Jules Verne

French, 1828

From the Earth to the Moon, Around the Moon, Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

H.G. Wells,

British, 1866

The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, Island of Dr. Moreau

Edgar Rice Burroughs

American, 1875

Under the Moons of Mars (Barsoom), The Land that Time Forgot

Olaf Stapledon,

British, 1886

Last and First Men, Starmaker

J. R. R. Tolkien,

British, 1892

The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings (3): The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King

Alodus Huxley,

British, 1894

Brave New World

C. S. Lewis,

British, 1898

Chronicle of Narnia (7): The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and his Boy, The Magician's Nephew, The Last Battle, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra

George Orwell,

English, 1903


Robert A. Heinlein,

American, 1907

Sixth Column, Farnham's Freehold, Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

A.E. Van Vogt,

Canadian, 1912

Destination: Universe, Slan, The World of Null-A, Renaissance

Fred Hoyle,

English, 1915

A for Andromeda, Westminster Disaster

Arthur C. Clarke,

British, 1917

2001 (4), Songs of the Distant Earth, Rendezvous with Rama (4), The Other Side of the Sky, Earthlight, Islands in the Sky, Childhood's End, Imperial Earth, Fountains of Paradise, Tales from the Planet Earth

Philip Jose Farmer,

American, 1918

Riverworld (5): To Your Scattered Bodies Go, The Dark Design, The Fabulous Riverboat, The Magic Labyrinth, Gods of Riverworld

Frederik Pohl,

American, 1919

Venus, Inc., Starburst, Black Star Rising

Isaac Asimov,

Russian, 1920

I, Robot, Bicentennial Man, Foundation (6), Fantastic Voyage (2), The Gods Themselves, The Last Question

Ray Bradbury,

American, 1920

Faherenhiet 451, The Martian Chronicles

Frank Herbert,

American, 1920

Dune, White Plague

James Blish,

American, 1921

Cities in Flight, Midsummer Century, Star Trek

Stanislaw Lem,

Polish, 1921

The Star Diaries, Memoirs of a Space Traveler, The Futurological Congress, Return to the Stars, Mortal Engines, Imaginary Magnitude, One Human Minute, Memoirs in a Bathtub, Solaris, Peace on Earth

Philip K. Dick,

American, 1928

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Blade Runner)

Michael Ende,

German, 1929

The Neverending Story

Ben Bova,

American, 1932


Sylvia Engdahl,

American, 1933

Journey Between Worlds

Jerry Pournelle,

American, 1933

The Mote in God's Eye, King David's Starship, Exile-Glory

Carl Sagan,

American, 1934


Larry Niven,

American, 1938

Neutron Star, Ringworld, Inferno, Dream Park, The Integral Trees (2)

Michael Crichton,

American, 1942

The Andromeda Strain, Sphere, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, State of Fear

Alan Dean Foster,

American, 1946

Black Hole, Star Trek Logs, Star Wars, Star Trek the Motion Picture, Star Trek Reboot

Stephen King,

American, 1947

The Stand

Douglas Adams

English, 1952

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Kim Stanley Robinson,

American, 1952

Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars, Antarctica




1865 From the Earth to the Moon / Around the Moon

1864 Journey to the center of the Earth

1870 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

1895 The Time Machine

1896 The Island of Dr. Moreau

1898 War of the Worlds

***********1930s*********** 6

1912 Under the Moons of Mars (Barsoom)

1930 First and Last Men

1932 Brave New World

1937 Starmaker

1937 The Hobbit

1938 Out of the Silent Planet / Perelandra

***********1940s*********** 5

1941 Nightfall*

1946 Slan*

1948 The World of Null-A

1948 1984

1949 The Chronicles of Narnia (7)

1949 Sixth Column / Farnham's Freehold

************1950s********** 6

1950 The Martian Chronicles

1950 I, Robot / Bicentennial Man*

1951 Foundation (6)*

1952 Destination Universe*

1952 Islands in the Sky*

1953 Childhood's End*

1953 The Space Merchants (2)*

1953 Fahrenheit 451

1954 Lord of the Rings (3)

1955 Earthlight*

1956 The Last Question*

1956 Cities in Flight (4)

1957 The Other Side of the Sky*

1957 The Star Diaries / Memoirs*

1959 Starship Troopers

************1960s*********** 15

1961 Stranger in a Strange Land

1961 Mortal Engines*

1961 Memoirs in a Bathtub

1961 Return from the Stars*

1961 Solaris*

1962 A for Andromeda

1965 Dune*

1965 The Cyberniad

1966 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

1966 Fantastic Voyage (2)*

1966 Neutron Star

1967 Star Trek*

1968 2001: A Space Odyssey (4)*

1968 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

1968 His Master's Voice

1968 Tales of Pirx the Pilot*

1969 The Andromeda Strain*

*************1970s*********** 16

1970 Journey Between Worlds*

1970 Ringworld

1971 Riverworld (5)*

1971 The Futurological Congress

1971 A Perfect Vacuum

1972 Rendezvous with Rama*

1972 The Gods Themselves*

1973 Imaginary Magnitude*

1974 The Mote in God's Eye

1974 Star Trek Logs*

1975 Imperial Earth*

1976 Millennium*

1976 Inferno

1976 Star Wars

1977 Exile and Glory*

1978 The Westminster Disaster

1978 The Stand*

1979 Renaissance*

1979 The Fountains of Paradise*

1979 The Neverending Story

1979 The Black Hole*

1979 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (5)

************1980s************** 23

1981 King David's Spaceship*

1981 Dream Park*

1982 Starburst*

1982 The White Plague*

1984 The Integral Trees / Smoke Ring

1985 Black Star Rising*

1985 Contact*

1986 Songs of the Distant Earth*

1986 One Human Minute*

1987 Peace on Earth

1987 Sphere*

1988 Cradle*

*************1990s************** 11

1990 Tales from the Planet Earth*

1990 Jurassic Park (2)*

1993 Red, Green, Blue Mars

1997 Antarctica

*************2000s************** 4

2004 State of Fear*

2009 Star Trek Reboot*


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Below are the books of the science fiction canon in the order they should be read, which is virtually chronological with a few exceptions, occuring when there is a multivolume set of books that came out in different years, but which (as listed below) should be read one after the other. This breaks the strict chronology but makes for better continuity. The first books in the canon are Jules Verne's excursions into space, to the bottom of the sea, and to the center of the earth. From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon go together, and are extremely important because they inspired Konstanin Tsiolkovsky and Robert Goddard (the inventors of rocketry). They also had an effect on rocket pioneers Sergei Korolev (responsible for Sputnik) and Wernher Von Braun (responsible for the Apollo rockets). Imagining 'going to the Moon' with Verne in this very first science fiction adventure really did set into motion a chain of events in the real world. As a testament to the genre, this "Jules Verne Effect" demonstrates the power of the imagination and how one mind can speak to another through a literary medium. French early filmmaker George Milies later transformed Verne's tale into, appropriately, the first movie (A Trip to the Moon, 1902). The works follow from there.


















































































































































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