This List Includes a Lifetime’s Worth of Great Fiction
Assembling the list of the most essential science fiction and fantasy books is a huge undertaking, but Amazon has tackled it and done a pretty thorough job at it. It includes a mix of old and new, and enough different types of book to please almost anybody.
Amazon Editor Adrian Liang provided this explanation for the list:
We wanted to choose books that had been life-changers to readers. The best books realign your thinking about your world, yourself and the world.
A lot of themes stay the same because they’re timeless. Generally in fantasy, the themes are coming of age, personal strengths, how to deal with power you have and making the right choices. In science fiction, it’s how you interact with society and tear it down or build it up again. Apocalyptic fiction is also seeping into the genre.
There are some bold choices on the list, including Elizabeth Moon’s The Speed of Dark, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim, and Max Brooks’ World War Z. We were glad to see Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart on the list, as it should be. Also, they picked Doomsday Book for Connie Willis and it was good to see Angela Carter on there.
Read the list for yourself and let us know what essential book you feel they left out