Best Sci-Fi Books Of All Time
Whether its space travel, inter-dimensional adventures, alien contact or just an all out fictional world where alien beings think of us as the invaders, science fiction stories and themes have diversified over the years. Pinning down a list of the best sci-fi books of all time is just delusional! Right? Wrong! Here is the list, enjoy…
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Valentine Michael Smith has just come back to earth to meet fellow humanity for the first time after being raised by Martians. He teaches humans his Martian beliefs and ways of life as he struggles to make sense of theirs.
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Nobody has ever survived an encounter with the feared monster only known as Shrike, but it is widely rumored that a survivor gets a wish that comes true. Seven warriors with terrible secrets go to Hyperion in search of this creature with hopes of averting the looming and inevitable Armageddon.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Wade Watts is a teenager who loves living in the perfect virtual world of “OASIS”, a place with hidden puzzles that could lead to massive fortune and power. He immediately becomes a target when he accidentally stumbles upon one of the hidden clues.
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
When Private William Mandella reluctantly joins an interstellar war against an alien enemy, he only thinks he’s been away from earth for only ten years. Until he comes back to an unrecognizable world that has gone through 7 centuries!
The Thought Readers by Dima Zales
Darren often goes to a place he calls “the quiet.” He soon discovers he is not the only one with the ability to step out of reality and his kind is called, “Readers.”
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Jernau Morat Gurgeh is a bored but very lucky man. He decides to try the fabulous but complex game in the Azad Empire where he stands to be Emperor if he wins or ends up dead if he loses.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
After a nuclear war leaves behind a desert earth and almost nothing else, a group of monks must work hard to reconnect with man’s past, and that’s when one of them unearths the writings of Isaac Leibowitz, who is immediately labeled a Saint. It’s their only link to the 20th century.
The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
It’s in the year 3016, and the advanced human race can jump between stars but have not encountered any alien life yet. Well, that’s until they run into the Moties on a newly discovered star called Mote, and they’re harboring a secret they’d rather not share!
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
When Genly Ai is sent to Gethen to persuade them to unite with the Ekumen, he comes face to face with a hard world of endless winter, no dualities, inhabitants with no permanent gender and no war.
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Henry Dorsett Case is a computer cowboy who steals data from the all powerful Megacorps with the help of Molly and ends up double-crossing the wrong people.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
A private research expert Ford Prefect warns his close friend Arthur Dent that the earth is about to be destroyed, and they both escape to a bizarre space adventure in an alien ship.
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
Gully Foyle is a morally and physically creepy man who also happens to be the lone survivor in a wrecked ship. He’s rejuvenated by an obsessive quest for revenge after a ship (the “Vorga”) that could have saved him instead leaves him to die.
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
Janet is from Whileaway, a utopia with no men; she has never seen one. When she learns how to jump in between worlds, she finds out how women and men treat each other in four parallel worlds where she also exists as Jeannine, Jael, and Joanna.
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
Kovacs is an ex-member of the UN killer elite unit who has worn many bodies from different worlds known as sleeves. When a wealthy man on earth Bancroft dies mysteriously, Kovacs is brought in to investigate the supposed suicide but in a face that is wanted by both the underworld and the police.
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
Swan Er Hong has only been designing new worlds throughout our solar system for humans to live in until a catastrophic event that takes place in Mercury in the year 2312 threatens to force her into to becoming a destroyer.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mark Watney is an astronaut stranded in Mars after his crew thinks him dead and quickly evacuates following a dust storm leaving him with no way to communicate to earth and limited supplies. He must survive against all odds.
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Tyler Dupree witnessed the “Big Blackout” from his backyard when he was ten years old and two of his friends Diane and Jason saw it too. The stars flickered in the sky, and then it was all dark, and life on earth became strange!
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Breq is about to finish her quest on an icy planet serving as a highly ranked soldier of the Radch Empire that conquered the galaxy. However, a treacherous event leaves her with nothing but vengeance on her mind.
Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton
Dudley Bose is an astronomer in 2380 where a Commonwealth of inter-solar planets with more than 600 stars interconnected through wormholes. One day he observes the unimaginable, one of the stars at the edge of the inter-galactic web disappears! He sets out to find answers.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter in 2021. A world war has left very little of the species that have not gone entirely extinct while killing millions of people. Humans recreate different species including other humans to rebuild earth after the destruction. But now plans have changed, and Deckard must spot and kill the completely human-like and hard to identify humanoids (androids).The book was adapted into “Blade Runner” movie by Ridley Scott and Rick Deckard was portrayed by Harrison Ford.
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Humans have long moved away from earth and are scattered all over the galaxy, but something is about to send humanity into a 30,000 years long “Dark Age” in just 500 years and it’s up to Hari Seldon to save all knowledge of the human race through different generations. The “Encyclopedia Galactica” will enable the subsequent re-erection of the empire.
Gateway by Frederick Pohl
An alien race called the Heechee vanishes mysteriously and humans stumble upon the space station left behind. The fully functional preprogrammed ships on the spaceport can only go to their destination. It’s the ultimate game of roulette as some pilots return grossly dead, and some make discoveries that make them rich.
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Hiro Protagonist is a pizza delivery guy for the Mob by day and a samurai with deadly sword skills in the “Metaverse” in a world where governments and law enforcement agencies are controlled by corporations and rest by the Mafia. He must fight to stop the effects of a new drug called “Snow Crash” killing fellow hackers.
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Buddha is the lord of light, but he prefers to be called Sam. Together with other gods Krishna, Kali and Brahma; they walk like men on a distant planet although they still have the same powers, but their immortality is questionable.
Dune by Frank Herbert
Paul Atreides is from a planet called Arrakis which is a desert but the source of the much sort “Melange”. He becomes the mysterious Muad’Dib to avenge his father’s murder and his active role in the revolution could see him sitting on the throne as the new Emperor.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
HAL 9000 is sent together with a team of scientists to investigate a discovery on the moon. Things don’t go as planned since HAL is a computer that’s capable of making decisions and feel emotions as well as murder!
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
In the world where firemen set houses and books on fire instead of putting them out and TV rules, Guy Montag begins to question his beliefs when a young girl next door Clarisse who loves books goes missing.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender Wiggin is only six years old when he is first taken in as a candidate for battle school. He might be the only hope humanity has against a brutal army of aliens headed towards earth!
Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
William Masen wakes up from an eye surgery as one of the only few people who can see after a meteor shower turned everyone else blind. It turns out that it was all part of a plan, and the Triffids (a species of walking man-eating plants) are having a field day!
1984 by George Orwell
Winston Smith and Julia are in love but Big Brother is watching and the “thought police” will not let this slip by them. Winston is even in more danger because his memory is still fully functional and this could be a problem for Big Brother, a terrible problem.