Sci Fi Odyssey

A Listmania! list by Joe "mama"
The list author says: "I read a lot, and I read a wide variety. However, sci fi is my favorite and I read it every second or third book. I have tried to read a good selection of the classics, but lately I've been reading some more recent stuff."
Gateway (Heechee Saga)
1.  Gateway (Heechee Saga) by Frederik Pohl
The list author says:
  "One of my absolute favorites.  Just amazing.  Good psychology, satirical allegory, great character, great concept... even an ending I can live with.  I read the 1st sequel.  Not as good, but OK.  Hell, I'll probably read them all anyway since I loved the first so much.

*Update, see book 3 below"
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Dune
2.  Dune by Frank Herbert
The list author says:
  "The top dawg.  Rules in every way.  Still haven't read its equal.  I read all of the sequels, they sort of decline as they go along."
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Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
3.  Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
The list author says:
  "Another awesome book.  Relies pretty heavily on the 'super-being' concept prevalent in the genre, but great nonetheless.  Even the 1st sequel was good.  See second sequel below."
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The Left Hand of Darkness
4.  The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
The list author says:
  "Whoa.  This one is kind of disturbing, very very thoughtful.  Not one of your action-packed deals, unless you count the action between your own neurons as you try to understand what she's saying.  Awesome."
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The Demolished Man
5.  The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
The list author says:
  "Very very cool.  A little dated in the male/female roles, but that won't bother fans of Raymond Chandler type stuff.  Not quite up there with the first four, but well worth it."
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
6.  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Les Martin
The list author says:
  "Extremely trippy; mind-bending.  I had to read it twice.  Great."
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Eon
7.  Eon by Greg Bear
The list author says:
  "OK, my first clunker.  Cool concept and all, but the characters and plot are kind of shallow... pot boiler.  The dashing hero, etc."
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Ringworld (A Del Rey book)
8.  Ringworld (A Del Rey book) by Larry Niven
The list author says:
  "Another clunker, same reasons.  Cool concept, but the characters (especially the protagonist) are strictly comic-book.  You have the macho-tough-guy, the wussy intellectual, the head-full-of-fluff-and-shirt-full-of-boobs girl, and of course Our Hero who's brilliant at everything from kung-fu to psychology, including being a legend in the sack.  Yawn."
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Rendezvous with Rama
9.  Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
The list author says:
  "Good 'hard' sf.  Reads very realistically, which some may find dull.  I found it taut and fascinating... I really wish it had been longer, I loved it so much.  Didn't read the sequels."
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Babel-17 / Empire Star
10.  Babel-17 / Empire Star by Samuel R. Delany
The list author says:
  "Very interesting.  Delany might write the prettiest prose of the bunch (so far), but the novel was just rushed.  Everything happened too quickly, no time to develop.  Another in the 'spuerbeing' subgenre.  The included novella was great, though.  I plan on reading more Delany."
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Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos)
11.  Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos) by Dan Simmons
The list author says:
  "Along with 'fall of,' a great epic.  Top shelf.  Not quite as awesome as Dune, but in the same league.  Warning: you must read both books, the first one has no ending.  I read both Endymions, definitely a few notches below the Hyperions."
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Foundation
12.  Foundation by Isaac Asimov
The list author says:
  "The characters are a bit wooden, but it keeps moving and the concepts are interesting.  Asimov is a clever writer.  This series is a must-read for fans of the genre, at least the first three.  I read all of them; the first three rule."
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The Gods Themselves
13.  The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
The list author says:
  "This one really made me think about the future.  Asimov has some valid concerns.  Things I learned in this book are still with me and effect how I think about energy policy and events in the middle east."
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Dawn (Xenogenesis, Bk. 1)
14.  Dawn (Xenogenesis, Bk. 1) by Octavia E. Butler
The list author says:
  "I wanted to read Butler, and this was the only one they had at the used book place.  It was good, but didn't seem to live up to Butler's reputation.  Not good enough for me to read the sequels.  I plan on reading some of her others before I judge."
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Starship Troopers
15.  Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
The list author says:
  "Just awesome, up there with the best of 'em.  This really made me re-think my concepts of the military, citizenship, and corporal punishment.  Plus, great writing."
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Harvest of Stars
16.  Harvest of Stars by Poul Anderson
The list author says:
  "More 'space opera' than science fiction.  Ideas are kind of Ayn Rand-ish, at least superficially.  I liked it and all, it's just really long and not all that thought-provoking.  It's action-packed and a page-turner and all, and the characters are not just comic-bookish."
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Red Mars (Mars Trilogy)
17.  Red Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson
The list author says:
  "Wow.  This probably falls in the 'hard sf' subgenre.  Gritty, realistic, believable mars colonization epic.  Just awesome.  Also, tremendous characterization, which is not always a specialty of sf, I'm finding.  This one is anything but escapist.  I read the first sequel, definitely worthy."
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The Mote in God's Eye
18.  The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven
The list author says:
  "My second stab at Niven, and much better.  The plot moves quickly enough that the stock characters (dashing hero, beautiful maiden, impersonal Russian commander, etc.) don't drag it down too much.  And the aliens are well-thought-out and very interesting."
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A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought)
19.  A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought) by Vernor Vinge
The list author says:
  "This probably counts as 'space opera.'  A very cutesy, fairy-tale type book with shallow characters.  Lots of intriguing scientific ideas, and it's certainly action-packed.  Definitely a notch of two above Rigworld, but nothing like Hyperion, as far as epics go."
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Stranger in a Strange Land (Remembering Tomorrow)
20.  Stranger in a Strange Land (Remembering Tomorrow) by Robert Heinlein
The list author says:
  "This man-raised-by-Martians tale is interesting and worth reading, though it's aged horribly.  The dialog and attitudes toward women had me wincing quite a bit."
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A Case of Conscience (Del Rey Impact)
21.  A Case of Conscience (Del Rey Impact) by James Blish
The list author says:
  "A single moral dilemma posed through an extremely well-written novella.  Very cool, short read.  Warning: avowed Catholics (and anti-Catholics) may be offended.  Open minds only."
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Xenocide: Volume Three of the Ender Quintet
22.  Xenocide: Volume Three of the Ender Quintet by Orson Scott Card
The list author says:
  "I included this sequel separately for two reasons: 1)It was maybe the best of the series, rare for a third episode, however, 2)one of the weakest endings you'll read, even in sf.  What a letdown."
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The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion)
23.  The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion) by Dan Simmons
The list author says:
  "'Endymion' and this book are the second half of the Hyperion series.  The latter two are pretty different from the first two, and not nearly as good.  Still, if you're hooked like I was, it's an OK conclusion."
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The Stars My Destination
24.  The Stars My Destination by Phyllis Eisenstein
The list author says:
  "Dated, but a great read.  It's fast paced, crazy, and has an exhilarating ending.  Bester is really growing on me, I have to read more!"
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The Green Brain
25.  The Green Brain by Frank Herbert
The list author says:
  "Good book, Herbert can definitely write.  However, the ending comes so abruptly, it requires this ham-handed, pedantic 'author's mouthpiece' speech in order to explain.  I'd rather the author had played it out more organically, less forced."
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Neuromancer
26.  Neuromancer by William Gibson
The list author says:
  "Kindof neat cyberspace book, I liked it.  The "criminal underworld" elements were a little overcooked and fake, while the thematic material, while interesting, was sorely underdeveloped."
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Heechee Rendezvous
27.  Heechee Rendezvous by Frederik Pohl
The list author says:
  "Book 3 of Gateway series, Protagonist becomes more obnoxious and unbearable with each book.  All of what was special about the original is gone by this point in the series, just an ordinary alien book."
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Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book)
28.  Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book) by Neal Stephenson
The list author says:
  "Very loopy and surreal, a fun read somewhere between Philip k Dick and Kilgore Trout (Vonnegut's fictional alter-ego).  Zero character development, but a fun read.  The scientific ideas were interesting, but were done a disservice by he zany style and frenetic pace."
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The Windup Girl
29.  The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
The list author says:
  "I liked this a lot.  A good mix of the societal/scientific aspects with the human elements.  Compelling characters, all of them deeply flawed, set in a post-energy-crisis world.  I found the political aspects were especially well done."
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The Forever War
30.  The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
The list author says:
  "Great military sci fi.  Relativity allows the military industrial complex to sink to new lows.  The ending, though, was unforgivable. Don't think I'll read the sequel."
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To Your Scattered Bodies Go
31.  To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer
The list author says:
  "Very cool concept, fairly well done.  All of humanity (from all ages) is resurrected together.  It's a good story, but the author doesn't really get into the architects of the resurrection or their motivation.  I'll read the first sequel, at least, to see if he had a plan for them or if the whole world was just a deus ex machina to manufacture moral dilemas."
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Helliconia Spring: The First Book in the Helliconia Trilogy (Helliconia Trilogy, Book 1)
32.  Helliconia Spring: The First Book in the Helliconia Trilogy (Helliconia Trilogy, Book 1) by Brian W. Aldiss
The list author says:
  "Aldiss is one of the best pure writers on this list.  He creates an intriguing world and actually takes time to thoughtfully explore it.  The story, while slow, unfolds very organically.  I'll definitely be reading the sequels."
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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
33.  Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
The list author says:
  "This was a quick read, very entertaining.  Not nearly as deep as most others here, but fun as a quirky brain-teaser.  Very funny, too!"
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Consider Phlebas (Culture)
34.  Consider Phlebas (Culture) by Iain M. Banks
The list author says:
  "Banks has quite a reputation, and mostly lives up to it here.  The quirky pirate crew was cartoonish, and the action sequences told in tedious slow motion.  However, a good enough read that I'll go back for more Culture novels."
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Feersum Endjinn
35.  Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks
The list author says:
  "Wow.  Strange, cerebral, and compelling.  Never read anything like it.  It's work, the author does little to no exposition or backfilling for you, but I like that in a book."
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