If you are like me, then you also enjoy a great science fiction novel. But finding a good science fiction novel is not easy. There are millions of science fiction books to choose from. That is why we decided to list the 20 best science fiction novels of all time. Keep reading to see what books made our list!
The science fiction genre has a lot more than 20 great science fiction novels. Choosing only 20 is going to leave off some classics. Part of the fun is starting discussions and seeing which books fans fight for. No list is ever going to get it right and these lists help readers find books that they will enjoy. You can see the full list below!
The 20 Best Science Fiction Books of All Time
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov
- The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
- The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Hyperion by Dan Simmons
- Ringworld by Larry Niven
- I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
- Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
- The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Best of the Best
As you can see, the list ended up being dominated by novels that most people know or heard of. These novels are popular for a reason, and you can only understand that after reading them. And no, you probably won’t like every novel on the list but someone else might like the novel you disliked the most.
What I love about this list is that you can choose any novel from this list and read it and you will be immersed. These authors have created works of fiction that will live on for centuries. Novels such as Frankenstein and The Handmaid’s Tale are important works of fiction that many readers will gravitate towards no matter what year it is.
That is all for our list of the 20 best science fiction novels of all time. Which novels should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below!
14 thoughts on “The 20 Best Science Fiction Books of All Time ”
I love reading it has gotten me through some very bad and hard times in my life… I could not imagine not reading .. I thank God every day to be blessed with reading skills !
Have any of you people ever heard of one the greatest Sci fi writers of all time
EE Doc Smith, obviously you haven’t
Try his classic lensman series to start with which is better than most of the junk you have nominated
Well, remove Orwell’s 1984, it’s just a boring copy of Yevgeny Zamyatin’s “We” published in 1920. And seriously, Alfred Bester’s “The star’s my destination/Tigerman” would have made my list any day. Preferably before Larry Niven’s “Ringworld”, which is a great story, but unfortunately it feels rather dated now.
What – no John Wyndham? The Day Of The Triffids and The Midwych Cuckoos are two strong contenders.
I’d like to recommend Piers Anthony’s Bio of a Space Tyrant respectfully.
Conpiling lists like this are usually a fool’s errand. There is infinite room for disagreement, some book missed, one not worthy. That’ll being said, one glaring omission in my view is The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, particularly poignant today with the focus on AI
Children of time
The SF genre is short story genre to very high degree.
Solaris by Stanisław Lem
Was troubled you did not include either Left Hand of Darkness or The Dispossessed.
Novel by Arthur C. Clarke
Where’s Octavia butler?
Ringworld was possibly the worst book I’ve ever read. Shallow characters on the most boring trip ever. It was a great concept wasted on a sloppy author who could barely write a coherent sentence much less a well thought out novel.
Slan by A.E. van Vogt is one of my favorites.