Top 100 Science Fiction Stories of the 20th Century


1. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
2. Forbidden Planet (1956)
3. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
4. Dune by Frank Herbert
5. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
6. Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
7. Ringworld by Larry Niven
8. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
9. Metropolis (1926)
10. King Kong (1933)
11. Star Trek (all of them except Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek V)
12. Doctor Who
13. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
14. Blade Runner (1982) and “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” by Phillip K. Dick
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
16. “I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison
17. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
18. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
19. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
20. “Nightfall” by Isaac Asimov
21. Blakes 7
22. Startide Rising by David Brin
23. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
24. “The Persistence of Vision” by John Varley
25. The Hyperion novels (Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, The Rise of Endymion, Endymion) by Dan Simmons
26. Babylon 5
27. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
28. “Microcosmic God” by Theodore Sturgeon
29. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute and Peter Nicholls
30. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
31. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
32. The Terminator (1984)
33. The Twilight Zone (original series)
34. Quatermass and the Pit (aka Five Milion Years to Earth; 1968)
35. Dangerous Visions and Again Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison
36. The Heechee novels by Fredrik Pohl (Gateway, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, Heechee Rendezvouz, The Annals of the Heechee)
37. The X-Files
38. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 1 edited by Robert Silverberg
39. “Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper” by Robert Bloch
40. The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
41. The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
42. A Clockwork Orange (novel by Anthony Burgess and 1971 movie)
43. 1984 by George Orwell
44. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
45. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr
46. Fantasia (1940)
47. Aliens (1986)
48. Red Dwarf
49. To Your Scattered Bodies Go and The Fabulous Riverboat by Philip Jose Farmer
50. The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers
51. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
52. Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny
53. Frankenstein (1931)
54. Dracula (1931)
55. The Invisible Man (1933)
56. Gattaca (1997)
57. “All The Lies That Are My Life” by Harlan Ellison
58. Neuromancer by William Gibson
59. John Campbell’s Astounding/Analog magazine
60. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
61. “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast (1938)
62. Superman (all manifestations)
63. The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick
64. The Wizard of Oz (book by L. Frank Baum and 1939 movie)
65. The Haunting (1963)
66. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
67. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (the original radio scripts, 1977)
68. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963)
69. The Prisoner
70. Time Bandits (1981)
71. The Gormanghast Trilogy (Titus Groan, Gormenghast, Titus Alone) by Mervyn Peake
72. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
73. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
74. Apollo 13 (1995)
75. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
76. Locus magazine
77. The Outer Limits
78. Max Headroom (1985 and TV series)
79. Contact (novel by Carl Sagan and 1997 movie)
80. Men In Black (1997)
81. “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes
82. Young Frankenstein (1974)
83. Planet of the Apes (1968)
84. The Shining by Stephen King
85. Time After Time (1979)
86. A Christmas Carol (1951)
87. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
88. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
89. Hugo Gernsbach’s Amazing Stories magazine
90. Mary Poppins (1964)
91. Nosferatu (1922)
92. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
93. “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” by H. P. Lovecraft
94. The Dying Earth by Jack Vance
95. Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin
96. Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
97. Rocky and Bullwinkle
98. “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury
99. Invaders From Mars (1953)
100. The Chronicles of Narnia and The Deepspace Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength) by C. S. Lewis


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