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61 Best Science Fiction Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most true list of best Science Fiction books.

Our process:
1. Search for "best Science Fiction 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. 1
    Appears in 4 articles
  2. 2

    Dune

    Frank Herbert

    Appears in 4 articles
  3. 3

    1984

    George Orwell

    Appears in 3 articles
  4. 4

    The Hunger Games

    Suzanne Collins

    Appears in 3 articles
  5. 5
    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 6

    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley

    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 7

    Station Eleven

    A Novel

    Emily St. John Mandel

    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 8
    Appears in 3 articles
  9. 10

    Foundation

    Isaac Asimov

    Appears in 3 articles
  10. 11
    Appears in 3 articles
  11. 13

    Neuromancer

    William Gibson

    Appears in 3 articles
  12. 14
    Appears in 3 articles
  13. 15

    Oryx and Crake

    A Novel

    Margaret Atwood

    Appears in 3 articles
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    16

    Snow Crash

    A Novel

    Neal Stephenson

    Appears in 3 articles
  15. 17

    The Sparrow

    A Novel

    Mary Doria Russell

    Appears in 3 articles
  16. 18
    Appears in 3 articles
  17. 19
    Appears in 3 articles
  18. 20
    Appears in 3 articles
  19. 21

    The Handmaid's Tale

    Margaret Atwood

    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 22

    The Stand

    Stephen King

    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 23
    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 25

    Watchers

    Dean Koontz

    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 26

    Kindred

    Octavia E. Butler

    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 27
    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 28
    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 29
    Appears in 2 articles
  28. 30
    Appears in 2 articles
  29. 31
    Appears in 2 articles
  30. 32
    Appears in 2 articles
  31. 33

    Dragonflight

    Anne McCaffrey

    Appears in 2 articles
  32. 34
    Appears in 2 articles
  33. 35

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    Robert A. Heinlein

    Appears in 2 articles
  34. 36

    Altered Carbon

    Richard K. Morgan

    Appears in 2 articles
  35. 37
    Appears in 2 articles
  36. 38
    Appears in 2 articles
  37. 39

    The Dispossessed

    Ursula K. Le Guin

    Appears in 2 articles
  38. 40
    Appears in 2 articles
  39. 41

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    Walter M. Miller Jr.

    Appears in 2 articles
  40. 42

    Ringworld

    Larry Niven

    Appears in 2 articles
  41. 43
    Appears in 2 articles
  42. 44
    Appears in 2 articles
  43. 45
    Appears in 2 articles
  44. 46

    Solaris

    Stanislaw Lem

    Appears in 2 articles
  45. 47
    Appears in 2 articles
  46. 48

    The Fold

    A Novel

    Peter Clines

    Appears in 2 articles
  47. 49
    Appears in 2 articles
  48. 50

    Ammonite

    Nicola Griffith

    Appears in 2 articles
  49. 51

    The Windup Girl

    Paolo Bacigalupi

    Appears in 2 articles
  50. 52

    The Gone World

    Tom Sweterlitsch

    Appears in 2 articles
  51. 53
    Appears in 2 articles
  52. 54
    Appears in 2 articles
  53. 55
    Appears in 2 articles
  54. 56

    Dhalgren

    Samuel R. Delany

    Appears in 2 articles
  55. 57

    Dust

    A Novel

    Elizabeth Bear

    Appears in 2 articles
  56. 58

    Amatka

    Karin Tidbeck

    Appears in 2 articles
  57. 59
    Appears in 2 articles
  58. 60
    Appears in 2 articles
  59. 61

    2001

    A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke

    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this 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 books are in this list?

    There are 61 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

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

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