What are the best 1950's classic science fiction books?

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    #1Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.

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    Kathleen Guerrero
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a classic read! All science fiction fans should read this book. Bradbury's prose is amazing. He reels you in, and makes you see and think about things in a whole different light. Read this book, you will love it!"
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    #2More Than Human

    More Than Human

    More Than Human is a fantasy, science fiction novel written by Theodore Sturgeon. It was published December 29, 1998 by Vintage Publishing.

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    Gregory Morgan
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Supernatural powers and gene altered beings populate this book like scum on a pond. The intense characters and their interaction will keep you reading front front to back. With plot twists as varied as the beings..you will be truly amazed."
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    #3I Am Legend

    I Am Legend

    I Am Legend is a post-apocalyptic book by Richard Matheson that centers on Robert Neville, the last man on earth. He needs to fight for his life as all the living creature in the Earth turned into vampires. 

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    Zhu Long
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I Am Legend is an absolute classic. There has not been a book quite as good written since its release. I love this post-apocalyptic world and it's crazy characters. It is definitely true that I Am Legend is the best 1950's classic science fiction books."
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    #4Foundation and Empire

    Foundation and Empire
    Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov is a science fiction novel originally published in 1952 by the Doubleday. This is the second book from Asimov's Foundation series. It was followed by the Second Foundation.
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    Justin Fields
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Isaac Asimov is cornerstone of imaginative narrative and creative story-telling. By incorporating the fictitious astrophysical phenomenon into convenient and easy to comprehend stories that captivates its audience, is another genius of Isaac. The Foundation and Empire will galvanize your inner sense of survival against all the odds and obstacles in the brutal and tyrannical part of the biological nature that is its inherent part. The book took me to the edges of self-concept in today's world through its imaginative destructive forces which are presented in the form of these weird and tyrant creatures. Highly recommend if you want to have your creativity boosted"
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    #5The Day of the Triffids

    The Day of the Triffids

    The Day of the Triffids is an award-winning post-apocalyptic thriller by British author John Wyndham, first published in 1951. It tells the story of a world ransacked by mobile venomous plants called triffids.

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    Karen Diaz
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Day of the Triffids, published in 1951, is a post-apocalyptic thriller in which the world has been devastated by venomous plants. It's a great choice for anyone interested in classic sci-fi narratives."
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    #6The Naked Sun

    The Naked Sun

    The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov is a science fiction novel originally published in 1956 by the Doubleday. This is the second book from Asimov's Robot series. It was followed by The Robots of Dawn.

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    Israel Valle
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The “Naked sun” by Isaac Asimov is surely my best choice for 1950’s science fiction collection. It is the first of a series of three books on the downsides of a robotized society. The first was “Caves of Steel”, the second is the “Naked Sun” and the last was “The Robots of Dawn”. The main character, Elijah Baley, is placed in an alien world and an environment that is alien and hostile to him that he changes character. It is a good read as science fiction. There is even murder in it. I recommend it and chose it as my best choice for 1950’s science fiction. "
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    #7The Caves of Steel (Robot Series)

    The Caves of Steel (Robot Series)

    In a time where hyperspace travelling has been discovered, Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaware living in the only overpopulated planet, the Earth, that has a total population of over eight billion. The protagonists of the novel are two police detectives, that are trying to clear a murder case in a futuristic environment. 

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    Ma Han
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "You don't have to be a fan of science fiction to enjoy most novels by Isaac Asimov. The Caves of Steel is a detective mystery set in a futuristic time where the Earth has been over populated and everyone is on top of each other. This follows a detective and his partnership with a human like robot on the case of a murder. This book, and series, is a page turner. "
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    #8A Canticle for Leibowitz

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    A Canticle for Leibowitz is a Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction novel by Walter M. Miller, Jr. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it tells the story of a group of monks who are dedicated to enriching the relics of Saint Isaac Leibowitz.

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    Maria Burke
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I'm trying to decide which works of scifi from the 1950s are better than others. Because Amazon provides no comparative ranking functions on its site, it isn't ideal for answering my questions about how "A Canticle for Leibowitz" stacks up against other similar works from this period. Although Amazon.com does include a review section where readers and purchasers can discuss what was good and what was bad about the book, those writing the reviews aren't necessarily well-versed in the entire genre, and may not know whether or not this is a strong example. I need a site that offers a more comparative ranking system, perhaps including more critical commentary."
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    #9The Illustrated Man

    The Illustrated Man
    Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a collection of 18 science fiction short stories. The stories are all within a bigger story, wherein the stories are all written as animated tattoos in the skin of "the Illustrated Man."
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    Terry Hunter
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Illustrated Man is a 1951 collection of eighteen science fiction short stories by American writer Ray Bradbury. A recurring theme throughout the eighteen stories is the conflict of the cold mechanics of technology and the psychology of people. The Illustrated Man, a seminal work in Ray Bradbury’s career, whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time’s passage, is available from Simon & Schuster for the first time."
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    #10The Stars My Destination

    The Stars My Destination

    The Stars My Destination is a science fiction novel by Alfred Bester, originally published in 1957. It tells the story of Gully Foyle and his plan to exact revenge. It is part of the SF Masterwork series.

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    Sean Liang
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Science fiction is one of my favorite topics, especially science fiction from the Cold War era. It is so interesting to the see how the threat of outside invasion influenced the writing of people at this time. I read this book along with my history professor and we had a great time discussing the intricacies of the novel as it pertained to that age. "
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    #11The Demolished Man

    The Demolished Man

    The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester is a science fiction novel originally published in 1952. The first edition of this book was released by Shasta Publishers. The Demolished Man won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1953.

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    David Caballero
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Demolished Man is really a unique take into the science fiction genre and is famous for its ground breaking use of mise en scene and a way of storytelling that was new to this type of novel. This is why it is a classic. If you haven't read it or are just a fan of the sci-fi genre, you should get this today. You won't be disappointed."
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    #12The Minority Report

    The Minority Report
    This book is set in a futuristic world where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes.Three aliens are able to tell who will commit a murder in the following days, and for John Anderton's misfortune, the originator of this special unit, he has been perceived as the next criminal.


     

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    Muhammad Tata
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you're a fan of Philip K. Dick this is a must read book. Dick is known for turning his masterful and acute eye towards the future and the implications of our evolving technology and his ideas and observations are still relevant today, even though they were written decades ago. Smart, disturbing and chilling, this is one of my favorite works by the author. "
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    #13The Day of the Jackal

    The Day of the Jackal
    The Day of the Jackal is a historical mystery suspense thriller fiction written by Frederick Forsyth. It is first published in 1971 and about an assassin named Jackal. 
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    #14I, Robot

    I, Robot
    I, Robot is a series of short stories by the acclaimed author of science fiction, Isaac Asimov. It tells the story of robots outfitted with a "positronic brain" that allows them to feel what it is to be human, despite being made of metal.
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    William McDonald
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is an all time classic within this genre, even I know about it."
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    #15Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers
    In 5000 humanity will face the total extermination and our only chance to survive is a highly-trained soldiers called the Star Ship Troopers. That's the story of Jonny Rico, an idealistic trooper from the infantry. 
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    Tyler Black
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A fun book about a battle between humans and alien bugs. Worth reading the book before checking out the movie."
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    #16The Foundation Trilogy

    The Foundation Trilogy
    The Foundation Trilogy is a science fiction series by the acclaimed author, Isaac Asimov. This edition contains the original trilogy, without the two prequels and two sequels: "Foundation," "Foundation and Empire," and "Second Foundation."
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    Charles Scott
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I am an absolute nerd in general. One of the things I like the best is classic 1950’s science fiction books. I know it’s a bit old fashion to like these type of books. Recently, I have been looking for the best books in this genre from this period. The best one I have read so far is The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov. "
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    #17The Martian Chronicles

    The Martian Chronicles
    The Martian Chronicles is a record of human activity on Mars and their encounters with Martian lifeforms. The 28 stories are divided into three acts, with each act focused on a pivotal human accomplishment.
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    Daniel Hall
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book that was suggested has amazing reviews and really solves this problem. "
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    #18Body Snatchers

    Body Snatchers

    Body Snatchers is a standalone classic horror fiction novel written by Jack Finney which centers on Dr. Miles Bennell after he discovers a horrifying plot. This is first published in 1955. 

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    Teresa Duncan
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book has stood the test of time for a reason. It is creepy and very entertaining. It's from a different era, but in a good way., I loved it every time that i have read it. "

Summary

Best What are the best 1950's classic science fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Fahrenheit 451Books 46 Paid
2More Than HumanBooks 40 Paid
3I Am LegendBooks 37 Paid
4Foundation and EmpireBooks 31 Paid
5The Day of the TriffidsBooks 29 Paid
6The Naked SunBooks 28 Paid
7The Caves of Steel (Robot Series)Books 25 Paid
8A Canticle for LeibowitzBooks 25 Paid
9The Illustrated ManBooks 21 Paid
10The Stars My DestinationBooks 18 Paid
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