Best Modern Science Fiction Books

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The publicly ranked 'Best Modern Science Fiction Books' list. This list covers science fiction books between the period of the 1980's to 2000.
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Araminta Station

by Jack Vance

3.67 avg rating
A Jack Vance novel... book one of the Cadwal Chronicles. It is a story where "Glawen must uncover a fiendish murderer who threatens the lives of those he holds most dear... who could destroy even Araminta Station itself." Mentions that he is a survivor in the Byzantine society. Fiction.
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The Sparrow

by Mary Doria Russell

3.71 avg rating
BSFA
Arthur C. Clarke
John W. Campbell
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Night Lamp

by Jack Vance

A young man embarks on a dangerous and difficult quest to uncover the mystery of his origins, a secret hidden by his adoptive parents and lost with their untimely murders. By the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author of the The Last Castle.
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Timeline

by Michael Crichton

3.5 avg rating
In an Arizona desert a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfway around the world archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site. Suddenly they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Now this group is about to get a chance not to study the past but to enter it. And with history opened to the present, the dead awakened to the living, these men and women will soon find themselves fighting for their very survival–six hundred years ago. . . .
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Jumper

by Steven Gould

5 avg rating
What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye?  Where would you go?  What would you do?  
  
Davy can teleport. 
 
To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined.  But mere survival is not enough for him.  Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.
 
And that's a dangerous game.
 
Jumper is a 20th Century Fox/New Regency production, starring Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Lane, and Jamie Bell. 
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Darwinia

by Robert Charles Wilson

A major new novel from the winner of the Philip K. Dick AwardNow Wilson joins the Tor list with a breathtaking science fiction novel of a very different twentieth century, haunted, wonderful, and strange. In 1912, history was changed by the Miracle, when the old world of Europe was replaced by Darwinia, a strange land of nightmarish jungle and antediluvian monsters.To some, the Miracle was an act of divine retribution; to others, it is an opportunity to carve out a new empire. Leaving an America now ruled by religious fundamentalists, young Guilford Law travels to Darwinia on a mission of discovery that will take him further than he can possibly imagine...to a shattering revelation about mankind's destiny in the universe.
Hugo
Locus Science Fiction
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Gateway

by Frederik Pohl

4.13 avg rating
Nebula
Hugo
Locus Science Fiction
John W. Campbell
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River Of Gods

by Ian McDonald

BSFA
Hugo
Arthur C. Clarke
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Moonfall

by Jack McDevitt

3 avg rating

It's the 21st century, and all is right with the world. Or so it seems.

Vice President Charlie Haskell, who will travel anywhere for a photo op, is about to cut the ribbon for the just-completed American Moonbase. The first Mars voyage is about to leave high orbit, with a woman at the helm. Below, the world is marveling at a rare solar eclipse.

But all that is right is about to go disastrously wrong when an amateur astronomer discovers a new comet. Named for its discover, Tomikois a "sun-grazer,"an interstellar wanderer with a hundred times the mass and ten times the speed of other comets. And it is headed straight for our moon.

In less than five days, if scientists' predictions are right, Tomiko will crash into the moon, shattering it into a cloud of superheated gas, dust, and huge chunks of rock that will rain down on the earth, causing chaos and killer storms, possibly tidal waves inundating entire cities...or worse: a single apocalyptic worldwide "extinction event."

In the meantime, the population of Moonbase must be evacuated by a hastily assembled fleet of shuttle rockets. There isn't room, or time enough, for everyone. And the vice president, who rashly promised to be last off ("I will lock the door and turn off the lights"), is trying to figure out how to get away without eating his words.

In Moonfall,McDevitt has created a disaster thriller of truly epic proportions, featuring a cast of unforgettable characters: the reluctant Russian rocket jockey entrusted with the lives of squabbling refugees; the woman chosen to be first on the moon; the scientist who must deflect the "possum" (POSSible IMpactors) knocked from orbit or witness the end science itself. And at the center of it all is Charlie Haskell, the career politician who discovers his own unexpected reserves of only himself and his country, but for all humankind.

Moonfall,is a spellbinding tale of heroism and hope, cowardice and passion played against the awesome spectacle of human history's darkest night.

Nebula
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Cyteen

by C.J. Cherryh

5 avg rating
Hugo
Locus Science Fiction
BSFA
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The Dervish House

by Ian McDonald

BSFA
John W. Campbell
Hugo
Locus Science Fiction
Arthur C. Clarke
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Brasyl

by Ian McDonald

BSFA
Nebula
Hugo
Locus Science Fiction
John W. Campbell
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The Hercules Text

by Jack McDevitt

First of many great Jack McDevitt books.
Philip K. Dick
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Lord Valentine's Castle

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"Science fiction is the characteristic literary genre of the century. It is the genre that stands in opposition to literary modernism." So says David G. Hartwell in his introduction to The Science Fiction Century, an anthology spanning a hundred years of science fiction, from its birth in the 1890s to the future it predicted.

David G. Hartwell is a World Fantasy Award-winning editor and anthologist who has twice before redefined a genre--first the horror field with The Dark Descent, then the subgenre of hard science fiction with The Ascent of Wonder, coedited with Kathryn Cramer. Now, Hartwell has compiled the mother of all definitive anthologies, guaranteed to change not only the way the science fiction field views itself but also the way the rest of literature views the field.

The Science Fiction Century includes stories from the founding fathers of the field, such as H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis, Jack London, and Rudyard Kipling; beloved mainstays of the genre, such as Philip José Farmer, Roger Zelazny, Jack Vance, and Poul Anderson; noted female writers, including Connie Willis, Nancy Kress, and James Tiptree, Jr.; and writers who have hit their stride in the last two decades, such as Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Michael Swanwick, and James Morrow. Hartwell has also included writers widely recognized outside the genre, such as E.M. Forster, Michael Shaara, and John Crowley; and translations of foreign writers' formative works, including Dino Buzzati and Wolfgang Jeschke. This is must-have anthology for all literary interests.
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