Best science fiction books selected by Joelbooks community.

This list ranks the best sci-fi novels ever written, as voted by our book club. Anyone can suggest title on our Facebook page, making it more accurate.

These books represent the greatest works in the world of science fiction. It doesn't really matter whether they're classic or modern, utopian or dystopian we tried to find the most relevant ones. We think fantasy is a separated genre so you won't find any Tolkien books here. We preserved not to put more than one work from the same author into this list.

The list

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Foundation (Foundation Trilogy) by Isaac Asimov – The book first shows a “psychohistorian” named Hari Seldon, whose research uses mathematics in order to predict the future. The Emperor (Cleon I) does not have the ability to prevent the decline of the their civilization predicted by Seldon. Seldon collects clever scientists and students to an unkown planet to save the most important knowledge of the humankind, and to start a new society mastering technology, art and science. This is the “Foundation”.

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Old Man's War (Old Man's War Series) by John Scalzi – A lot of people love Scalzi's writing raw style filled with natural humour. In this military science fiction Scalzi plays with the idea of immortality which is only available for the armed forces. Soon the protagonist John Perry found himself in the middle of a galactical war between Humankind and Consus.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game (Ender's Game Series) by Orson Scott Card – The army are recruiting young soldiers to prepare for the next attack of a hostile alien race. Ender, a brilliant young boy quickly becomes familiar with military tactics and mastered his leadership skills in order to lead the army against the aliens. But not every detail fits into the great picture.

Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton

Pandora's Star (Commonwealth Saga) by Peter F. Hamilton – In 2380 humankind lives in different planets connected by a wormhole. Sentient alien races, independent AI and advanced biotechnology are all part of this future.
An astronomer Dudley Bose observes a strange thing on the sky: the Dyson Pair, two stars seemingly disappeared, which couldn't be a natural phenomenon. The Commonwealth creates “Second Chance” (an interstellar spaceship) to investigate the phenomena. After the ship comes closer to the foreign star system they discover an aggressive species called the Primes.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune by Frank Herbert – We found ourself 20,000 years in the future where people are living across the galaxy. One of their favorite resource is called “melange” a spice which is extremely rare. Two big house is facing against each other the House of Atreides and the Harkonnens. In Frank Herbert's book, we find some classic motives combined with a great story played in rather than strange universe.

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos) by Dan Simmons – Seven people, seven stories, one thing in common. They have been chosen to visit the Shrike (an incredible strong creature of the universe) in the Time Tombs on Hyperion.
Dan Simmons has certainly added important values to today's modern sci-fi storytelling.

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Red Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson – How to colonize the red planet Mars? A bunch of people would like to transform this planet into an Earth like landscape, but not everybody agrees with this mission.

1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell – A classic dystopia by George Orwell. In this book we meet The Party, which controls everything in this world. The eyes of the Big Brother is everywhere, and every intention which isn't matching the aspiration of the Party is considered against the Party.
The story starts when the Party is forcing the implementation of a new language called “Newspeak” in order to eliminate all rebellious thoughts and words from the language. Our protagonist Winston quickly finds himself in the middle of situation he never ever wanted to be in. In this unpleasant world, spies are in every corner and the abuse of power is a commonplace.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – 2045, Earth. We jump into the world of Virtual Reality where a so-called OASIS is in the middle of everyday life. Everybody related somehow to this virtual world, but mainly the lower class, who finds a new opportunity, a new place where they could be famous and even rich.
The creator of OASIS hided several easter eggs in this virtual universe, anyone who founds these keys become instantly famous.
Ready Player One is a fast-paced near-future sci-fi with a lot of relations to today's gaming world.

+1 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – If you are looking for sci-fi humour this book is definetely the No.1. Strange characters in a comedy collection featuring Marvin the paranoid robot, Arthur Dent the hapless protagonist and many others.

Last updated 12.12.2019