Best Classic SF Novels (1930-1950)

Vote for your favourite Science Fiction novels and novellas originally published between 1930-1950.
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63 books · 97 voters · list created June 25th, 2009 by Rasheed (votes) .
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message 1: by John (new)

John Burns Hm, not so sure about this list... Some interesting titles but looks like a comparatively weak selection to choose from.
Only read 3 of these books and 1984 and starmaker are the ones id recommend. Not sure about Brave new world. Earth abides is on my to read list. CS lewis' space trilogy is the only other thing that springs to mind though i havent read it...


message 2: by Rasheed (last edited Sep 18, 2010 05:22PM) (new)

Rasheed Killthepopular wrote: "Hm, not so sure about this list... Some interesting titles but looks like a comparatively weak selection to choose from..."

Don't worry it'll get better as more people vote & add books...


message 3: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed I've added almost all Hugo winners and nominees (novels & novellas) for 1945 & 1950 (retros).


message 4: by Greyweather (last edited Aug 18, 2009 03:28PM) (new)

Greyweather Removing Altered Carbon (2002) and Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)


message 5: by Phoenixfalls (new)

Phoenixfalls The multi-title entry "Foundation / Foundation and Empire / Second Foundation / The Stars, Like Dust / The Naked Sun / I, Robot" should be removed, but I can't figure out how to do that. The only one of those books published between 1930 and 1950 is I, Robot, which already has an entry to itself; the others were all published 1951 or later.


message 6: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Removed. Also removing Dune, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Red Mars, Speaker for the Dead & A Canticle for Leibowitz all of which were published well after 1950.


message 7: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed I'm removing The Place of the Lion because it appears to be Fantasy, not Science Fiction. Its description says it is a supernatural thriller, and its readers have tagged it as Fantasy.


message 8: by Andrew (last edited Mar 15, 2013 12:03PM) (new)

Andrew Obrigewitsch The Jack Vance should be removed, The Dying Earth is fantasy not Sci-Fi. I've read it.

I would also recommend only have one book from a series, I see at least 4 from the Lensmen series, you should just add the omnibus. It was a good series, but not work taking up so many spots when an omnibus can take up one.


message 9: by Nick (new)

Nick Removed a few books outside of the date range.


message 10: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Obrigewitsch Foundation (Foundation, #1) by Isaac Asimov is a great book, but it's published in 1951.


message 11: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Thanks. Removed, along with Ubik, Slaughterhouse Five and The Fountains of Paradise.


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