Best Science Fiction Books

The Top Ten Best Science Fiction Books

1 Dune (Frank Herbert)

The "Lord of the Rings" of science-fiction. - Will2413

This book is probably my favourite - iliekpiez

One of the best books ever written - iliekpiez

Dune is waay better than the other books in front of it. Dune should be #1 - Chico123

2 Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)

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

A must in everybody's lifetime.

It is so good!

3 1984 (George Orwell)

Best sci-fi book

I had to choose between 2001,childhoods end,the hithickers...,but 1984 literally was one of the most though provoking books I've ever read. - Toucan

4 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick,)
5 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)


6 The Time Machine (H. G. Wells)

The earliest science fiction written. The term 'Time Machine' was coined by H.G. wells in this book. Amazing! - mohit100

Another hit out of the park for Wells - iliekpiez

7 Foundation (Isaac Asimov)
8 Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

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

The book was very intense - cpc

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

9 Neuromancer (William Gibson)
10 Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

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

The Contenders

11 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Robert A. Heinlein)
12 Hyperion (Dan Simmons)

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!

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.

13 Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert A. Heinlein)

Great book, Heinlein at the peak of his writing ability

14 Journey to the Center of the Earth (Jules Verne)
15 I Am Legend (Richard Matheson)
16 I, Robot (Isaac Asimov)
17 Doomsday Book (Connie Willis)
18 The Stand (Stephen King)
19 Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur C. Clarke)

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

I seriously love Clarke novels - Toucan

20 The Girl in the Golden Atom (Ray Cummings)
21 The Quantum Thief (Hannu Rajaniemi)
22 Prelude to Foundation (Isaac Asimov)
23 Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
24 Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)

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

25 V for Vendetta (Alan Moore)

Masterpiece from DC Comic... - lm10sd10

26 Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)

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!

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

27 The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula K. Le Guin)
28 The War of the Worlds (H. G. Wells)

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. - Knucklewood

29 Red Mars (Kim Stanley Robinson)
30 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
31 The Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
32 The Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury)
33 The Gods Themselves (Isaac Asimov)
34 A Deepness in the Sky (Vernor Vinge)
35 Starship Troopers (Robert A. Heinlein)
36 Bring the Jubilee (Ward Moore)
37 The Martian (Ward Moore)
38 Ringworld (Larry Niven)
39 The Ringworld Engineers (Larry Niven)
40 The Ship Who Sang (Anne McCaffrey)
41 The White Dragon (Anne McCaffrey)
42 Red Planet (Robert A. Heinlein)
43 The Algebraist (Iain M. Banks)
44 Pushing Ice (Alastair Reynolds)
45 Jennifer Government (Max Barry)
46 The Reality Dysfunction (Peter F. Hamilton)
47 Explorers On the Moon (Hergé)
48 Around The World In 80 Days (Jules Verne)
49 Watchmen (Alan Moore)

Another masterpiece from DC Comics.. - lm10sd10

50 Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
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