Over the past few decades, there have been a countless amount of sci-fi books released. Because of that, there can be too many for people to get through; luckily, however, there are a variety of stand-out novels, short stories and series’ that sci-fi fans should give a chance. With that in mind, here are some of the best sci-fi books ever written.
(You can find the start of our list of the greatest sci-fi books ever written here. We’ll also be released two more installments in our series in the coming weeks.)
75. The Diamond Age
This is to some extent a science fiction coming-of-age story, focused on a young girl named Nell, and set in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life.
74. The Foundation Series
The Foundation Series follows the life of a mathematician who ends up being able to predict the future through maths, predicting the imminent fall of a galactic civilization. Because of this, he ends up creating the Foundation in order to stop the collapse and a subsequent Dark Age from occurring.
73. The Handmaiden’s Tale
This follows a young boys journey to find out what happened to his sister; this will take him down a dangerous path of discover, and one which he will have to walk alone, if he is to uncover the truth, and remove the cloud of doubt above his head
72. The Siren’s Of Titan
The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. What could go wrong?
71. The City & The Stars
This is Arthur C. Clarke’s masterful evocation of the far future of humanity, and is often considered his finest novel.
a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently, undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old. Obviously, nothing can go wrong.
69. The Door Into Summer
Dan Davis has finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot with extraordinary abilities, destined to dramatically change the landscape of everyday routine. But what happens once they begin to gain sentience?
68. Doomsday Book
A crisis strangely linking past and future strands the main character in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. How will she get back? Can she get back?
67. The Road
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. The post-apocalyptic world throws a number of surprises at the two that many may find surprising.
66. Citizen Of The Galaxy
In the distant future and another galaxy, slavery has been brought back. But one abolitionist has planned to undo this. Can he succeed?
65. The Fifth Head Of Cerberus
Far out from Earth, two sister planets, Saint Anne and Saint Croix, circle each other in an eternal dance. It is said a race of shapeshifters once lived here, only to perish when men came. But are they actually gone?
64. The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch
When industrialist Palmer Eldritch returns from an interstellar trip, he brings with him a new drug, Chew-Z. It is far more potent than Can-D, but threatens to plunge the world into a permanent state of drugged illusion controlled by the mysterious Eldritch.
On Earth, a small band of the few remaining humans pursues a lost past and devastating truth—as four sentient machines depart from Jovian space to investigate, perhaps terminate, the potentially catastrophic emissions emanating from a mountaintop, miles above the terraformed surface of the Red Planet.
62. The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games needs no introduction due to the success of the film franchise of the same name. However, there’s definitely a whole lot more in the novels than many might believe.
61. The Chrysalids
In this novel, there are deviations in birth, which are rooted out and destroyed as offences and abominations. With race relations already thin, what will people who have these deviatons have to put up with?
60. Way Station
More than a hundred years before the novel begins, an alien named Ulysses had recruited the main character as the keeper of Earth’s only galactic transfer station. After this, he discovers the horror that lies across the galaxy.
This story follows a mathematician and resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, where women-thin, straight lines-are the lowliest of shapes, and where men may have any number of sides, depending on their social status. However, strange events begin to occur.
58. Have Space Suit – Will Travel
This story begins when the main character answers a distress radio call from Peewee, scrawny rag doll-clutching genius aged 11. With the comforting cop Mother Thing, three-eyed tripod Wormfaces kidnap them to the Moon and Pluto.
57. The Man In The High Castle
This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking many barriers.
56. Roadside Picnic
This follows the main character as he ventures illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. Can he find the answer to his problems?
55. Stand On Zanzibar
Two men’s lives weave through one of science fiction’s most praised novels. Written in a way that echoes John Dos Passos’ U.S.A. Trilogy, Stand on Zanzibar is a cross-section of a world overpopulated by the billions.
54. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
An all-time classic, The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde doesn’t need any kind of introduction and is a must-read for any sci-fi and horror fans. While many might be fans of the many screen adaptions, the novel adds more twists and turns than you might think.
Powerful unforeseen forces jeopardize the peaceful stability of mathic life and the established ennui of the Extramuros. Can its passengers survive?
52. The Many-Coloured Land
When a one-way time tunnel to Earth’s distant past opens up, people flock through. But they couldn’t have predicted what awaited them beyond, and which may turn out to be their undoing.
51. Player Of Games
This tells the story of a humanoid/machine symbiotic society. Main character is mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, he accepts the game and with it the challenge of his life, and very possibly his death.
Not see your favorite sci-fi books on the list? Don’t worry, as we still have plenty more to get through. What are your favorite sci-fi books? Let us know in the comments below!