The History of Science Fiction Literature

I am going to read 40 maybe 60, of the most influential science fiction books starting at Thomas Moore’s Utopia from 1516 to White Queen by Gwyneth Jones (1991). And of course, blog about the experience.

Update December 2013: I’ve decided that my original idea and list was a little too inflexible, so the original list in the 12 Aug 2011 post will almost certainly not be the final list. See here for more thoughts on the matter.

The History of Science Fiction Literature Challenge 12 August 2011

Utopia by Thomas More (1516) 20 October 2011

The Man in the Moone by Francis Godwin (1638) 20 December 2011

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726) 17 June 2012

Micromégas by Voltaire (1752) 18 August 2012

The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolph Erich Raspe (1785) 7 October 2012

The History of Science Fiction Literature Challenge: 1500-1800 14 October 2012

Frankenstein, or the Modern Promethius in three volumes by Mary Shelley (1818) 7 November 2012

The Last Man by Mary Shelley (1826) 3 March 2013

The Mummy: A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century by Jane Webb Loudon (1828) 10 November 2013

Orrin Lindsay’s Plan Of Aerial Navigation, Edited by J. L. Riddell, M.D. (1847) 15 December 2013

Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne (1864) 1 February 2014

Erewhon by Samuel Butler (1872) 22 March 2014

The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope (1882) 26 April 2014

Flatland by Edwin A Abbott (1884) 22 May 2014

After London by Richard Jefferies (1885) 22 June 2014

News from Nowhere by William Morris (1890) 10 August 2014

The Time Machine by HG Wells (1895)  September 2014

The Island of Doctor Moreau by HG Wells (1896) December 2014

The War of the Worlds by HG Wells (1897) 25 January 2015

A Modern Utopia by HG Wells (1905) April 2015

Ralph 124C 41+ by Hugo Gernsback (1911) May 2015

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912) May 2015

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1915) July 2015

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1924) September 2015

The Fate of the Poseidonia by Clare Winger Harris (1927) September 2015

Orlando by Virginia Woolf (1928) October 2015

Last and First Men by Olaf Stapleton (1930) November 2015

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932) February 2016

Swastika Night by Murray Constantine (1937) December 2016

Out of the Silent Planet by CS Lewis (1938) March 2016

The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse (1943) Sept 2016

Anthem by Ayn Rand (1938/1946) July 2016

The Skylark of Space by EE ‘Doc’ Smith (1946) May 2016

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949) April 2017

The Dying Earth by Jack Vance (1950) June 2017

Cities in Flight by James Blish (1950+)


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