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Top 10 Science Fiction Books

Updated on March 18, 2014

My Selection Of Some Of The Best Science Fiction Books Of All Times

It is not always easy to pick the top science fiction books of all times since tastes greatly vary, but I think everyone who loves reading this genre agrees with selection below. I tried to pick the books that had the most impact on me and those that stay with me the longest ever.

Books like The Day Of The Triffids, I, Robot, Interface, Ender's Game, the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy and so many others have a prominent place on many scifi lovers' shelves. I know somebody who is a collector of pretty much every science fiction novel out there, he has nothing else on his shelves but scifi.

While it is not easy to pick the best, I hope you will enjoy my selection and

One of my favorite books of all times: The Day Of The Triffids

maybe you can find a new book that you haven't had a chance to read it. Also please feel free to let me know in the Guestbook section below what else grabbed you from this book genre, what are YOUR favorite scifi books ever?

Ender's Game
Ender's Game

Ender's Game

by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game is a true classic. It was pretty much my first science fiction book and it kind of stuck with me ever since. In this book the future of the planet lies in the hands of talented children - literally. Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is one of those gifted students, who will be the main hero of the book, setting the task to save the day - and the Earth from nasty aliens.

The book is a classic not only in style, but also due to the date published, which is 1985. Initially it started as a same named short story back in 1977, and by expanding on the story line and characters, the author, Orson Scott Card made an entire series evolving around the world of Ender.

The series has currently 13 books, with two more scheduled for later this year. It is a great sci-fi series that will always remain a classic and a favorite of many, including me.

I, Robot - by Isaac Asimov

I, Robot
I, Robot

I, Robot is another classic that needs no introduction. Even if you've never read the book, you might have watched the movie with Will Smith. While I enjoyed the book so much more, the movie wasn't bad either. And from what I'm told, there is a sequel in the works, which I am looking forward to watching.

The related stories in the book evolve around robots with among us. It is a society that relies on robots to do works for people, to keep them safe and of course, to not harm them. I've never heard of the 3 rules of robotics before, and it seems that they have first been mentioned in this very book in the first place.

If you've watched the movie, but haven't read the book, you'll be surprised to see that it's indeed not a single story, but several interconnected ones. The movie and the book are not much alike, each follows their own paths. The only thing that is truly in common is the title and the fact that it deals with robots. However I'm not sorry for having watched the movie either, as it was an experience in itself (well I like Will Smith).

 

I, Robot Official Trailer - If you haven't seen the movie, check it out

What Is The Main Difference Between Science Fiction And Fantasy?

For some people there is a clear difference between sci-fi and fantasy, but for others the two are almost the same. The fact that some books are considered both fantasy and science fiction doesn't make it any easier.

First of both are set in other worlds and realities than our own. Sci-fi books are about the future, and possibly somewhere in space.Some, like Dune, take place thousands of years later in a very far away galaxy. Here it is all about science and technology. The fantasy novels are also set in alternate universes, where supernatural and magic are an every day thing.

In my mind, however, when I'm not sure which is which, I make the distinction between the two based on - which story is something that humanity can aspire to ever reach?

The world of science fiction:

* Set in future

* Modern technology

* Robots, alien invasion, other dimensions

On the other hand fantasies are worlds and lands of dreams that can not possibly become real, ever.

The world of fantasy

* Magic

* Supernatural

* A dreamy, very unrealistic world

* mythical creatures (unicorns, werewolves, vampires, etc)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

This is quite a humorous journey/odyssey through the galaxy. It is full of silly nonsense and chuckling out loud moments. Actually it even has roar in laughter moments. If you like Monty Python, you will enjoy this. Except it has a sci-fi theme and it doesn't take itself seriously at all.

It's a series of books that any sci-fi lover should read at least once. And that will invariably make them read and re-read and re-read the book over and over again. I know some people read them 5 times and they want to do so again. It's just the nature of this fantastic book, which will make an awesome gift for a science fiction nut. Seriously.

Btw, one thing I'm confused about is this. They say it is a trilogy. But that means it's made of 3 parts. So why is it a 5 part trilogy? Oh well, get all 5 books and enjoy them!

2001: a Space Odyssey
2001: a Space Odyssey

2001: a Space Odyssey

by Arthur C. Clarke

Here is another science fiction classic that I simply have to mention, no two ways about it. It is a superb book that needs to be on every sci-fi lover's permanent bookshelf.

This book is quite the exception from the usual in that it was written in tandem, at the same time with the movie. It didn't inspire the movie or lead to it, but the two came out pretty much at the same time. And both have become instant successes and classics in their own niche.

Also this is one case where I saw the movie before reading the book. When I think about both, I do enjoy the book more. Both the movie by Stanley Kubrick and the book are actually made based on a series of short stories by Arthur C. Clarke with the title 'The Sentinel', which was written in 1948.

The Making of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

Interesting interview by Stanley Kubrik discussing how he made the movie.

Brave New World
Brave New World

Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley

A Brave New World is one of those memorable books that will always stay with you once you've read it. It is also a book that was written many years ago, back in 1931. Imagine a world where children are genetically engineered, people are happy because they have everything, have no fears, are no sick and basically they live in an utopian world.

Having read later on the Stepford Wives, it somehow reminded me of the world within this book. Chillingly perfect, but rotten to the core.

The book can also be classified as dystopian fiction, in a world so twisted and weird that you have that uneasy feeling within you long after you've read the book. It is truly a great book, but I'm still not quite sure why I put it up here within the top 5. I liked it, but it does make me uneasy. Very much.

The Day of the Triffids
The Day of the Triffids

The Day of the Triffids

by John Wyndham

This is one of my favorite books ever, not only including science fiction books. It is a rather think book, a fast read, but with a very long lasting impression, at least on me.

Of course having watched the movie not long after reading the book, the impression truly solidified in my mind. I loved both, the book and the film as well.

The premise of the book is that the triffids have been around for ages, but when people went blind due to a passing comet, things started to really get weird.

This book can also be considered a post-apocalyptic novel, in that the world as we know it ended, and something new (not necessarily good) took its place. But it is also a classic sci-fi novel, one that is well worth reading (and if you are there, watch the movie as well, you will be impressed).

The Day Of The Triffids Trailer

There have been several movies made based on the book, but the one I saw first was this older adaptation from 1963. Truly exceptional movie, watch the trailer to check it out.

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The Host
The Host

The Host

by Stephenie Meyer

You might be surprised that I add The Host to my selection of top 10 science fiction books, as it is quite a new one (definitely not a classic yet, although I predict it will become one). Haven't read (and watched the movie series) Twilight, I was curious to see what else did the author write.

Much to my surprise, when I read The Host, I realized that this book has nothing to do with vampires or even with the same style of writing. It is a completely different type of book, a true sci-fi with aliens and people fighting them. I loved the writing and just recently I got to watch the movie as well - which was excellent in its own right.

The idea of the book is that an alien species has invaded Earth and colonized the minds of people, totally occupying them, so that the original personalities eventually die. Not so Melanie Stryder, however, who simply stands strong even after she has been invaded by the Wanderer.

It is truly a beautiful tale of hope, love, romance and humanity, which is much more than many science fiction novels offer. A highly recommended read.

The Host - Official Trailer

The Host is quite new at the movies, and it hasn't been shown yet all over the world. If you haven't gotten a chance to see it yet, watch the official trailer, it's awesome!

The Doomsday Book - by Connie Willis

Doomsday Book
Doomsday Book

This is a true time travel fiction at its best. With the book we get to travel to the middle ages, to the Black Death and the many deaths it caused. It has a relatively simple plot about Kivrin, who is a student of the Middle Ages, who travels back in time to the very period he is studying, to the 14th Century.

Some consider this book historical fiction, and that is also true, since there is quite a lot about that period in time through Kivrin's travels while he is there. But it is a sci-fi novel as the story literally bounces back and forth between the future England and the past England.

The author has done a great deal of research which shows in the many descriptions of places and characters, bringing to life a world long forgotten.

It's a strange book, and it might not be on every person's top 10 shelf, but I really enjoyed it reading it. If you haven't gotten to it yet, give it a try, it's worthwhile reading.

 
The Andromeda Strain
The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain

by Michael Crichton

I've read pretty much every book by Michael Crichton. You might know him most through this Jurassic Park book (which has been made into a series of movies). This novels are usually techno-thrillers, and The Andromeda Strain is his only science fiction novel that I know of.

When I first started the book I expected the usual thriller stuff, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that he has written a book in another genre as well.

The story is set in Arizona where the sudden and mysterious crash of a satellite causes quite a destruction in its path and destination. All the people living in the area are found dead, and it's more than that. Every single living organism in and around Piedmont has simply decimated.

The book uses lots of technological and biological terms, which makes it also closer to the techno-thriller styles of books Michael Crichton has written. I loved this book and it's been one of my most favorite sci-fi novels ever since.

The move is awesome as well, check out the trailer below.

Official Trailer For The Andromeda Strain

Great Dune Trilogy
Great Dune Trilogy

Great Dune Trilogy

by Frank Herbert

The Dune Trilogy is one of the best science fictions written after WWII. Dune is a planet far away in the future. A world of desert in which Paul Atreides becomes the leader of the rebels against the current corrupted power.

While the storyline is engaging, what mostly stayed with me is the dessert the way I pictured it in mind. The vastness of it, its dangerous power and effect on the inhabitants of the world, it's amazing.

The writing is a bit slower than in other books, so if you're expecting a fast paced thriller, this is not it. Imagine The Game of Thrones where lots are happening, yet at a slow telling rate. It is epic and well worth reading, at least the first book.

As a side note, I only found out about Dune after playing the same named computer game. I still have the old CDs somewhere lying around.

Dune The Game

I've been playing the game long before I first heard of the actual book. I know, weird, but true. While I enjoyed the game even from before, once I managed to get hold of the book and read it, the game suddenly had so much more meaning and it became much more interesting as well.

Which Is Your Most Top Science Fiction Book You Can Recommend? - You can add more favorites if you like :)

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      dilipchandra12 lm 4 years ago

      Apart from iRobot, i do not know any other of the above collection. Great list and thanks for the good read!

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      PhilVardy 4 years ago

      Solid list.. I agree with several of these wholeheartedly! :)

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      PhilVardy 4 years ago

      Solid list.. I agree with several of these wholeheartedly! :)

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      L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Very good list here, and some of my favs too. I would add the Riverworld Series by Phillip Jose Farmer, the Titan series by John Varley and Lucifers Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (both outstanding authors on their own).

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      The One Stop Shop 4 years ago

      A good list of books here. I really enjoyed the Dune series and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, both fantastic reads. Thanks for sharing!

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      EliasZanetti LM 4 years ago

      Great list. Philip K. Dick is one of my favorites science fiction writers.

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @MaggiePowell: I really like that Puppet Masters movie, I don't know if you ever saw that one, with Donald Sutherland, that one was cool! I'm pretty sure that was Robert Heinlein.

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      MaggiePowell 4 years ago

      Anything by Robert Heinlein...

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      Great list of books! I've seen some of the movies listed here but haven't read any of the books. I really want to read the hitchhiker's books. I've seen "I, Robot", "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", I just finally saw "Dune" a little over a month ago, and I'm pretty sure I've watched "Andromeda Strain". Thanks for giving some great ideas for books to check out and furthermore, movies to watch! I love movies!

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      mommateaches 4 years ago

      I've read some of your suggestions and really enjoyed them. I also love The Giver!

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      I'm not much of a science fiction reader; I came here looking for some recommendations for my son. I think he'd like several of these books.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Nicely done lens. I'm not much of a fan of science fiction, unfortunately. My favorite is probably Fahrenheit 451.

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      myraggededge 4 years ago

      Scifi, definitely Ender's Game.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Can't pick just one. You have put together a fantastic list. You are a true sci fi fan.

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      RebaC 4 years ago

      I can't choose just one, my top three reccommendations are Stranger in a Strange Land, Dune and Parable of the Sower. You have an excellent list, I have read all of them except Ender's Game.

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      Tracey Boyer 4 years ago from Michigan

      I love Day of the Triffids, both the book and the movie. I wish they would make a remake of it. I never cared for Dune, I thought it was very dull, but my husband loves it. DSDF :)