I’m not much for best-of lists. But Lifehacker’s recent list of sci-fi peeked my interest. The theme - books that changed sci-fi - is interesting in itself. Every entry also comes with a short description, often including additional comments from reviewers or other writers. Like Ray Bradbury’s comment on Jules Verne:
"We are all, in one way, children of Jules Verne. His name never stops. At aerospace or NASA gatherings, Verne is the verb that moves us to space."
I miss a book or two on the list but otherwise it's quite comprehensible. Any particular titles you miss?