TriviaBug logoTriviaBug

Great Works of Science Fiction

Click on each clue for its answer.

  1. This classic work of dystopia takes its title from the purported fact that 'it is the temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns.'

    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  2. This satire by Samuel Butler is not strictly science-fiction but a satire set in a topsy-turvy land.


  3. The bona-fide classic, made into an equally classic film was expanded by its author from the short story The Sentinel.

    2001: A Space Odyssey

  4. This cult-classic is set on the planet of Arrakis and concerns the quest for the spice Melange.

    Dune by Frank Herbert

  5. This novel set in 26th After Ford dystopia portrays an artificial society in which everything is programmed.

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  6. This prolific author is known for his several stories that were made into films but his best novel probably is The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.

    Philip K. Dick

  7. Brian Aldiss's influential story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long was the basis for this Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg film.

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

  8. In this book of Ursula Le Guin set on the planet of Gethen, there is no gender.

    Left Hand of Darkness

  9. This 1984 novel and defining work of cyberpunk is the winner of science-fiction's 'triple crown' - the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award.

    Neuromancer by William Gibson

  10. Author best known for Crash and Empire of the Sun.

    J. G. Ballard

  11. Battlefield Earth, made into an atrocious movie starring Travolta is by this author who is best known for Scientology.

    L. Ron Hubbard

  12. This 1985 classic by a Canadian author features Offred explores themes of women in subjugation and the various means by which they gain a hold in the world.

    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

  13. With Shikasta, this author and Nobel-laureate best known for The Golden Notebook dwelt into science fiction.

    Doris Lessing

  14. This 1961 novel by Stanislaw Lem that deals with the limitation of communication was the subject of a 1972 film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky as well as a 2002 remake featuring George Clooney.


  15. Pierre Boulle, the author of The Bridge on the River Kwai also wrote this novel made into a Charlton Heston film with a wicked twist ending on a beach.

    Planet of the Apes

  16. This work of Larry Niven is set in the Known Space universe and is a must-read for sci-fi fans.


  17. This story of Richard Matheson that is about the experiences of a man on a plane has been made into a classic Twilight Zone TV episode.

    Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

  18. Probably the greatest work of Asimov, this 'series' is about a certain Hari Seldon who spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory.

    The Foundation Series

  19. This book of Carl Sagan was made into an equally good movie starring Jodie Foster and concerns extra-terrestrials contacting the Earth.


  20. Oceania, Eurasia, Eastasia, Memory hole, Newspeak.


  21. 42. What else do you need, you have the answer to everything!

    The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  22. No quiz on science fiction is complete without a mention of this 1895 book which talks about Eloi and Morlocks.

    The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

  23. This 1960 novel of Walter Miller is set in a Roman Catholic monastery after a devastating nuclear war and spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself.

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

  24. This book by Robert Heinlein is about the adventures of Valentine Michael Smith.

    Stranger in a Strange Land

  25. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham in which the protagonist wakes up to find the world strangely quiet inspired this zombie-fest of a film. Do not take 4 weeks to answer.

    28 Days Later