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10 Best SciFi Books All Time

This is a list of some of the greatest science fiction books the world has ever seen.

The science fiction genre is vast! Spanning from dystopias over the classic science-oriented scifi to steam punk and space operas – and with a wealth of sub genres to further diversify the picture. Considering this it can be hard to choose between the numerous masterworks produced through out the years. Nevertheless sometimes you need to try. So here goes...

 
       
 
Frank Herbert Dune

Dune


Author: Frank Herbert
First published: 1965
Part of series: Yes

Dune is one of the grand old classics, when it comes to science fiction litterature. This colour full scifi story is set in a feudal interstellar empire whose power structure revolves almost solely around the planet Arrakis, a barren desert planet, which has one attraction only: Melange. But what an attraction that is...

 
       
 

George Orwell 1984

1984


Author: George Orwell
First published: 1949
Part of series: No

Strictly speaking 1984 is more of a dystopian novel than a scifi book in the traditional sense. But the border (if there is one) between these genres is fluid to say the least. And since 1984 has left an impact as one of the most influential books written during the last century, it would be plain heresy to leave it out of this list.

 
       
 

Kim Stanley Robinson Red Mars

Red Mars


Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
First published: 1992
Part of series: Yes

Can you call a book a classic, when it is only 20 years old? Normally, I would say no. But in this case, I will make an exeption. Red Mars and it’s sequels all deal with the colonization of Mars in the near-future. And they do so with an eye for both social- and natural sciences that is as keen and sharp as a razor blade. No keener. And sharper!

 
       
 

Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy


Author: Douglas Adams
First published: From 1979 and onward
Part of series: Yes or no

Don't panic! Reading this scifi book will be one hell of a funny ride!!

The words "don't panic" are inscribed upon the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (the book within the book which the protagonist, Arthur Dent, carries with him on his adventures in the galaxy). They come in handy fairly often, but Arthur do not always follow their wisdom, instead choosing to panic.

 
       
 

Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange


Author: Anthony Burgess
First published: 1962
Part of series: No

A Clockwork Orange spins it’s tale around the concept of 'free will', which it treats as a defining human attribute. Whether it be used to choose good or evil, 'free will' is what makes us human. Take that away and we become just objects. The protagonist in A Clockwork Orange, Alex, experiences just such an objectification...

 
       
 

William Gibson Neuromancer

Neuromancer


Author: William Gibson
First published: 1984
Part of series: Yes

With Neuromancer William Gibson helped promote the term 'cyberspace' which we use today with often not a thought as to it's origins in scifi litterature.

Neuromancer – grandfather of cyberpunk – starts out in the underworld of Chiba City, Japan where we meet Henry Dorsett Case, once a brilliant hacker. Now a crippled, drug addicted hustler.

 
 

Peter F. Hamilton Pandora’s Star

Pandora’s Star


Author: Peter F. Hamilton
First published: 2004
Part of series: Yes

Pandora’s Star is the first book in the Commonwealth Saga. A science fiction series that consists of two big, fat scifi books with tons and tons of action, intrigue, romance … and of course some big, bad aliens hell-bent on wiping out humanity and pretty much everything else in this universe.

 
 

Catherine Asaro Primary Inversion

Primary Inversion


Author: Catherine Asaro
First published: 1996
Part of series: Yes, but can be read as stand-alone novel

Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro combines hard science fiction with space opera in a very convincing way. This fast paced but still very thoughtful scifi book is set in a universe where three factions battle for power. Well, in fact only two of the factions do the actual battling...

 
 

Isaac Asimov Foundation

Foundation


Author: Isaac Asimov
First published (as book): 1951
Part of series: Yes

Foundation is another of the great science fiction classics. The story revolves around the decline of a huge interstellar empire and the attempt of a group of scientists to salvage enough knowledge to later be able to establish a new and even grander empire.

 
 

Robert A. Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land


Author: Robert A. Heinlein
First published: 1961, original edition: 1991
Part of series: No

Stranger in a Strange Land is written by Robert A. Heinlein and tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a child born on a mission to mars and raised by martians after the members of the expedition died. In Stranger in a Strange Land, Valentine Michael Smith returns to earth.