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  (?) complete short stories of H.G. Wells, The by H. G. Wells (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1726  Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1818  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1864  Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1870  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1871  Vril, the Power of the Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1872  Erewhon, or, Over the Range by Samuel Butler (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1880  Across the Zodiac by Percy Greg (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1886  She by H. Rider Haggard (Amazon - Alibris)  
           Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The by Robert Louis Stevenson (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1888  Looking Backward, 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1889  Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, A by Mark Twain (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1894  Time Machine, The by H. G. Wells (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1896  Island of Dr. Moreau, The by H. G. Wells (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1898  War of the Worlds, The by H. G. Wells (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1911  Hampdenshire Wonder, The by John Davys Beresford (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1912  Lost World, The by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Amazon - Alibris)  
           Princess of Mars, A by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1913  Poison Belt, The by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1915  Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1919  Girl in the Golden Atom, The by Ray Cummings (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1920  R. U. R. and the Insect Play by Karel Capek (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1921  Back to Methuselah by George Bernard Shaw (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1923  Clockwork Man, The by E. V. Odle (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1924  We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1927  Absolute at Large, The by Karel Capek (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1928  Deluge by S. Fowler Wright (Amazon - Alibris)  
           Voyage to Arcturus, A by David Lindsay (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1930  Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon (Amazon - Alibris)  
 
  1931  Weigher of Souls, The by André Maurois (Amazon - Alibris)  
  

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  What are the classic books of science fiction? Who decides which book is a classic? Do the critics and scholars know best or in the end, are the readers the real judges? What qualities define a classic book?

Jim Harris, who helped create SciFan from 1998 to 2000, now has his own site at classics.jameswallaceharris.com. There you'll find essays that detail the rationale behind this list. Please understand that it's been built as a compilation of several other lists, this is not a statement of what we think is the best written SF ever.
 
 
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