Monday, December 26, 2011

How many of Forbidden Planet's '50 SF Books You MUST Read' have you read?

Friday’s post featured Forbidden Planet’s 25 “Best Books of 2011” and while researching that best-of list, I ran across a great recommended reading list called Forbidden Planet’s “50 SF Books You MUST Read.”

Selected by the editors at Forbidden Planet as “the top 50 SF books that you absolutely have to read,” the list includes more than a few titles that you will recognize. Books that made the list include the following titles:

1. Dune by Frank Herbert
2. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
3. The Book of the New Sun: Shadow & Claw by Gene Wolfe
4. Neuromancer by William Gibson
5. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
6. The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick
7. Gateway by Frederick Pohl
8. Dispossed by Ursula Le Guin
9. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
10. Timescape by Gregory Benford

11. Ringworld by Larry Niven
12. Babel 17 by Samuel R. Delany
13. Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
14. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
15. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
16. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
17. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
18. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
19. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
20. A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

21. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
22. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
23. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
24. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
25. Hellonica Spring, Helliconia Summer & Helliconia Winter by Brian Aldiss
26. The Female Man by Joanna Russ
27. Inverted World by Christopher Priest
28. The Death of Grass by John Christopher
29. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
30. Ubik by Philip K. Dick

31. Mars: Book 1: Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
32. Zones of Thought: A Fire Upon the Deep & A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
33. Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
34. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
35. Blood Music by Greg Bear
36. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Trilogy of Four by Douglas Adams
37. Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg
38. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
39. The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

40. Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison
41. Pavane by Keith Roberts
42. The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
43. Centauri Device by M. John Harrison
44. The Difference Engine by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson
45. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
46. The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton
47. Uplift: Book 1: Sundiver by David Brin
48. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
49. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
50. Embassytown by China Mieville

For more information about this list and the books mentioned above, visit

In the end, how many of the books mentioned above have you had the chance to read? Which did you like or dislike? Which would you recommend and why? Let us know in the comments section below.

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