Top 15 Great Science Fiction Books

There are so many astounding science fiction books out there that this has been one of the hardest lists for me to put together. I have added and culled but finally I have a list of the most important 15 Science Fiction Books of all time. I realise that not everyone will be satisfied with this list – so please use the comments to add the books that I couldn’t due to space and time. In no particular order…

1. The Time Machine H G Wells

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The Time Machine was first published in 1895, making it the oldest book on this list. Considered by many to be one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time, this book coined the term “Time Machine” which is almost exclusively used to refer to any device that allows humans to move through time. The book’s main character is an amateur inventor who lives in London. He is never identified, instead being referred to simply as “The Time Traveller”. Having demonstrated to friends that time is a fourth dimension, and that a suitable device can move back and forth in this fourth dimension, he completes the building of a larger machine capable of carrying himself. He immediately sets off on a journey into the future.writing, creative writing, great books, Science Fiction, literature, poetry, popular faction, short story, comics, novels, writing, creative writing, great books, Science Fiction, literature, poetry, popular faction, short story, comics, novels,  writing, creative writing, great books, Science Fiction, literature, poetry, popular faction, short story, comics, novels,  writing, creative writing, great books, Science Fiction, literature, poetry, popular faction, short story, comics, novels, 

2. Stranger in a Strange Land Robert Heinlein

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Stranger in a strange land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human raised by Martians on the planet Mars, upon his return to Earth in early adulthood. The novel explores his interaction and transformation of Earth culture. Typically of Heinlein, this book cover a variety of human taboos, including homosexuality, nudism, and cannibalism. The book introduces the character of Jubal Harshaw who is a central figure in many later books by Heinlein. It won the 1969 Hugo award and has not been out of print since the first publication. Eventually Stranger in a Strange Land became a cult classic, attracting many readers who would not normally have read a work of science fiction.writing, creative writing, great books, Science Fiction, literature, poetry, popular faction, short story, comics, novels, writing, creative writing, great books, Science Fiction, literature, poetry, popular faction, short story, comics, novels,  writing, creative writing, great books, Science Fiction, literature, poetry, popular faction, short story, comics, novels,  writing, creative writing, great books, Science Fiction, literature, poetry, popular faction, short story, comics, novels, 

3. The Lensman Series E E “Doc” Smith

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I remember one summer in my childhood when all the other kids were busy hanging out at the movies and playing video games, that I spent every day lying in the backyard all day reading every book that E E Smith wrote (luckily my dad is a keen Sci-Fi fan so he had them all). Doc Smith was my introduction to Science Fiction – and what an introduction it was! The Lensman series was the first set of science fiction novels conceived as a series. It was also the original source which introduced many innovative concepts into science fiction, and a variety of ideas newly introduced in the series later were taken and used to solve non-fictional problems. In this sense the series was ground-breaking and defined an entire genre.

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