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SF Masterworks

The SF Masterworks are not so much an award but a collection of some of the most important science fiction literature published in the last 70 years with the aim of keeping such works in print.

These novels have been chosen by leading SF writers, editors and the MD of Orion Books. The series is currently published by Gollancz and in 2010 was "relaunched" with many new titles still being added.

Below you can see the Current Masterworks list and the original below that. Many of the original Masterworks are included in the current collection.

Current SF Masterworks

  • Earth Abides George R. Stewart
  • The Demolished Man Alfred Bester
  • The Dispossessed Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut
  • Behold the Man Michael Moorcock
  • Man Plus Frederik Pohl
  • Non-Stop Brian Aldiss
  • Bring the Jubilee Ward Moore
  • The Lathe of Heaven Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Complete Roderick John Sladek
  • The Dancers at the End of Time Michael Moorcock
  • The Space Merchants Frederik Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth
  • Ringworld Larry Niven
  • The Child Garden Geoff Ryman
  • Mockingbird Walter Tevis
  • Dune Frank Herbert
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein
  • The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester
  • The Rediscovery of Man Cordwainer Smith
  • Gateway Frederik Pohl
  • The Fifth Head of Cerberus Gene Wolfe
  • Cities in Flight James Blish
  • The Forever War Joe Haldeman
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick
  • I Am Legend Richard Matheson
  • Lord of Light Roger Zelazny
  • Babel-17 Samuel R. Delany
  • Ubik Philip K. Dick
  • The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Philip K. Dick
  • Inverted World Christopher Priest
  • Philip K. Dick
  • The Simulacra Philip K. Dick
  • Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said Philip K. Dick
  • Valis Philip K. Dick
  • Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut
  • Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau H. G. Wells
  • The Time Machine H. G. Wells
  • Dhalgren Samuel R. Delany
  • Helliconia Brian Aldiss
  • The Food of the Gods H.G. Wells
  • The Body Snatchers Jack Finney
  • The Female Man Joanna Russ
  • Arslan M.J. Engh
  • The Centauri Device M. John Harrison
  • Tau Zero Poul Anderson
  • The Difference Engine Bruce Sterling,William Gibson
  • The Prestige Christopher Priest
  • Greybeard Brian Aldiss
  • Martian Time-Slip Philip K. Dick
  • Sirius Olaf Stapledon
  • Hyperion Dan Simmons
  • The City And The Stars Arthur C. Clarke
  • City Clifford D Simak
  • Hellstrom's Hive Frank Herbert
  • Of Men and Monsters William Tenn
  • Timescape Gregory Benford
  • Pavane Keith Roberts
  • Dying Inside Robert Silverberg
  • Grass Sheri S. Tepper
  • More Than Human Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Affirmation Christopher Priest
  • R.U.R. & War with the Newts Karel Capek
  • Emphyrio Jack Vance
  • Star Maker Olaf Stapledon
  • The Book Of Skulls Robert Silverberg
  • Floating Worlds Cecelia Holland
  • Blood Music Greg Bear
  • Rogue Moon Algis Budrys
  • Dangerous Visions Harlan Ellison
  • Rendezvous With Rama Arthur C. Clarke
  • Eon Greg Bear
  • Odd John Olaf Stapledon
  • The Fountains Of Paradise Arthur C. Clarke
  • Last And First Men Olaf Stapledon
  • The Fall of Hyperion Dan Simmons
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
  • Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang Kate Wilhelm
  • Roadside Picnic Arkady Strugatsky,Boris Strugatsky
  • The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
  • Synners Pat Cadigan
  • Sarah Canary Karen Joy Fowler
  • Ammonite Nicola Griffith
  • The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe D.G. Compton
  • Frankenstein Mary Shelley
  • Doomsday Book Connie Willis
  • Riddley Walker Russell Hoban
  • Flowers For Algernon Daniel Keyes
  • The Caltraps of Time David I. Masson
  • Unquenchable Fire Rachel Pollack
  • Take Back Plenty Colin Greenland
  • Engine Summer John Crowley
  • Slow River Nicola Griffith
  • The Sea and Summer George Turner
  • The Gate to Women’s Country Sheri S. Tepper
  • The Invisible Man H.G. Wells
  • A Canticle For Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog Connie Willis
  • Wasp Eric Frank Russell
  • The Gods Themselves Isaac Asimov
  • This Is the Way the World Ends James Morrow
  • The First Men In The Moon H.G. Wells
  • The Deep John Crowley
  • Time is the Fire Connie Willis
  • No Enemy But Time Michael Bishop
  • Revelation Space Alastair Reynolds
  • Double Star Robert A. Heinlein
  • A Fall of Moondust Arthur C. Clarke
  • A Maze of Death Philip K. Dick
  • The Penultimate Truth Philip K. Dick
  • Random Acts of Senseless Violence Jack Womack
  • Transfigurations Michael Bishop
  • Restaurant at the End of the Universe Douglas Adams
  • The Door into Summer Robert A. Heinlein
  • Life, The Universe And Everything Douglas Adams
  • Dr Bloodmoney Philip K. Dick
  • Half Past Human T. J. Bass
  • The Long Tomorrow Leigh Brackett
  • The Godwhale T. J. Bass
  • Jem Frederik Pohl
  • The Shrinking Man Richard Matheson
  • A Case Of Conscience James Blish
  • Her Smoke Rose Up Forever James Tiptree Jr.
  • A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick
  • Stand On Zanzibar John Brunner
  • Mission Of Gravity Hal Clement
  • The Word for World Is Forest Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Downward to the Earth Robert Silverberg
  • Hard to Be a God Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
  • Night Lamp Jack Vance
  • Life During Wartime Lucius Shepard
  • Nova Samuel R. Delany
  • Monday Begins on Saturday Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Original List

  • 1 - The Forever War * Joe Haldeman
  • 2 - I Am Legend * Richard Matheson
  • 3 - Cities in Flight * James Blish
  • 4 - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep * Philip K Dick
  • 5 - The Stars My Destination * Alfred Bester
  • 6 - Babel-17 * Samuel R. Delany
  • 7 - Lord of Light * Roger Zelazny
  • 8 - The Fifth Head of Cerberus * Gene Wolfe
  • 9 - Gateway * Frederik Pohl
  • 10 - The Rediscovery of Man * Cordwainer Smith
  • 11 - Last and First Men Olaf Stapledon
  • 12 - Earth Abides George R. Stewart
  • 13 - Martian Time-Slip Philip K. Dick
  • 14 - The Demolished Man Alfred Bester
  • 15 - Stand on Zanzibar John Brunner
  • 16 - The Dispossessed Ursula K. Le Guin
  • 17 - The Drowned World J. G. Ballard
  • 18 - The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut
  • 19 - Emphyrio Jack Vance
  • 20 - A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick
  • 21 - Star Maker Olaf Stapledon
  • 22 - Behold the Man Michael Moorcock
  • 23 - The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
  • 24 - The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
  • 25 - Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes
  • 26 - Ubik Philip K. Dick
  • 27 - Timescape Gregory Benford
  • 28 - More Than Human Theodore Sturgeon
  • 29 - Man Plus Frederik Pohl
  • 30 - A Case of Conscience James Blish
  • 31 - The Centauri Device M. John Harrison
  • 32 - Dr. Bloodmoney Philip K. Dick
  • 33 - Non-Stop Brian Aldiss
  • 34 - The Fountains of Paradise Arthur C. Clarke
  • 35 - Pavane Keith Roberts
  • 36 - Now Wait for Last Year Philip K. Dick
  • 37 - Nova Samuel R. Delany
  • 38 - The First Men in the Moon H. G. Wells
  • 39 - The City and the Stars Arthur C. Clarke
  • 40 - Blood Music Greg Bear
  • 41 - Jem Frederik Pohl
  • 42 - Bring the Jubilee Ward Moore
  • 43 - VALIS Philip K. Dick
  • 44 - The Lathe of Heaven Ursula K. Le Guin
  • 45 - The Complete Roderick John Sladek
  • 46 - Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said Philip K. Dick
  • 47 - The Invisible Man H. G. Wells
  • 48 - Grass Sheri S. Tepper
  • 49 - A Fall of Moondust Arthur C. Clarke
  • 50 - Eon Greg Bear
  • 51 - The Shrinking Man Richard Matheson
  • 52 - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Philip K. Dick
  • 53 - The Dancers at the End of Time Michael Moorcock
  • 54 - The Space Merchants Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth
  • 55 - Time Out of Joint Philip K. Dick
  • 56 - Downward to the Earth Robert Silverberg
  • 57 - The Simulacra Philip K. Dick
  • 58 - The Penultimate Truth Philip K. Dick
  • 59 - Dying Inside Robert Silverberg
  • 60 - Ringworld Larry Niven
  • 61 - The Child Garden Geoff Ryman
  • 62 - Mission of Gravity Hal Clement
  • 63 - A Maze of Death Philip K. Dick
  • 64 - Tau Zero Poul Anderson
  • 65 - Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke
  • 66 - Life During Wartime Lucius Shepard
  • 67 - Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang Kate Wilhelm
  • 68 - Roadside Picnic Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
  • 69 - Dark Benediction Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • 70 - Mockingbird Walter Tevis
  • 71 - Dune Frank Herbert
  • 72 - The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein
  • 73 - The Man in the High Castle Philip K. Dick
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