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Excellent Sci-Fi, Yesterday and Today

William Hermann "Willy"
The list author says: "Science fiction is an ill-respected genre, seen as nothing more than space opera, strange outfits, and geek speak, but unlike those cliches, there are stories of profound weight. I've done my best to give a sample of the best sci-fi, of the past and the present, for those as in love with the impossible as I."
Neuromancer
Neuromancer
"The search for the ultimate hack."
Bring the Jubilee
Bring the Jubilee
"Classic alt. history novel setting the stage for those to follow. This follows the South's victory and the consequences to follow."
First Contacts: The Essential Murray Leinster
First Contacts: The Essential Murray Leinster
"A great in the sci-fi genre. Includes the classic "Sidewise in Time.""
More Than Human
More Than Human
"One of the early works dealing in superhumans and evolution of consciousness."
Proxies of Fate
Proxies of Fate
"Much more recent, but a classic all its own. Meshes together old gods, sci-fi, alternate history, and character study."
Odd John and Sirius
Odd John and Sirius
"Odd John is an excellent tale in alienation and a period piece, dealing with the rise of Nietzsche's philosophy among a disillusioned populace in post WWI Earth where only the strong deserved to rule and the old traditions were over."
The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2009) (Vintage International)
The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2009) (Vintage International)
"Great novel, though very dystopian and depressing. A man and his son seek out the coast and see a world on the verge of ruin."
Alas, Babylon
Alas, Babylon
"Written during the height of the COld War where nuclear armageddon constantly threatened, it follows the aftermath of nuclear war in the town of Fort Repose."
Oryx and Crake
Oryx and Crake
"Story dealing with genetic modification and the commercialization of life. Dark and dystopic."
The Dreaming Void (Commonwealth: The Void Trilogy)
The Dreaming Void (Commonwealth: The Void Trilogy)
"First of a trilogy dealing with the expansive void threatening to consume the galaxy."
The Temporal Void (Void Trilogy)
The Temporal Void (Void Trilogy)
Revelation Space
Revelation Space
"Excellent series. A great cataclysm wiped out an ancient alien race and humanity struggles to prevent the same fate."
Redemption Ark (Revelation Space)
Redemption Ark (Revelation Space)
Chasm City (Revelation Space)
Chasm City (Revelation Space)
"Prequel to Revelation Space"
Marooned in Realtime (Peace War)
Marooned in Realtime (Peace War)
"Deals with the approaching tech singularity."
The Forever War
The Forever War
"Sci-fi critique on the Vietnam War as soldiers are dehumanized in an interstellar war by bureaucracy and neverending violence."
The Left Hand of Darkness (Ace Science Fiction)
The Left Hand of Darkness (Ace Science Fiction)
"Dares to posit what life would be like without the duality of gender."
Earth Abides
Earth Abides
"The struggle of humanity to rebuild after a pandemic plague and their travails as they decide what sort of civilization should replace the old."
Mass Effect 2 Platinum Hits
Mass Effect 2 Platinum Hits
"Though not a book, this is a classic story, epic in scope and attempt following the galaxy's attempt to prevent their own extinction."
Triplanetary (Lensman Sagas)
Triplanetary (Lensman Sagas)
"Classic and epic sci-fi tale following the two elder races, Arisians and Eddorians, as their conflict to control the universe stretches over billions of years."
Avatar (Original Theatrical Edition)
Avatar (Original Theatrical Edition)
"This deserves its spot in history, not only for being the top movie moneywise, but reinvogorating sci-fi."
Mass Effect: Retribution
Mass Effect: Retribution
"Excellent book, along with the two below, that enrich the deep sci-fi universe of Mass Effect, a tale of life 150 years in the future on the brink of extinction."
Mass Effect: Revelation
Mass Effect: Revelation
Mass Effect: Ascension
Mass Effect: Ascension
I Am Number Four (The Lorien Legacies)
I Am Number Four (The Lorien Legacies)