Locus Magazine, Best All-Time SF Novels


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The second round of all-time best novels polls run by Locus, 12 years after the first, split SF and fantasy into separate categories. SF results appear below; fantasy results are on the next page. Results were published in the August 1987 issue of Locus.

Ranked: Yes

Titles Cited: 45

Publication: Locus, 1987

  1. Frank Herbert, Dune (Chilton, 1965)
  2. Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (Ace Special, 1969)
  3. Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood's End (Ballantine, 1953)
  4. Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (Putnam, 1966)
  5. Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (Putnam, 1961)
  6. Isaac Asimov, The Foundation Trilogy (series, 1951-1953)
  7. Walter M. Miller, Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz (Lippincott, 1959)
  8. Frederik Pohl, Gateway (St. Martin's, 1977)
  9. Larry Niven, Ringworld (Ballantine, 1970)
  10. Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination (NAL/Signet, 1957)
  11. Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light (Doubleday, 1967)
  12. Theodore Sturgeon, More Than Human (Farrar, Straus & Young/Ballantine, 1953)
  13. Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle, The Mote in God's Eye (Simon and Schuster, 1974)
  14. Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle (Putnam, 1962)
  15. H. G. Wells, The Time Machine (Henry Holt, 1895)
  16. John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar (Doubleday, 1968)
  17. Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed (Harper & Row, 1974)
  18. Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man (Shasta, 1953)
  19. Joe Haldeman, The Forever War (St. Martin's, 1974)
  20. Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles (Doubleday, 1950)
  21. Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers (Putnam, 1959)
  22. Robert Silverberg, Dying Inside (Scribner's, 1972)
  23. Samuel R. Delany, Dhalgren (Bantam, 1975)
  24. Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love (Putnam, 1973)
  25. Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous with Rama (Gollancz, 1973)
  26. Clifford D. Simak, Way Station (Doubleday, 1963)
  27. Philip Josť Farmer, To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Putnam, 1971)
  28. George R. Stewart, Earth Abides (Random House, 1949)
  29. Robert A. Heinlein, The Door Into Summer (Doubleday, 1957)
  30. Clifford D. Simak, City (Gnome Press, 1952)
  31. James H. Schmitz, The Witches of Karres (Chilton , 1966)
  32. Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars (Harcourt Brace, 1956)
  33. Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel (Doubleday, 1954)
  34. George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (Secker & Warburg, 1949)
  35. Cordwainer Smith, Norstrilia (Ballantine, 1975)
  36. Hal Clement, Mission of Gravity (Doubleday, 1954)
  37. Philip K. Dick, Ubik (Doubleday, 1969)
  38. Gregory Benford, Timescape (Simon and Schuster, 1980)
  39. Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey (NAL, 1968)
  40. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (Ballantine, 1953)
  41. C. J. Cherryh, Downbelow Station (DAW, 1981)
  42. H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds (Heinemann, 1898)
  43. Olaf Stapledon, Last and First Men (Methuen, 1930)
  44. Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star (Doubleday, 1956)
  45. Edgar Pangborn, Davy (St. Martin's, 1964)

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