This is the Top 10 Sci-Fi novels of all time...according to me. But since I'm an eye doctor, I decided to make it equivalent to an eye chart. Number 10 is at the top, number 1 is at the bottom.
To be fair, I have NOT read the following sci-fi classics, so they are not included on this list.
Dune, Hyperion, Stranger in a Strange Land, 1984, Neuromancer, and Snow Crash.
20/400 - "Mass Effect: Revelation, Ascension, and Retribution" by Drew Karpyshyn
I loved the video game so I knew I'd love the books. I was right. Crazy good story that sets up the first video game. Even if you've never played the game, read these books. They are good enough to stand alone on their own as some of the best sci-fi books ever.
20/200 - "Heaven's Shadow" by David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt
Great book that could literally be a movie (and considering the two authors are screenwriters, I'm just waiting). Huge object in space, crazy message for humans. Second book is great but third book falls flat.
20/100 - "Foundation" by Isaac Asimov
This is a classic because it introduces the Galactic Empire and spawns many, many wonderful novels and stories from it. A must for all sci-fi junkies.
20/80 - "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
Funny, weird, and many WTF moments make this classic appear on my list. An epicenter of pop culture references makes this book truly one of the great ones.
20/60 - "I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov
No, this has nothing (and I mean, NOTHING) to do with the Will Smith movie. But it does introduce us sci-fi junkies to the Three Laws of Robotics. Pivotal in the sci-fi genre and for good reason.
20/50 - "Feed" by M.T. Anderson
Strangely, and sadly, accurate metaphor about the youth in our society, this tale is not one to be missed. What starts off as a quirky sci-fi tale slowly turns dark mid-way through. Definitely a book that sticks with you for a long time.
20/40 - "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline
1980s. Nerdom. Sci-fi. What more could one ask for? If you are a sci-fi/fantasy nerd, and you haven't read this book yet, I feel sad for you. Deeply and utterly sad.
20/30 - "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi
I was a little hesitant about this book, I mean, how can 75 year old sign up for the galactic military, and even more, how can you write 5 books about it?!? Holy crap. It works... trust me.
20/25 - "The Martian" by Andy Weir
Incredible. Unbelievable. Can't-put-the-book-down amazing. Even though this book was published a few years back it is already a classic. Read it and you'll see why. It is as close to perfection as it gets.
20/20 - "2001: A Space Odyssey" by Arthur Clarke
Anyone who knows me understands this. I am crazy about these novels, and even though the sequels in this series aren't nearly as praised as the original, they are all incredible. Worth reading for sure.
How did I do? I know I missed some, probably some big ones, but these are my favorites. What's yours? Comment below to let me know.
I love to read and to discuss books. My preferred genre is sci-fi but I like to read mostly anything.