Recommended by

Gardner Dozois


This list was devised to point younger readers toward older stuff that they might not have heard of, or long out-of-print writers whose work they might be unfamiliar with, so I've arbitrarially given it a cut-of date of some vague point in the early '80s. When I list more than one book by a particular author, the one I list first is the one I recommend most strongly, but I wouldn't list a book here at all if I didn't think that it was, to one degree or another at least, worth looking at. Many of these titles will be out-of-print, but if young readers know authors' names and titles, I figure, they may be able to find much of this stuff in second-hand bookstores.

Short Stories

Like the novel list, this list of collections is again mostly orientated toward Old Stuff, stuff from before some vague date at the beginning of the '80s; in this list, however, I have listed some collections that are currently available in bookstores, feeling that these might be easier for readers to find--and, in some cases, like that of Cordwainer Smith, the current collection, if you can find it, pretty much contains within itself the several older collections listed, so you might as well buy the more recent edition. Current (more or less) collections, or more recent ones, anyway, are indicated with a (c) after the listing.

Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Long Afternoon of Earth
  • Starship
  • The Malacia Tapestry

    Poul Anderson

  • The Night Face
  • Tau Zero
  • The High Crusade
  • Brain Wave
  • Three Hearts and Three Lions

    Isaac Asimov

  • The Caves of Steel
  • The Naked Sun

    Gregory Benford

  • Timescape

    Alfred Bester

  • The Stars My Destination
  • The Demolished Man

    Michael Bishop

  • A Little Knowledge
  • Stolen Faces

    James Blish

  • A Case of Conscience
  • Cities in Flight

    Leigh Brackett

  • The Long Tomorrow

    Ray Bradbury

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

    John Brunner

  • The Shockwave Rider
  • Stand on Zanzibar
  • Polymath
  • Squares of the City

    Algis Budrys

  • Rogue Moon
  • Who?

    Arthur C. Clarke

  • Childhood's End
  • The City and the Stars
  • A Fall of Moondust
  • The Deep Range
  • The Sands of Mars

    Hal Clement

  • Mission of Gravity
  • Cycle of Fire
  • Needle

    D.G. Compton

  • Synthajoy
  • The Unsleeping Eye

    Jack Dann

  • The Man Who Melted
  • Junction

    Avram Davidson

  • Masters of the Maze
  • The Phoenix and the Mirror
  • Rork!
  • Rogue Dragon
  • Clash of Star Kings
  • The Enemy of My Enemy

    L. Sprague de Camp

  • Lest Darkness Fall
  • The Glory That Was
  • Rogue Queen
  • The Hand of Zei
  • The Tower of Zanid

    L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt

  • The Complete Enchanter
  • Land of Unreason

    Samuel R. Delany

  • Nova
  • Babel-17
  • The Einstein Intersection
  • The Fall of the Towers
  • Triton

    Lester del Rey

  • Nerves

    Philip K. Dick

  • Ubik
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • Martian Time-Slip
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • Time Out of Joint
  • The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

    Gordon R. Dickson

  • Soldier, Ask Not

    Thomas M. Disch

  • 334
  • Camp Concentration

    G.C. Edmondson

  • Blue Face
    a.k.a. Chapeyeca
  • The Ship That Sailed the Time Stream

    George Alec Effinger

  • When Gravity Fails
  • What Entropy Means to Me

    Philip Jose Farmer

  • The Lovers
  • Night of Light
  • The Fabulous Riverboat

    James Gunn

  • The Listeners

    Joe Haldeman

  • The Forever War
  • Mindbridge
  • Worlds

    Charles L. Harness

  • The Rose

    Harry Harrison

  • Make Room! Make Room!
  • The Deathworld Trilogy
  • Bill, the Galactic Hero

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
  • Double Star
  • Starman Jones
  • Red Planet
  • Between Planets
  • Citizen of the Galaxy
  • Farmer in the Sky

    Frank Herbert

  • Under Pressure (a.k.a. The Dragon
  • in the Sea)
  • Dune
  • The Green Brain

    Daniel Keyes

  • Flowers for Algernon

    Damon Knight

  • The Man in the Tree
  • The Other Foot

    C.M. Kornbluth

  • The Syndic
  • Not This August

    R.A. Lafferty

  • The Reefs of Earth
  • The Devil Is Dead
  • Okla Hannali
  • The Fall of Rome
  • Past Master

    Keith Laumer

  • A Trace of Memory
  • A Plague of Demons

    Ursula K. Le Guin

  • The Left Hand of Darkness
  • The Dispossessed
  • Planet of Exile
  • City of Illusions
  • The Wizard of Earthsea
  • The Lathe of Heaven

    Fritz Leiber

  • The Big Time
  • Our Lady of Darkness
  • The Wanderer
  • Conjure Wife

    George R.R. Martin

  • The Dying of the Light
  • Fevre Dream

    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    Ward Moore

  • Bring the Jubilee

    Ward Moore and Avram Davidson

  • Joyleg

    Larry Niven

  • World of Ptavvs
  • A Gift From Earth
  • Ringworld

    André Norton

  • The Time Traders
  • The Beast Master
  • Galactic Derelict

    Edgar Pangborn

  • Davy
  • A Mirror for Observers
  • West of the Sun

    Alexei Panshin

  • Rite of Passage

    H. Beam Piper

  • Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen
  • Little Fuzzy
  • Fuzzy Sapiens

    Frederik Pohl

  • Gateway
  • Man Plus
  • A Plague of Pythons

    Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth

  • Wolfbane
  • Gladiator-at-Law
  • The Space Merchants

    Keith Roberts

  • Pavane
  • The Chalk Giants

    Joanna Russ

  • Picnic on Paradise
  • And Chaos Died
  • The Female Man
  • The Two of Them

    Eric Frank Russell

  • Wasp

    Fred Saberhagen

  • Berserker

    Pamela Sargent

  • Cloned Lives

    James H. Schmitz

  • Agent of Vega
  • The Witches of Karres

    Robert Sheckley

  • The Status Civilization

    Robert Silverberg

  • Dying Inside
  • Downward to the Earth
  • The Book of Skulls
  • Nightwings
  • Tower of Glass

    Clifford D. Simak

  • Way Station
  • City
  • Time and Again

    Cordwainer Smith

  • Norstrilia

    Norman Spinrad

  • Bug Jack Barron

    Theodore Sturgeon

  • More Than Human
  • Some of Your Blood
  • The Synthetic Man
    aka The Dreaming Jewels
  • Venus Plus X

    William Tenn

  • Of Men and Monsters

    James Tiptree, Jr.

  • Up the Walls of the World

    Wilson Tucker

  • The Long Loud Silence

    Jack Vance

  • Emphyrio
  • The Star Kings
  • The Killing Machine
  • The Blue World
  • The Anome
  • Big Planet
  • The Dragon Masters
  • The Last Castle
  • The Dying Earth
  • The Eyes of the Overworld
  • The Languages of Pao
  • Trullion Alastor 2262

    A.E. Van Vogt

  • The War Against the Rull
  • The Weapon Shops of Isher
  • Slan
  • The Players of Null-A

    John Varley

  • Ophiuchi Hotline

    Kate Wilhelm

  • Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
  • Margaret And I
  • Let the Fire Fall
  • The Clewiston Test
  • City of Cain

    Jack Williamson

  • The Humanoids

    Gene Wolfe

  • The Book of the New Sun
    (several volumes)
  • The Fifth Head of Cerberus
  • Peace
  • The Devil in a Forest

    Roger Zelazny

  • Lord of Light
  • This Immortal
  • The Dream Master
  • Isle of the Dead
  • Doorways in the Sand

  • Brian W. Aldiss
  • Who Can Replace a Man?
  • New Arrivals, Old Encounters
  • Starswarm
  • Common Clay (c)
  • A Romance of the Equator

    Poul Anderson

  • The Best of Poul Anderson
  • Fantasy
  • Guardians of Time
  • The Queen of Air and Darkness
  • Explorations (c)
  • The Earth Book of Stormgate
  • Homeward and Beyond

    Isaac Asimov

  • The Complete Stories of Isaac Asimov
  • The Best of Isaac Asimov
  • The Martian Way
  • Gold (c)
  • Asimov's Mysteries

    J.G. Ballard

  • Chronopolis
  • Vermillion Sands

    Greg Bear

  • Tangents (c)
  • The Wind from a Burning Woman

    Gregory Benford

  • Matter's End (c)
  • In Alien Flesh

    Alfred Bester

  • The Light Fantastic
  • Star Light, Star Bright

    Michael Bishop

  • Catacomb Years
  • Blooded on Arachne
  • Close Encounters with the Deity
  • One Winter in Eden
  • Emphatically Not SF, Almost (c)

    James Blish

  • Galactic Cluster
  • So Close to Home

    Robert Bloch

  • The Complete Stories of Robert Bloch (c)

    Anthony Boucher

  • The Complete Werewolf

    Leigh Brackett

  • The Best of Leigh Brackett

    Ray Bradbury

  • The October Country
  • The Martian Chronicles
  • The Vintage Bradbury
  • I Sing the Body Electric
  • Twice 22

    Frederic Brown

  • The Best of Frederic Brown
  • Honeymoon in Hell

    John Brunner

  • The Book of John Brunner
  • The Traveller in Black

    Edward Bryant

  • Particle Theory
  • Wyoming Sun
  • Cinnabar

    Algis Budrys

  • Blood and Burning
  • Budrys' Inferno

    Pat Cadigan

  • Patterns
  • Dirty Work (c)
  • Home by the Sea (c)

    Orson Scott Card

  • The Folk of the Fringes
  • Maps in a Mirror

    John W. Campbell, Jr.

  • The Best of John W. Campbell

    Terry Carr

  • The Light at the End of the Universe

    Suzy McKee Charnas

  • Unicorn Tapestry

    Arthur C. Clarke

  • The Sentinel
  • Tales of Ten Worlds
  • The Nine Billion Names of God
  • Reach for Tomorrow
  • The Other Side of the Sky

    Hal Clement

  • The Best of Hal Clement
  • Natives of Space

    John Collier

  • Fancies and Goodnights

    John Crowley

  • Novelty
  • Antiquities (c)

    Jack Dann

  • Time-Tipping
  • Slow Dancing through Time

    Avram Davidson

  • The Adventures of Doctor Eszterhazy (c)
  • The Best of Avram Davidson
  • Or All the Seas with Oysters
  • Collected Fantasies
  • Strange Seas and Shores
  • What Strange Stars and Skies
  • The Redward Edward Papers

    L. Sprague de Camp

  • The Best of L. Sprague de Camp
  • A Gun for Dinosaur
  • The Continent Makers
  • The Reluctant Shaman
  • Rivers in Time (c)
  • The Purple Pterodactayls

    L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt

  • Tales from Gavagan's Bar

    Samuel R. Delany

  • Driftglass

    Lester del Rey

  • The Best of Lester del Rey

    Philip K. Dick

  • The Collected Stories of
  • Philip K. Dick (c)

    Gordon R. Dickson

  • The Book of Gordon R. Dickson

    Thomas M. Disch

  • Getting into Death
  • Fun with Your New Head
  • The Man Who Had No Idea

    Gardner Dozois

  • Geodesic Dreams (c)
  • Slow Dancing through Time
  • The Visible Man

    G.C. Edmondson

  • Stranger Than You Think

    George Alec Effinger

  • Mixed Feelings
  • Irrational Numbers
  • Dirty Tricks

    Greg Egan

  • Axiomatic (c)

    Harlan Ellison

  • Deathbird Stories
  • Strange Wine
  • The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World
  • Paingod and Other Delusions
  • Angry Candy

    Carol Emshwiller

  • Joy in Our Cause

    Philip Jose Farmer

  • The Book of Philip Jose Farmer
  • Strange Relations
  • Riverworld and Other Stories

    Karen Joy Fowler

  • Artifical Things

    William Gibson

  • Burning Chrome

    Lisa Goldstein

  • Travellers in Magic (c)

    Joe Haldeman

  • Infinite Dreams
  • None So Blind (c)
  • Vietnam and Other Alien Worlds (c)
  • Dealing in Futures

    Harry Harrison

  • The Best of Harry Harrison

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • Expanded Universe (c)
  • The Past through Tomorrow
  • The Menace from Earth
  • The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag
  • The Green Hills of Earth

    Frank Herbert

  • The Book of Frank Herbert
  • The Worlds of Frank Herbert

    Alexander Jablokov

  • The Breath of Suspension (c)

    Leigh Kennedy

  • Faces

    John Kessel

  • Meeting in Infinity (c)

    Rudyard Kipling

  • The Jungle Books
  • The Science Fiction of Rudyard Kipling
  • The Fantasy of Rudyard Kipling

    Damon Knight

  • The Best of Damon Knight
  • Rule Golden and Other Stories
  • Three Novels
  • Turning On
  • In Deep
  • Far Out
  • One Side Laughing (c)

    C. M. Kornbluth

  • The Best of C.M. Kornbluth
  • A Mile beyond the Moon

    Nancy Kress

  • The Aliens of Earth (c)
  • Trinity and Other Stories

    Henry Kuttner

  • The Best of Henry Kuttner
  • Bypass to Otherness
  • Return to Otherness
  • Robots Have No Tails

    R. A. Lafferty

  • Nine Hundred Grandmothers
  • Does Anyone Else Have Something Further To Add?
  • Strange Doings
  • Ringing the Changes
  • Lafferty in Orbit (c)
  • Iron Tears (c)

    Sterling E. Lanier

  • The Curious Quests of Brigadier Ffellowes

    Keith Laumer

  • The Best of Keith Laumer

    Tanith Lee

  • The Forests of the Night
  • Red as Blood
  • The Gorgon
  • Nightshades (c)

    Ursula K. Le Guin

  • Four Ways to Forgiveness (c)
  • The Wind's Twelve Quarters
  • A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (c)
  • The Compass Rose
  • Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences
  • Orsinian Tales

    Fritz Leiber

  • The Best of Fritz Leiber
  • The Leiber Chronicles
  • Ill Met in Lankhamar (c)
  • A Pail of Air
  • The Mind Spider
  • Night's Black Agents

    Frank Belknap Long

  • The Early Long

    Paul J. McAuley

  • The King of the Hill (c)

    Ian McDonald

  • Speaking in Tongues (c)

    Richard McKenna

  • Casey Agonistes and Other Stories

    Barry Malzberg

  • The Best of Barry Malzberg

    George R.R. Martin

  • Sandkings
  • A Song for Lya
  • Songs of Stars and Shadows

    Judith Merril

  • The Best of Judith Merril

    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

  • The Best of Walter M. Miller
  • The View from the Stars

    Michael Moorcock

  • Legends from the End of Time
  • Fantastic Harbours (c)

    C.L. Moore

  • The Best of C.L. Moore
  • Judgement Night
  • Jirel of Joiry

    Pat Murphy

  • Points of Departure (c)

    Larry Niven

  • Playgrounds of the Mind (c)
  • Tales of Known Space
  • A Hole in Space
  • All the Myriad Ways

    Rebecca Ore

  • Alien Bootlegger and Other Stories (c)

    Lewis Padgett

  • Line to Tomorrow

    Edgar Pangborn

  • Good Neighbors and Other Strangers
  • Still I Persist in Wandering

    H. Beam Piper

  • The Worlds of H. Beam Piper
  • Paratime
  • Empire

    Frederik Pohl

  • The Gold at the Starbow's End
  • The Best of Frederik Pohl
  • In the Problem Pit
  • The Years of the City
  • Pohlstars

    Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth

  • Critical Mass
  • Our Best

    Tom Reamy

  • San Diego Lightfoot Sue

    Mike Resnick

  • Will the Last Person To Leave the Planet Please Shut Off the Sun? (c)

    Keith Roberts

  • Pavane
  • The Passing of the Dragons
  • The Chalk Giants
  • Machines and Men
  • The Lordly Ones
  • Anita (c)
  • Winterwood and Other Hauntings (c)

    Kim Stanley Robinson

  • The Planet on the Table
  • Escape From Kathmandu
  • Remaking History (c)

    Mary Rosenblum

  • Synthesis and Other Stories (c)

    Joanna Russ

  • Alyx
  • Extra(ordinary) People
  • The Zanzibar Cat
  • The Hidden Side of the Moon

    Geoff Ryman

  • Unconquered Countries (c)

    James Sallis

  • A Few Last Words

    Pamela Sargent

  • The Best of Pamela Sargent

    Hilbert Schenck

  • Wave Rider

    James H. Schmitz

  • Agent of Vega
  • A Pride of Monsters
  • The Best of James H. Schmitz

    Robert Sheckley

  • Can You Feel Anything When I Do This?
  • The People Trap
  • The Collected Stories of Robert Sheckley (c)

    Charles Sheffield

  • Georgia on My Mind and Other Stories (c)
  • Dancing with Myself (c)
  • Erasmus Magister

    Lucius Shepard

  • The Jaguar Hunter
  • The Ends of the Earth

    Robert Silverberg

  • The Secret Sharer (c)
  • Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg (c)
  • Nightwings
  • The Best of Robert Silverberg
  • Beyond the Safe Zone
  • The Conglomeroid Cocktail Party
  • Capricorn Games
  • Unfamiliar Territory
  • The Reality Trip

    Clifford D. Simak

  • City
  • The Best of Clifford D. Simak
  • All the Traps of Earth

    Dan Simmons

  • Lovedeath (c)
  • Prayers to Broken Stones

    John Sladek

  • The Best of John Sladek

    Cordwainer Smith

  • The Rediscovery of Man (c)
  • Space Lords
  • The Best of Cordwainer Smith
  • Stardreamer
  • You Will Never Be the Same

    George O. Smith

  • The Complete Venus Equilateral

    William Browning Spencer

  • The Return of Count Electric (c)

    Norman Spinrad

  • Other Americas
  • The Star-Spangled Future
  • No Direction Home

    Brian Stableford

  • Sexual Chemistry

    Bruce Sterling

  • Crystal Express
  • Globalhead (c)

    Theodore Sturgeon

  • The Ultimate Egoist,
    first volume of The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon (c)
  • A Touch of Strange
  • Aliens 4, Ed.
  • The Worlds of Theodore Sturgeon
  • Sturgeon Is Alive and Well

    Thomas Burnett Swann

  • The Dolphin and the Deep
  • Where Is the Bird of Fire?

    Michael Swanwick

  • Gravity's Angels (c)
  • Slow Dancing through Time

    William Tenn

  • The Seven Sexes
  • The Wooden Star
  • The Human Angle

    James Tiptree, Jr.

  • Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (c)
  • Ten Thousand Light Years from Home
  • Warm Worlds and Otherwise
  • Star Songs of an Old Primate
  • Crown of Stars
  • The Starry Rift

    Jack Vance

  • The Best of Jack Vance
  • Eight Fantasms and Magics
  • The Eyes of the Overworld
  • The Worlds of Jack Vance
  • Green Magic
  • When the Five Moons Rise (c)
  • The Narrow Land
  • Cugel's Saga

    A.E. Van Vogt

  • The War Against the Rull
  • The Voyage of the Space Beagle
  • The Best of A.E. Van Vogt
  • The Worlds of A.E. Van Vogt

    John Varley

  • The Persistence of Vision
  • Blue Champagne
  • The Barbie Murders

    Kurt Vonnegut

  • Welcome to the Monkey House

    Howard Waldrop

  • Howard Who?
  • All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past
  • A Dozen Tough Jobs
  • Night of the Cooters

    Ian Watson

  • The Coming of Vertumnus (c)
  • The Very Slow Time Machine

    Stanley G. Weinbaum

  • The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum

    Manly Wade Wellman

  • John the Balladeer
    aka Silver John

    Kate Wilhelm

  • The Infinity Box
  • The Downstairs Room
  • And the Angels Sing (c)
  • Listen, Listen
  • A Flush of Shadows (c)

    Walter Jon Williams

  • Facets (c)

    Jack Williamson

  • The Best of Jack Williamson
  • The Early Williamson

    Connie Willis

  • Impossible Things (c)
  • Firewatch and Other Stories

    Gene Wolfe

  • The Fifth Head of Cerberus
  • The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories
  • Gene Wolfe's Book of Days
  • Endangered Species
  • Storeys from the Old Hotel (c)

    Roger Zelazny

  • The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth
  • Four for Tomorrow
  • The Last Defender of Camelot
  • Frost and Fire
  • My Name Is Legion

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