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, focusing on the “classic” authors of the 1950s, gradually extending into later authors I am or plan to revisit.

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.

(The photo shows mostly recent editions of these works, with just one first edition (Silverberg) and one near-first (2001, a book club edition).

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. (Black Gate review)
  • 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) (Black Gate review)
  • 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).
  • 1966. Fantastic Voyage.
  • 1968. Asimov’s Mysteries (cln).
  • 1969. Nightfall and Other Stories (cln).
  • 1972. The Gods Themselves.
  • 1972. The Early Asimov (cln). (notes) (Black Gate review)
  • 1975. Buy Jupiter and Other Stories (cln).
  • 1976. The Bicentennial Man (cln).
  • 1982. The Complete Robot (cln).
  • 1982. Foundation’s Edge.
  • 1983. The Robots of Dawn.
  • 1983. The Winds of Change (cln). (post)
  • 1985. Robots and Empire.
  • 1986. Foundation and Earth.
  • 1986. Robot Dreams (cln).
  • 1987. Fantastic Voyage II.
  • 1988. Prelude to Foundation.
  • 1989. Nemesis.
  • 1989. The Asimov Chronicles (cln).
  • 1990. Robot Visions (cln).
  • 1990-1992. Three novels by Robert Silverberg adapting Asimov stories.
  • 1993. Forward the Foundation.

Benford, Gregory (selected)

  • 1975/1980. Jupiter Project. (YA nvl)
  • 1977/1988. If the Stars are Gods (with Gordon Eklund).
  • 1977. In the Ocean of Night.
  • 1978. The Stars in Shroud.
  • 1980. Timescape.
  • 1983. Against Infinity.
  • 1984. Across the Sea of Suns.
  • 1985. Artifact.
  • 1986. Heart of the Comet (with David Brin).
  • 1986. In Alien Flesh (cln).
  • 1987. Great Sky River.
  • 1989. Tides of Light.
  • 1990. Beyond the Fall of Night (sequel to Clarke).
  • 1993. Chiller (as by Sterling Blake).
  • 1994. Furious Gulf.
  • 1995. Sailing Bright Eternity.
  • 1995. Matter’s End (cln).
  • 1997. Foundation’s Fear (sequel to Asimov).
  • 1998. Cosm.
  • 1999. The Martian Race.
  • 2000. Eater.
  • 2000. Worlds Vast and Various (cln).
  • 2002. Immersion, and other Short Novels (cln).
  • 2004. Beyond Infinity.
  • 2005. The Sunborn.
  • 2012. Bowl of Heaven (with Larry Niven).
  • 2014. Shipstar (with Larry Niven).
  • 2015. The Best of Gregory Benford (cln).
  • 2017. The Berlin Project.
  • 2019. Rewrite: Loops in the Timescape.
  • (omitting earlier novels later revised, and other collaborations with Eklund, Rotsler, Martin, et al.)

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. (Black Gate review)
  • 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).

Brackett, Leight

Bradbury, Ray

  • 1947. Dark Carnival (cln).
  • 1950. The Martian Chronicles (linked collection) (notes)
  • 1951. The Illustrated Man (cln).
  • 1953. Fahrenheit 451.
  • 1953. The Golden Apples of the Sun (cln).
  • 1955. The October Country (cln). (notes)
  • 1957. Dandelion Wine. (notes)
  • 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).
  • 1972. The Halloween Tree.
  • 1976. Long After Midnight (cln).
  • 1980. The Stories of Ray Bradbury (cln).
  • 1983. Dinosaur Tales (cln).
  • 1985. Death Is a Lonely Business.
  • 1988. The Toynbee Convector.
  • 1990. A Graveyard for Lunatics.
  • 1992. Green Shadows, White Whale.
  • 1996. Quicker Than the Eye (cln).
  • 1998. Driving Blind (cln).
  • 2001. From the Dust Returned.
  • 2002. One More for the Road (cln).
  • 2003. Let’s All Kill Constance.
  • 2003. Bradbury Stories: 100 of… (cln).
  • 2004. The Cat’s Pajamas (cln).
  • 2006. Farewell Summer. (notes)
  • 2009. We’ll Always Have Paris (cln).
  • 2010. A Pleasure to Burn (cln).

Budrys, Algis

  • 1958. Who?.
  • 1960. Rogue Moon. (Black Gate review)
  • 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. (Black Gate review)
  • 1951. The Sands of Mars.
  • 1952. Islands in the Sky.
  • 1953. Against the Fall of Night.
  • 1953. Childhood’s End. (post; part 2; passages)
  • 1953. Earthlight. (Black Gate review)
  • 1953. Expedition to Earth (cln).
  • 1956. The City and the Stars.
  • 1956. Reach for Tomorrow (cln).
  • 1957. The Deep Range. (post; Black Gate review)
  • 1957. Tales from the White Hart (cln).
  • 1958. The Other Side of the Sky (cln).
  • 1959. Across the Sea of Stars (omb).
  • 1961. A Fall of Moondust. (Black Gate review)
  • 1962. From the Ocean, From the Stars (omb).
  • 1962. Profiles of the Future (nf, revised in 1973, 1984, and 2000).
  • 1962. Tales of Ten Worlds (cln).
  • 1963. Dolphin Island.
  • 1963. Glide Path.
  • 1965. Prelude to Mars (omb).
  • 1967. The Nine Billion Names of God: The Best Short Stories of Arthur C Clarke (cln).
  • 1968. 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • 1968. The Lion of Comarre and Against the Fall of Night (omb).
  • 1972. The Wind from the Sun (cln).
  • 1973. Rendezvous with Rama.
  • 1975. Imperial Earth.
  • 1979. The Fountains of Paradise.
  • 1982. 2010: Odyssey Two.
  • 1983. The Sentinel (cln).
  • 1986. The Songs of Distant Earth.
  • 1988. 2061: Odyssey Three.
  • 1990. The Ghost from the Grand Banks.
  • 1990. Tales from Planet Earth (cln)
  • 1993. The Hammer of God.
  • 1997. 3001: The Final Odyssey.
  • 2000. The Collected Stories of Arthur C Clarke (cln)
  • (list omits collaborations with Gentry Lee, Stephen Baxter, Frederik Pohl, and others)

Clement, Hal

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

Dick, Philip K.

  • 1955. Solar Lottery. (Black Gate review)
  • 1956. The Man Who Japed.
  • 1956. The World Jones Made.
  • 1957. Eye in the Sky. (Black Gate review)
  • 1957. The Cosmic Puppets.
  • 1957. The Variable Man and Other Stories (cln).
  • 1959. Time Out of Joint. (Black Gate review)
  • 1960. Dr. Futurity.
  • 1960. Vulcan’s Hammer.
  • 1962. The Man in the High Castle.
  • 1963. The Game-Players of Titan.
  • 1964. Clans of the Alphane Moon.
  • 1964. Martian Time-Slip.
  • 1964. The Simulacra.
  • 1964. The Penultimate Truth.
  • 1964. The Unteleported Man.
  • 1965. Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb.
  • 1965. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.
  • 1966. Now Wait for Last Year.
  • 1966. The Crack in Space.
  • 1967. The Ganymede Takeover.
  • 1967. The Zap Gun.
  • 1967. Counter Clock World.
  • 1968. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.
  • 1969. Ubik.
  • 1969. Galactic Pot-Healer.
  • 1969. The Preserving Machine and Other Stories (cln).
  • 1970. Our Friends from Frolix 8.
  • 1970. A Maze of Death.
  • 1972. We Can Build You.
  • 1973. The Book of Philip K. Dick (cln).
  • 1974. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said.
  • 1976. Deus Irae (with Roger Zelazny).
  • 1977. A Scanner Darkly.
  • 1977. The Best of Philip K. Dick (cln).
  • 1980. The Golden Man (cln).
  • 1981. VALIS.
  • 1981. The Divine Invasion.
  • 1982. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer.
  • 1985. I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon (cln).
  • 1986. Radio Free Albemuth.

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.

  • 1939/2005. For Us, the Living (notes) (Black Gate review)
  • 1941/1949. Sixth Column (aka The Day After Tomorrow). (notes) (Black Gate review)
  • 1941/1963. Orphans of the Sky (post)
  • 1942/1948. Beyond This Horizon.
  • 1947. Rocket Ship Galileo (YA).
  • 1948. Space Cadet (YA). (post)
  • 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). (notes)
  • 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 Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein (cln).
  • 1967. The Past Through Tomorrow (cln/omb).
  • 1971. I Will Fear No Evil.
  • 1973. Time Enough for Love.
  • 1980. The Number of the Beast.
  • 1982. Friday.
  • 1984. Job: A Comedy of Justice.
  • 1985. The Cat Who Walks through Walls.
  • 1987. To Sail Beyond the Sunset.

Hoyle, Fred

  • 1957. The Black Cloud. (Black Gate review)
  • 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.

Oliver, Chad

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, Fredrick

  • May 1953. The Space Merchants (w/Kornbluth)
  • Feb 1954. Search the Sky (w/Kornbluth)
  • Jun 1955. Gladiator-at-Law (w/Kornbluth)
  • Feb 1956. Alternating Currents (cln)
  • Feb 1957. Slave Ship
  • May 1957. The Case Against Tomorrow (cln)
  • Jul 1959. Tomorrow Times Seven (cln)
  • Sep 1959. Wolfbane (w/Kornbluth)
  • Jul 1960. The Man Who Ate the World (cln)
  • Nov 1960. Drunkard’s Walk
  • Mar 1961. Turn Left at Thursday (cln)
  • Sep 1962. The Wonder Effect (cln, w/Kornbluth)
  • Jan 1963. The Abominable Earthman (cln)
  • Sep 1965. A Plague of Pythons
  • Jun 1966. Digits and Dastards (cln)
  • Oct 1969. The Age of the Pussyfoot
  • Jun 1970. Day Million (cln)
  • later:
  • 1972. The Gold at the Starbow’s End (cln) notes)
  • 1977. Gateway (notes)

Russell, Eric Frank

Silverberg, Robert

  • 1955. Revolt on Alpha C. (notes)
  • 1957. The 13th Immortal. (notes)
  • 1957. Master of Life and Death.
  • 1957. The Shrouded Planet (with Randall Garrett).
  • 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 Dawning Light (with Randall Garrett).
  • 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. (Black Gate review)
  • 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.
  • 1967. Those Who Watch.
  • 1967. Thorns.
  • 1967. The Time Hoppers.
  • 1967. To Open the Sky.
  • 1968. Hawksbill Station.
  • 1968. The Masks of Time.
  • 1969. The Calibrated Alligator (cln).
  • 1969. Dimension Thirteen (cln).
  • 1969. Three Survived.
  • 1969. Nightwings.
  • 1969. Across a Billion Years.
  • 1969. The Man in the Maze.
  • 1969. To Live Again.
  • 1969. Up the Line.
  • 1970. World’s Fair 1992.
  • 1970. Downward to the Earth.
  • 1970. Tower of Glass.
  • 1970. Parsecs and Parables (cln).
  • 1970. The Cube Root of Uncertainty (cln).
  • 1971. A Time of Changes.
  • 1971. Son of Man.
  • 1971. The World Inside.
  • 1971. Moonferns and Starsongs.
  • 1972. The Second Trip.
  • 1972. The Book of Skulls.
  • 1972: Dying Inside (notes)
  • 1972. The Reality Trip and Other Implausibilities (cln).
  • 1973. Unfamiliar Territory (cln).
  • 1973. Valley Beyond Time (cln)
  • 1973. Earth’s Other Shadow (cln)
  • 1974. Sundance and Other Science Fiction Stories (cln)
  • 1974. Born with the Dead: Three Novellas (cln)
  • 1975. The Stochastic Man.
  • 1975. Sunrise on Mercury (cln)
  • 1975. The Feast of St. Dionysus (cln)
  • 1976. Shadrach in the Furnace.
  • 1976. Capricorn Games (cln).
  • 1976. The Shores of Tomorrow (cln).
  • 1976/1978. The Best of Robert Silverberg (cln, 2 vols).
  • 1979. The Songs of Summer (cln).
  • 1982. World of a Thousand Colors (cln).
  • 1984. The Conglomeroid Cocktail Party (cln).
  • 2000. Sailing to Byzantium: Six Novellas (cln).
  • 2002. In Another Country and Other Short Novels (cln).
  • 2004. Phases of the Moon: Stories of Six Decades (cln).
  • 2017. First Person Singularities (cln).
  • 2018. Time and Time Again (cln).
  • 2019. Alien Archives (cln).
  • (later novels beginning 1980 to be added)

Simak, Clifford D.

  • 1951. Time and Again.
  • 1952. City. (post) (Black Gate review)
  • 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

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. (Black Gate review)
  • 1955. Re-Birth aka The Chrysalids.
  • 1957. The Midwich Cuckoos.
  • 1960. Trouble with Lichen.
  • 1968. Chocky.