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Old 07-07-2011, 06:32 PM   #1
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Best All-Time Sci-fi Novel?

Just wondering what you think the very best of the best would be. My favorites in correct order are:

1) The City and the Stars by Arthur C Clarke

2) 2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke

3) A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter Miller
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:50 PM   #2
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:10 PM   #3
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:22 PM   #4
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Quite possibly A Canticle for Leibowitz. I do rank Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed among the very best.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:25 PM   #5
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I don't know that I've read enough Sci-Fi (especially "classic" Sci-Fi) to have an educated opinion on what the best all time is, but below are some I really liked...


Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Dune - Frank Herbert
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert C. Heinlein
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:00 PM   #6
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+1 for Stranger in a Strange Land. Loved that.
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Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
You know, I have the audio-book for that which Bradbury narrated himself. It's the only audio-book I've ever owned. He's got an odd voice that's kind of like Harry Carry's, and he talks like he has marbles in his mouth, but after a while I found his voice very comforting for some reason.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:11 PM   #8
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:17 PM   #10
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:39 PM   #11
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If i had to pick one, it would be

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

Next to it I would have

Dune - Frank Herbert
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:49 PM   #12
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1984 - Orwell

Hyperion - Simmons

Stranger in a Strange Land - Heinlein

Dune [original cycle] - Herbert

2001: A Space Odyssey - Clarke

Man, waaaaay too many to list Should a distinction be made between say, "hard" sci-fi and classical, speculative sci-fi?
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