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61 Best Science Fiction Books of All Time

(Updated 2021) Our goal was to create the best list of Science Fiction books on the internet.
To remain objective and unbiased, we looked at the 5 most popular“best Science Fiction books" articles online (we chose 5 because anything more than that diluted our quality).

Our rationale was simple: If a book only appears in one article, it’s probably just the journalist’s opinion, but if it appears in two or more, it’s probably worth checking out!
Below you’ll find which books made the cut 😊

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  1. 1

    The Martian

    Andy Weir

    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

    Jurassic Park

    Michael Crichton

    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 6

    Leviathan Wakes

    James S.A. Corey

    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 7

    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley

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

    Foundation

    Isaac Asimov

    Appears in 3 articles
  10. 10

    Hyperion

    Dan Simmons

    Appears in 3 articles
  11. 11

    Station Eleven

    Emily St. John Mandel

    Appears in 3 articles
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    Snow Crash

    Neal Stephenson

    Appears in 3 articles
  13. 13
    Appears in 3 articles
  14. 14

    Neuromancer

    William Gibson

    Appears in 3 articles
  15. 15
    Appears in 3 articles
  16. 16

    Oryx and Crake

    Margaret Atwood

    Appears in 3 articles
  17. 17
    Appears in 3 articles
  18. 18

    The Sparrow

    Mary Doria Russell

    Appears in 3 articles
  19. 19
    Appears in 3 articles
  20. 20

    Doomsday Book

    Connie Willis

    Appears in 3 articles
  21. 21

    The Handmaid's Tale

    Margaret Atwood

    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 22

    The Stand

    Stephen King

    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 23

    Watchers

    Dean Koontz

    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 25

    Kindred

    Octavia E. Butler

    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 26

    Red Rising

    Pierce Brown

    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 27

    2001

    Arthur C. Clarke

    Appears in 2 articles
  28. 28

    World War Z

    Max Brooks

    Appears in 2 articles
  29. 29
    Appears in 2 articles
  30. 30
    Appears in 2 articles
  31. 31

    Illuminae

    Amie Kaufman

    Appears in 2 articles
  32. 32

    Dragonflight

    Anne McCaffrey

    Appears in 2 articles
  33. 33

    The Fifth Season

    N. K. Jemisin

    Appears in 2 articles
  34. 34

    Binti

    Nnedi Okorafor

    Appears in 2 articles
  35. 35

    Otherland

    Tad Williams

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

    Altered Carbon

    Richard K. Morgan

    Appears in 2 articles
  39. 39

    The Dispossessed

    Ursula K. Le Guin

    Appears in 2 articles
  40. 40

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    Walter M. Miller Jr.

    Appears in 2 articles
  41. 41
    Appears in 2 articles
  42. 42

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    Robert A. Heinlein

    Appears in 2 articles
  43. 43

    Valor's Choice

    Tanya Huff

    Appears in 2 articles
  44. 44

    Ringworld

    Larry Niven

    Appears in 2 articles
  45. 45
    Appears in 2 articles
  46. 46

    Solaris

    Stanislaw Lem

    Appears in 2 articles
  47. 47

    Downbelow Station

    C. J. Cherryh

    Appears in 2 articles
  48. 48

    Ammonite

    Nicola Griffith

    Appears in 2 articles
  49. 49
    Appears in 2 articles
  50. 50

    The Fold

    Peter Clines

    Appears in 2 articles
  51. 51

    The City & The City

    China Miéville

    Appears in 2 articles
  52. 52

    The Gone World

    Tom Sweterlitsch

    Appears in 2 articles
  53. 53
    Appears in 2 articles
  54. 54

    The Windup Girl

    Paolo Bacigalupi

    Appears in 2 articles
  55. 55

    The Last Policeman

    Ben H. Winters

    Appears in 2 articles
  56. 56

    Dust

    Elizabeth Bear

    Appears in 2 articles
  57. 57

    Dhalgren

    Samuel R. Delany

    Appears in 2 articles
  58. 58

    Sleeping Giants

    Sylvain Neuvel

    Appears in 2 articles
  59. 59

    The Real Story

    Stephen R. Donaldson

    Appears in 2 articles
  60. 60

    Amatka

    Karin Tidbeck

    Appears in 2 articles
  61. 61

    Planetfall

    Emma Newman

    Appears in 2 articles

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