Instructions: Starting with 1890, list one book from each decade that you think represents the genre and the way it's moved from then to now.
I tried to pick the most influential and important book I could think of from each decade, rather than the one I liked the best, but that wasn't part of John's instructions; if this does attain meme status, I could see people doing it either way.
|1890s||1898||The War of the Worlds||H.G. Wells|
|1900s||1908||The House on the Borderland||William Hope Hodgson|
|1910s||1912||A Princess of Mars||Edgar Rice Burroughs|
|1920s||1928||"The Call of Cthulhu"||H.P. Lovecraft|
|1930s||1932||Brave New World||Aldous Huxley|
|1940s||1948||Nineteen Eighty-Four||George Orwell|
|1950s||1950||The Martian Chronicles||Ray Bradbury|
|1960s||1961||Stranger in a Strange Land||Robert A. Heinlein|
|1970s||1973||Rendezvous With Rama||Arthur C. Clarke|
|1990s||1996||Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone||J.K. Rowling|
|2000s||2001||Perdido Street Station||China Mieville|
(I will note that I used the Ultimate Science Fiction Timeline to refresh my memory of what was when, and to keep from forgetting everything.)
I seem to have created an almost entirely science fictional list; that wasn't my intention, but it's the way things looked to me while I was doing the list. (I'm sure some of these would be different if I did it again tomorrow, though.)
Checking John's list, I see that we agreed on The House on the Borderlands and Neuromancer, but not otherwise. That's about par for the course.