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14 Best First Contact Books of All Time

Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best First Contact books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best first contact books" and study the top 5 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 2


    A Novel

    Carl Sagan

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    Stanislaw Lem

  4. 5
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  6. 7

    The Sparrow

    A Novel

    Mary Doria Russell

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    Pushing Ice

    Alastair Reynolds

  11. 13

    Dragon's Egg

    A Novel

    Robert L. Forward

  12. 14


    Michael Flynn


  • How was this First Contact books list created?

    We searched for "best First Contact books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many First Contact books are in this list?

    There are 14 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this First Contact books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of First Contact books on the internet.

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