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Best Science Fiction Books Reviewed & Ranked

Our list of some of the best Science Fiction books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. The Fifth Science (2019)

Best Science Fiction Books Reviewed & RankedThe Galactic Human Empire was built atop four sciences: Standing on those pillars, humans spent 100,000 years spreading out into the galaxy: warring, exploring, partying — the usual. Then there was the fifth science. And that killed the empire stone dead. The Fifth Science is a collection of 12 stories, beginning at the start of the Galactic Human Empire and following right through to its final days. We’ll see some untypical things along the way, meet some untypical folk: galactic lighthouses from the distant future, alien tombs from the distant past, murderers, emperors, archaeologists and…
Author(s): Exurb1a

2. The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection (2017)

Best Science Fiction Books Reviewed & RankedIn the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award-winning authors and masters of the field. With an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in…
Author(s): Gardner Dozois

3. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1: 1929-1964 (2005)

Best Science Fiction Books Reviewed & RankedThe definitive collection of the best in science fiction stories between 1929-1964.This book contains twenty-six of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. They represent the considered verdict of the Science Fiction Writers of America, those who have shaped the genre and who know, more intimately than anyone else, what the criteria for excellence in the field should be. The authors chosen for The Science Fiction Hall Fame are the men and women who have shaped the body and heart of modern science fiction; their brilliantly imaginative creations continue to inspire and astound new generations of writers and fans.Robert…
Author(s): Robert Silverberg

4. The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010)

Best Science Fiction Books Reviewed & RankedThe Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction features over a 150 years’ worth of the best science fiction ever collected in a single volume. The fifty-two stories and critical introductions are organized chronologically as well as thematically for classroom use. Filled with luminous ideas, otherworldly adventures, and startling futuristic speculations, these stories will appeal to all readers as they chart the emergence and evolution of science fiction as a modern literary genre. They also provide a fascinating look at how our Western technoculture has imaginatively expressed its hopes and fears from the Industrial Revolution of…
Author(s): Arthur B. Evans, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., et al.

5. Seeker (2018)

Best Science Fiction Books Reviewed & RankedA breathtaking near-future thriller. From the NY Times bestselling author whose books have been downloaded over a million times. A small alien spacecraft with extraordinary secrets. And a mad scramble to get to it first. When an interstellar probe lands in the heart of the Amazon Jungle, powerful nations around the world will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Because the unoccupied alien craft is sure to contain revolutionary technology. Technology that will allow the country that controls it to dominate the globe. With the probe hidden within the…
Author(s): Douglas E. Richards

6. Winter World (The Long Winter) (2019)

Best Science Fiction Books Reviewed & Ranked* Longlisted for the 2019 Wilbur Smith Prize for best published novel. * In the near future, an ice age pushes humanity to the edge of extinction.Scientists search for the cause–and any hope of stopping the Long Winter. They send probes into the solar system to take readings. Near Mars, one of the probes makes a shocking discovery: a mysterious object, drifting toward the Sun. Is it the cause of the Long Winter? Or could it be our only hope of survival?With time running out, NASA launches a mission to make contact with the artifact. But it isn't what anyone thought. Humanity faces a new kind of threat–and an event that will…
Author(s): A.G. Riddle

7. Omicron: Millennium: The first book in the Omicron Series (2019)

Best Science Fiction Books Reviewed & RankedThe year is 3193… …and it has been over six hundred years since humans first traveled to the Omicron Quadrant. A lot has happened since their arrival. Alliances have been forged, wars have been waged. When Iris Porter first arrives in the quadrant and meets two bounty hunters – Captain Kansas Smith and Lieutenant Lewis Auznarr – nothing could have prepared her for what was in store. Kansas’s people, the eldevians, have been fighting a war for over 400 years with no end in sight until a man appears, claiming to have the codes that could bring down the eldevian defense system and allow their enemies…
Author(s): R H Stevenson, Andrew K McMillan

8. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 (The Best American Series ®) (2019)

Best Science Fiction Books Reviewed & RankedThis omnivorous selection of stories chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and World Fantasy Award finalist Carmen Maria Machado is a display of the most boundary-pushing, genre-blurring, stylistically singular science fiction and fantasy stories published in the last year. By sending us to alternate universes and chronicling ordinary magic, introducing us to mythical beasts and talking animals, and engaging with a wide spectrum of emotion from tenderness to fear, each of these stories challenge the way we see our place in the cosmos. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 represents a wide…
Author(s): John Joseph Adams, Carmen Maria Machado

9. Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence (2016)

Best Science Fiction Books Reviewed & RankedFeaturing numerous updates and enhancements, Science Fiction and Philosophy, 2nd Edition, presents a collection of readings that utilize concepts developed from science fiction to explore a variety of classic and contemporary philosophical issues….
Author(s): Susan Schneider

10. Ready Player One: A Novel (2012)

Best Science Fiction Books Reviewed & Ranked•  A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready? In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days. When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune—and control of the OASIS itself.  Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals…
Author(s): Ernest Cline

Best Science Fiction Books Reviewed & Ranked

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some science fiction books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Desire in the Age of Robots and AI: An Investigation in Science Fiction and Fact

Author(s): Rebecca Gibson
Publisher: Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2400760

Nineteenth Century Popular Fiction, Medicine and Anatomy: The Victorian Penny Blood and the 1832 Anatomy Act

Author(s): Anna Gasperini
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2319237

Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

Author(s): Ken Liu; Xia Jia; Zhang Ran; Tang Fei; Han Song; Cheng Jingbo; Baoshu; Hao Jingfang; Fei Dao; Liu Cixin; Anna Wu; Ma Boyong; Gu Shi; Regina Kanyu Wang; Chen Qiufan; Mingwei Song
Publisher: Tor Books, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2328862

New Light Through Old Windows: Exploring Contemporary Science Through 12 Classic Science Fiction Tales

Author(s): Stephen Webb
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354247

McLuhan’s Galaxies: Science Fiction Film Aesthetics in Light of Marshall McLuhan’s Thought

Author(s): Artur Skweres
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354356

A Code for Carolyn: A Genomic Thriller

Author(s): V. Anne Smith
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354425

The Time Machine Hypothesis. Extreme Science Meets Science Fiction

Author(s): Damien Broderick
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2393224

Representations of Science in Twenty-First-Century Fiction: Human and Temporal Connectivities

Author(s): Nina Engelhardt, Julia Hoydis
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2397118

Transplant Fictions: A Cultural Study of Organ Exchange

Author(s): Emily Russell
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407283

Particle Panic!: How Popular Media and Popularized Science Feed Public Fears of Particle Accelerator Experiments

Author(s): Kristine Larsen
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407292

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really best-sellers according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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