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Outstanding Science Fiction

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The list author says: "Science Fiction should be the "literature of ideas," but so much of what is called Science Fiction is pure junk. Very little of the science fiction that has been published in the past 25 years is on this list. Why is that? Could it be that it's because recent Sci-Fi is largely BUNK! BTW...There are too few good Sci Fi books to limit authors to one book. Also, Heinlein is still by FAR the best writer the genre of Science Fiction has seen. Send me a message if you know a great book!"
Dune
Dune
"Yes, it may be Sci-Fantasy but it is wonderful and Dune should be required reading for anyone who is interested in or loves Science Fiction. Anyway, the Sci-Fi written in the past 25 years is mostly abysmal."
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
"Intense, exciting, and fun describes Ender's Game. Even if you are not a Science Fiction fan, you will love reading Enders game. The movie is scheduled for 20??."
Foundation
Foundation
"Asimov is a tad dry, but these book are his best work. The fall of a galactice empire and how to minimize a new dark age is essentially the plot. Psychohistory is fun and I think very plausable."
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
"Heinlein is an absolute must for anyone interested in Science Fiction. Not all are great, but so many are."
Lucifer's Hammer
Lucifer's Hammer
"My favorite end of the world book. Great realism. It is a bit dated as it was written in the 1970s, but the breakdown of society seems plausible and authentic. Also read Ringworld. I enjoy Niven’s characters."
Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers
"I'm not a huge fan of military science fiction. But this book is great. Yes it leans to the right, but so what. Some of his points are very valid."
Tunnel in the Sky
Tunnel in the Sky
"My favorite Heinlein "Juvenile." Yes, it is similar to Lord of the Flies which was published shortly before Tunnel. But I enjoyed this book much more."
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Bantam Spectra Book)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Bantam Spectra Book)
"This brilliant and disturbing novel will keep you thinking for a long time after you're done reading it. Read it.!"
Childhood's End
Childhood's End
"A slightly depressing but superb book. A true science fiction classic!"
Citizen of the Galaxy
Citizen of the Galaxy
"Another candidate for top Heinlein "Juvenile.""
Rendezvous with Rama
Rendezvous with Rama
"This book is set in the not too distant future when we could conceivably have colonized our own local planets, but not yet explored the galaxy. On second thought, the way our space program is going, this book is set in the far, far future, unless something dramatic changes our priorities."
Puppet Masters
Puppet Masters
"Pure fun. Pure pulp. Heinlein is such an entertaining writer."
The Andromeda Strain
The Andromeda Strain
"Excellent. I wish more writers would write current day science fiction based on plausible science. But of course it's  much easier to make up strange worlds and weird beings. There is way too much Sci-Fantasy!"
Foundation and Empire
Foundation and Empire
"This is not as good as the first Foundation book, but it's very good."
Second Foundation
Second Foundation
"Ditto."
The Stars My Destination
The Stars My Destination
"Excellent science fiction take on the Count of Monte Cristo."
Have Space Suit, Will Travel
Have Space Suit, Will Travel
"Yet another candidate for top Heinlein "Juvenile.""
Starman Jones
Starman Jones
"Why can't a science fiction writer like Heinlein come along again? Yet another candidate for top Heinlein "Juvenile.""
Red Planet
Red Planet
"Another excellent Heinlein "Juvenile.""
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
"Another good Heinlein "Juvenile.""
The Door into Summer
The Door into Summer
"Possibly the best time travel novel ever?"
Forever War, The
Forever War, The
"This is a tad somber, but it's a great allegory of the Vietnam War. This is the opposite of Heinlein's Starship Troopers with reluctant soldiers caught in purposeless combat with first ET life found."
Battlefield Earth: Science Fiction New York Times Best Seller
Battlefield Earth: Science Fiction New York Times Best Seller
"This is a first-class adventure novel. Since there is virtually no real science fiction written today, pulp like this will have to do. However, it is very fun and enjoyable. Almost as good the movie...kidding."
Ringworld (A Del Rey book)
Ringworld (A Del Rey book)
"Engaging characters and interesting world building. I did not particularly care for the rest"
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos)
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos)
"This is a very good book which just stops at the end. Reading it feels like reading a horror novel. I do recommend it for science fiction fans."
Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon
"One of the best sci-fi books stories around."
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Journey to the Center of the Earth
"Simple but very fun adventure novel. Among the very first science fictions novels, it is still one of the best."
Contact
Contact
"Great author. Very good book."
Jurassic Park: A Novel
Jurassic Park: A Novel
"Great writer. Good story."
Podkayne of Mars (Digest Size) (Ace Science Fiction)
Podkayne of Mars (Digest Size) (Ace Science Fiction)
"Is it a "Juvenile?" Does not really matter. It's a good book."
Double Star
Double Star
"Not my favoritte Heinlein, but still much better than 98% of all published science fiction."
The Robots of Dawn (The Robot Series)
The Robots of Dawn (The Robot Series)
"Best of the Robot novels."
The Currents of Space (The Empire Novels)
The Currents of Space (The Empire Novels)
"One of Asimov's better books. It is an early Galactic Empire novel."
The Caves of Steel (R. Daneel Olivaw, Book 1)
The Caves of Steel (R. Daneel Olivaw, Book 1)
"The mystery is probably not intricate enough for mystery lovers, but this is a good book which introduces readers to Asimov's robot world."
Prelude to Foundation (Foundation, Book 1)
Prelude to Foundation (Foundation, Book 1)
"Pretty good book, but not nearly on par with the original Foundation books."
Tarzan of the Apes (Signet Classics)
Tarzan of the Apes (Signet Classics)
"Published in 1914, this book, the first of 23 Tarzan adventures by Edgar Rice Burroughs, is better than 97% of Science-Fiction/Fantasy or Adventure Fiction published today. A Princess of Mars and the other 10 in that series are also fun adventure reading."
The Naked Sun (The Robot Series)
The Naked Sun (The Robot Series)
"Another good Robot mystery from Asimov."
1984 (Signet Classics)
1984 (Signet Classics)
"Who controls the past, controls the future, who controls the present controls the past. Orwell(Eric Blair) paints a rich and enrapturing picture of a bizarre, disturbing and brutal world."
The Fountains of Paradise
The Fountains of Paradise
"Pretty good story, but very dry."