100 Top SciFi Books


Marylaine Block is a librarian who puts out a weekly email Neat New Stuff and ExLibris. She lists a group of web sites that she feels would be beneficial for librarians.

Last week she included a link to the Sci-Fi Lists 100 Top Sci-Fi Books. It’s a site where people can vote for their favorite science fiction or fantasy books. According to the site, it is regularly updated with those votes. Of course I had to check it out since I am such a huge science fiction fan.

The top three books on the list are Dune by Frank Herbert, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and the Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov. I started going down the list. The book in the #20 spot, Hyperion by Dan Simmons, was the first one I hadn’t read. Out of the top 100 I’ve read over half of them, but not as many as I would have thought. Some of them are sitting on Mount Bookpile waiting for me to get to them (Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott, for example). Others I’ve read more than once (like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams). After I went over the list, I reserved Hyperion from the public library.

The Sci-Fi Lists site also includes the next 100 sci-fi books, the top 100 sci-fi television shows, the top 100 fantasy books (as well as the next 100), and the top 100 fantasy movies. It also includes reviews and links to purchase the books and movies. If you like science fiction or fantasy, you’d like this site.