The List

The Logic behind the List: This list is really a combination of two things. First of all, after my seminar in Gender and Science Fiction, I was left with a list of texts that had come up a lot but we hadn’t gotten to read. Secondly, to get a feel for what’s happening in science fiction on the whole, I’ve included every Hugo Award-winning novel from 1980 on (eventually I’ll get farther back than that). The list is arranged alphabetically by author, and you can find links to my posts.

Isaac Asimov
The Foundation novels

Paulo Bacigalupi
The Wind-Up Girl

K. J. Bishop
The Etched City

Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Mists of Avalon

David Brin

Startide Rising

The Uplift Wars

Lois McMaster Bujold
The Curse of Chalion

Mirror Dance
Paladin of Souls

The Vor Game

Octavia E. Bulter
Lilith’s Brood
Parable of the Sower
Parable of the Talents

Pat Cadigan

Orson Scott Card
The Alvin Maker novels
Ender’s Game
Speaker for the Dead

Kristin Cashore


Michael Chabon
The Yiddish Police Man’s Union

C. J. Cherryh
Downbelow Station

Susanna Clark
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire

James S. A. Corey
Leviathan Awakes

Samuel Delany
Stars in My Pocket like Grains of Sand

Neil Gaiman
American Gods
The Graveyard Book

William Gibson
Count Zero
Mona Lisa Overdrive

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Joe Halderman
Forever Peace

Frank Herbert
The Dune novels

Ursula K. Le Guin
The Dispossessed
The Earthsea novels

The Left Hand of Darkness

The Word for World Is Forest

China Mieville
The City and the City

Perido Street Station

The Scar

Larry Niven

Marge Piercy
Woman on the Edge of Time

Kim Stanley Robinson
Red Mars
Blue Mars
Green Mars

Veronica Roth


J. K. Rowling
The Harry Potter novels

Joanna Russ
The Female Man

Robert J. Sawyer

Dan Simmons

Neal Stephenson

The Diamond Age

James Tiptree, Jr.
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever

Joan D. Vinge
The Snow Queen

Vernor Vinge
A Deepness in the Sky
A Fire Upon the Deep
Rainbow’s End

Kate Wilhelm
Where Late the Sweet Bird Sang

Connie Willis
All Clear
The Doomsday Book
To Say Nothing of the Dog

Robert Charles Wilson

Video Games
Captain Blood – Communicating with Aliens


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