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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 2023)

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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. 16
  13. 17

    Oryx and Crake

    A Novel

    Margaret Atwood

  14. 18

    The Sparrow

    A Novel

    Mary Doria Russell

  15. 19
  16. 20
  17. 21
  18. 22
  19. 23

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    Robert A. Heinlein

  20. 24
  21. 25
  22. 26

    Altered Carbon

    Richard K. Morgan

  23. 27

    The Stand

    Stephen King

  24. 28
  25. 29
  26. 30
  27. 31
  28. 32
  29. 34

    Kindred

    Octavia E. Butler

  30. 35

    Watchers

    Dean Koontz

  31. 36
  32. 37
  33. 39

    Dragonflight

    Anne McCaffrey

  34. 41

    The Dispossessed

    Ursula K. Le Guin

  35. 43

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    Walter M. Miller Jr.

  36. 44

    The Windup Girl

    Paolo Bacigalupi

  37. 45

    Solaris

    Stanislaw Lem

  38. 46
  39. 47
  40. 48
  41. 49

    The Fold

    A Novel

    Peter Clines

  42. 50

    The Gone World

    Tom Sweterlitsch

  43. 52
  44. 54

    Dhalgren

    Samuel R. Delany

  45. 55
  46. 56
  47. 59

    Ammonite

    Nicola Griffith

  48. 60

    Amatka

    Karin Tidbeck

  49. 61

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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