Top 100 Sci-Fi Books of All Time.

From Sci-Fi Lists, here's the Top 100 Sci-Fi Books of all time. See if you agree with the top 10 picks:

1. Frank Herbert: Dune (1965)
2. Orson Scott Card: Ender's Game (1985)
3. Isaac Asimov: Foundation (1951)
4. Douglas Adams: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
5. George Orwell: 1984 (1949)
6. Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
7. Aldous Huxley: Brave New World (1932)
8. Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 (1954)
9. William Gibson: Neuromancer (1984)
10. Robert A Heinlein: Starship Troopers (1959)


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Dude, I think ted was the only one who knocked Dune here, and he referenced the movie, so... yeah. No one's really saying Herbert is overrated. It's just ted. He barks sometimes.
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While i'm not in 100% agreement, with this list, There is NOTHING wrong with putting Dune at the top of the list. Herbert is in NO way over rated, and Dune is one of the greatest novels of all time. Might be my #1, might not, but I have seen it at the top of a LOT of sci-fi fans' lists. Some would go as far as to say, Dune is to sci-fi what The Hobbit, was to fantasy. So stop knocking Herbert. How many books do you have published? Until you have sold at least one, don't knock Herberts' brilliance, because Dune is a masterpiece, and the amount of thought that goes into creating a whole universe is daunting.
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Well this list is in fact generated by web traffic votes so it is no surprise that the main names and their works come up so much.

For example :

Arthur C Clarke - 2001
Herbert - Dune
Philip K D!CK, Heinlein, etc

NB: all of which deserve to be represented.

People voting from a long list of great Sci Fi are just going to pick the 10 they have maybe actually heard of little though read.

And if the great female Sci Fi writers are not part of the choice in voting then there is no surprise that they are not represented.

I like the list for its broad appeal, however it is as silky points out a poularity contest, and not a literary merit based list.

Obviously more Hugo etc award winning authors and works are going to appear merely for the fact they are more widespreadly known and for having won the award in the first place.

Earlier works may not be represented as much either because they are not currently fashionable or in print recently, perhaps the newer generation are fresher in peoples minds.

Just my thoughts...
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While it would be close to impossible to devise a 'true' top 100 list of SF books; I think it is interesting that the large majority of these books were published between 1950 and the early 1980's. I am just curious if anyone has insights as to why this was the case? The cold war perhaps? Or was it similar to how music changed from being original creations from honest instrument playing people to synthetic board room devised club 'songs'. Aka, has the publishing industry itself hindered science fiction?
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