Friday, 4 June 2010

Gollancz SF and F Masterworks series - lists

@yetistomper is planning to review the entire Gollancz SF and F Masterworks series - 123 books in total - on his blog Stomping on Yeti in collaboration with other reviewers. An ambitious project, but possibly a very worthwhile one as each book is a classic in it's own right. Several years ago I decided to start collecting both series... I didn't get very far, but I did create a full list of each series. I am posting these here as a reference for myself, but if others find it useful, well, that's good, isn't it?!

Titles marked in bold I either own or have read (or both!)

  1. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
  2. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  3. Cities in Flight by James Blish
  4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  5. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
  6. Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
  7. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
  8. The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe
  9. Gateway by Frederik Pohl
  10. The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith
  11. Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon
  12. Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
  13. Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick
  14. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
  15. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
  16. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  17. The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard
  18. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  19. Emphyrio by Jack Vance
  20. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
  21. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon
  22. Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock
  23. The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg
  24. The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  25. Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes
  26. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
  27. Timescape by Gregory Benford
  28. More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
  29. Man Plus by Frederik Pohl
  30. A Case of Conscience by James Blish
  31. The Centauri Device by M. JohnHarrison
  32. Dr. Bloodmoney by Philip K. Dick
  33. Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss
  34. The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
  35. Pavane by Keith Roberts
  36. Now Wait for Last Year by Philip K. Dick
  37. Nova by Samuel R. Delany
  38. The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells
  39. The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke 
  40. Blood Music by Greg Bear
  41. Jem by Frederik Pohl
  42. Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore
  43. VALIS by Philip K. Dick
  44. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
  45. The Complete Roderick by John Sladek
  46. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
  47. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
  48. Grass by Sheri S. Tepper
  49. A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke
  50. Eon by Greg Bear
  51. The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson
  52. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick
  53. The Dancers at the End of Time by Michael Moorcock
  54. The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth
  55. Time Out of Joint by Philip K. Dick
  56. Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg
  57. The Simulacra by Philip K.Dick
  58. The Penultimate Truth by by Philip K. Dick
  59. Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg
  60. Ringworld by Larry Niven
  61. The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman
  62. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
  63. A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick
  64. Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
  65. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C.Clarke
  66. Life During Wartime by Lucius Shepard
  67. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
  68. Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
  69. Dark Benediction by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  70. Mockingbird by Walter Tevis
  71. Dune by Frank Herbert
  72. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
  73. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  1. The Conan Chronicles: Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle by Robert E. Howard
  2. The Book of the New Sun. Volume 1 by Gene Wolfe
  3. Little, Big by John Crowley
  4. King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany
  5. Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance
  6. Time and the Gods by Lord Dunsany
  7. The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson
  8. Elric by Michael Moorcock
  9. The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
  10. Replay by Ken Grimwood
  11. The Book of the New Sun. Volume 2 by Gene Wolfe
  12. Lyonesse: Suldrun's Garden by Jack Vance
  13. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
  14. Lyonesse: The Green Pearl and Madouc by Jack Vance
  15. Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
  16. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  17. The First Book of Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber
  18. The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll
  19. The Worm Ouroboros by Eric Rücker Eddison
  20. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
  21. Darker Than You Think by Jack Williamson
  22. The Compleat Enchanter by L. Sprague de Camp
  23. Hour Of The Dragon by Robert E. Howard
  24. Voice of Our Shadow by Jonathan Carroll
  25. The Emperor of Dreams by Clark Ashton Smith
  26. The Riddle-Master's Game by Patricia A. McKillip
  27. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
  28. The Iron Dragon's Daughter by Michael Swanwick
  29. Corum: The Prince in the Scarlet Robe by Michael Moorcock
  30. The History of the Runestaff by Michael Moorcock
  31. The House on the Border Land and Other Stories by William Hope Hodgson
  32. Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson
  33. Viriconium by M. John Harrison
  34. Lud-In-The-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
  35. Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
  36. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  37. Mistress of Mistresses by Eric Rücker
  38. Gloriana by Michael Moorcock
  39. The Well of the Unicorn by Fletcher Pratt
  40. Swords Against Death by Fritz Leiber
  41. Peace by Gene Wolfe
  42. The Dragon Waiting : A Masque of History by John M. Ford
  43. Black Gods and Scarlet Dreams by Catherine Lucille Moore
  44. The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers
  45. The Mabinogion by Evangeline Walton
  46. Grendel by John Champlin Gardner Jr.
  47. Was by Geoff Ryman
  48. Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
  49. Sea Kings of Mars and Otherwordly Stories by Leigh Brackett
  50. The Mark Of The Beast And Other Fantastical Tales by Rudyard Kipling
Both series first appeared in 1999/2000 and seem pretty dated now. Personally I think there should be no more than one book per author in each list, but, as it is a published series of books, it may be that gollancz did not have the rights to publish other authors I think should be included e.g. Asimov.

So what do you think? Which books would you include on a 'best of' science fiction or fantasy? Add your choices using the comments.


  1. I own all of the SF Masterworks. Bwahahahahahahaha. But I have read very few of them. (What is the oppossite of a bwahahaha?)

    We will see how the reread comes together.

  2. I've read quite a few of the SF series but fare rather poorly on the fantasy side of things. You're right about the limited nature of the list and the multiple authors. PKD is on there 14 times for crying out loud! Still, it's a pretty impressive list if not complete.

    I've got both lists on my site with cover pics and synopsis etc. for all of them if you want to check it out:

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