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The Most Influential Sci-Fi Books of All Time

"Since the early 19th century, humanity has been fascinated by its own ability to move goalposts and demolish old boundaries in the dogged pursuit of progress. Our interpretation of that progress frequently shifts between cautious optimism and resignation toward our own doom, due to various social and political climate changes. But even at our most pessimistic, when we collectively felt as if we'd lost some great cosmic game, never, not once, have we ever stopped writing and reading new futures for ourselves. That's a testament, not only to the staying power of sci-fi, but also to the tenacity of the human race.
The most influential sci-fi books of all time have shaped not just science fiction and its myriad sub-genres, but horror, fantasy, and manga, as well. Filmmakers have drawn inspiration for the stories between their covers, and real-world STEM developments have been made in their names. Without these books, for better or worse, our world would not be what it is today."
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Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
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Blake or the Huts of America (Martin R. Delany)
Blake or the Huts of America (Martin R. Delany)
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
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The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
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Of One Blood, or the Hidden Self (Pauline Hopkins)
Of One Blood, or the Hidden Self (Pauline Hopkins)
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A Princess of Mars (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
A Princess of Mars (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
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We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)
We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)
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Metropolis (Thea Von Harbou)
Metropolis (Thea Von Harbou)
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke (Arthur C. Clarke)
The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke (Arthur C. Clarke)
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The Complete Robot (Isaac Asimov)
The Complete Robot (Isaac Asimov)
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Shadow Over Mars (Leigh Brackett)
Shadow Over Mars (Leigh Brackett)
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Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell)
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Astro Boy (Osamu Tezuka)
Astro Boy (Osamu Tezuka)
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Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
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Starship Troopers (Robert A.Heinlein)
Starship Troopers (Robert A.Heinlein)
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A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
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A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'engle)
A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'engle)
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Dune (Frank Herbert)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
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Babel-17 (Samuel R Delany)
Babel-17 (Samuel R Delany)
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick)
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The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula K Le Guin)
The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula K Le Guin)
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Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
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Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (Kate Wilhelm)
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (Kate Wilhelm)
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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
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Daughters of a Coral Dawn (Katherine V.Forrest)
Daughters of a Coral Dawn (Katherine V.Forrest)
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Psion (Joan D. Vinge)
Psion (Joan D. Vinge)
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Vampire Hunter D (Hideyuki Kikuchi and Yoshitaka Amano)
Vampire Hunter D (Hideyuki Kikuchi and Yoshitaka Amano)
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Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo)
Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo)
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Neuromancer (William Gibson)
Neuromancer (William Gibson)
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The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
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Watchmen (Alan Moore)
Watchmen (Alan Moore)
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Lilith's Brood (Octavia E. Butler)
Lilith's Brood (Octavia E. Butler)
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Ghost in the Shell: Deluxe Complete Box Set (Masamune Shirow)
Ghost in the Shell: Deluxe Complete Box Set (Masamune Shirow)
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Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)
Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)
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Ring (Koji Suzuki)
Ring (Koji Suzuki)
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Sailor Moon (Naoko Takeuchi)
Sailor Moon (Naoko Takeuchi)
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The Thrawn Trilogy (Timothy Zahn)
The Thrawn Trilogy (Timothy Zahn)
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Ammonite (Nicola Griffith)
Ammonite (Nicola Griffith)
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