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52 of the Greatest Science Fiction & Fantasy Debut Novels Ever Written

"Here are 50* of the greatest debut science fiction and fantasy novels ever written: books that announced the arrival of serious talents arriving on the literary scene, books sturdy enough to support dozens of imitators that followed, books so good it almost didn't matter if their authors ever published again (thankfully, most of them have)."
[Editor's note: Because we initially erroneously included a few books on this list that were not, in fact, debuts, careful readers will note the current list stands at 52 titles; we wanted to make sure we did feature 50 debuts, but we didn't want to strike anyone already featured. Fair is fair.]
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Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
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The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
3
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
4
Pebble in the Sky (Asimov)
Pebble in the Sky (Asimov)
5
The Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury)
The Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury)
6
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
7
A Fine and Private Place (Peter S. Beagle)
A Fine and Private Place (Peter S. Beagle)
8
This Immortal (A.K.A. ...And Call Me Conrad)
This Immortal (A.K.A. ...And Call Me Conrad)
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9
The Forever War (Joe Haldeman)
The Forever War (Joe Haldeman)
10
Carrie (Stephen King)
Carrie (Stephen King)
11
Patternmaster (Octavia Butler)
Patternmaster (Octavia Butler)
12
The Sword of Shannara (Terry Brooks)
The Sword of Shannara (Terry Brooks)
13
Lord Foul's Bane (Stephen Donaldson)
Lord Foul's Bane (Stephen Donaldson)
14
Dying of the Light (George R.R. Martin)
Dying of the Light (George R.R. Martin)
15
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
16
Dragon's Egg
Dragon's Egg
17
Tea With the Black Dragon
Tea With the Black Dragon
18
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
19
Neuromancer (William Gibson)
Neuromancer (William Gibson)
20
Shards of Honor (Lois Mcmaster Bujold)
Shards of Honor (Lois Mcmaster Bujold)
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21
China Mountain Zhang (Maureen F Mchugh)
China Mountain Zhang (Maureen F Mchugh)
22
Vurt
Vurt
23
The Sparrow (Mary Doria Russell)
The Sparrow (Mary Doria Russell)
24
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (J.K. Rowling)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (J.K. Rowling)
25
Brown Girl in the Ring (Nalo Hopkinson)
Brown Girl in the Ring (Nalo Hopkinson)
26
Green Rider
Green Rider
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Gardens of the Moon (Steven Erikson)
Gardens of the Moon (Steven Erikson)
28
Storm Front (Jim Butcher)
Storm Front (Jim Butcher)
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Revelation Space (Alastair Reynolds)
Revelation Space (Alastair Reynolds)
30
Kushiel's Dart (Jacqueline Carey)
Kushiel's Dart (Jacqueline Carey)
31
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
32
Hammered (Elizabeth Bear)
Hammered (Elizabeth Bear)
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33
Old Man's War (John Scalzi)
Old Man's War (John Scalzi)
34
The Blade Itself (Joe Abercrombie)
The Blade Itself (Joe Abercrombie)
35
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch)
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch)
36
The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
37
The Windup Girl (Paolo Bacigalupi)
The Windup Girl (Paolo Bacigalupi)
38
God's War (Kameron Hurley)
God's War (Kameron Hurley)
39
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (NK Jemisin)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (NK Jemisin)
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The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
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