Top 50 Greatest Science Fiction Novels

Reading is and always will be one of my favorite past times. When I was younger and had more time on my hands, I loved to read science fiction. From space to swords and sorcery. Now, as I’m older, I tend to read more biographies, some fiction, and more non-fiction as time permits. The last three books I read – in no particular order – was “To have and have not,” “2001, A Space Odyssey,” and “Kitchen Confidential.’ Still, I do enjoy a good science fiction book every once in a while. 

Much to my surprise is this Barnes and Nobles list of Top 50 Greatest Science Fiction novels that I stumbled across.  Supposedly its of all time but it looks like it’s really a chronological order to entice you to buy more books.

Anyway, it’s a decent list. My notes are inline. 

Top 50 Greatest Science Fiction Novels

Below is the list of books and authors, with my notes if I read them or not.

Reading and Abandoning Books

The trick is finding a book to read that keeps my interest. I’m serial book ‘abandoner’. If I put it down and don’t pick it up within a week, it’s dead to me. The books I like to read have to be engaging and move a good pace. The only book that I put down for weeks and picked back up was Iris Chang’s book, “The Rape of Nanking.” It was so brutally graphic, it turned my stomach and gave me nightmares. 

Right now I’m reading Rumi on my Kindle and it’s in danger of being abandoned. The worse part about this is that I bought the damn thing. This is why libraries are so important and cheap. You can borrow books, read or abandon them, and never have to pay a dime beyond the property taxes you already pay.


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