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The crowd-ranked version of the Top 25 Best Science Fiction Books (http://bestsciencefictionbooks.com/top-25-best-science-fiction-books.php). This list gives a breakdown of the best science fiction reads in the genre. This list includes classic works and modern works.
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Foundation

by Isaac Asimov

4.2 avg rating
For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future—to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire—both scientists and scholars—and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun—or fight them and be destroyed.
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Dune

by Frank Herbert

4.19 avg rating
The classic\'s classic. Dune tops most of the science fiction best lists out there and with very good reason. An epic story, ecological and environmental ideas, and one of the more indelible settings ever written about (Arrakis). And it\'s an exciting read with an underdog story.
Nebula
Hugo

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Ender\'s Game

by Orson Scott Card

4.18 avg rating
Another classic. Lord of the flies set in space with one of the greatest plot twists ever created.
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1984

by George Orwell

4.62 avg rating
Best Dystopia novel ever written. The ideas in this book have become disturbingly real in the present day.
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Hyperion

by Dan Simmons

4.48 avg rating
Best Space Opera Ever. Only Simmons can combine ancient literary conversions with modern science fiction and make it work so well.
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Locus Science Fiction
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Arthur C. Clarke
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The Hitchhiker\'s Guide To The Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

4.37 avg rating
Pokes fun at just about every sci-fi clique out there. A classic read that will have you laughing at...everything.
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The Forever War

by Joe Haldeman

4.25 avg rating
A beautiful and disturbing critique on war, specifically the Vietnam War. Full of pathos, emotion, and extremely well written. This is Haldman\'s conversation with Heinlein\'s Starship Troopers
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Hugo
Locus Science Fiction
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rendezvous with rama

by Arthur Charles Clarke

3.79 avg rating
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Starship Troopers

by Robert A. Heinlein

3.63 avg rating
Classic Heinlein which means a story with a sociological critique. But it\'s also a pretty damn exciting story about heroism and war. Maybe not Heinlein\'s \"best\" work (Moon is a Harsh Mistress), but it\'s one of his most exciting.
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2001 A Space Odyssey

by Arthur C. Clarke

4.27 avg rating
A classic. Highly influential and all that.
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Neuromancer

by William Gibson

4.14 avg rating
The founding book of Cyberpunk as we know it.
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Philip K. Dick
Hugo
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John W. Campbell

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Snow Crash

by Neal Stephenson

4 avg rating
Help define the boundaries of Cyberpunk and one of the more exciting books in the genre. Diamond Age is arguably Neal Stephenson\'s best \"work\" and the best cyberpunk book in the genre, but Snow Crash made the initial waves.
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Player Of Games

by Iain M. Banks

4.38 avg rating
A good introduction to Bank\'s Culture novels and a damn good story to boot. Some good ideas in here.
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Old Man\'s War

by John Scalzi

4.11 avg rating
A very recent book that\'s become a modern classic. A fallback to some of the Heinlein days; reminiscent of The Foreverwar and Starship Troopers. A hell of a read with a fresh take on some older ideas.
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Gateway

by Frederik Pohl

4.13 avg rating
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Anonymous | 2015-12-11 07:01:36
Spectacular book
Anonymous | 2015-03-05 03:30:55
Hi The list wont let me add Quarantine by Greg Egan because it has Quarantine by Lex Thomas
Anonymous | 2015-03-02 11:08:52
generally a good list
Anonymous | 2015-02-27 09:38:43
Wow! What a list. So many I will definitely have to check out next month. Thanks so much for sharing. I was a little surprised to not see 'The Seventh Holy Man' from William Brazzel. For me that was the best read of 2014 by a long shot. It fuses science fiction, supernatural, ancient history and religious/political themes in a seamless way and the book flows really well at a fast pace. Fans of Dan Brown and similar authors will really love this one. Absolutely top read. www.scifiauthorbrazzel.com
Anonymous | 2015-02-11 01:51:08
I was surprised that there were no books listed by James Blish. I have added one of his best, Earthman Come Home. It is one of the "Cities in Flight" series. The author of the book More Than Human is Theodore Sturgeon and NOT Lewis Blackell. Mr. Blackwell also has a book entitled, More Than Human. However it is a non-fiction book about animals.
Anonymous | 2014-12-26 11:02:44
Enlightening! and will read all I have missed in your top 25 Sci Fi. Not seeing Greg Egan listed is a tragedy but thanks for the great resource - regardless :) James W
Anonymous | 2014-12-02 05:47:42
Brave New Wolrd? LOL
Anonymous | 2014-01-11 01:58:22
Very sloppy web page! Did anyone even look at it before posting?
Anonymous | 2013-11-21 11:54:03
Hamilton
Anonymous | 2013-08-24 07:58:31
The Night's Dawn Trilogy - surely incorrect author/work referenced above? Peter F Hamilton
Anonymous | 2013-07-24 05:16:46
Good list. Agree with most of the items on it

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