Best Classic Science Fiction Books

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A public votable list of the best classic science fiction books from the 1940's to 1970's. Books before the 40's and After the 70's are not listed. This period is often referred to as the Golden Age of Science fiction and includes books by many of the great grandmasters of science fiction
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The Dispossessed

by Ursula K. Le Guin

3.6 avg rating
Nebula
Hugo
Locus Science Fiction
John W. Campbell
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The Dragon Masters

by Jack Vance

2 avg rating
Man has warred for centuries with the reptilian race called "Basics". The winner of each bloody encounter has made slaves of the loser—but in this far-future conflict each side improves its slaves with genetic engineering. On Aerlith, men have bred Basics into fearsome troops; on Coralyne, Basics have developed grotesque mutant human warriors. The mysterious Sacerdotes watch and wait for Aerlith and Coralyne's final contest.
Hugo Award winner, 1963.

Cover art by Todd Tennant
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The Deep Range

by Arthur C. Clarke

A century into the future, humanity lives mostly on the sea. Gigantic whale herds are tended by submariners, and vast plankton farms feed the world.

Walter Franklin, once a space engineer, now works on a submarine patrol. This novel tells the story of his adventures, including Franklin's capture of an enormous kraken at 12,000 feet under the sea; his search for a monstrous sea serpent; and the thrilling rescue of a sunken submarine-all set against the backdrop of a futuristic world that's both imaginative and believable.
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Big Planet

by Jack Vance

4 avg rating
Big Planet is a fantastic world populated by an odd assortment of splinter societies, where beauty and evil dwell in uneasy proximity. The tyrant Charley Lysidder- self-styled "Bajarnum of Beaujolais"- seeks to rule the planet, and Claude Glystra leads a commission from Earth to investigate. But Glystra's ship is sabotaged in orbit, and crashes to the surface far from safety; Glystra must trek 40,000 miles across the vast planet to Earth Enclave, if he is to succeed- or even survive...
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Babel-17

by Samuel R. Delany

3.33 avg rating
Author of the bestselling Dhalgren and winner of four Nebulas and one Hugo, Samuel R. Delany is one of the most acclaimed writers of speculative fiction.

Babel-17, winner of the Nebula Award for best novel of the year, is a fascinating tale of a famous poet bent on deciphering a secret language that is the key to the enemy’s deadly force, a task that requires she travel with a splendidly improbable crew to the site of the next attack. For the first time, Babel-17 is published as the author intended with the short novel Empire Star, the tale of Comet Jo, a simple-minded teen thrust into a complex galaxy when he’s entrusted to carry a vital message to a distant world. Spellbinding and smart, both novels are testimony to Delany’s vast and singular talent.
Nebula
Hugo
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This Immortal

by Roger Zelazny

5 avg rating
Hugo
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Stand On Zanzibar

by John Brunner

5 avg rating
Norman Niblock House is a rising executive at General Technics, one of a few all-powerful corporations. His work is leading General Technics to the forefront of global domination, both in the marketplace and politically---it's about to take over a country in Africa.  Donald Hogan is his roommate, a seemingly sheepish bookworm. But Hogan is a spy, and he's about to discover a breakthrough in genetic engineering that will change the world...and kill him.  
 
These two men's lives weave through one of science fiction's most praised novels. Written in a way that echoes John Dos Passos' U.S.A. Trilogy, Stand on Zanzibar is a cross-section of a world overpopulated by the billions.  Where society is squeezed into hive-living madness by god-like mega computers, mass-marketed psychedelic drugs, and mundane uses of genetic engineering.  Though written in 1968, it speaks of 2010, and is frighteningly prescient and intensely powerful. 
Hugo
BSFA
Nebula
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Seahorse In The Sky

by Edmund Cooper

At first he though it was all part of some crazy nightmare. But it wasn't. Russell Graheme, M.P. was one of a handful of passengers flying from Stockholm to London. One moment flying peacefully in the sky, the next lying in an un-Earthly green coffin. Grahame was the first to emerge from this strange resting place. But for him, as well as for the others, it had been only the ecliptical experience. Soon all were to find themselves lost in a bizarre world of Mediaeval knights, Stone Age warriors and gremlins, caught unalterably I the weirdest cocoon of Time.
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The Jupiter Legacy

by Mark Millar

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Macroscope

by Piers Anthony

5 avg rating
Throughout history, man has been searching for better ways to gather information about his universe. And though they may have longed for it, not even the most brilliant minds could conceive of a device as infinitely powerful and precise as the macroscope ... until the twenty-first century. By analyzing information carried on macrons, this incredible tool brought the whole universe of wonders to man's doorstep. The macroscope was seen by many as the salvation of the human race. But in the hands of the wrong person, the macroscope could be immensely destructive—infinitely more dangerous than the nuclear bomb. In his quest for too much knowledge, man could destroy the very essence of his mind. This is the powerful story of man's struggle with technology ... and with his humanity. Macroscope takes us across the breathtaking ranges of space as well as through the most touching places in the human heart. It is a story of coming of age, of sacrifice, and of love. It is the story of man's desperate search for a compromise between mind and heart, between knowledge and humanity.
Hugo
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The Wanderer

by Robyn Carr

From Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Virgin River novels, comes Thunder Point—the highly anticipated new series that will make you laugh, make you sigh, and make you fall in love with a small town filled with people you'll never forget.

Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands.

Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.

With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.
Hugo
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The Disappearance

by J. F. Freedman

By the New York Times bestselling author of Key Witness

A shocking crime...An explosive trial...An electrifying novel of suspense ...

A young girl's disappearance leads defense attorney Luke Garrison to suspect something far more disturbing than an open-and-shut case of abduction and murder--a crime so shocking it will tear one family apart...and divide one town against itself.

Legal suspense in the bestselling tradition of Scott Turow

"A page-burner!"-Publishers Weekly

"Completely engrossing...You won't want to put this book down for a second."--Detroit News and Free Press

"Plenty of twists and turns in this portrait of corruption and evil in a small town."--Chicago Tribune

"Filled with pathos and grit...top entertainment."--Midwest Book Review

"Powerful...gripping...surprising."--Publishers Weekly
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