Best Science Fiction Books

The Top Ten
Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) Product Image

This novel is extremely popular among boys (mostly) and a few girls who discovered it at about age 11. It's age appropriate for them, and a rollicking story, but hardly great literature. I'm always embarrassed to see it on "best SF" lists.

One of the greatest stories of empathy, stories in science fiction, and one of the best novels ever.

A must in everybody's lifetime.

It is so good!

Dune (Frank Herbert) Dune (Frank Herbert) Product Image

Dune is waay better than the other books in front of it. Dune should be #1

The "Lord of the Rings" of science-fiction.

This book is probably my favourite

One of the best books ever written

Foundation (Isaac Asimov) Foundation (Isaac Asimov) Product Image
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) Product Image

Ray Bradbury is a genius. The setting is in the 25th century, and the concept it marvelously expressed.

I think its one the greatest Sci-fi books ever written.

The book was very intense

Neuromancer (William Gibson) Neuromancer (William Gibson) Product Image
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick,) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick,) Product Image
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Robert A. Heinlein) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Robert A. Heinlein) Product Image

Libertarian wet dream. Implausible and silly. Heinlein's best work was behind him.

The Time Machine (H. G. Wells) The Time Machine (H. G. Wells) Product Image

The earliest science fiction written. The term 'Time Machine' was coined by H.G. wells in this book. Amazing!

Another hit out of the park for Wells

One of my favorite books.

Hyperion (Dan Simmons) Hyperion (Dan Simmons) Product Image

One of my top 10 books. The Shrike is forever an exciting enigma, the characters are superb and the different settings in which they are are so immersive to the reader (me). In certain aspects it is my number one book. Vernor Vinge is up there but does not have this dark undertone like this one has.

So complex and rich. Amazingly well written. A jewel that deserves to stand apart along with the big ones.

The first book blows your mind!

I Am Legend (Richard Matheson) I Am Legend (Richard Matheson) Product Image
The Contenders
1984 (George Orwell) 1984 (George Orwell) Product Image

I had to choose between 2001, childhood's end, the hitchhikers... but 1984 literally was one of the most thought provoking books I've ever read.

Best sci-fi book

I, Robot (Isaac Asimov) I, Robot (Isaac Asimov) Product Image
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) Product Image
Doomsday Book (Connie Willis) Doomsday Book (Connie Willis) Product Image
The Stand (Stephen King) The Stand (Stephen King) Product Image
Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert A. Heinlein) Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert A. Heinlein) Product Image

Vastly overrated. Dated and silly in countless ways. Plus it seems to be the first appearance of that regrettable character (in this case Jubal Harshaw) that showed up in nearly every Heinlein novel going forward, who was there mostly to spout Heinlein's own quixotic views of this and that.

Great book, Heinlein at the peak of his writing ability

Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur C. Clarke) Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur C. Clarke) Product Image

Brilliant, read the sequels as well, forget the reviews, there great.

I seriously love Clarke novels

Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) Product Image

This book made me think more than any other science fiction book

Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton) Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton) Product Image

Although not one for children or the faint of heart, Jurassic Park is a masterpiece, which deserves to have the number one spot on this list. It is enthralling, thrilling and exciting, and one of the most well-written books ever! It has believable characters, an exciting plot, and of course, dinosaurs!

I like dinosaurs, and this book is great

The Quantum Thief (Hannu Rajaniemi) The Quantum Thief (Hannu Rajaniemi) Product Image
Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) Product Image

This was such an amazing book, the movie was terribly done but the book was so amazing

I could see this scenario actually happening in the future!

So good. Such a good movie and book.

Why the hell is this at 33? It’s so good

Journey to the Center of the Earth (Jules Verne) Journey to the Center of the Earth (Jules Verne) Product Image
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne) Product Image
The War of the Worlds (H. G. Wells) The War of the Worlds (H. G. Wells) Product Image

The foresight in this book is chilling. HG Welles practically predicted modern warfare with this novel, and the ending (despite heavy criticism from some) is absolutely fantastic. It really makes you think about our place on this world.

Red Mars (Kim Stanley Robinson) Red Mars (Kim Stanley Robinson) Product Image
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