Fiction - Science Fiction and Fantasy
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These are novels and novellas in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre that are best-sellers, award winners or otherwise significant. As a guideline, a maximum of six books from any author are included unless there are very good reasons for including more. More Science Fiction and Fantasy Works can be found in Nebula Awards and Hugo Awards
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1932. Dystopian novel set in London in 2540. The book was banned in Ireland in 1932. Received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit
1962. The final book by Huxley. It is the account of Will Farnaby, a cynical journalist who is shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala. Island is Huxley's utopian counterpart to his most famous work 'Brave New World'.
3rd volume in best-selling Tower & Hive series. The Science Fiction Book Club Book of the Year Award. In total McCaffery has won 8 of these awards as of 2009.
1968. Best-selling novel which is part of the Dragonrider’s of Pern® series of novels. 'Weyr Search', which was later incorporated into 'Dragonflight', won a Hugo Award for best novella. McCaffrey thus became the first woman to win a Hugo for fiction. A Nebula award went to the novella 'Dragonriders' which was also incorporated into 'Dragonflight'.
Freedom series. Barnes & Noble Award
2nd volume of the best-selling Crystal Singer series. The Science Fiction Book Club Book of the Year Award
This novel set in a McCaffrey's universe where interstellar ships are operated by the living personalities of human beings, and tells the tale of a paralyzed girl and her "shipmate" Alex as they discover a mystery - and search out its secret.
1990. The first in the best-selling Rowan series. 'The Rowan' was a New York Times bestseller.
1978. Best-selling novel which is part of the Dragonrider’s of Pern® series of novels. Won numerous awards incl. the Gandalf Award.
1960. Made into a well-known movie direated by Stanley Kubrik.
1982. A best-seller, it is the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1983
1961. It was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel, and was the first science fiction novel selected to become a Reader's Digest Condensed Book.
1979 Winner, Nebula Award for Best Novel and Hugo Award.
Nebula Award for best novella 1972
Sci Fi. nebula Award, Hugo Award, Jupiter Award. Locus Award
1965 dystopian science fiction
First in the Helliconia Trilogy. BSFA winner, 1982; Nebula Award nominee, 1982; Campbell Award winner, 1983
Published in ' Super-Toys Last All Summer Long and Other Stories of Future Time'. The basis for the film A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
Utopian novel, 1915. The book describes an isolated society composed entirely of women who reproduce via parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction).
International Fantasy Award, 1952
1st novel of a science fiction trilogy, followed by "Perelandra" and "That Hideous Strength"
Best-seller. His first and most famous novel. First novel in the Drenai saga. Originally published in the USA as 'Against the Horde'.
Lessing won the Nobel Prize for Literature. A dystopian novel that was made into a film in 1981
Lessing won the Nobel Prize for Literature. It is the first book in her five-book Canopus in Argos series.
It is described on its cover as a "thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic". A radio adaptation was made by the BBC.
1979. Over 16 million copies sold.
A 1988 humorous fantasy detective novel. Sequel to 'Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency'. A radio adaptation was made by the BBC.
1918 Caspak series. Made into movies in 1975 and 2009. His working title for the story was "The Lost U-Boat." The sequence was first published in Blue Book Magazine as a three-part serial
1917 The first of his famous Barsoom series. It is also Burroughs' first novel, predating his Tarzan stories.
Simultaneously the 13th in his series of books about the title character Tarzan and the 4th in his series set in the interior world of Pellucidar.
Written under the pseudonym "A. Square", it offered pointed observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian culture. However, the novella's more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions.
1965. Winner of a Hugo Award and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Dune is also the first bestselling hardcover science fiction novel, and is frequently cited as the best-selling science fiction novel in history.
1952. Widely regarded as an SF classic
1977. Gateway won the 1978 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1978 Locus Award for Best Sci Fi Novel, the 1977 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1978 John W. Campbell Award. It is the opening novel in the Heechee saga.
1976. Nebula Award winner
Anti-utopian novel about human degradation in a totalitarian state
Hugo and Nebula Awards. Novella.
1951 The first book in Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy (later expanded into The Foundation Series).
1982. Hugo Award. Locus Award. Foundation series. Asimov also won the Best All-time Novel Series Hugo Award for the Foundation series.
1972. It won the Nebula Award & the Hugo Award for Best Novel.
1950. His first novel. Part of the Galactic Empire Series
1985. Part of Asimov's Robot series.
1968 Nebula Award-nominated fantasy novel. The sequel is The Day After Judgment. Together, those two very short novels form the third part of the thematic "After Such Knowledge" trilogy
1962. 2nd in Blish's most famous works, the "Okies" stories, known collectively as Cities in Flight, published in the science-fiction digest magazine Astounding Science Fiction.
It established him as an important writer, and remains his best known novel.
The first in the trilogy. It started as a sequel to J. R. R. Tolkien's earlier work, 'The Hobbit'. A best-seller.
The 3rd in the trilogy. A best-seller. The film adaptations of the trilogy were met with both critical and commercial success. Jackson's adaptations garnered 17 Oscars, 4 for The Fellowship of the Ring, 2 for The Two Towers, and 11 for The Return of the King; these covered many of the award categories. The Return of the King in fact won all of the 11 awards for which it was nominated, including Best Picture. With a total of 30 nominations, the trilogy also became the most-nominated in the Academy's history,
The 2nd in the trilogy. A best-seller. The Lord of the Rings is considered to have had a great effect on modern fantasy; the impact of Tolkien's works is such that the use of the words "Tolkienian" and "Tolkienesque" has been recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary.
The second book in the Sevenwaters Trilogy. Won the 2001 Aurealis Award.
The first book of the Saga of the Exiles (or the Saga of Pliocene Exile in the USA). Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
1963. Explores issues of science, technology, and religion, satirizing the arms race and many other targets along the way. The University of Chicago awarded Vonnegut his Master's degree in anthropology for Cat's Cradle. The book was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel
1952. Vonnegut's first novel. The dystopian story takes place in a near-future society that is almost totally mechanised, eliminating the need for human labourers. Was later released in 1954 under the title 'Utopia'
1969. 'Slaughterhouse-Five; or, The Children's Crusade'
1984 Nebula Award nominee, Locus SF Award winner, and Hugo nominee
Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award-winner. Set in his Known Space universe and considered a classic of science fiction literature.
2002. Pen name of Australian Children's Author Gillian Rubinstein. set in a fictional world based on feudal Japan. The Tales of the Otori series have been sold into 36 countries and have been world wide best sellers. The series initially consisted of a trilogy: Across the Nightingale Floor, Grass for His Pillow, and Brilliance of the Moon. It was followed by a sequel, The Harsh Cry of the Heron, and a prequel, Heaven's Net is Wide.
2004. Part of the best-selling 'Tales of the Otori' series set in feudal Japan.
2007. Prequel to 'Across the Nightingale Floor' in the best-selling 'Tales of the Otori' series..
1991. Hugo Award winner, Locus Award winner, Nebula Award nominee
1990. Hugo Award winner, Locus Award nominee
A feminist dystopian novel. won the 1985 Governor General's Award and the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987, and it was nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award, the 1986 Booker Prize, and the 1987 Prometheus Award.
1990. A bestseller and Michael Crichton's signature novel. Cautionary tale on biological tinkering. Dinosaurs are genetically recreated and run amok.
1995 Best-selling sequel to Jurrassic Park. Made into a movie.
1972 Made into a film of the same name.
1985. Numerous awards including the Nebula Award and Hugo Award.
1986. Numerous awards including the Nebula Award and Hugo Award. Card is the only author to win both of American science fiction's top prizes in consecutive years.
Nebula Award nominee, 1968. Basis for the film Blade Runner. Locus Poll Award, All-Time Best SF Novel before 1990
1974 Hugo & Nebula Awards nominee. first prize in the John W. Campbell Awards for the best science fiction novel of the year in 1975.
The semi-autobiographical story is set in a dystopian Orange County, California in the then-future of June 1994. It includes an extensive portrayal of drug culture and drug use. Winner of the BSFA Awards.
1965 Nebula Awards nominee
1982. Nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1982
1957 Semi auto-biographical. Apollo 15 astronauts named a moon crater "Dandelion Crater" for Bradbury's novel.
The title of Bradbury's book has become a well-known byword amongst those who oppose censorship
1951; short story collection
1962. Critics have praised Something Wicked This Way Comes as a classic of fantasy and horror
Nebula 7 Hugo Award nominee. Locus Fantasy Award winner
1958 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for "Best Classic Libertarian Sci-Fi Novel"
Nebula, Hugo and Locus SF Awards nominations
10th book in the Wheel of Time series. #1 on NY Times bestseller list. It remained on the list for the next three months.
11th book in the Wheel of Time series. #1 on NY Times bestseller list. The author dies before completing the series, it is to be commpleted by Brandon Snaderson. The series draws on elements of European and Asian mythology, most notably the cyclical nature of time found in Hinduism and Buddhism and the concepts of balance, duality and a respect for nature found in Daoism. It was also partly inspired by Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.
8th book in the Wheel of Time series. #1 on NY Times bestseller list. It remained on the list for the next two months. The title of the book is a reference to a Seanchan saying: "On the heights, the paths are paved with daggers."
9th book in the Wheel of Time series. #1 on NY Times bestseller list. It remained on the list for the next two months. The book's title is a reference to the increasing coldness of Rand al'Thor's personality and to the return of winter following the reversal in the previous book, The Path of Daggers, of the unnatural heat caused by the Dark One's manipulation of climate.
1976. Nebula Award nominee; Hugo Award nominee, 1976
1970 Zelazny is probably best known for the Amber novels. This is from the first series.
1987. Locus Fantasy Award nominee
Won the 1986 Locus Award (fantasy novel)
Is the second novel by Stephen R. Donaldson in the best-selling four book series 'The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant'.
The first book of best-selling 'Gap Cycle' series.
The first book of the best-selling first trilogy of 'The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever'.
The first book of the best-selling second trilogy of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever
1984 fantasy novel. Although receiving mixed reviews the original hardbound edition spent 12 weeks as #1 on New York Times Best Seller List with a total of 23 weeks in total on the list. Publishers Weekly listed it as #1 for 11 weeks, with a total of 26 weeks on the list.
1982. The first in his best-selling Dark Tower fantasy/sci-fi series.
Continues the long-standing tradition of "what if we could travel faster than light" in science fiction, mixing in theory on dark matter, alien abduction, and galactic warfare. A best-seller.
First book in the best-selling Shannara series. This novel became the first fantasy book ever to appear on the New York Times bestseller list, where it stayed for 5 months.
1971. Made into TV movies, 1980 and 2002; Locus SF Award winner
2008. Locus Fantasy Award winner
2000. Locus SF Award winner. Endeavour Award winner
1971. Newbery Medal winner
1968. The first in a series. Winner of the 1979 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
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