Five Sci-fi Novels That You Must Read Once in Your Life

If you love sci-fi books, then it makes sense that you should be acquainted with some of the most popular works of all time. That is why we made a list of the five sci-fi novels that you must read once in your life!

Choosing only five sci-fi books means a lot of great novels will be left out. But this list should encourage you to read more sci-fi books. These books will stay with you for years after you have finished them. You can see the full list below!

Five Sci-fi Novels That You Must Read Once

Ender’s Game

Book Review for Ender's Game
Ender’s Game by Orsen Scott Card

A personal favorite of mine on this list is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. It is a brilliant novel that has an unexpected plot twist. The writing is precise and the tension is palpable. Card includes some interesting themes, making this book one of a kind.

The Handmaid’s Tale

One of the most popular sci-fi novels ever written is The Handmaid’s Tale. Some people may have read it in school while others read it for fun but either way, it is an impactful novel. Atwood imagines a world where women are assigned to produce children for a ruling class.


1984 book cover
1984 book review

A sci-fi novel that has risen to popularity in modern times is 1984. When some ideas in this sci-fi and dystopian novel came true, people’s interest in the novel rose. The novel touches on issues such as mass surveillance, a controlling regime, and disinformation.


A sci-fi series that every book lover must read is Dune by Frank Herbert. It has great world building, a lot of attention to detail and is unlike any other sci-fi series. The biggest fantasy author, Tolkien, wasn’t a fan of Dune. But out of respect for another fellow author, he wouldn’t review the novel.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book cover
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams book review

Lastly, a standout novel in this genre that everyone should read at least once is The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams. It combines comedy with sci-fi and will have you constantly laughing. The ridiculous could only have been pulled off by Adams and has made this a must read.


That wraps up this list of the five sci-fi novels that you must read once in your life. They are considered some of the best works of fiction.? What other sci-fi novels should we have included on the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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