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Classic SF Everyone Should Read

Our Maverick (and retired) English Teacher and SF Geek looks over his bookshelves(and previous lists) and comes up with 130 essential texts, plus 4 reference works that every SF aficionado should be familiar with. He has not included work usually marketed as Juvenile or YA, feeling that these books require a separate list. As always, this list is not in any way authoritative or definitive.
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made by James Nelson
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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Alas Babylon (Frank)
Alas Babylon (Frank)
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Ancillary Justice (Ann Leckie)
Ancillary Justice (Ann Leckie)
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And Chaos Died (Joanna Russ)
And Chaos Died (Joanna Russ)
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5
The Andromeda Strain (Michael Crichton)
The Andromeda Strain (Michael Crichton)
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Babel-17 (Samuel R Delany)
Babel-17 (Samuel R Delany)
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The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World
The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World
8
Behold the Man (Michael Moorcock)
Behold the Man (Michael Moorcock)
9
Blackout/All Clear (Connie Willis)
Blackout/All Clear (Connie Willis)
10
Blood Music (Greg Bear)
Blood Music (Greg Bear)
11
Brain Wave (Poul Anderson)
Brain Wave (Poul Anderson)
12
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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13
Bring the Jubilee (Ward Moore)
Bring the Jubilee (Ward Moore)
14
Bug Jack Barron (Norman Spinrad)
Bug Jack Barron (Norman Spinrad)
15
Calculating God
Calculating God
16
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
17
A Case of Conscience (James Blish)
A Case of Conscience (James Blish)
18
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
19
Childhood's End (Arthur C. Clarke)
Childhood's End (Arthur C. Clarke)
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Cities in Flight (James Blish)
Cities in Flight (James Blish)
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21
The City and the City (China Mieville)
The City and the City (China Mieville)
22
Cryptozoic! (Brian Aldiss)
Cryptozoic! (Brian Aldiss)
23
Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison)
Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison)
24
The Day of the Triffids
The Day of the Triffids
25
The Demolished Man
The Demolished Man
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The Difference Engine (Bruce Sterling & William Gibson)
The Difference Engine (Bruce Sterling & William Gibson)
27
The Dispossessed (Ursula K Le Guin)
The Dispossessed (Ursula K Le Guin)
28
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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29
Doomsday Book (Willis)
Doomsday Book (Willis)
30
The Doors of His Face (Zelazny)
The Doors of His Face (Zelazny)
31
Dune (Frank Herbert)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
32
Dying Inside (Robert Silverberg)
Dying Inside (Robert Silverberg)
33
The Einstein Intersection (Samuel R. Delany)
The Einstein Intersection (Samuel R. Delany)
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The Essential Ellison: A 35-Year Retrospective (Harlan Ellison)
The Essential Ellison: A 35-Year Retrospective (Harlan Ellison)
35
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
36
The First Men in the Moon
The First Men in the Moon
37
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (Philip K. Dick)
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (Philip K. Dick)
38
Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon
39
The Forever War (Joe Haldeman)
The Forever War (Joe Haldeman)
40
The Foundation Series
The Foundation Series
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