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61 Best Science Fiction Books of All Time


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

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

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1
  2. 2

    Dune

    Frank Herbert

  3. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    3

    Snow Crash

    A Novel

    Neal Stephenson

  4. 4

    1984

    George Orwell

  5. 6

    Station Eleven

    A Novel

    Emily St. John Mandel

  6. 7
  7. 8
  8. 9

    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley

  9. 10
  10. 11
  11. 12
  12. 13

    Foundation

    Isaac Asimov

  13. 16
  14. 17

    Oryx and Crake

    A Novel

    Margaret Atwood

  15. 18

    The Sparrow

    A Novel

    Mary Doria Russell

  16. 19
  17. 20
  18. 21
  19. 22
  20. 23

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    Robert A. Heinlein

  21. 24
  22. 25
  23. 26

    Altered Carbon

    Richard K. Morgan

  24. 27

    The Stand

    Stephen King

  25. 28
  26. 29
  27. 30
  28. 31
  29. 32
  30. 34

    Kindred

    Octavia E. Butler

  31. 35

    Watchers

    Dean Koontz

  32. 36
  33. 37
  34. 39

    Dragonflight

    Anne McCaffrey

  35. 41

    The Dispossessed

    Ursula K. Le Guin

  36. 43

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    Walter M. Miller Jr.

  37. 44

    The Windup Girl

    Paolo Bacigalupi

  38. 45

    Solaris

    Stanislaw Lem

  39. 46
  40. 47
  41. 48
  42. 49

    The Fold

    A Novel

    Peter Clines

  43. 50

    The Gone World

    Tom Sweterlitsch

  44. 52
  45. 54

    Dhalgren

    Samuel R. Delany

  46. 55
  47. 56
  48. 59

    Amatka

    Karin Tidbeck

  49. 60

    Ammonite

    Nicola Griffith

  50. 61

    Dust

    A Novel

    Elizabeth Bear

FAQ

  • How was this Science Fiction books list created?

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

  • How many Science Fiction books are in this list?

    There are 61 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Science Fiction books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Science Fiction books on the internet.

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