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14 Best First Contact Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most accurate list of best First Contact books.

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

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 2

    Contact

    A Novel

    Carl Sagan

    Appears in 4 articles
  2. 3

    Solaris

    Stanislaw Lem

    Appears in 3 articles
  3. 4

    Rendezvous with Rama

    Arthur C. Clarke

    Appears in 3 articles
  4. 5
    Appears in 2 articles
  5. 6

    The Sparrow

    A Novel

    Mary Doria Russell

    Appears in 2 articles
  6. 7
    Appears in 2 articles
  7. 8
    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 9
    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 10

    Eifelheim

    Michael Flynn

    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 11
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 12

    Dragon's Egg

    A Novel

    Robert L. Forward

    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 13

    Pushing Ice

    Alastair Reynolds

    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 14
    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this 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 books are in this list?

    There are 14 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

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

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