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1 The Handmaid's Tale
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2 Alien Species Intervention ...
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3 A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkl...
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4 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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5 The Left Hand of Darkness (...
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6 Frankenstein
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7 Starshine (Aurora Rising, #1)
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8 Kindred
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9 The Dispossessed (Hainish C...
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10 Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam T...
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11 The Lathe of Heaven
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12 Doomsday Book (Oxford Time ...
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13 Shards of Honour  (Vorkosig...
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14 The Warrior's Apprentice (V...
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15 Parable of the Sower (Earth...
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16 Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga, #7)
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 12,784 ratings
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17 Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)
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18 Shadow Over Avalon
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19 Vertigo (Aurora Rising, #2)
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20 This Changes Everything (Th...
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21 Rogue Genesis (Shimmer in t...
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22 Mirror Dance (Vorkosigan Sa...
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23 Catori's Worlds
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24 A Civil Campaign (Vorkosiga...
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25 Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1)
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26 Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan ...
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27 Falling Free (Vorkosigan Sa...
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28 Brothers in Arms (Vorkosiga...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 7,591 ratings
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29 Downbelow Station (Company ...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 7,432 ratings
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30 To Say Nothing of the Dog (...
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31 Crystal Singer (Crystal Sin...
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32 Cyteen (Cyteen #1-3)
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33 Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga,...
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34 The Pride of Chanur (Compac...
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35 Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
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35 The Snow Queen (The Snow Qu...
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37 The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
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38 The Ranchers' Bride (The Me...
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39 Foreigner (Foreigner, #1)
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40 The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Sa...
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41 Hannah's Stolen Men (The Me...
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42 Komarr (Vorkosigan Saga, #11)
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43 The Faded Sun Trilogy (The ...
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44 A Wind in the Door (Time, #2)
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45 Lilith's Brood (Xenogenesis...
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46 The Year of the Flood (Madd...
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47 The Silver Metal Lover (Sil...
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48 Borders of Infinity (Vorkos...
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49 Armageddon Cometh (Species ...
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50 A Wizard of Earthsea (Earth...
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51 The Children of Men
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52 Dragonflight (Pern, #1)
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53 Hive (Species Intervention ...
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54 The Carpenters' Helper (The...
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55 Where Late the Sweet Birds ...
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56 The Host (The Host, #1)
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57 Divergent (Divergent, #1)
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58 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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59 A Swiftly Tilting Planet (A...
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60 Their Independent Bride (Th...
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61 Evil Among Us (Species Inte...
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62 The Female Man
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63 Beggars in Spain (Sleepless...
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64 Love Between the Hired Hand...
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65 Inheritor (Foreigner, #3)
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66 Primary Inversion (Saga of ...
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67 Parable of the Talents (Ear...
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67 The Ship Who Sang (Brainshi...
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69 The Speed of Dark
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70 Baby (Species Intervention ...
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71 Ancillary Justice (Imperial...
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72 CryoBurn (Vorkosigan Saga, ...
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73 Darkover Landfall (Darkover...
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73 The One (Species Interventi...
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75 Diplomatic Immunity (Vorkos...
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76 Invader (Foreigner, #2)
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77 Seed to Harvest (Patternmas...
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78 Conditioned Response (Phoen...
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79 Precursor (Foreigner, #4)
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80 Echo (Species Intervention ...
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81 Cordelia's Honor (Vorkosiga...
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82 Defender (Foreigner, #5)
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83 Stuck
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84 Deliverer (Foreigner, #9)
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84 Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)
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86 Rimrunners (Company Wars, #3)
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87 Pretender (Foreigner, #8)
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88 The Gate to Women's Country
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89 Grass (Arbai, #1)
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90 In the Garden of Iden (The ...
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91 Destroyer (Foreigner, #7)
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92 Explorer (Foreigner, #6)
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93 Conspirator (Foreigner, #10)
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94 The Wind's Twelve Quarters
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94 Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)
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96 Women of Wonder: Science-Fi...
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97 Chanur's Venture (Compact S...
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98 This Alien Shore
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99 Slow River
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100 Forty Thousand in Gehenna (...
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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..


Click Clack Gorilla 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.


Click Clack Gorilla 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.


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