Here is my list of the top 100 science fiction stories since Frankenstein, which I was able to put together with the help of many internet searches, the Hugo Awards, and of course, my own knowledge.

I say “stories” because I’ve included short stories and a play on the list. And it’s not exactly 100 stories either; I've listed several series and trilogies as well. When I get to those I will see how I feel about reading just the first novel or tackling the entire beast.

One last note: the list is in chronological order. Perhaps once I've read enough, I can start putting together a best/worst list, or fav/not fav list, or something like that.

Enjoy!

  1.  Frankenstein – Mary Shelley- 1818

2.  Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne – 1864

3.  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Jonathan Swift and Robert Louis Stevensen – 1886

4.  The Time Machine – H. G. Wells – 1895

5.  The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells – 1897

6.  R.U.R. (play) – Karel Capek – 1921

7.  Brave New World – Aldous Huxley – 1932

8.  Lost Horizon – James Hilton – 1933

9.  At the Mountains of Madness – H. P. Lovecraft – 1936

10.  Space Trilogy – C. S. Lewis – 1938

11.  Reason (short story) – Isaac Asimov – 1941

12.  Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov – 1942

13.  1984 – George Orwell – 1949

14.  Red Planet – Robert A. Heinlein – 1949

15.  Space Cadet – Robert A. Heinlein – 1949

16.  I, Robot – Isaac Asimov – 1950

17.  The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury – 1950

18.  Farmer in the Sky – Robert A. Heinlein – 1950

19.  The Demolished Man – Alfred Bester – 1952

20.  Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury – 1953

21.  They’d Rather Be Right – Frank Riley and Mark Clifton – 1954

22.  I Am Legend – Richard Matheson – 1954

23.  Double Star – Robert A. Heinlein – 1956

24.  Minority Report (short story) – Philip K. Dick – 1956

25.   Methuselah’s Children – Robert A. Heinlein – 1958

26.  The Big Time – Fritz Leiber – 1958

27.  A Case of Conscience – James Blish – 1958

28.  Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein – 1959

29.  A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller, Jr. – 1959

30.  Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes – 1959

31.  Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A. Heinlein – 1961

32.  The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick – 1962

33.  Here Gather the Stars/Way Station – Clifford D. Simak – 1963

34.  Planet of the Apes – Pierre Boulle – 1963

35.  The Wanderer – Fritz Leiber – 1964

36.  Dune – Frank Herbert – 1965

37.  And Call Me Conrad/This Immortal – Roger Zelazny – 1965

38.  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein – 1966

39.  Lord of Light – Roger Zelazny – 19673

40.  Stand on Zanzibar – John Brunner – 1968

41.  2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke – 1968

42.  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick – 1968

43.  The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin – 1969

44.  Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut – 1969

45.  Ringworld – Larry Niven – 1970

46.  To Your Scattered Bodies Go – Philip José Farmer – 1971

47.  The Gods Themselves – Isaac Asimov – 1972

48.  Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke – 1973

49.  The Dispossessed – Ursula K Le Guin – 1974

50.  The Forever War – Joe Haldeman – 1974

51.  Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang – Kate Wilhelm – 1976

52.  Gateway – Frederik Pohl – 1977

53.  Dreamsnake – Vonda N- McIntyre – 1978

54.  The Stand – Stephen King – 1978

55.  Kindred – Butler – Octavia E. Butler – 1979

56.  The Foundations of Paradise – Arthur C. Clarke – 1979

57.  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams  – 1979

58.  Wizard – John Varley – 1980

59.  The Snow Queen – Joan D. Vinge – 1980

60.  Downbelow Station – C. J. Cherryh – 1981

61.  Startide Rising (series) – David Brin – 1983

62.  Neuromancer – William Gibson – 1984

63.  Ender’s Game (series) – Orson Scott Card – 1985

64.  Contact – Carl Saga – 1985

65.  Speaker for the Dead – Orson Scott Card – 1986

66.  The Vorkosigan Saga (series) – Lois McMaster Bujold – 1986

67.  Consider Phlebas – Iain M. Banks – 1987

68.  Cyteen – C. J. Cherryh – 1988

69.  Hyperion (series) – Dan Simmons – 1989

70.  The Difference Engine – Bruce Sterling and William Gibson – 1990

71.  Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton – 1990

72.  He, She, It – Marge Piercy – 1991

73.  A Fire Upon the Deep – Vernor Vinge – 1992

74.  Red Mars (trilogy) – Kim Stanley Robinson – 1993

75.  The Giver – Lois Lowry – 1993

76.  The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer – Neal Stephenson – 1995

77.  Forever Peace – Joe Haldeman – 1997

78.  To Say Nothing of the Dogs – Connie Willis – 1997

79.  Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson – 1999

80.  A Deepness in the Sky – Vernor Vinge – 1999

81.  The Neanderthal Parallax (trilogy) – Robert J. Sawyer – 2002

82.  Altered Carbon – Richard K. Morgan – 2002

83.  Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom – Cory Doctorow – 2003

84.  Pattern Recognition – William Gibson – 2003

85. Spin – Robert Charles Wilson – 2005

86. Old Man’s War – John Scalzi – 2005

87. Rainbows End – Vernor Vinge – 2006

88. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union – Michael Chabon – 2007

89. The Hunger Games (trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – 2008

90.  The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi – 2009

91.  The City & the city – China Miéville – 2009

92.  Blackout/All Clear – Connie Willis – 2010

93.  The Martian – Andy Weir – 2011

94.  Ready Player One – Ernest Cline – 2011

95.  Silo (series) – Hugh Howey – 2011

96.  Robopocalypse – Daniel H. Wilson – 2011

97.  Redshirts – John Scalzi – 2011

98.  2312 – Kim Stanley Robinson – 2012

99.  Ancillary Justice – Ann Leckie – 2013

100.  The Fifth Season – N. K. Jemisin – 2015