Early 20th Century Science Fiction Books: Clues to the Future written by: Yet there are a lot of great books from this genre that predate the 20th century that inspired the golden age pantheon of writers such as Asimov, Bradley, Clark, Heinlein and many others.
One of the most famous lists, and maybe the most authoritative in recent years, is the Modern Library List of Best Novels. By the way, ignore the list on the right column that does contain many genre SF novels.
That comes from imprecise fan voting and not from scholars and experts. I think we need some corroboration first. Notice the overlap of the first four titles, but also notice the addition of four titles in the back half of the list. Wells books was from the 19th century.
The Best English Language Novels of the 20th Century compiled from several lists at the Friendswood Library finally seems to get us somewhere.
On this list we do find some familiar genre titles — Fahrenheit 28Stranger in a Strange Land 3166and Dune Their editors throw in Snowcrash, Neuromancer, and Ubik.
Still there is no consistent sign of a genre favorite in the minds of the world at large.
If we really broaden the search and include books like 1, Books to Read Before You Die we can catch a number of genre classics: Science fiction appears to be something fleeting in the peripheral vision of the literary world.
Both of these lists were compiled by taking many lists and cross-tabbing them. I would guess by looking at all the lists that maybe Dune and Stranger in a Strange Land are the two titles that the general reader may know about, but I have met plenty a bookworms in my life that I have had to educate about these titles.
Most people think of Star Wars and Star Trek when you ask them to define science fiction. I think in the end, say inif you ask a bookworm about science fiction of the 20th century, they will list off: I tend to think A Clockwork Orange will lose favor because its too hard to read.
In the end science fiction will be represented by books that were never from the sub-culture of science fiction writers. Books go in and out of favor by the public. Stephen King may turn out to be the Charles Dickens of the 20th Century.No genre of literature better depicts the 20th century than science fiction.
Its growth as a genre matches the growth of importance of technology in people's lives, and science fiction books from the early 20th century are vital to the understanding of science fiction as well as society mores.
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