The Top 25 Science Fiction Books

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The crowd version of the NEW Top 25 Best Science Fiction Books that we created in 2016. You can view to original crowd ranked list for the ALTERNATIVE TOP 25 SCIENCE FICTION BOOK list here.
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The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

by Neal Stephenson

4 avg rating
In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels. Now, in The Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale. Set in twenty-first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls in the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life—and the entire future of humanity—is about to be decoded and reprogrammed…

Red Mars

by Kim Stanley Robinson

3.38 avg rating
In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research and cutting-edge science in the first of three novels that will chronicle the colonization of Mars.

For eons, sandstorms have swept the barren desolate landscape of the red planet. For centuries, Mars has beckoned to mankind to come and conquer its hostile climate. Now, in the year 2026, a group of one hundred colonists is about to fulfill that destiny.

John Boone, Maya Toitavna, Frank Chalmers, and Arkady Bogdanov lead a mission whose ultimate goal is the terraforming of Mars. For some, Mars will become a passion driving them to daring acts of courage and madness; for others it offers and opportunity to strip the planet of its riches. And for the genetic "alchemists, " Mars presents a chance to create a biomedical miracle, a breakthrough that could change all we know about life...and death.

The colonists place giant satellite mirrors in Martian orbit to reflect light to the planets surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth and melt the ice. And massive tunnels, kilometers in depth, will be drilled into the Martian mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivalries, loves, and friendships will form and fall to pieces--for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.

Brilliantly imagined, breathtaking in scope and ingenuity, Red Mars is an epic scientific saga, chronicling the next step in human evolution and creating a world in its entirety. Red Mars shows us a future, with both glory and tarnish, that awes with complexity and inspires with vision.
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Arthur C. Clarke

Falling Free

by Lois McMaster Bujold

Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: min your own business, fix what's wrong and move on to the next job. Everything neat and according to spec, just the way he liked it. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat. Could you just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?

Leo Graf adopted a thousand quaddies -- now all he had to do was teach them to be free.

Ancillary Justice

by Ann Leckie

4 avg rating
The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie's New York Times bestselling trilogy.

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.

In the Ancillary world:
1. Ancillary Justice
2. Ancillary Sword
3. Ancillary Mercy

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Bring the Jubilee

by Ward Moore

3 avg rating
Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore is a 1953 novel of alternate history. The point of divergence occurs when the Confederate States of America wins the Battle of Gettysburg and subsequently declares victory in the "War of Southron Independence" on July 4, 1864 after the surrender of the United States of America. The novel takes place in the impoverished United States in the mid-20th century as war looms between the Confederacy and its rival, the German Union. History takes an unexpected turn when the protagonist Hodge Backmaker, a historian, decides to travel back in time and witness the moment when the South won the war.

The Female Man

by Joanna Russ

5 avg rating
Living in an altered past that never saw the end of the Great Depression, Jeannine, a librarian, is waiting to be married. Joanna lives in a different version of reality: she's a 1970s feminist trying to succeed in a man's world. Janet is from Whileaway, a utopian earth where only women exist. And Jael is a warrior with steel teeth and catlike retractable claws, from an earth with separate-and warring-female and male societies. When these four women meet, the results are startling, outrageous, and subversive.
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Anonymous | 2018-07-06 01:14:17
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Anonymous | 2016-11-09 12:07:14
Cugels Saga / Dying Earth series by Jack Vance?
Anonymous | 2016-08-30 05:12:32
Battlefield Earth ??? Should be right under Dune !!! Are you nutz ???
Anonymous | 2016-08-16 02:31:48
How about Niven's Ringworld?
Anonymous | 2016-06-27 09:32:32
What about "The Mote in God's Eye"?
Anonymous | 2016-06-16 01:47:08
John Valery's Titan trilogy. Entertaining and excellent read.
Anonymous | 2016-06-15 05:58:10
I was a little surprised that Enders Game is not on this list. Guess I need to read a few more to see why.
Anonymous | 2016-05-13 03:15:52
I liked Dune, but I don't think I would rank it as number one.
Anonymous | 2016-05-13 03:13:28
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Anonymous | 2016-04-12 05:18:00
Excellent list. I would add: The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers Replay by Ken Grimwood Way Station by Clifford Simak
Anonymous | 2016-03-05 04:50:29
Anonymous | 2016-02-29 06:55:26
A lot of really good books on this list, and I agree that Dune should be in the number one spot. One book/author that isn't popular enough to rank here, but should, is The Long Run by Daniel Keys Moran.
Anonymous | 2016-02-26 04:13:53
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Anonymous | 2016-02-23 06:26:22
A Canticle for Leibowitz has to be put on the list.
Anonymous | 2016-02-20 09:42:04
David Weber (safehold) should be on this list
Anonymous | 2016-02-02 10:32:44
why is Alastair Reynolds not mentioned?

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