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Top SciFi and Fantasy Books - Auhors to Watch

Updated on October 7, 2013
Electric touch. Robots are often characters of science fiction novels.
Electric touch. Robots are often characters of science fiction novels. | Source

Top Sci-Fi Books and Free Book Downloads

An incredible array of science fiction material is free to the general public as a set of downloads at the website of SciFi & Fantasy Books, who post a list annually of best novels and authors to follow. Reading through the titles in the free downloads, we find classics and newer works from well known and lesser known science fiction authors.

Some of the titles include one of my favorites: Flatland by Edwin Abbott. In a 2D world - boring and narrow-minded - a humble square makes 3D discoveries as he guides readers through many of the idioms of 2D life. Written in 1884, it was followed up by other in the 20th Century with Sphereland (1983) by Dionys Burger, Cornelie J. Rheinboldt, and Isaac Asimov. I've also just discovered Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So by Ian Stewart in 2002.


Another free download is the classic pulp magazine Planet Stories with the short story by Phillip K. Dick, Beyond Lies the Wub (1952). In the story, a man buys what he thinks is a pig from a Martian on the red planet, but finds it's something else... You must read the to find out what it is and you will enjoy the reveal.

Several of Phillip K. Dick's books are offered free of charge at this web page as well. They are classic sci-fi stories.

Other titles offered at no charge include From the Earth to the Moon (Jules Verne), some H.G. Wells works - many you may not have read or known previously - and books by the famed Poul Anderson, Marion ZImmer Bradley, David Lindsay, Ray Cummings (Brigand of the Moon), and Mary Shelley, Robert Silverberg, and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Watch the web page for additions, because such a resource page may be better than Half Price Books or eBay to a collector.

Fantasy or Science Fiction?

"The most succinct description of the differences between science fiction and fantasy:

  • Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science fiction is the improbable made possible." -- Antony Jones (Ant), Founder of Science Fiction and Fantasy website, on SciFi & Fantasy Books (SFBooks).

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Of the Year

SFBook (SciFi & Fantasy Books) held a Book of the Year reader vote for 2010 and the results published at the website show the following top picks. Votes from #4 below decline to under 7% of total votes and fewer, so the top four are really readers undeniable favorites.

#1 in the Top Picks: Road to Bedlam by Mike Shevdon

The Road to Bedlam: Courts of the Feyre v. 2
The Road to Bedlam: Courts of the Feyre v. 2
the protagaonist Niall goes through some hard times as he is torn between helping his daughter and fulfilling his duties. It's a tough choice for him, but his daughter is kidnapped by a clandestime government organization that wishes to erase her special powers. Niall is told she's dead - but she's not.

# 2 in Top Picks: Pink Noise by Leonid Korogodski

Top 12 Reader Picks

  1. The Road to Bedlam by Mike Shevdon. 24.4% of the vote.
  2. Pink Noise by Leonid Korogodsk. 21.8%
  3. Amortals by Matt Forbeck 18.2% "Man wakes up in new clone body and must solve his own murder." Set in the future in Washington DC.
  4. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. 15.1%
  5. Renewal by Hylton H Smith.
  6. The World House by Guy Adams.
  7. Second Sight by Greg Hamerton.
  8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. -- Classic.
  9. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein. - Another Classic.

#3 of Top Picks for 2010: Amortals by Matt Forbeck.

"Man wakes up in new clone body and must solve his own murder." []

10. The Seige of Scarn by Robert C Auty. -- Immensely popular and copies are rising in value.

11. While the gods sleep by Johnny Fincham. -- This writer says he was the oldest of 5 dyslexic, deranged, and dysfunctional siblings. He has studied English Literature and writes also about palmistry. Odd and interesting.

12. The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan (1948 - 2007). Decorated Viet Nam Conflict veteran and writer.

Haley's Comet, May 1910. Always a favorite science fiction topic.
Haley's Comet, May 1910. Always a favorite science fiction topic.

Read This Book: #11 on the Top Picks List

While the Gods Sleep
While the Gods Sleep
This must be an intriguing and engaging book, given the desription that the author provides of his own family - Dyslexic, deranged, dysfunctional, and more. I'm sure that you will find that it all seeped into his writing for a lot of fun.

Gamers Can Write Science Fiction!


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Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Could the Empire kick the Federation's ass? And other galaxy-shaking enigmas
Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Could the Empire kick the Federation's ass? And other galaxy-shaking enigmas
Visit the official website for this fantastic author, Matt Forbeck, who is also a game designer - the best of both worlds is found in all his books.

Mr. Matt Forbeck not only provided the #3 best out of 10 Top Sci Fi books for 2010, but is offering us beginning in 2011 Star Wars vs. Star Trek - Could the Empire Kick the Federation's Ass?, with a forward by Tim Russ (Tuvok of ST:Voyager). Mr. Forbeck is additionally the father of quadruplets, also very interesting.

Lauren Beaukes Books

Watch Lauren Beaukes

Ms. Lauren Beukes of South Africa is on fire as a sci-fi thriller author in 2010 and early 2011. Her ZOO CITY made the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) awards shortlist twice and her Moxyland is a fan favorite.

Her work has been nominated for the Sunday Times book list and the Alan Paton Award as well. Her books are available in UK, South Africa, and America and sure to go global soon. She is recommended to us all by first rate author and game designer Matt Forbeck (on Twitter at @mforbeck).

With her acclaimed Zoo City novel, Ms. Beaukes added her aid to The Suitcase Project, which helps children arriving as refugees in her country without family or connections. A series of Zoo City Bares for sale and auction are wonderful pieces of art/toys that provide additional funding for the project.

Read about it all at her web link and folow her at Twitter:

Lauren Beukes on Twitter @laurenbeukes.

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Radiotelescopes looking to outer space. | Source
The Great Comet, 1882. Someone will always be writing about Haley's Comet.
The Great Comet, 1882. Someone will always be writing about Haley's Comet.

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    • htodd profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      Star wars is really great...Thanks for interesting post

    • Keith Worth profile image

      Keith Worth 

      9 years ago

      Not sure why, but I'm mildly offended Name of the Wind didn't rate higher. That is hands down my favorite book.

      Maybe it's just the agitation at Wise Man's Fear being so near but not out yet.

      My little rant aside, great list, a few on here I somehow missed so I'll have to pick those up.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      These are outstanding books, from comments here and discussions elsewhere on line.

      LadyTwizzelton, Thanks for reading, and I hope your friend makes a great film from any of these titles.

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      9 years ago

      This is very informative! I will read these books for my producer friend who is looking to make a sci-fi film.

    • glenn wallace profile image

      glenn wallace 

      9 years ago

      I've only gotten around to reading one of these, "The Name of the Wind," but it was so dang good, I've got to believe that if you're only going to read one of these, that it would be a good one to choose.

      Thanks for the Hub! It's given me a lot of titles to look forward to.

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      Tina Dubinsky 

      9 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      The only one I have read in the 2010 list was RJJ's Gathering Storm. I just finished reading Towers of Midnight over Christmas the latest offering the 13th book in the Wheel of Time. It has been quite a journey. I've enjoyed the final books that have been co-authored by Brandon Sanderson who has taken over the writing of the story since RJJ's passing. I must read more sci-fi - thanks for the list.

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      9 years ago

      I just finished reading a really great sci-fi titled, "Pink Noise: A Posthuman Tale" by Leonid Korogodski... Has a fantastic battle that takes place both in the physical realm and in the mind.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Let me know what you think of Amortals, Gal!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Patty I love the quote by Antony Jones. I have been thinking about reading Amortals, now I must read it.

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      9 years ago

      Gotta love the sci-fi authors...old and new. Sci-fi takes the impossible dream into a visual mode allowing for future inventors to ponder..."What if?"

      Bill Shatner invented the cell phone, ya' know?

      Great topic...thanks for the hub.

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Patty, for sharing your knowledge with us.

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      9 years ago from Ghana

      Star Wars is among my favourite.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I re-read it last year. Extraordinary. Thanks for posting, arthurchappell!

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      9 years ago from Manchester, England

      great feature - the classics are genuinely great titles here especiallt Stranger In A Strange Land


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