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Worlds Without End Roll-Your-Own Reading Challenge

The Definitive 1950s SF Reading Challenge

The Definitive 1950s SF Reading Challenge

The goal of this challenge is to read, in order, a book from each year of the 1950s, as specified in the Defining SF Books of the 1950s list.

The schedule is relaxed - it's more of an ongoing project than an actual challenge - and rereads are permitted, since it's possible you have already read everything in a given year.

This is the first part of the Super-Epic Defining Books Reading Challenge. I'll add a 60s challenge when people start to get towards the end of the 50s.

Note that you must do the reading in order, starting with 1950 and ending with 1959. If you read a 1953 book before your 1952 book, it doesn't count. I mean, I can't actually police that, but I might frown slightly if I notice.

The challenge now has reading levels. The Foundationer level is the standard 10-book chronological challenge. If you take on the lower Time Trader level, you should still try to read books from different years in chronological order. The higher levels are simply to allow some extra reading in addition to the core ten books. In no way are they just an excuse to use Double Star as a level title for the double-sized challenge.

Challenge Details
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Challenge Span: January 2015 – December 2016

Reading Levels
Select your reading level below. You can adjust your level up or down at any time during the challenge.

 Time Trader = 5 books + 0 reviews
 Foundationer = 10 books + 0 reviews
 More Than Human = 15 books + 0 reviews
 Double Star = 20 books + 0 reviews

This challenge has expired. Please have a look at some of our other challenges for something that may interest you.

Administrator

Administrator

The Caves of Steel
The Day of the Triffids
Doomsday Morning
Have Space Suit - Will Travel
The Long Tomorrow
The Martian Chronicles
This Island Earth
3
2
1
Aemeth

Aemeth

A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Case of Conscience
Children of the Lens
The Day of the Triffids
Earthman, Come Home
Eye in the Sky
Fahrenheit 451
First Lensman
Galactic Patrol
Grey Lensman
I Am Legend
I, Robot
Second Stage Lensman
The Sirens of Titan
The Stars My Destination
They Shall Have Stars
Time Out of Joint
3
2
1
Alendor

Alendor

A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Case of Conscience
The Day of the Triffids
The Demolished Man
The Door Into Summer
Double Star
I Am Legend
The Long Tomorrow
The Martian Chronicles
More Than Human
Badseedgirl

Badseedgirl

The Big Time
The Body Snatchers (The Invasion of the Body Snatchers)
A Case of Conscience
The Caves of Steel
Childhood's End
The Day of the Triffids
The Death of Grass
The Demolished Man
Dorsai!
Double Star
First Lensman
Galactic Patrol
Have Space Suit - Will Travel
The Illustrated Man
The Long Tomorrow
The Midwich Cuckoos
More Than Human
The Naked Sun
The Puppet Masters
The Time Traders
Beardie

Beardie

Between Planets
A Case of Conscience
Dorsai!
The End of Eternity
Eye in the Sky
The Man Who Sold the Moon (collection)
The Rolling Stones (Space Family Stone)
The Star Beast
Starman Jones
The Stars My Destination
Carl V.

Carl V.

Between Planets
Citizen of the Galaxy
The Demolished Man
Fahrenheit 451
Have Space Suit - Will Travel
Immortality, Inc.
The Martian Chronicles
Sargasso of Space
The Stars are Ours!
Time for the Stars
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
CDR_Bill

CDR_Bill

The Body Snatchers (The Invasion of the Body Snatchers)
A Case of Conscience
The Caves of Steel
Children of the Lens
City
The Currents of Space
The Door Into Summer
First Lensman
Foundation
Foundation and Empire
Galactic Patrol
The Green Hills Of Earth
The Man Who Sold the Moon (collection)
Methuselah's Children
Pebble in the Sky
Revolt in 2100
Second Foundation
The Shrinking Man
Starship Troopers
They Shall Have Stars
chuhl

chuhl

Galactic Patrol
Martians, Go Home
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
danp6

danp6

The Body Snatchers (The Invasion of the Body Snatchers)
A Canticle for Leibowitz
City
The Day of the Triffids
The Death of Grass
The Martian Chronicles
The Midwich Cuckoos
Mission of Gravity
More Than Human
To Marry Medusa
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
daxxh

daxxh

The Caves of Steel
City
The Enemy Stars
Fahrenheit 451
The Long Tomorrow
Methuselah's Children
The Naked Sun
Pebble in the Sky
The Stars, Like Dust
They Shall Have Stars
devilinlaw

devilinlaw

A Canticle for Leibowitz
Childhood's End
The Day of the Triffids
Fahrenheit 451
I Am Legend
The Illustrated Man
The Martian Chronicles
Starship Troopers
They Shall Have Stars
Trouble on Titan
Diane

Diane

A Canticle for Leibowitz
The Caves of Steel
Children of the Lens
The Cosmic Puppets
Double Star
First Lensman
Foundation
Foundation and Empire
Galactic Patrol
Grey Lensman
Have Space Suit - Will Travel
I, Robot
The Naked Sun
Of All Possible Worlds
Pebble in the Sky
Player Piano
Second Foundation
Second Stage Lensman
The Stars, Like Dust
Triplanetary
DrEvilO

DrEvilO

The Big Time
The Day of the Triffids
The Demolished Man
Double Star
More Than Human
DrNefario

DrNefario

Childhood's End
City
The Death of Grass
The Enemy Stars
The Forgotten Planet
Galactic Patrol
The Green Hills Of Earth
The Long Tomorrow
The Midwich Cuckoos
The Time Traders
dustydigger

dustydigger

Between Planets
The Black Star Passes
A Case of Conscience
City at World's End
The Day of the Triffids
Double Star
The Dreaming Jewels
First Lensman
The Forever Machine
The Forgotten Planet
Gladiator-at-Law
Iceworld
The Long Tomorrow
The Martian Chronicles
Nerves
The Sirens of Titan
Star Born
This Island Earth
Wasp
The Weapon Shops of Isher
Emil

Emil

Alas, Babylon
The Caves of Steel
Fury
The Naked Sun
Non-Stop
Player Piano
The Puppet Masters
Solar Lottery
The Space Merchants
The World Jones Made
Engelbrecht

Engelbrecht

The Disappearance
Fury
The Languages of Pao
The Lights in the Sky are Stars
Of All Possible Worlds
Star Born
The Stars are Ours!
This Island Earth
Under Pressure
Wolfbane
festivespade

festivespade

I, Robot
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
GiantPanda

GiantPanda

Alas, Babylon
The Big Time
Brain Wave
A Case of Conscience
Childhood's End
City
The Day of the Triffids
The Demolished Man
Dorsai!
Double Star
Earthlight
Fahrenheit 451
Farmer in the Sky
Foundation
I Am Legend
Martians, Go Home
The Naked Sun
On the Beach
Pebble in the Sky
The Stars My Destination
h2opolo7

h2opolo7

10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
happypuddingday

happypuddingday

The Beast Master
Between Planets
Citizen of the Galaxy
Cosmic Engineers
Daybreak - 2250 A.D. (Star Man's Son, 2250 A.D.)
The Door Into Summer
Fahrenheit 451
Farmer in the Sky
Fury
Needle
Pebble in the Sky
The Rolling Stones (Space Family Stone)
Sargasso of Space
Seetee Ship
The Space Merchants
The Star Beast
Starman Jones
Time for the Stars
Trouble on Titan
The Voyage of the Space Beagle
jemunoz

jemunoz

10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Joe Chip

Joe Chip

The Big Time
The Body Snatchers (The Invasion of the Body Snatchers)
Brain Wave
The Day of the Triffids
Foundation and Empire
I, Robot
Second Foundation
The Sirens of Titan
Wasp
1
jontlaw

jontlaw

The Demolished Man
Fahrenheit 451
The Illustrated Man
The Man Who Japed
The Martian Chronicles
Player Piano
Sargasso of Space
Solar Lottery
Star Born
The Stars are Ours!
The Stars My Destination
Time Out of Joint
The Time Traders
The Voyage of the Space Beagle
The World Jones Made
jwharris28

jwharris28

City at World's End
The Demolished Man
The Martian Chronicles
Non-Stop
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
JZS

JZS

The Caves of Steel
Double Star
Foundation
Foundation and Empire
The Martian Chronicles
Martians, Go Home
Methuselah's Children
The Naked Sun
Second Foundation
Starship Troopers
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
kabouter

kabouter

The Day of the Triffids
The Death of Grass
The Demolished Man
I Am Legend
The Stars are Ours!
Starship Troopers
4
3
2
1
madwensl

madwensl

The Day of the Triffids
Needle
Player Piano
West of the Sun
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
mamajulie

mamajulie

Double Star
Gladiator-at-Law
Have Space Suit - Will Travel
I, Robot
The Naked Sun
The Space Merchants
The Stars, Like Dust
Starship Troopers
This Island Earth
Trouble on Titan
ManyMoons

ManyMoons

The Day of the Triffids
Sentinels from Space
Triplanetary
Wasp
1
mj122955

mj122955

Alas, Babylon
A Case of Conscience
The Caves of Steel
The Chrysalids
The Currents of Space
The Day of the Triffids
Dorsai!
The Dreaming Jewels
I Am Legend
The Midwich Cuckoos
More Than Human
Non-Stop
On the Beach
Player Piano
The Sands of Mars
Sargasso of Space
The Shrinking Man
The Space Merchants
The Stars My Destination
The Voyage of the Space Beagle
Momosnyx

Momosnyx

The Body Snatchers (The Invasion of the Body Snatchers)
A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Case of Conscience
City
The Day of the Triffids
The Door Into Summer
Fahrenheit 451
The Martian Chronicles
Mission of Gravity
The Stars My Destination
Naomi_uk72

Naomi_uk72

The City and the Stars
The Demolished Man
The Door Into Summer
Double Star
Have Space Suit - Will Travel
The Martian Chronicles
Non-Stop
The Puppet Masters
The Stars My Destination
Starship Troopers
paula_s

paula_s

Childhood's End
The Demolished Man
The Green Hills Of Earth
The Martian Chronicles
Mission of Gravity
5
4
3
2
1
pehpa

pehpa

Starship Troopers
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
pizzakarin

pizzakarin

Childhood's End
The Day of the Triffids
Doomsday Morning
Dorsai!
I Am Legend
The Martian Chronicles
Non-Stop
Of All Possible Worlds
Player Piano
The Stars My Destination
seattleotaku

seattleotaku

A Case of Conscience
City
More Than Human
Star Born
The Stars are Ours!
shoreylj

shoreylj

The Dreaming Jewels
4
3
2
1
Sisimka

Sisimka

Childhood's End
The Death of Grass
The Demolished Man
I Am Legend
I, Robot
The Illustrated Man
The Languages of Pao
The Long Tomorrow
The Midwich Cuckoos
Starship Troopers
Sushicat

Sushicat

A Canticle for Leibowitz
Foundation
The Martian Chronicles
The Midwich Cuckoos
1
sweko

sweko

A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Case of Conscience
The Caves of Steel
Childhood's End
The City and the Stars
The Day of the Triffids
The Demolished Man
Double Star
The End of Eternity
Farmer in the Sky
The Forever Machine
Foundation
I Am Legend
I, Robot
Mission of Gravity
More Than Human
The Sirens of Titan
The Space Merchants
Starship Troopers
Time Out of Joint
tbritz13

tbritz13

Between Planets
The Black Cloud
A Canticle for Leibowitz
City at World's End
Cosmic Engineers
The Cosmic Puppets
The Demolished Man
The Dreaming Jewels
The Enemy Stars
The Forgotten Planet
Limbo
The Lincoln Hunters
The Long Tomorrow
The Shrinking Man
Solar Lottery
Starman Jones
The Stars are Ours!
The Stars My Destination
The Time Traders
West of the Sun
Teanka

Teanka

20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
thereddeath

thereddeath

The Caves of Steel
Childhood's End
The Day of the Triffids
The Demolished Man
I, Robot
Thomcat

Thomcat

Alas, Babylon
The Black Cloud
The Body Snatchers (The Invasion of the Body Snatchers)
Bring the Jubilee
A Case of Conscience
The Day of the Triffids
The Enemy Stars
The Illustrated Man
The Man Who Sold the Moon (collection)
The Midwich Cuckoos
Mission of Gravity
Non-Stop
Of All Possible Worlds
Pebble in the Sky
Player Piano
The Shrinking Man
The Space Merchants
This Island Earth
Trouble on Titan
Under Pressure
wecowo

wecowo

The Door Into Summer
4
3
2
1
Weesam

Weesam

Between Planets
The Body Snatchers (The Invasion of the Body Snatchers)
A Case of Conscience
The Caves of Steel
City
Cosmic Engineers
The Day of the Triffids
Dorsai!
Double Star
The End of Eternity
Iceworld
The Martian Chronicles
The Midwich Cuckoos
More Than Human
The Naked Sun
The Shrinking Man
The Stars are Ours!
This Island Earth
Time Out of Joint
Who?
woodmr

woodmr

Bring the Jubilee
A Case of Conscience
The Day of the Triffids
The Demolished Man
Double Star
Gladiator-at-Law
Immortality, Inc.
The Martian Chronicles
The Naked Sun
The Stars are Ours!
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
xserd

xserd

A Canticle for Leibowitz
The City and the Stars
The Day of the Triffids
The Demolished Man
I Am Legend
I, Robot
On the Beach
Player Piano
Solar Lottery
The Space Merchants