because it is Fantasy, not Science-Fiction.


message 20: by [deleted user] (new)

Can you please add How To Train Your Dragon series? Good list:)


message 21: by Jane (last edited Apr 19, 2015 01:05PM) (new)

Jane Amanda_S55 wrote: "Can you please add How To Train Your Dragon series? Good list:)"

Dear Amanda, HTTYD would be Fantasy, not Science-Fiction. Sorry.
If you are not familiar with the difference, here is a short article about it:
https://www.writingclasses.com/Writer...
But thank you for the recommendation anyway!
Greetings Jane


message 22: by Jane (last edited Apr 19, 2015 01:45PM) (new)

Jane Removed :
- Diana Gabaldons Highlander-Saga
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)by J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling
for being Fantasy, not SiFi.


message 23: by jagle (new)

jagle Should "The Maze Runner" be on this list? I thought the author was male...


message 24: by Gary (new)

Gary Denton A few of the books in the top 100 seem to be either trading upvotes and favorable reviews; or have organized favorable PR campaigns by independent or small press authors.
They are easy to spot with total reviews under 400.


message 25: by William (last edited Jan 05, 2016 05:47AM) (new)

William The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August; superb, wonderful.

Added.

Claire North's first novel was written at 14 yrs old!

http://io9.gizmodo.com/claire-north-u...


message 26: by Megalion (new)

Megalion This list seems to have been blown up with a lot of fantasy reads. .. I adore the Temaire books by Naomi Novik, but that's fantasy.


message 27: by Jain (last edited Apr 21, 2016 09:44AM) (new)

Jain Megalion wrote: "I adore the Temaire books by Naomi Novik, but that's fantasy."

I haven't yet read the whole series, so feel free to correct me if this changes in later volumes, but I can't remember them containing any magic or other intrinsically fantastical elements. The dragons are, as far as I can recall, fairly scientific dragons.

(For the record, I shelved them as fantasy myself. But there's enough room for reasonable disagreement that I wouldn't feel comfortable removing them from this list.)


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