My reading diet for the last 23 years has consisted almost solely of science fiction and fantasy. It's not that I dislike other genres. I don't. I can sit down and read mysteries, adventure etc. quite happily. The problem is that for every book from outside sf that I read, that's time that I could have spent reading one sf book. And since I didn't start reading in the '50s, when it was just about possible to read every sf book written, I am over 30 years behind already. A sad thought, isn't it.

That said, the last few years I've slowed down. I can no longer read a book a day

So what are my favourite sf books?

Number one on my list has to go to Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card. It is the only book I have given a 10 to in the Top 100 SF list. I enjoy Card's writing immensely, with the exception of the Tales of Alvin Maker series. Some of my other favourites include :

This list is by no means exhaustive. It leaves out a lot of authors that I enjoy reading, including L. Sprague de Camp, Anne McCaffrey, Gordon R. Dickson, David Eddings (well, The Belgariad anyway), a few I have probably just forgotten, and plenty of recent ones that I just haven't bothered adding. It also leaves out a number of authors who are regarded as greats, but of whom I have not read enough to find a top class book, such as Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke and Frederik Pohl.

At one stage I was trying to work my way through the SF Top 100 List, an expensive and time-consuming process. Because I've slowed down my reading, the Top 100 list has changed a bit since I started. At last count (9 July 2009) I had read about 40 of the then current Top 100 books. I'm counting on the fact that the collective taste of the SF Net community is fairly good.

Links to some SF sites

The SF Lovers Archive
Great source of reference for awards, movies, reviews, etc. Origins prior to the Internet!
SF Top 100 List
Top 100 SF books as voted by the Internet Community. Add your votes to the growing list. Has been going for 15 years?