Sci-Fi Book Review Index by Rating

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5/5 Masterpiece

A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire, Michael Bishop (1975) 5/5

Beyond Apollo, Barry N. Malzberg (1972) 5/5

The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (variant title: The Unsleeping Eye), D. G. Compton (1974) 5/5

Hawksbill Station (variant title: The Anvil of Time), Robert Silverberg (1968) 5/5

Missing Man, Katherine MacLean (1975) 5/5

Revelations, Barry N. Malzberg (1972) 5/5

We Who Are About To . . ., Joanna Russ (1976) 5/5

What Entropy Means to Me, George Alec Effinger (1972) 5/5

The World Inside, Robert Silverberg (1971) 5/5

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4.75/5 Very Good/Near Masterpiece

Downward to the Earth, Robert Silverberg (1970) 4.75/5

The Iron Dream, Norman Spinrad (1972) 4.75/5

Journey Beyond Tomorrow, Robert Sheckley (1962) 4.75/5

Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald (1959) 4.75/5

Non-stop (variant title: Starship), Brian Aldiss (1958) 4.75/5

Stolen Faces, Michael Bishop (1977) 4.75/5

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4.5/5 Very Good

Armed Camps, Kit Reed (1969) 4.5/5

Beasts, John Crowley (1976) 4.5/5

The Deep, John Crowley (1975) 4.5/5

And Chaos Died, Joanna Russ (1970) 4.5/5

Earthlight, Arthur C. Clarke (1955) 4.5/5

Farewell, Earth’s Bliss, D. G. Compton (1966) 4.5/5

The Gamesman, Barry N. Malzberg (1975) 4.5/5

Hello Summer, Goodbye (variant title: Rax), Michael G. Coney (1975) 4.5/5

The Hieros Gamos of Sam and An Smith, Josephine Saxton (1969) 4.5/5

High-Rise, J. G. Ballard (1975) 4.5/5

In The Enclosure, Barry N. Malzberg (1973) 4.5/5

Memoirs of a Spacewoman, Naomi Mitchison (1962) 4.5/5

Store of Infinity, Robert Sheckley (1960) 4.5/5

Synthajoy, D. G. Compton (1968) 4.5/5

The Man in the Maze, Robert Silverberg (1969) 4.5/5

The Men Inside, Barry N. Malzberg (1973) 4.5/5

The People of the Wind, Poul Anderson (1973) 4.5/5

The Planet of Exile, Ursula Le Guin (1966) 4.5/5

The Second Trip, Robert Silverberg (serialized: 1971), 4.5/5

The Very Long Slow Time Machine, Ian Watson (1979), 4.5/5

Why Call Them Back From Heaven?, Clifford D. Simak (1967), 4.5/5

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4.25/5 Very Good

Approaching Oblivion, Harlan Ellison (1974), 4.25/5

A Billion Days of Earth, Doris Piserchia (1976) 4.25/5

Billenium, J. G. Ballard (1962) 4.25/5

Dark Universe, Daniel F. Galouye (1961) 4.25/5

Doomsday Morning, C. L. Moore (1957), 4.25/5

Mister Da V. and Other Stories, Kit Reed (1967) 4.25/5

The Fall of Chronopolis, Barrington J. Bayley (1974) 4.25/5

The Falling Astronauts, Barry N. Malzberg (1971) 4.25/5

Guernica Night, Barry N. Malzberg (1975) 4.25/5

The Immortals, James E. Gunn (1962) 4.25/5

The Joy Makers, James E. Gunn (1961), 4.25/5

The Silent Multitude, D. G. Compton (1966), 4.25/5

Transfigurations, Michael Bishop (1979), 4.25/5

The Voice of Time and Other Stories, J. G. Ballard (1962), 4.25/5

Wyst: Alastor, 1716, Jack Vance (1978) 4.25/5

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4/5 Good

And Strange at Ecbatan the Trees (variant title: Beneath the Shattered Moons), Michael Bishop (1976) 4/5

A Pail of Air, Fritz Leiber (1964) 4/5

The Blue World, Jack Vance (1966) 4/5

The Centauri Device, M. John Harrison (1974) 4/5

Citizen in Space, Robert Sheckley (1955) 4/5

The Cosmic Rape, Theodore Sturgeon (1958) 4/5

Daughters of Earth, Judith Merril (1968) 4/5

The Downstairs Room and Other Speculative Fiction, Kate Wilhelm (1968) 4/5

The Dream Master, Roger Zelazny (1966) 4/5

The Eden Cycle, Raymond Z. Gallun (1974) 4/5

The Explorers, C. M. Kornbluth (1954) 4/5

The Eyes of Heisenberg, Frank Herbert (1966) 4/5

The Garments of Caean, Barrington J. Bayley (1976) 4/5

Iceworld, Hal Clement (1953) 4/5

The Last Hurrah of the Golden Horde, Norman Spinrad (1970) 4/5

The Man Who Japed, Philip K. Dick (1956) 4/5

Meeting At Infinity, John Brunner (1961) 4/5

Merchanter’s Luck, C. J. Cherryh (1982) 4/5

Of Men and Monsters, William Tenn (1968) 4/5

Orphans of the Sky, Robert Heinlein (1941) 4/5

The Penultimate Truth, Philip K. Dick (1964) 4/5

The People Trap, Robert Sheckley (1968) 4/5

The Pillars of Eternity, Barrington J. Bayley (1982) 4/5

The Quality of Mercy, D. G. Compton (1965) 4/5

Sargasso of Space, Andre Norton (1955) 4/5

Shield, Poul Anderson (1965) 4/5

Showboat World, Jack Vance (1975) 4/5

Singularity Station, Brian N. Ball (1973) 4/5

The Status Civilization, Robert Sheckley (1960) 4/5

Strange Relations, Philip José Farmer (1960) 4/5

There Will Be Time, Poul Anderson (1972) 4/5

The Watch Below, James White (1966) 4/5

Three Worlds to Conquer, Poul Anderson (1964) 4/5

Thorns, Robert Silverberg (1968) 4/5

Who Can Replace a Man? (variant title: Best Science Fiction Stories of Brian W. Aldiss), Brian W. Aldiss (1965) 4/5

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3.75/5 Good

Collision Course (variant title: Collision with Chronos), Barrington J. Bayley (1973) 3.75/5

Doomtime, Doris Piserchia (1981) 3.75/5

The Alien Way, Gordon R. Dickson (1965) 3.75/5

The City Machine, Louis Trimble (1972) 3.75/5

The City of the Chasch, Jack Vance (1968) 3.75/5

The Eleventh Commandment, Lester del Rey (1962, revised 1970) 3.75/5

The End of the World, ed. Donald Wollheim (1956) 3.75/5

The Human Angle, William Tenn (1956) 3.75/5

Immortality, Inc. (variant title: Time Killer), Robert Sheckley (1958) 3.75/5

The Long Winter, John Christopher (1962) 3.75/5

Lords of the Starship, Mark S. Geston (1967) 3.75/5

Marune: Alastor, 933, Jack Vance (1975) 3.75/5

No Time Like Tomorrow, Brian Aldiss (1959) 3.75/5

Profundis, Richard Cowper (1979) 3.75/5

Station in Space (1958) 3.75/5

The Seedling Stars, James Blish (1957) 3.75/5

The Steel Crocodile, D. G. Compton (1970) 3.75/5

They Shall Have Stars, James Blish (1956) 3.75/5

Time and Stars, Poul Anderson (1964) 3.75/5

Vault of the Ages, Poul Anderson (1952) 3.75/5

The View From the Stars, Walter M. Miller, Jr. 3.75/5

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3.5/5 Good

Earthworks, Brian Aldiss (1965) 3.5/5

The Empty People, Barry N. Malzberg (1969) 3.5/5

Future City, ed. Roger Elwood (1973) 3.5/5

Fireship (variant title: Fireship / Mother and Child) 3.5/5

Ground Zero Man, Bob Shaw (1971) 3.5/5

Islands, Marta Randall (1976) 3.5/5

Juniper Time, Kate Wilhelm (1979) 3.5/5

Magellan, Colin Anderson (1970) 3.5/5

The Many Worlds of Barry Malzberg, Barry N. Malzberg (1975) 3.5/5

Margaret and I, Kate Wilhelm (1971) 3.5/5

Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement (1953) 3.5/5

The Big Jump, Leigh Brackett (1955) 3.5/5

The Lifeship, Harry Harrison and Gordon R. Dickson (1976) 3.5/5

The Falling Torch, Algis Budrys (1959) 3.5/5

Herovit’s World, Barry N. Malzberg (1973) 3.5/5

Pebble in the Sky, Isaac Asimov (1950) 3.5/5

Three For Tomorrow, novellas by Robert Silverberg, Roger Zelazny, and James Blish (1969) 3.5/5

To Open the Sky, Robert Silverberg (1967) 3.5/5

Xenogenesis, Miriam Allen deFord (1969) 3.5/5

The World of Null-A, A. E. Van Vogt (1948) 3.5/5

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3.25/5 Good

A Choice of Gods, Clifford D. Simak (1971) 3.25/5

A Life for the Stars, James Blish (1962) 3.25/5

Assignment Nor’ Dyren, Sydney Van Scyoc (1973) 3.25/5

Big Planet, Jack Vance (1952) 3.25/5

The Burning, James E. Gunn (1972) 3.25/5

Brain Wave, Poul Anderson (magazine publication 1953), 3.25/5

The Bridge, D. Keith Mano (1973) 3.25/5

Bright New Universe, Jack Williamson (1967) 3.25/5

The Crystal Ship, three novellas: Vonda McIntyre, Marta Randall, Joan D. Vinge (1976) 3.25/5

Conversations, Barry N. Malzberg (1975) 3.25/5

False Dawn, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (1978) 3.25/5

Eight Keys to Eden, Mark Clifton (1960) 3.25/5

The Enemy Stars, Poul Anderson (1958) 3.25/5

Eye Among the Blind, Robert Holdstock (1976) 3.25/5

Galactic Cluster, James Blish (1959) 3.25/5

Gladiator-At-Law, Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth (1955) 3.25/5

The God Makers, Frank Herbert (1972) 3.25/5

Godling, Go Home!, Robert Silverberg (1964) 3.25/5

Half Past Human, T. J. Bass (1971) 3.25/5

Indoctrinaire, Christopher Priest (1970) 3.25/5

The Ice Schooner, Michael Moorcock (1969), 3.25/5

The Light that Never Was, Lloyd Biggle, Jr. (1972) 3.25/5

The Outcasts of Heaven Belt, Joan D. Vinge (1978) 3.25/5

Seed of Light, Edmund Cooper (1959) 3.25/5

The Shores of Another Sea, Chad Oliver (1971) 3.25/5

The Worlds of Frank Herbert, Frank Herbert (1970) 3.25/5

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3/5 Average

A Martian Odyssey and Other Great Science-Fiction Stories, Stanley G. Weinbaum (1962) 3/5

At the Seventh Level, Suzette Haden Elgin (1972) 3/5

A Way Home, Theodore Sturgeon (1956) 3/5

Chronocules (variant title: Hot Wireless Sets, Aspirin Tablets, the Sandpaper Sides of Used Matchboxes, and Something that Might have been Castor Oil) (1970), 3/5

The Dark Side of the Earth, Alfred Bester (1964) 3/5

The Dark Light-Years, Brian Aldiss (1964) 3/5

Darkover Landfall, Marion Zimmer Bradley (1972) 3/5

Double Star, Robert Heinlein (1956) 3/5

Drunkard’s Walk, Frederik Pohl (1960) 3/5

Galaxies Like Grains of Sand (1960) 3/5

Inside, Dan Morgan (1971) 3/5

Journey to the Center, Brian M. Stableford (1982) 3/5

Needle in a Timestack, Robert Silverberg (1966) 3/5

One Million Tomorrows (variant title: 1 Million Tomorrows), Bob Shaw (1971) 3/5

Orbit Unlimited, Poul Anderson (1961) 3/5

Perseverance Island, Douglas Frazar (1885) 3/5

The Bright Phoenix, Harold Mead (1955) 3/5

The Mile-Long Spaceship, Kate Wilhelm (1963) 3/5

The Mixed Men (variant title: Mission to the Stars), A. E. Van Vogt (1945) 3/5

The Rebel Worlds, Poul Anderson (1969) 3/5

The Reefs of Space, Frederick Pohl and Jack Williamson (1964) 3/5

Space Skimmer, David Gerrold (1972) 3/5

The Star Dwellers, James Blish (1961) 3/5

Three Novels, Damon Knight (1967) 3/5

Time of the Great Freeze, Robert Silverberg (1964) 3/5

The Trial of Terra, Jack Williamson (1962) 3/5

The Warlord of the Air, Michael Moorcock (1971) 3/5

To Live Again, Robert Silverberg (1969) 3/5

Total Eclipse, John Brunner (1974) 3/5

Yesterday’s Children, David Gerrold (1972) 3/5

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2.75/5 Vaguely Average

Ancient, My Enemy, Gordon R. Dickson (1974) 2.75/5

As on a Darkling Plain, Ben Bova (1972) 2.75/5

A Scourge of Screamers, Daniel F. Galouye (1966) 2.75/5

Dr. Futurity, Philip K. Dick (1960) 2.75/5

The Monadic Universe, George Zebrowski (1977) 2.75/5

Ossian’s Ride, Fred Hoyle (1959) 2.75/5

Sign of the Labrys, Margaret St. Clair (1963) 2.75/5

Slave Ship, Frederik Pohl (1956) 2.75/5

The Star Ways (variant title: The Peregrine) (1956) 2.75/5

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2.5/5 Bad

Beyond This Horizon, Robert Heinlein (1942) 2.5/5

Cloned Lives, Pamela Sargent (1976) 2.5/5

Croyd, Ian Wallace (1967) 2.5/5

Dark Dominion, David Duncan (1955) 2.5/5

Entry to Elsewhen, John Brunner (1972) 2.5/5

Homeward and Beyond, Poul Anderson (1975) 2.5/5

The Mercy Meny (variant title: A Man Obsessed), Alan E. Nourse (1955) 2.5/5

Methuselah’s Children, Robert Heinlein (1958) 2.5/5

The Horn of Time, Poul Anderson (1968) 2.5/5

The Last Starship From Earth, John Boyd (1968) 2.5/5

The Time Hoppers, Robert Silverberg (1967) 2.5/5

Traitor to the Living, Philip José Farmer (1973) 2.5/5

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2.25/5 (Bad)

Eight Against Utopia (variant title: From Carthage Then I Came), Douglas R. Mason (1966) 2.25/5

The Wall Around the World (1962) 2.25/5

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2/5 (Bad)

Beyond the Sealed World, Rena Vale (1965) 2/5

Born Under Mars, John Brunner (1967) 2/5

Bow Down To Nul (variant title: The Interpreter), Brian Aldiss (1960) 2/5

Costigan’s Needle, Jerry Sohl (1953)

Double, Double, John Brunner (1969) 2/5

Down to Earth, Louis Charbonneau (1967) 2/5

Empire of Two Worlds, Barrington J. Bayley (1972) 2/5

The Florians, Brian N. Stableford (1976) 2/5

Rolltown, Mack Reynolds (1976) 2/5

The Sea is Boiling Hot, George Bamber (1971) 2/5

Star Winds, Barrington J. Bayley (1978) 2/5

The Dueling Machine, Ben Bova (1969) 2/5

The Wrong End of Time, John Brunner (1971) 2/5

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1.75/5 (Bad)

Interstellar Empire, John Brunner (1976) 1.75/5

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1.5/5 (Bad)

Star Watchman, Ben Bova (1964) 1.5/5

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1/5 (Bad)

Beyond the Barrier, Damon Knight (1964) 1/5

The Dramaturges of Yan, John Brunner (1982) 1/5

The Missionaries, D. G. Compton (1972) 1/5

Planet of the Voles, Charles Platt (1971) 1/5

Waters of Death, Irving A. Greenfield (1967) 1/5

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under 1/5 (Atrocious)

Master of Life and Death, Robert Silverberg (1957) .25/5

5 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Book Review Index by Rating”

      1. Works for me! I’ve read about half so far. Very interesting stuff, even some of the bad novels have great concepts.

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