Best Science Fiction Books

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

My favorite book. I stumbled across it randomly at a sleep-away camp in the summer between 7th and 8th grade. There's something special about randomly finding an amazing book that nobody recommended to you. Two nights later, I had finished my favorite book of all time. The original line of sequels was also pretty good. Unfortunately, the modern "Shadow" sequels were terrible.

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.

2 Dune (Frank Herbert)

The "Lord of the Rings" of science fiction.

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

3 Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

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

I think it's one of the greatest Sci-fi books ever written.

4 1984 (George Orwell)

I had to choose between 2001, Childhood's End, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy... but 1984 literally was one of the most thought-provoking books I've ever read.

5 Foundation (Isaac Asimov)
6 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick,)
7 Neuromancer (William Gibson)

I haven't read it. I picked this for my father (it's his favorite).

8 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Robert A. Heinlein)

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

9 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
10 Hyperion (Dan Simmons)

One of my top 10 books. The Shrike is forever an exciting enigma, and the characters are superb. The different settings 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!

The Contenders
11 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!

12 Starship Troopers (Robert A. Heinlein)
13 I Am Legend (Richard Matheson)
14 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!

15 Doomsday Book (Connie Willis)
16 I, Robot (Isaac Asimov)
17 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
18 Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert A. Heinlein)
19 Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

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

20 The Stand (Stephen King)
21 Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur C. Clarke)

Brilliant, read the sequels as well, forget the reviews, they're great.

22 The War of the Worlds (H. G. Wells)

The foresight in this book is chilling. H. G. Wells 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 in this world.

23 Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
24 Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)

Very good. I read it in the summer between my 7th and 8th grades (I read lots of Sci-Fi then). It is among my top three Sci-Fi books I've read.

I could see this scenario actually happening in the future!

So good. Such a good movie and book.

25 Journey to the Center of the Earth (Jules Verne)
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