The Best English-Language Fiction of the Twentieth Century
A Composite List and Ranking
by Brian Kunde


<- Heinlein, Robert A., 1907-1988.
         Full name: Robert Anson Heinlein. American science fiction author born in Butler, Missouri whose work focussed on issues of individual liberty and responsibility from a libertarian viewpoint. Long considered one of the "big three" of science fiction writers (together with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke). Most noted for his 1940s "Future History" series and 1950s science fiction juvenile novels, his writing was both influential and controversial in the genre. Honored as a Nebula Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1974 and inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1998. Winner of seven Hugo and Retro-Hugo Awards, six Prometheus Awards and eight Locus Poll Awards.
  • <- Stranger in a Strange Land. 1961.
             The story of Valentine Michael Smith, a boy raised by Martians who is returned to Earth with strange powers but na´ve in human ways. Maturing under the guidance of author Jubal Harshaw, he eventually founds a new religion mingling elements of Martian and human philosophies, runs afoul of a rival cult, "discorporates" (dies) and continues to guide his followers from the afterlife. Controversial on sexual and religious grounds, the book became a 1960s cult classic. It is responsible for introducing the word "grok" to the English language. Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel for 1962 and the 1987 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for Best Classic Libertarian SF Novel. Reissued in an uncut version in 1991.

Posted Mar. 27, 2013, and last updated Mar. 27, 2013.
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