Locus Poll Best 20th Century Science Fiction Novels

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Title▲ Author/Editor Year
 
1 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke 1968
2 Barrayar Lois McMaster Bujold 1991
3 The Book of the New Sun Gene Wolfe 1980-87
4 Brave New World Aldous Huxley 1932
5 A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr. 1959
6 Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 1963
7 The Caves of Steel Isaac Asimov 1954
8 Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke 1953
9 China Mountain Zhang Maureen F. McHugh 1992
10 Citizen of the Galaxy Robert A. Heinlein 1957
11 City Clifford D. Simak 1952
12 The City and the Stars Arthur C. Clarke 1956
13 A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess 1962
14 Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson 1999
15 Cyteen C. J. Cherryh 1988
16 The Day of the Triffids John Wyndham 1951
17 A Deepness in the Sky Vernor Vinge 1999
18 The Demolished Man Alfred Bester 1952
19 Dhalgren Samuel R. Delany 1975
20 The Diamond Age Neal Stephenson 1995
21 The Dispossessed Ursula K. Le Guin 1974
22 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick 1968
23 Doomsday Book Connie Willis 1992
24 The Door into Summer Robert A. Heinlein 1957
25 Double Star Robert A. Heinlein 1956
26 Dragonflight Anne McCaffrey 1968
27 Dune Frank Herbert 1965
28 Earth Abides George R. Stewart 1949
29 The End of Eternity Isaac Asimov 1955
30 Ender's Game Orson Scott Card 1985
31 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury 1953
32 A Fire Upon the Deep Vernor Vinge 1992
33 Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes 1966
34 The Forever War Joe Haldeman 1975
35 The Foundation Trilogy Isaac Asimov 1951-53
36 Gateway Frederik Pohl 1977
37 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood 1985
38 Hard to Be a God Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky 1964
39 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams 1979
40 Hyperion Dan Simmons 1989
41 Jurassic Park Michael Crichton 1990
42 Last and First Men Olaf Stapledon 1930
43 The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin 1969
44 Lord of Light Roger Zelazny 1967
45 The Man in the High Castle Philip K. Dick 1962
46 The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury 1950
47 Memory Lois McMaster Bujold 1996
48 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein 1966
49 More Than Human Theodore Sturgeon 1953
50 The Mote in God's Eye Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle 1974
51 Neuromancer William Gibson 1984
52 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 1949
53 Nova Samuel R. Delany 1968
54 The Player of Games Iain M. Banks 1988
55 Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson 1992
56 Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke 1973
57 Ringworld Larry Niven 1970
58 Roadside Picnic Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky 1972
59 A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick 1977
60 Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 1969
61 Snow Crash Neal Stephenson 1992
62 Solaris Stanislaw Lem 1970
63 The Sparrow Mary Doria Russell 1996
64 Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card 1986
65 Stand on Zanzibar John Brunner 1968
66 The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester 1956
67 Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein 1959
68 Startide Rising David Brin 1983
69 Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein 1961
70 To Your Scattered Bodies Go Philip José Farmer 1971
71 Ubik Philip K. Dick 1969
72 Use of Weapons Iain M. Banks 1990
73 Way Station Clifford D. Simak 1963
74 A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle 1962