This guide will appeal to both newcomers and connoisseurs of the genre. Informative and readable, Pringle's choices focus on landmarks by Ray Bradbury, Alfred Bester and J. G. Ballard, unearth such lesser known talents as Ian Watson, Octavia Butler and Joanna Russ, and highlights breakthrough novels by William Gibson and Philip K. Dick.
It is this honesty, along with the unusual choice of books on offer, which make for such a fascinating and useful list. Whether or not you will agree that these are truly the 100 'best' that SF has to offer will be a matter of taste but that title certainly grabs the attention. Some of the titles you will have a hard time tracking down these days, though the internet will be your friend, of course.
In and of itself, 'Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels' is an entertaining read, though watch out for the odd minor spoiler in some of the plot summaries. It is thoughtfully laid out and easy to read and is a good starting point for anyone new to SF or keen to learn more about the genre.