S.F. Masterworks

Dune

One of my long-term goals on this site is to review all of Gollancz’s S.F. Masterworks series. Along with the Hugo and Nebula Awards, this represents the bulk of the essential sci-fi canon, and coupled with Gollancz’s Fantasy Masterworks will keep up my relentless reading for years to come. This will take a while, but you can track my progress here:

  1. The Forever War — Joe Haldeman
  2. I Am Legend — Richard Matheson
  3. Cities in Flight — James Blish
  4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — Philip K. Dick
  5. The Stars My Destination — Alfred Bester
  6. Babel17 — Samuel R. Delany
  7. Lord of Light — Roger Zelazny
  8. The Fifth Head of Cerberus — Gene Wolfe
  9. Gateway — Frederik Pohl
  10. The Rediscovery of Man — Cordwainer Smith
  11. Last and First Men — Olaf Stapledon
  12. Earth Abides — George R. Stewart
  13. Martian Time-Slip — Philip K. Dick
  14. The Demolished Man — Alfred Bester
  15. Stand on Zanzibar — John Brunner
  16. The Dispossessed — Ursula K. Le Guin
  17. The Drowned World — J.G. Ballard
  18. The Sirens of Titan — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  19. Emphyrio — Jack Vance
  20. A Scanner Darkly — Philip K. Dick
  21. Star Maker — Olaf Stapledon
  22. Behold the Man — Michael Moorcock
  23. The Book of Skulls — Robert Silverberg
  24. The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds — H.G. Wells
  25. Flowers for Algernon — Daniel Keyes
  26. UBIK — Philip K. Dick
  27. Timescape — Gregory Benford
  28. More Than Human — Theodore Sturgeon
  29. Man Plus — Frederik Pohl
  30. A Case of Conscience — James Blish
  31. The Centauri Device — M. John Harrison
  32. Dr. Bloodmoney — Philip K. Dick
  33. Non-Stop — Brian W. Aldiss
  34.  The Fountains of Paradise — Arthur C. Clarke
  35. Pavane — Keith Roberts
  36. Now Wait for Last Year — Philip K. Dick
  37. Nova — Samuel R. Delany
  38. The First Men on the Moon — H.G. Wells
  39. The City and the Stars — Arthur C. Clarke
  40. Blood Music — Greg Bear
  41. Jem — Frederik Pohl
  42. Bring the Jubilee — Ward Moore
  43. Valis — Philip K. Dick
  44. The Lathe of Heaven — Ursula K. Le Guin
  45.  The Complete Roderick — John Sladek
  46. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said — Philip K. Dick
  47. The Invisible Man — H.G. Wells
  48. Grass — Sheri S. Tepper
  49. A Fall of Moondust — Arthur C. Clarke
  50. Eon — Greg Bear
  51. The Shrinking Man — Richard Matheson
  52. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch — Philip K. Dick
  53. The Dancers at the End of Time — Michael Moorcock
  54. The Space Merchants — Frederik Pohl & C.M. Kornbluth
  55. Time Out of Joint — Philip K. Dick
  56. Downward to Earth — Robert Silverberg
  57. The Simulcra — Philip K. Dick
  58. The Penultimate Truth — Philip K. Dick
  59. Dying Inside — Robert Silverberg
  60. Ringworld — Larry Niven
  61. The Child Garden — Geoff Ryman
  62. Mission of Gravity — Hal Clement
  63. Maze of Death — Philip K. Dick
  64. Tau Zero — Poul Anderson
  65. Rendezvous with Rama — Arthur C. Clarke
  66. Life During Wartime — Lucius Shepard
  67. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sing — Kate Wilhelm
  68. Roadside Picnic — Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
  69. Dark Benediction — Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  70. Mockingbird — Walter Tevis
  71. Dune — Frank Herbert
  72. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress — Robert A. Heinlein
  73. The Man in the High Castle — Philip K. Dick
  74. The Inverted World — Christopher Priest
  75. Cat’s Cradle — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  76. The Island of Dr. Moreau — H.G. Wells
  77. Childhood’s End — Arthur C. Clarke
  78. The Time Machine — H.G. Wells
  79. Dhalgren — Samuel R. Delany
  80. Helliconia — Brian W. Aldiss
  81. The Food of the Gods — H.G. Wells
  82. The Body Snatchers — Jack Finney
  83. The Female Man — Joanna Russ
  84. Arslan — M.J Engh
  85. The Difference Engine — William Gibson & Bruce Sterling
  86. The Prestige — Christopher Priest
  87. Greybeard — Brian W. Aldiss
  88. Sirius — Olaf Stapledon
  89. Hyperion — Dan Simmons
  90. City — Clifford D. Simak
  91. Hellstrom’s Hive — Frank Herbert
  92. Of Men and Monsters — William Tenn
  93. RUR and War of the Newts — Karel Capek
  94. The Affirmation — Christopher Priest
  95. Floating Worlds — Cecilia Holland
  96. Rogue Moon — Algis Budrys
  97. Dangerous Visions — Harlan Ellison, ed.
  98. Odd John — Olaf Stapledon
  99. The Fall of Hyperion — Dan Simmons
  100. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams
  101. Synners — Pat Cadigan
  102. The War of the Worlds — H.G. Wells
  103. Sarah Canary — Karen Joy Fowler
  104. Ammonite — Nicola Griffith
  105. The Unsleeping Eye/The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe — D.G. Compton
  106. Frankenstein — Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  107. Take Back Plenty — Colin Greenland
  108. Wasp — Eric Frank Russell
  109. Unquenchable Fire — Rachel Pollack
  110. Drowning Towers / The Sea and Summer — George Turner
  111. The Caltraps of Time — David I. Masson
  112. The Doomsday Book — Connie Willis
  113. Slow River — Nicola Griffith
  114. Riddley Walker — Russell Hoban
  115. The Gods Themselves — Isaac Asimov
  116. Engine Summer — John Crowley
  117. The Gate to Women’s Country — Sheri S. Tepper
  118. A Canticle for Leibowitz — Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  119. To Say Nothing of the Dog — Connie Willis
  120. This Is the Way the World Ends — James Morrow
  121. The Deep — John Crowley
  122. Time Is the Fire: The Best of Connie Willis — Connie Willis
  123. No Enemy But Time — Michael Bishop
  124. Double Star — Robert A. Heinlein
  125. Random Acts of Senseless Violence — Jack Womack
  126. Half Past Human — T.J. Bass
  127. Transfigurations — Michael Bishop
  128. The Door Into Summer — Robert A. Heinlein
  129. Revelation Space — Alastair Reynolds
  130. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe — Douglas Adams
  131. Life the Universe and Everything — Douglas Adams
  132. The Godwhale — T. J. Bass
  133. The Long Tomorrow — Leigh Brackett
  134. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever — Alice Bradley Sheldon
  135. Monday Begins on Saturday — Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
  136. The Day of the Triffids — John Wyndham
  137. The Left Hand of Darkness — Ursula K. Le Guin

5 Responses to S.F. Masterworks

  1. sara.t says:

    Hi Michael,
    Since it seems clear you like Moorcock’s books, have you read Sapkowski’s The Witcher series?
    I know that they say Geralt is quite similar to Elric, but I like the story very much until now.
    On the contrary, I haven’t read Elric’s adventures because it’s hard to find the books.
    PS. I’m very glad I’ve found your blog. It’s a pleasure reading your opinions, your interviews with my favourite authors and your recommendations 🙂

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    • Thanks! I’ve heard of the Witcher series, but I have not delved into it yet. I know it gets a lot of props on Reddit. Elric is hard to find, it seems like they go out of print and get reissued every few years. I wish the Gollancz series was available in the US, I’d love to have the actual collection on my shelf. Have to contend w/ e-books and American issues.

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      • sara.t says:

        Oh, that’s bad. Have you tried The Book Depository? They ship worldwide and I think there shouldn’t be any issues even in the US.
        You’re right. With those many reprints and anthologies I can’t even understand where to start D:
        If you’ll try The Witcher series, please let me know. I’m very curious of what you think 🙂

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  2. Rabindranauth says:

    Nice to see I’m not the only one at this! It’ll take years of reading, especially as it’s not a priority, but we’ll get there 😀

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