Classic Science Fiction - 1930-1939

Best Sci-Fi of the 1930's

This list is for Science Fiction only. When this list was originally created it was expected to have both Fantasy and Science Fiction. However there are pretty good fantasy specific lists that should be used instead.

Other SF Lists of Note:
Best Science Fiction
Best Science Fiction of the 21st Century
Best Science Fiction of the 20th Century
Best Forgotten Science Fiction of the 20th Century

SF Subgenres:
Alternate History
Dystopian and Post Apocalyptic Fiction
Space Opera

Science Fiction By Decade:
1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s

Science Fiction By Ratings:
More than 50000, 25000 to 49999, 10000 to 24999
1000 to 9999, 100 to 999, Less than 100

Some Fantasy Lists:
Best Fantasy of the 30s
Pre-Tolkien Fantasy (Fantasy up through 1937)
Classic Fantasy (Fantasy written before 1980)
All fantasy with at least 100,000 ratings
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads What distinction, if any, are you making between science fiction and traditional fantasy?


message 2: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell On this list I make no distinction between science fiction and traditional fantasy. When I created the 70s and 80s lists I seeded those lists with any book nominated for Hugo or Nebula - which absolutely includes fantasy. If we could fine 100 relevant science fiction and fantasy books from the 30s I'd be pretty pleased.


message 3: by Ric (new)

Ric If you start a list for the 1920s, here are two books that belong:
The Clockwork Man
The Skylark of Space


message 4: by Zoe's Human (new)

Zoe's Human I removed the following because they were outside of the listed time frame:

Mary Poppins Opens the Door
I Burn Paris

Though I did add I Burn Paris to my to-read list.


message 5: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Just a heads up, I will be changing this list to remove the fantasy books and point people to existing fantasy lists.


message 6: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell I will eventually remove the Fantasy books from this list, though anyone could remove their own votes first. But might as well start with The Hobbit.


message 7: by Melbourne (new)

Melbourne Bitter Jackboot Britian? Wasn't that written a couple of years ago and not the 1930s?


message 8: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Melbourne wrote: "Jackboot Britian? Wasn't that written a couple of years ago and not the 1930s?"

removed. apparently Jackboot Britain with 60 ratings and 8 reviews has been put on 300 some odd lists.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yeah, that's been persistently spammed on lists.


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