Paul McAuley

Two Lists




Generated for a creative writing course, these lists should not to be considered cannonical. They're books I think anyone who has any kind of passion for the science fiction and fantasy fields will find interesting - and perhaps essential. The end-point, 1984, is intended to allow students to add works from the past 30 odd years that they have found inspirational.

50 great science fiction novels and short-story collections

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus MARY SHELLEY 1818

Journey to the Centre of the Earth JULES VERNE 1863

After London RICHARD JEFFRIES 1885

The Time Machine HG WELLS 1895

The House on the Borderland WILLIAM HOPE HODGSON 1912

Herland CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN 1914

We YEVGENY ZAMIATIN 1924

Brave New World ALDOUS HUXLEY 1932

Star Maker OLAF STAPLEDON 1937

1984 GEORGE ORWELL 1949

I, Robot, ISAAC ASIMOV 1950

The Martian Chronicles RAY BRADBURY 1950

Childhood's End ARTHUR C CLARKE 1953

The Space Merchants CM KORNBLUTH & FREDERIK POHL 1953

Tiger! Tiger! ALFRED BESTER 1956

The Death of Grass JOHN CHRISTOPHER 1956

The Seedling Stars JAMES BLISH 1957

The Midwich Cuckoos JOHN WYNDHAM 1957

Starship Troopers ROBERT A HEINLEIN 1959

A Canticle for Liebowitz WALTER M MILLER JR 1959

Solaris STANSLAW LEM 1961

Hothouse BRIAN ALDISS 1962

A Clockwork Orange ANTONY BURGESS 1962

Cat's Cradle KURT VONNEGUT JR 1963

Martian Time-Slip PHILIP K DICK 1964

Dune FRANK HERBERT 1965

The Crystal World JG BALLARD 1966

Flowers For Algernon DANIEL KEYES 1966

Lord of Light ROGER ZELAZNY 1967

Nova SAMUEL R DELANY 1968

The Final Programme MICHAEL MOORCOCK 1968

Pavane KEITH ROBERTS 1968

The Left Hand of Darkness URSULA K LE GUIN 1969

Roadside Picnic ARKADY AND BORIS STRUGATSKI 1969

334 THOMAS M DISCH 1972

Dying Inside ROBERT SILVERBERG 1972

The Fifth Head of Cerberus GENE WOLFE 1972

Ten Thousand Light Years From Home JAMES TIPTREE JR 1973

The Forever War JOE HALDEMAN 1974

Inverted World CHRISTOPHER PRIEST 1974

The Shockwave Rider JOHN BRUNNER 1975

The Female Man JOANNA RUSS 1975

Arslan MJ ENGH 1976

The Ophiuchi Hotline JOHN VARLEY 1977

Kindred OCTAVIA BUTLER 1979

Engine Summer JOHN CROWLEY 1979

The Instrumentality of Mankind CORDWAINER SMITH collected 1979

Timescape GREGORY BENFORD 1980

Neuromancer WILLIAM GIBSON 1984

Divine Endurance GWYNETH JONES 1984



50 great fantasy novels and short-story collections

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus MARY SHELLEY 1818


Tales of Mystery and Imagination EDGAR ALLAN POE 1838

A Christmas Carol CHARLES DICKENS 1843

Jane Eyre CHARLOTTE BRONTE 1847

The Hunting of the Snark LEWIS CARROLL 1876

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ROBERT LOUIS STEPHENSON 1886

The Well At The World's End WILLIAM MORRIS 1896

Dracula BRAM STOKER 1897

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary MR JAMES 1904

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things LAFCADIO HEARN 1904

The Wind in the Willows KENNETH GRAHAME 1908

Jurgen JAMES BRANCH CABELL 1919

A Voyage to Arcturus DAVID LINDSAY 1920

The King of Elfland's Daughter LORD DUNSANY 1924

The Trial FRANZ KAFKA 1925

Lud-in-the-Mist HOPE MIRRLEES 1926

Orlando VIRGINIA WOOLF 1928

The Big Sleep RAYMOND CHANDLER 1939

The Outsider and Others HP LOVECRAFT 1939

Gormenghast trilogy MERVYN PEAKE 1946-1959

Night's Black Agents FRITZ LEIBER 1947

Well of the Unicorn FLETCHER PRATT 1948

The Dying Earth JACK VANCE 1950

The Sword of Rhiannon LEIGH BRACKETT 1953

Conan the Barbarian ROBERT E HOWARD collected 1954

The Lord of the Rings JRR TOLKEIN 1954-5

The Once and Future King TH WHITE 1958

The Haunting of Hill House SHIRLEY JACKSON 1959

The Weirdstone of Brinsingamen ALAN GARNER 1960

Three Hearts and Three Lions POUL ANDERSON 1961

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase JOAN AIKEN 1962

Labyrinths JORGE LUIS BORGES 1962

Something Wicked This Way Comes RAY BRADBURY 1963

The Master and Margarita MIKHAIL BULGAKOV 1966

Ice ANA CAVAN 1967

One Hundred Years of Solitude GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ 1967

Earthsea URSULA LE GUIN 1968-1972

Jirel of Joiry CL MOORE collected 1969

Grendel JOHN GARDNER 1971

The Pastel City M JOHN HARRISON 1971

Carrie STEPHEN KING 1974

Peace GENE WOLFE 1975

Charmed Life DIANNE WYNNE JONES 1977

Gloriana, or the Unfulfill'd Queen MICHAEL MOORCOCK 1978

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories ANGELA CARTER 1979

Little, Big JOHN CROWLEY 1981

Lanark: A Life in Four Books ALASDAIR GRAY 1981

The Anubis Gates TIM POWERS 1983

The Colour of Magic TERRY PRATCHETT 1983

Mythago Wood ROBERT HOLDSTOCK 1984


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