Top 100 Sci-Fi Recommendations

This is my own Top 100, favourite ‘Hard Science Fiction’ books. It is, of course, purely subjective. It is also probably heavily weighted towards the books I read growing up. Let me know on Twitter what you think. Click on, then reply to, the following tweet:

Note: I have not yet gotten around to adding links to all the books, but the first few—and then the final top 10—are done.

100 Spider World,  Colin Wilson

99 Kefahuchi Tract Trilogy, John Harrison

98 The Dancers at the End of Time,  Michael Moorcock

97 Uplift Trilogy, David Brin

96 Signal to Noise, Eric S Nylund

95 Seveneves, Neal Stephenson

94 The Algebraist Paperback, Iain M. Banks

93 Infomocracy, Malka Older

92 Holy Fire, Bruce Sterling

91 Agent Cormac (series), Neal Asher

90 Down the Bright Way Mass, Robert Reed

89 The Star Fraction, Ken MacLeod

88 Matter, Iain M. Banks

87 Marrow, Robert Reed

86 At the Mountains of Madness, H. P. Lovecraft

85 Songmaster, Orson Scott Card

84 The Ender Quintet. (Ender’s Game), Orson Scott Card

83 Contact, Carl Sagan

82 The Martian, Andy Weir

81 Market Forces, Richard K. Morgan

80 Altered Carbon
Richard Morgan

79 The Songs of Distant Earth
Arthur C. Clarke

78 Children of TIme
Adrian Tchaikovsky

77 The Fall Revolution Series (Series)
Ken MacLoed

76 The Peripheral
William Gibson

75 Neverness Series
David Zindell

74 The Difference Engine
Bruce Stirling & William Gibson

73 Accelerando
Charles Stross

72 Childhoods End
Arthur C Clarke

71 The Time Ships
Stephen Baxter

70 River World (Series)
Philip Jose Farmer

69 Friday
Robert A Heinlein

68 The Number of the Beast
Robert A Heinlein

67 The Left Hand of Darkness
Ursula K LaGuin

66 The Time Machine
HG Wells

65 The Puppet Masters
Robert A Heinlein

64 Starship Troopers
Robert A Heinlein

63 Rendezvous with Rama
Arthur C. Clarke

62 Revelation Space (Series)
Alastair Reynolds

61 2001
Arthur C. Clarke

60 Neuromancer
William Gibson

59 The Mote in Gods Eye
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

58 Ring World (Series)
Larry Niven

57 The Number of the Beast
Robert A Heinlein

56 The Smoke Ring
Larry Niven

55 The integral Trees
Larry Niven

54 World of Tiers
Philip Jose Farmer

53 Battlefield Earth
Ron L Hubbard

52 Footfall
Larry Niven. Jerry Pournelle

51 The Fountains of Paradise
Arthur C. Clarke

50 The Stars Like Dust
Isaac Asimov

49 Robots and Empire
Isaac Asimov

48 Robots of Dawn
Isaac Asimov

47 The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov

46 Caves of Steel
Isaac Asimov

45 Accidental Time Machine
Joe Haldeman

44 Prada Moon
Neal Asher

43 The City and the Stars
Arthur C. Clarke

42 Sister Alice
Robert Reed

41 Foundation (Series)
Iaasac Asimov

40 River of Gods
Ian McDonald

39 The Quantum Thief
Hannu Rajaniemi

38 The Golden Torc
Julian May

37 Hull Zero Three
Greg Bear

36 Rainbows End
Vernor Vinge

35 Across Realtime
Vernor Vinge

34 Neptune’s Brood
Charles Stross

33 Against a Dark Background
Iain M Banks

32 Quarantine
Greg Egan

31 Schild’s Ladder”
Greg Egan

30 Iron Sunrise
Charles Stross

29 Incandescence
Greg Egan

28 Atlas Shrugged
Ann Rand

27 Jennifer Morgue
Charles Stross

26 The Attrocity Archieves
Charles Stross

25 The Baroque Cycle (Series)
Niel Stephenson

24 Hydrogen Sonata
Iain M Banks

23 Reamde
Niel Stephenson

22 Anatham
Niel Stephenson

21 Feersum Endjinn
Iain M Banks

20 Ready Player One
Ernest Cline

19 Use of Weapons
lain M Banks

18 Look to Windward
lain M Banks

17 Consider Phlebas
Iain M Banks

16 The Forever War
Joe Alderman

15 Dune (Series), Frank Herbert

14 Singularity Sky,Charles Stross

13 The Complete Robot (Robot Series), Isaac Asimov

12 The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson

11 Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson

10 Surface Detail, Iain M. Banks

9 Blood Music, Greg Bear

8 A Fire Upon The Deep, Vernor Vinge

7 Excession, Iain M. Banks

6 Diaspora, Greg Egan

5 Saturn’s Children, Charles Stross

4 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Series), Douglass Adams

3 Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson

2 The Player of Games, Iain M. Banks

1 A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge

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