The Twenty Science Fiction Novels that Will Change Your Life

  • Frankenstein (1818), by Mary Shelley
  • The Time Machine (1895), by H.G. Wells
  • At the Mountains of Madness (1931), by H.P. Lovecraft
  • I, Robot (1955), by Isaac Asimov
  • The Dispossessed (1974), by Ursula LeGuin
  • Kindred (1979), by Octavia Butler
  • Wizard (1979), by John Varley
  • Consider Phlebas (1987), by Iain M. Banks
  • He, She, and It (1991), by Marge Piercy
  • Sarah Canary (1991), by Karen Joy Fowler
  • A Fire Upon the Deep (1992), by Vernor Vinge
  • The Sparrow (1996), by Mary Doria Russell
  • Cryptonomicon (2000), by Neal Stephenson
  • The Mount (2002), by Carol Emschwiller
  • Perdido Street Station (2002), by China Mieville
  • Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003), by Cory Doctorow
  • Pattern Recognition (2003), by William Gibson
  • Newton's Wake (2004), by Ken MacLeod
  • Glasshouse (2006), by Charles Stross
Author Comments: 

Which ones of these have you read? I haven't heard of many of the most recent ones, but I loved the Shelley, Wells, and Lovecraft books, as well as what I've read of Kindred. I, Robot barely qualified as a novel, and seemed more an exercise in logic.

Johnny Waco

I read:
* The Time Machine
* At the Mountains of Madness
* I, Robot
* The Dispossessed
* Wizard
* Consider Phlebas
* A Fire Upon the Deep
* Cryptonomicon
* Perdido Street Station

The last three are quite good although I have to ward you that Perdido Street Station is very unusual.