Locus Magazine, Best All-Time SF Novel


science fiction awards database
Locus 1987 Fantasy <— Citations thread —> Locus 1998 Fantasy
The 1998 all-time best novel polls restricted votes to book published before 1990, on the grounds that recent titles could not be fairly evaluated without the passage of some time. SF results are listed below; fantasy results are on the next page. Results were published in the August 1998 issue of Locus Magazine.

Ranked: Yes

Titles Cited: 52

Publication: Locus, 1998

  1. Frank Herbert, Dune (Chilton, 1965)
  2. Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (Putnam, 1966)
  3. Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (Ace Special, 1969)
  4. Isaac Asimov, The Foundation Trilogy (series, 1951-1953)
  5. Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (Putnam, 1961)
  6. Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination (NAL/Signet, 1957)
  7. Walter M. Miller, Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz (Lippincott, 1959)
  8. Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood's End (Ballantine, 1953)
  9. Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game (Tor, 1985)
  10. Dan Simmons, Hyperion (Doubleday Foundation, 1989)
  11. Frederik Pohl, Gateway (St. Martin's, 1977)
  12. Joe Haldeman, The Forever War (St. Martin's, 1974)
  13. Theodore Sturgeon, More Than Human (Farrar, Straus & Young/Ballantine, 1953)
  14. Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light (Doubleday, 1967)
  15. William Gibson, Neuromancer (Ace Special, 1984)
  16. David Brin, Startide Rising (Bantam, 1983)
  17. H. G. Wells, The Time Machine (Henry Holt, 1895)
  18. Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle (Putnam, 1962)
  19. Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed (Harper & Row, 1974)
  20. John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar (Doubleday, 1968)
  21. George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (Secker & Warburg, 1949)
  22. Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man (Shasta, 1953)
  23. Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles (Doubleday, 1950)
  24. Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers (Putnam, 1959)
  25. C. J. Cherryh, Downbelow Station (DAW, 1981)
  26. Larry Niven, Ringworld (Ballantine, 1970)
  27. Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey (NAL, 1968)
  28. H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds (Heinemann, 1898)
  29. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (Ballantine, 1953)
  30. Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle, The Mote in God's Eye (Simon and Schuster, 1974)
  31. Clifford D. Simak, Way Station (Doubleday, 1963)
  32. Olaf Stapledon, Star Maker (Methuen, 1937)
  33. Robert Silverberg, Dying Inside (Scribner's, 1972)
  34. Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars (Harcourt Brace, 1956)
  35. Samuel R. Delany, Dhalgren (Bantam, 1975)
  36. Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous with Rama (Gollancz, 1973)
  37. Hal Clement, Mission of Gravity (Doubleday, 1954)
  38. C. J. Cherryh, Cyteen (Warner, 1988)
  39. Clifford D. Simak, City (Gnome Press, 1952)
  40. Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon (Harcourt, Brace and World, 1966)
  41. Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star (Doubleday, 1956)
  42. George R. Stewart, Earth Abides (Random House, 1949)
  43. Philip K. Dick, Ubik (Doubleday, 1969)
  44. Robert A. Heinlein, The Door Into Summer (Doubleday, 1957)
  45. Olaf Stapledon, Last and First Men (Methuen, 1930)
  46. James H. Schmitz, The Witches of Karres (Chilton , 1966)
  47. Cordwainer Smith, Norstrilia (Ballantine, 1975)
  48. Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit -- Will Travel (Scribners, 1958)
  49. Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love (Putnam, 1973)
  50. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (Lackington Hughes, 1818)
  51. Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Doubleday, 1968)
  52. Isaac Asimov, The Gods Themselves (Doubleday, 1972)

Copyright 2012 - 2018 by Mark R. Kelly and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. All rights reserved.
This page last updated Monday 26 Oct 2015 at 16:57 PT