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16 Must-Read SF/F Classics for Teenage Boys

Literary Compass has compiled a list of 30 Must-Read Classics for Teenage Boys. Making the cut is a nice selection of 16 genre fiction titles:

  1. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  2. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  5. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  6. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  7. The Belgariad by David Eddings
  8. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  9. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  10. The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin, Jr.
  11. Flatland by Edwin Abbott
  12. The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
  13. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
  14. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  15. The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  16. Time and Again by Jack Finney

Check out the original post for explanations and the complete list.

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9 Comments on 16 Must-Read SF/F Classics for Teenage Boys

  1. It occurs to me that I read almost all of those when I was a teenage girl. (The only one I don’t recognize is The Book of the Dun Cow.)

  2. The Foundation Series? Come on! That’s bored the pants off many a grown man.

  3. Kristen // May 21, 2007 at 12:55 pm //

    That’s some serious Ray Bradbury love. I was never much of a fan of his though I read all his books listed except Dandelion Wine. I prefered Heinlein and Asimov. I agree with Derek though. I read the first novel in the Foundation series as an adult, and it bored me to death. Reading about someon sitting and waiting is pretty boring. I heard later books get more action, but I wasn’t inspired to move beyond the first which is sad because I’ve read most of his sci fi novels I could get my hands on.

  4. Where is Lord of the Rings?

    That trilogy was the only set of novels that I ever remember the boys ever talking about back then. Of those that actually read anything.

  5. Lots and lots of Ray Bradbury…

  6. Eddings? Eddings? No Heinlein, Norton, Anderson, Schmitz, Drake, Haldeman, etc., but we get Eddings?


    Oh my aching head.


  7. And Animal Farm? I can see reading that, sure, eventually, but for fun as a teenager? Urk.

  8. Naz Parker // May 22, 2007 at 5:25 am //

    I agree with Tracey – why teenage boys? I also read most of those when I was a teenaged girl. Why with the sexism people? Why not just have one list titled “16 Must-Read SF/F Classics for Teens”?

  9. Well, blame Literary Compass, not SF Signal for the “boys” label. I would point you towards Baen Books, which does have its own list of books for teens (of either sex).

    Again: Eddings? Eddings? Oh my aching head.


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