And a pretty darn good and useful list: The Top 101 Science Fiction Adventures. These start with very early science fiction and are listed chronologically. Not surprisingly, I have read very few of these. Here are the ones I have read:
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. – Edgar Allan Poe – This one is bizarre and quite interesting, especially the part about Antarctica. It makes you realize that at that time in history Antarctica seemed as far away as Mars.
The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells – After having seen two movies based on this, I have to admit that the book was a bit of a disappointment.
The Lost World – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Princess of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs – I need to read the rest of the Mars books.
At the Earth’s Core – Edgar Rice Burroughs
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
1984 – George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Stranger in a Strange Land(?) – Robert A. Heinlein – I think I read this one but I’m not sure. I really don’t care much for Heinlein except for The Moon is a Harsh Mistress so the other books of his that I’ve read all just sort of blend into one thing that I think of simply as “Heinlein”.
Dune – Frank Herbert – The first three books in this series are awesome beyond my ability to describe. The later books became tiresome.
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. LeGuin – Meh. Not one of my favorites by this author, who is not one of my favorite authors though there was a time when I really wanted to like her work.
The Dispossessed – Ursula K. LeGuin – Sort of interesting even though very dreary.
The Word for World is Forest – Ursula K. LeGuin – Probably my favorite of LeGuin’s novels.
Lucifer’s Hammer – Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle – Loved it.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – I read at least part of it. I can’t remember if I finished it.
So that’s 16 or 17 out of 101. Could be worse, I suppose. I want to read more of the books on the list and not just so I can say I read them. Some are old enough to be on Project Gutenberg, which makes it easy.