The 25 Best Science Fiction Books of All Time 

Science fiction novels are some of the most fascinating books out there. They can be about anything from time travel to aliens and anything in between. But not every science fiction book is equal. That is why we decided to list the 25 best science fiction books of all time to see which ones are the best of the best! Keep reading to find out which ones made our list. 

The 25 Best Science Fiction Books of All Time 
The 25 Best Science Fiction Books of All Time 

There are many classics and modern novels that are page turners. With thousands of science fiction books released each year, it makes it hard to find ones that will keep you reading late. Choosing 25 feels like a good amount because it gets most of the classics as well as newer books that deserve recognition. 

The 25 Best Science Fiction Books of All Time 

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Choosing 25 books for this list was easier than expected. Most of the classics that are highly regarded made the list. Some of them may have just missed the cut because they aren’t as popular or critically acclaimed.  

This list includes some of the best science fiction books of all time such as Dune by Frank Herbert, Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. Besides those, authors that defined the genre such as Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clare also made the list. 


What did you think of the 25 best science fiction books of all-time list? Which books should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading! 

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36 thoughts on “The 25 Best Science Fiction Books of All Time 

  1. Ruby's Reviews says:

    I Robot is one of my cult favorites. However, Contact by Carl Sagan can be added in this list. It is a classic science fiction best seller published in 1985.

  2. laynepartin says:

    Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, as well as Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes IMO.

  3. Philip GREEN says:

    John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War,
    Dennis E Taylor’s Bobiverse
    are books (series) that I liked and admire.
    They definitely deserve a mention.

  4. Joshua S Barnett says:

    Great list. Heinlein’s (kind of) inaptly named Starship Troopers should be required reading, too, as well as Orwell’s Animal Farm.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Finally, a top SF list that includes Altered Carbon!!! Brilliant book!!!

  6. Matos says:

    … writen by man. Wow… not even Ursula makes this list and she has become the token female author in this “best of…”

  7. NYEDMD says:

    Interesting list, with — obviously — many great books. Completely vitiated by the absence of Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination, certainly one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written. It would be like having a list of the hundred best films of all time without Citizen Kane or the Godfather.

  8. Joseph Shargal says:

    I have read all the books in your list (and many others).
    The 3 folloing books are by far much better than most books in your list:
    Zenna Henderson: Ingathering
    Cordwainer Smith: Norstrilia and The Rediscovery of Man
    You also don’t have any of the great Clifford Simak’s books:
    Time is the simplest Thing

  9. William Harris says:

    Check out The Culture series by Iain Banks. Each book is stand alone in the same universe. Consider. Pleobas is great.

  10. Wayne says:

    Glad to see two of my all time favorites on the list – Stranger in a Strange Land and a Canticle for Liebovitz. Although not strictly speaking S.F., I would add The Lord of the Rings to the list.

  11. David L Handler says:

    Where are Vonnegut and Peter F Hamilton? Your Heinlein selection was too conformist. Why not try best 100, or best 1000.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Anyone who puts Brave New World on a list of best books has never read it

    1. Thomas A Butler says:

      Lol… Huxley ain’t for everyone, e.g. Delta Gamma Semi-Morons – “Soma! Soma!”

  13. Michael Tomkinson says:

    Ender’s Game? Someone has set the bar very low to let that onto the list.

  14. Charles says:

    Planet of the Apes. Forget the movies, read the book. And nothing by Gregory Benford? Hmm.

  15. Kathy Royce says:

    I can’t believe that not even one of the Perelandra series was included.

  16. Anonymous says:

    STARS MY DESTINATION Alfred Bester, CHILDHOODS END, Arthur C Clarke, MORE THAN HUMAN, Theodore Sturgeon, ROGUE MOON, Algis Budrys, major omissions!

  17. Boris says:

    “Solaris” by Stanislaw Lem.
    “Picnic on the Roadside” by A.B.Strugatsky

  18. Lawrence Sher says:

    I think, the Moon is a Harsh Mistress, is Heinlein’s best work. Stranger is more iconic, but not in the same league.


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