The 30 Best Science Fiction Books in the Universe

Our resident expert names her top science fiction picks.

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First Contact

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Dawn

By Octavia E. Butler

Elizabeth Moon

Remnant Population

By Elizabeth Moon

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books The Sparrow

The Sparrow

By Mary Doria Russell

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books The Three Body Problem

The Three Body Problem

By Cixin Liu

Best Science Fiction Books Stories of Your Life and Others

Stories of Your Life and Others

By Ted Chiang

Military Science Fiction

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The Forever War

By Joe Haldeman

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Midshipman's Hope

By David Feintuch

Old Man's War Best Science Fiction Books

Old Man's War

By John Scalzi

Ender's Game Best Science Fiction Books

Ender's Game

By Orson Scott Card

The Cold Between Best Science Fiction Novels

The Cold Between

By Elizabeth Bonesteel

Space Opera

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Nova

By Samuel R. Delany

Ancillary Justice Best Science Fiction Books

Ancillary Justice

By Ann Leckie

Leviathan Wakes Best Science Fiction Books

Leviathan Wakes

By James S.A. Corey

In Conquest Born Best Science Fiction

In Conquest Born

By C.S. Friedman

Downbelow Station Best Science Fiction Books

Downbelow Station

By C.J. Cherryh

Class of Cultures

the book of strange new things best science fiction books

The Book of Strange New Things

By Michael Faber

the best of all possible worlds best science fiction books

The Best of All Possible Worlds

By Karen Lord

embassytown best science fiction books

Embassytown

By China Mieville

City of Pearl Best Science Fiction Books

City of Pearl

By Karen Traviss

the left hand of darkness best science fiction books

The Left Hand of Darkness

By Ursula K. Le Guin

Cyberpunk

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The Shockwave Rider

By John Brunner

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When Gravity Fails

By George Alec Effinger

altered carbon best science fiction books

Altered Carbon

By Richard K. Morgan

Snow Crash Best Science Fiction Books

Snow Crash

By Neal Stephenson

neuromancer best science fiction books

Neuromancer

By William Gibson

Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic

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The City, Not Long After

By Pat Murphy

the girl with all the gifts best science fiction books

The Girl with All the Gifts

By M.R. Carey

the gone away world best science fiction books

The Gone-Away World

By Nick Harkaway

the last policeman best science fiction books

The Last Policeman

By Ben Winters

the dog stars best science fiction books

The Dog Stars

By Peter Heller