Ryan Plummer and Madeleine Monson-Rosen at Lifehacker have put together a list of 17 books that changed the rules of the science fiction genre and inspired the generations of readers and writers that followed.
Most hardcore science fiction fans have probably already read all or most of these suggested books, but for those new to the genre or looking to rediscover some true classics, this list is a really good place to start. Like any list of this type, what’s missing become just as interesting as what’s included. Check out the comments on the original post to find tons of other great sci-fi books.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Dune by Frank Herbert
Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison
Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ringworld by Larry Niven
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delaney
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Neuromancer by William Gibson