The Ultimate Speculative Fiction Reading List
|You read that correctly.|
I have endeavored to create the reading list to end all reading lists. I have included classics from Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, as well as other important works that changed the ways in which the genre is viewed and published.
Even clocking in at a whopping 600+ titles, it's nowhere near a complete listing. To help navigate the list, I have labelled which genre each book fits the best into (or multiple listings), including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Children's Books. I have also labelled each novel for quality using one to four stars. I believe that each four star book is of the highest quality, and should be read by all fans of the speculative fiction. To also aid in the navigation of this monstrosity, I have listed what series each belongs in -- if applicable -- and listed any awards it has recieved.
Resources used include Jeff VanderMeer's exhaustive fantasy list, James Gunn's Basic SF Library, The SFWA's reccomended reading lists (with special attention to Gardner Dozois' list), David Pringle's 100 Best lists, Stephen Jones & Kim Newman's 100 best lists, The Locus online awards index, Jay Tomio, greatfandsf.com, my own personal reading experience, and literally hundreds of opinions from friends and acquaintances from either the internet or conventions.
The list is in Excel format.
Download The Ultimate Speculative Fiction Reading List