SF

This page is both a selected bibliography and a set of links to my posts about ‘classic’ SF (science fiction) books on this blog. (My posts aren’t so much ‘reviews’ in the sense of evaluations as they are summaries and comments.) Titles are novels unless otherwise indicated (cln=collection of stories; nf=nonfiction; omb=omnibus). I’ve read almost all the books on this page, though some not for decades. I plan to work through them again, and post about them.

By ‘classic’ SF I mean, for now, everything published up to about the mid-1960s, before the ‘New Wave’ of the late ’60s, the commercialization and popularization (think Star Wars) of the 1970s, and the proliferation into subgenres (think cyberpunk) of the 1980s). Collections published later than the mid-’60s are included if they primarily contain earlier material. Eventually there will be other pages for those later eras.

Latest posts: Asimov’s I, ROBOT; Asimov’s THE CURRENTS OF SPACE; Asimov’s THE STARS LIKE DUST.

Aldiss, Brian

  • 1957. Space, Time and Nathaniel (cln).
  • 1958. Non-Stop aka Starship.
  • 1959. The Canopies of Times aka Galaxies Like Grains of Sand (cln).
  • 1959. No Time Like Tomorrow (cln).
  • 1962. The Long Afternoon of Earth aka Hothouse (story cycle).
  • 1963. The Airs of Earth aka Starswarm (cln).
  • 1964. The Dark Light Years.
  • 1964. Greybeard.
  • 1965. Earthworks.
  • 1965. Best Science Fiction Stories of Brian W Aldiss aka Who Can Replace a Man? (cln).
  • 1967. An Age aka Cryptozoic.

Anderson, Poul

  • 1954. Brain Wave.
  • 1960. The High Crusade.
  • 1961. Three Hearts and Three Lions.
  • 1962. After Doomsday.

Asimov, Isaac

  • 1950. I, Robot. (linked collection) (post)
  • 1950. Pebble in the Sky. (post)
  • 1951. The Stars, Like Dust. (post)
  • The Foundation Trilogy:
    • 1951. Foundation. (post)
    • 1952. Foundation and Empire.
    • 1953. Second Foundation.
  • 1952. The Currents of Space. (post)
  • 1952 – 1958, six Lucky Starr YA novels. (post)
  • 1954. The Caves of Steel.
  • 1955. The End of Eternity.
  • 1955. The Martian Way and Other Stories (cln).
  • 1957. The Naked Sun.
  • 1957. Earth Is Room Enough (cln).
  • 1958. The Death Dealers (aka A Whiff of Death) (non-sf).
  • 1959. Nine Tomorrows (cln).
  • 1964. The Rest of the Robots (cln).
  • 1968. Asimov’s Mysteries (cln).
  • 1969. Nightfall and Other Stories (cln).

Blish, James

  • 1955-1962. Cities in Flight (internal order:)
    • 1956. They Shall Have Stars.
    • 1962. A Life for the Stars.
    • 1955. Earthman, Come Home.
    • 1958. The Triumph of Time.
  • 1957. The Seedling Stars (cln).
  • 1958. A Case of Conscience.
  • 1959. Galactic Cluster (cln).
  • 1961. So Close to Home (cln).
  • 1967-1978. 13 Star Trek books (two with J.A. Lawrence) (clns) (notes)
  • 1979. The Best of James Blish (cln).

Bradbury, Ray

  • 1947. Dark Carnival (cln).
  • 1950. The Martian Chronicles (linked collection)
  • 1951. The Illustrated Man (cln).
  • 1953. Fahrenheit 451.
  • 1953. The Golden Apples of the Sun (cln).
  • 1955. The October Country (cln).
  • 1957. Dandelion Wine.
  • 1959. A Medicine for Melancholy (cln).
  • 1962. R Is for Rocket (cln).
  • 1962. Something Wicked This Way Comes.
  • 1964. The Machineries of Joy (cln).
  • 1965. The Vintage Bradbury (cln).
  • 1966. S Is for Space (cln).
  • 1969. I Sing the Body Electric (cln).

Budrys, Algis

  • 1958. Who?.
  • 1960. Rogue Moon.
  • 1960. The Unexpected Dimension (cln).
  • 1963. Budrys’ Inferno (cln).

Christopher, John

  • 1956. No Blade of Grass aka The Death of Grass.

Clarke, Arthur C.

  • 1951. Prelude to Space.
  • 1951. The Sands of Mars.
  • 1952. Islands in the Sky.
  • 1953. Against the Fall of Night.
  • 1953. Childhood’s End. (post; part 2)
  • 1953. Earthlight.
  • 1953. Expedition to Earth (cln).
  • 1956. The City and the Stars.
  • 1956. Reach for Tomorrow (cln).
  • 1957. The Deep Range.
  • 1957. Tales from the White Hart (cln).
  • 1958. The Other Side of the Sky (cln).
  • 1961. A Fall of Moondust.
  • 1962. Profiles of the Future (nf, revised in 1973, 1984, and 2000).
  • 1962. Tales of Ten Worlds (cln).
  • 1963. Dolphin Island.
  • 1963. Glide Path.
  • 1967. The Nine Billion Names of God: The Best Short Stories of Arthur C Clarke (cln).

Clement, Hal

  • 1950. Needle.
  • 1953. Iceworld.
  • 1954. Mission of Gravity.
  • 1957. Cycle of Fire.
  • 1965. Natives of Space (cln).

Dick, Philip K.

  • 1955. Solar Lottery.
  • 1956. The World Jones Made.
  • 1956. The Man Who Japes.
  • 1957. The Cosmic Puppets.
  • 1957. Eye in the Sky.
  • 1957. The Variable Man and Other Stories (cln).
  • 1959. Time Out of Joint.
  • 1960. Dr. Futurity.
  • 1960. Vulcan’s Hammer.
  • 1962. The Man in the High Castle.
  • 1963. The Game-Players of Titan.
  • 1964. The Simulacra.
  • 1964. Martian Time-Slip.
  • 1964. Clans of the Alphane Moon.
  • 1964. The Penultimate Truth.
  • 1964. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.
  • 1965. Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb.
  • 1966. The Crack in Space.
  • 1969. The Preserving Machine and Other Stories (cln).
  • 1973. The Book of Philip K. Dick (cln).
  • 1977. The Best of Philip K. Dick (cln).

Frank, Pat

  • 1959. Alas, Babylon.

Gernsback, Hugo

  • 1912/1925. Ralph 124C 41+.

Golding, William

  • 1954. Lord of the Flies. (post)
  • 1955. The Inheritors.

Heinlein, Robert A.

  • 1941/1949. Sixth Column.
  • 1941/1963. Orphans of the Sky (post)
  • 1942/1948. Beyond This Horizon.
  • 1947. Rocket Ship Galileo (YA).
  • 1948. Space Cadet (YA).
  • 1949. Red Planet (YA).
  • 1950. Farmer in the Sky (YA).
  • 1950. The Man Who Sold the Moon (cln).
  • 1950. Waldo and Magic, Inc. (cln)
  • 1951. Between Planets (YA).
  • 1951. The Green Hills of Earth (cln) (post)
  • 1951. The Puppet Masters.
  • 1952. The Rolling Stones (YA).
  • 1953. Assignment in Eternity (cln).
  • 1953. Revolt in 2100 (cln).
  • 1953. Starman Jones (YA).
  • 1954. The Star Beast (YA).
  • 1955. Tunnel in the Sky (YA).
  • 1956. Double Star. (post)
  • 1956. Time for the Stars (YA).
  • 1957. Citizen of the Galaxy (YA).
  • 1957. The Door Into Summer.
  • 1958. Have Space Suit — Will Travel (YA).
  • 1958. Methuselah’s Children.
  • 1959. The Menace from Earth (cln).
  • 1959. Starship Troopers (YA?).
  • 1959. The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag (cln).
  • 1961. Strange in a Strange Land.
  • 1963. Glory Road.
  • 1963. Podkayne of Mars (YA).
  • 1964. Farnham’s Freehold.
  • 1966. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.
  • 1966. The World of Robert A. Heinlein (cln).
  • 1967. The Past Through Tomorrow (cln/omb).

Hoyle, Fred

  • 1957. The Black Cloud.
  • 1959. Ossian’s Ride.
  • 1962. A for Andromeda (with John Elliot).
  • 1963. Fifth Planet (with Geoffrey Hoyle).
  • 1966. October the First Is Too Late.
  • 1967. Element 79 (cln).

Hubbard, L. Ron

  • 1940. Typewriter in the Sky.

Miller, Walter M., Jr.

  • 1959. A Canticle for Leibowtiz. (post)

Oliver, Chad

  • 1957. The Winds of Time. (post)

Orwell, George

  • 1945. Animal Farm.
  • 1949. Nineteen Eight-Four.

Pangborn, Edgar

  • 1953. West of the Sun.
  • 1954. A Mirror for Observers.
  • 1964. Davy.
  • 1966. The Judgment of Eve.
  • 1972. Good Neighbors and Other Strangers (cln).
  • 1975. The Company of Glory.
  • 1978. Still I Persist in Wondering (cln).

Pohl & Kornbluth

  • 1953. The Space Merchants.

Russell, Eric Frank

  • 1939/1948. Sinister Barrier. (post)

Silverberg, Robert

  • 1955. Revolt on Alpha C.
  • 1957. The 13th Immortal.
  • 1957. Master of Life and Death.
  • 1958. Starman’s Quest.
  • 1958. Aliens from Space (as by David Osborne).
  • 1958. Invisible Barriers (as by David Osborne).
  • 1958. Invaders from Earth.
  • 1958. Stepsons of Terra.
  • 1958. Starhaven (as by Ivar Jorgenson).
  • 1959. The Planet Killers.
  • 1959. Lest We Forget Thee, Earth (as by Calvin M. Knox).
  • 1959. The Plot Against Earth (as by Calvin M. Knox).
  • 1960. Lost Race of Mars.
  • 1961. Collision Course.
  • 1962. Next Stop the Stars (cln).
  • 1962. Recalled to Life.
  • 1962. The Seed of Earth.
  • 1963. The Silent Invaders.
  • 1964. Godling, Go Home! (cln).
  • 1964. One of Our Asteroids Is Missing (as by Calvin M. Knox).
  • 1964. Time of the Great Freeze.
  • 1964. Regan’s Planet.
  • 1965. Conquerors from the Darkness.
  • 1965. The Mask of Akhnaten.
  • 1965. To Worlds Beyond (cln).
  • 1966. Needle in a Timestack (cln).
  • 1967. The Gate of Worlds.
  • 1967. Planet of Death.
  • 1969. The Calibrated Alligator (cln).
  • 1969. Dimension Thirteen (cln).
  • 1970. World’s Fair 1992.

Simak, Clifford D.

  • 1951. Time and Again.
  • 1952. City. (post)
  • 1953. Ring Around the Sun.
  • 1961. Time Is the Simplest Thing.
  • 1963. Way Station.
  • 1965. All Flesh Is Grass.
  • 1967. Best Science Fiction Stories of Clifford D. Simak (cln).
  • 1967. Why Call Them Back from Heaven?.

Stapledon, Olaf

  • 1930. Last and First Men.

Stewart, George

  • 1949. Earth Abides.

Sturgeon, Theodore

  • 1948. Without Sorcery (cln).
  • 1950. The Dreaming Jewels aka The Synthetic Man.
  • 1953. E Pluribus Unicorn (cln).
  • 1953. More Than Human.
  • 1955. A Way Home (cln).
  • 1955. Caviar (cln).
  • 1958. The Cosmic Rape aka To Marry Medusa.
  • 1958. A Touch of Strange (cln).
  • 1959. Aliens 4 (cln).
  • 1960. Beyond (cln).
  • 1960. Venus Plus X.
  • 1964. Sturgeon In Orbit (cln).
  • 1966. Starshine (cln).

van Vogt, A. E.

  • 1946. Slan.
  • 1948. The World of Null-A.
  • 1950. The Voyage of the Space Beagle.
  • 1951. The Weapon Shops of Isher.

Vance, Jack

  • 1950. The Dying Earth.
  • 1956. To Live Forever.
  • 1957. Big Planet.
  • 1958. The Languages of Pao.
  • 1963. The Dragon Masters.
  • 1965. Space Opera.
  • 1965. The World Between and other stories (cln).
  • 1966. Blue World.
  • 1967. The Last Castle.
  • 1969. Emphyrio.
  • 1969. Eight Fantasms and Magics (cln).
  • 1976. The Best of Jack Vance (cln).
  • 2006. The Jack Vance Treasury (cln).

Vonnegut, Kurt

  • 1952. Player Piano.
  • 1959. The Sirens of Titan.
  • 1962. Mother Night.
  • 1963. Cat’s Cradle.
  • 1965. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater.
  • 1969. Slaughter-house Five.
  • 1969. Welcome to the Monkey House (cln).

Wells, H.G.

  • 1895. The Time Machine. (post)

Wyndham, John

  • 1951. The Day of the Triffids.
  • 1953. The Kraken Wakes aka Out of the Deeps.
  • 1955. Re-Birth aka The Chrysalids.
  • 1957. The Midwich Cuckoos.
  • 1960. Trouble with Lichen.
  • 1968. Chocky.