The all-time best sci-fi books, films, TV shows and stories
Sci-Fi Lists is dedicated to bringing you quality lists and concise reviews of science fiction's all-time top books, films, TV shows and short stories. The Top 200 Sci-Fi Books list is the flagship of the site, but lists have also been compiled for movies and television with the aim of being the most statistically reliable of their type found anywhere on the net. All lists are regularly updated to include new sources of information that become available, including results from the relevant Sci-Fi Lists online polls.
The Book List Awards - 20; Published critics - 38; Popular polls - 16; Other lists - 53 A statistical survey of sci-fi literary awards, noted critics and popular polls. To qualify a book has to be generally regarded as science fiction by credible sources and/or recognised as having historical significance to the development of the genre. For books that are part of a series (with some notable exceptions) only the first book in the series is listed. (Updated 2 November 2013) The Film List Published critics - 22; Popular polls - 13; Other lists - 77 A statistical survey that includes data from noted critics and popular polls. The qualification rules are similar to those used for the books list and for statistical purposes films in a series are treated in tallies as stand-alones. Exceptions to this rule include the Star Wars trilogies. (Updated 25 April 2013) The Television List Experts polled - 11; Published critics - 6; Popular polls - 9; Other lists - 90 Based on data gathered from a statistical survey and a direct poll of sci-fi television experts - including critics, editors and website managers. Shows often classified under other genres but containing significant and notable sci-fi content (e.g. The Avengers & The Wild, Wild West) qualify for inclusion on the list. (Updated 3 June 2013)
The Short Fiction List Popular polls - 3; Published critics - 2; Awards - 6 A very difficult list to start owing to the lack of published data. Locus, Nebula and Hugo award information helped formulate the original list. A couple of ageing polls also helped out, but it was site visitor interest that kept it going. The online poll and visitor feedback are the main sources for updating this list, which generates more than its fair share of healthy debate. (Updated 26 April 2013)
The update of the Top 200 book list in mid-June 2013 shows a trio of superb novels bubbling under the pack.
Ernest Cline's Ready Player One is the cleverest take on 1980s pop culture ever published in the sci-fi world. The richest man to have ever lived creates OASIS - a virtual reality online utopia. His fortune goes to the one who finds the "Easter egg".
The late Iain M Banks departs the universe of 'the Culture' to pen The Algebraist - a space opera about a prized artificial wormhole that looks set to trigger a war. 'Slow Seer' Fassin Taak of the Nasqueron Dwellers attempts to set things straight.
The typically uncategorisable China Mieville pens a genuine sci-fi book with the riveting Embassytown. When human colonist Avice Benner Cho returns to the home of the enigmatic Ariekei, she discovers her place in a language that speaks through her.
The "dean of science fiction writers", a literate writing style and scientific plausibility were Heinlein's trademarks.
Heinlein stormed into the SF field in 1939, beginning with a string of stirring 'Future History' stories that began "the day after tomorrow" - some of the best of them collected in The Man Who Sold the Moon.
Brave New Words Edited by Jeff Prucher 2007 (Oxford)
2012 Awards - Novels The Top Performers *********************** Embassytown by China Miéville Wins: Locus Shortlists: Nebula, Campbell, Hugo, Clarke
With a dearth of sci-fi reference books on the market, it is refreshing to find one that is both fun and informative.
Editor Jeff Prucher left no stone unturned in collecting a staggering array of source materials on which to base the definitions in this book. These include not only sci-fi sources such as books and magazines - but also mainstream publications, fanzines, screenplays, newspapers, comics, film, songs and the Internet.
The real delight is that - far from being a dry academic work - this dictionary is a load of fun to read. It is plainly obvious that Prucher has a keen understanding of sci-fi fandom and all its cosmically warped idiosyncrasies.
A deserved winner of a 2008 Hugo Award, definitions are exhaustingly referenced, in the process making this a valuable historical work. As an academic reference book or just a plain fun read - this one is a winner.
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey Shortlists: Hugo, Locus
The Highest Frontier by Joan Slonczewski Wins: Campbell (tie)
Equations of Life (Samuil Petrovitch) by Simon Morden Wins: Dick
11/22/63 by Stephen King Wins: Goodreads Shortlists: Locus