Best Science Fiction Novels

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Future worlds, alien vistas, speculative scientific developments... LibraryThing members choose the best of science fiction!
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42,861 members
695 reviews
½ 4.3
155 Members
andyl, mark, Only2rs, jjwilson61, szarka, Quaisior, WalkerMedia, mkunruh, Milesc, staffordcastle, pgmcc, anglemark, Awfki, eromsted, Stav, Storeetllr, Noisy, Rtrace, ayaeckel, Euryale, sdobie, tsangal, grizzly.anderson, mkjones, rarm, b1_, goldenmoon, bibliorex, absurdeist, mccin68, BookWallah, amysisson, lluisanglada, oszymandias, amobogio, Surtac, Hibou8, feaelin, aulsmith, Julilla, avatiakh, rossarn, falkman, DugsBooks, pamur, asalamon, clong, stellarexplorer, CarltonC, hildretha, br77rino, okeres, blackdove07, hanna56, geitebukkeskjegg, Balkan, buk1968, scottd, santhony, questbird, jerry-book, Myyst, sturlington, freetrader, masiejames, RBeffa, sesanderson, majjacsobe, mrmapcase, calm, suitable1, jasmaynard, hoddybook, Sylak, souloftherose, marycloseburn, andomck, lewbs, alexdelarge, venza, LiveAndrew, brightcopy, Matteocalosi, JohnChic, smasler, LisaMaria_C, leigonj, Kristelh, Rbrancher2, Doey, alex68, zjakkelien, mike_frank, Ippotamus, Bluewolf0411, rretzler, wifilibrarian, RVerde, scificomics, Jarandel, Rick_Deckard, peterveen, BomboChipolata, gypsysmom, scriptus, al.vick, streetwa, MissJessie, Michael.Rimmer, Tanya-dogearedcopy, thegreenmikado, Echinopsis, deerhorne, Verkruissen, Paulgnagy, linlef, ChrisKohout, beth623, horacio.salazar, toonami, emmendelson, binarydude, bruc79, Vulco1, bormgans, RecklessReader, erkanerener, polaritynk, RodgerA, David_Krajci, rcatalano, rodriguezcommaj, acousticmoose, borderdad, towermancn, brondy, willofthewind, ManWithAnAgenda, DreamEaterLibrary, A.J.Ponder, Comic-Cuz, SBCB, Antoavrg, Thelos12, DCJeffrey, Monty_Grover, PlatinumWarlock, shecht91, alyssamhope23, v_RuneBerg, JohnGault, Stefcxjo, cloud09, scstubbs, blasetvt,gilroy , ,psybre , ,lquilter ,Ragnell ,Jannes , ,cthulhuslibrarian ,enrique_molinero ,prosfilaes ,norabelle414 ,TLCrawford ,merrystar ,Rouge2507 ,dukeallen ,pwaites ,tottman ,dot.zen ,sandstone78 , ,FrancoisTremblay ,Bretzky1 ,rocketmac360 ,Vaclav_L , ,Pajamas ,SpotofBorg ,lcl999
Explanations
gilroy: Just could not get into this book. Not even through a full chapter
lcl999 : Yes it's a good novel. But not good enough to be number one in this list.
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38,945 members
723 reviews
4.2
142 Members
Edward, hailelib, mark, Only2rs, tardis, szarka, mkunruh, gennyt, hipdeep, conceptDawg, staffordcastle, devenish, pgmcc, Awfki, pammab, psybre, Herenya, Osbaldistone, Stav, Storeetllr, Rtrace, Euryale, sdobie, jain, tsangal, grizzly.anderson, rarm, foggidawn, trandism, MikeBriggs, Ragnell, cthulhuslibrarian, enrique_molinero, amobogio, Surtac, acenturyofsleep, norabelle414, EmScape, Julilla, ElBarto, rossarn, falkman, DugsBooks, pamur, bjornar, andejons, BeckyJG, Ross.Farnsworth, CarltonC, hildretha, br77rino, okeres, merrystar, blackdove07, Balkan, deldevries, birder4106, SylviaC, Myyst, sturlington, flips, freetrader, pwaites, nebula21, sesanderson, mrmapcase, susiesharp, igorken, jasmaynard, Sylak, dot.zen, souloftherose, marycloseburn, alexdelarge, venza, LiveAndrew, alanb1, brightcopy, Matteocalosi, JohnChic, LisaMaria_C, Kristelh, Rbrancher2, DavidGuegan, zjakkelien, mike_frank, eclecticdodo, Ippotamus, rretzler, Tomgraham, RVerde, acceptance, cej1027, gypsysmom, bibliopolitan, al.vick, Risbom, streetwa, ahef1963, MissJessie, Tanya-dogearedcopy, Settings, thegreenmikado, kara.shamy, Paulgnagy, linlef, Peace2, beth623, Vaclav_L, toonami, emmendelson, bruc79, smitch521, timetunnel, RecklessReader, viot.henri, erkanerener, polaritynk, RodgerA, Rwbyy, msemmag, wakawaka65, Dairyqueen84, acousticmoose, strongbear, towermancn, Jerriar, ManWithAnAgenda, SBCB, Julie_in_the_Library, Antoavrg, Trillian89, Thelos12, lcl999, BrandonAzzarella, Silu_1, SOShea, gregraubie, shecht91, alyssamhope23, bochkarev, blasetvt,jjwilson61 ,anglemark ,eromsted ,lquilter ,prosfilaes ,feaelin ,aulsmith ,stellarexplorer ,santhony ,RBeffa ,suitable1 , ,hoddybook ,tottman ,alex68 ,Bluewolf0411 ,electrice ,rocketmac360 ,Ctluster
Explanations
jjwilson61 : Not science fiction
aulsmith : Fun, but really poor in the sf area.
Bluewolf0411: Not scifi
electrice : read in 2013, silly story
lcl999: One of the few really funny SF stories. Makes Pratchett seem a bit childish.
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82,371 members
1,275 reviews
4.2
131 Members
timspalding, mark, Only2rs, gilroy, szarka, Quaisior, mkunruh, devenish, pgmcc, SqueakyChu, psybre, Osbaldistone, Rtrace, ayaeckel, sdobie, longway, b1_, goldenmoon, Ragnell, bibliorex, mccin68, enrique_molinero, Sopoforic, BookWallah, amysisson, lluisanglada, Surtac, acenturyofsleep, Aerrin99, Julilla, falkman, DugsBooks, pamur, clong, Ross.Farnsworth, CarltonC, hildretha, br77rino, okeres, blackdove07, geitebukkeskjegg, Balkan, scottd, deldevries, artturnerjr, jerry-book, Myyst, sturlington, freetrader, pwaites, ncgraham, sesanderson, mrmapcase, mathgirl40, jasmaynard, Sylak, tottman, dot.zen, marycloseburn, thecoroner, lewbs, alexdelarge, LiveAndrew, alanb1, Matteocalosi, JohnChic, leigonj, Kristelh, Rbrancher2, Doey, DavidGuegan, alex68, mike_frank, rretzler, electrice, Tomgraham, RVerde, scificomics, Jarandel, acceptance, BomboChipolata, gypsysmom, bibliopolitan, parasolofdoom, al.vick, streetwa, ahef1963, Tanya-dogearedcopy, Lovermont, Echinopsis, isakhnov, deerhorne, Paulgnagy, linlef, beth623, horacio.salazar, Stefano.Rodighiero, Laura1124, gendeg, toonami, bruc79, Vulco1, dianeham, RecklessReader, flicka82, viot.henri, hamhands, polaritynk, David_Krajci, wakawaka65, Dairyqueen84, rodriguezcommaj, acousticmoose, Fishmen, towermancn, FranzK72, Andrew_Orange, ManWithAnAgenda, Antoavrg, SpotofBorg, Thelos12, lcl999, skid0612, pgirl, Silu_1, unadorned, gregraubie, alyssamhope23, JohnGault, Stefcxjo, blasetvt,pammab ,feaelin ,santhony , ,Bluewolf0411 ,Bretzky1 ,shecht91
Explanations
: Not Sci-Fi
Bluewolf0411: Not science fiction.
electrice: read, science fiction, dystopia, bleak portraying of a possible future, big brother and all the jazz
Bretzky1 : This is not a science fiction story. Just because a story takes place in the future does not make it science fiction.
horacio.salazar: A classic. Big Brother is now almost real. :D
lcl999: A justly famous book. Yes it is also Science fiction. What about the TV sets that listen and watch?
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41,338 members
1,051 reviews
½ 4.3
118 Members
timspalding, gilroy, szarka, joeldinda, conceptDawg, staffordcastle, Awfki, pammab, psybre, limerts, Stav, Rtrace, ayaeckel, Euryale, sdobie, tsangal, KC9333, grizzly.anderson, mkjones, foggidawn, longway, b1_, MikeBriggs, goldenmoon, bibliorex, cthulhuslibrarian, mccin68, Sopoforic, BookWallah, lluisanglada, amobogio, Aerrin99, Hibou8, feaelin, norabelle414, EmScape, avatiakh, rossarn, falkman, pamur, asalamon, bestem, BeckyJG, br77rino, okeres, merrystar, blackdove07, Balkan, buk1968, scottd, santhony, sturlington, freetrader, RBeffa, sesanderson, majjacsobe, calm, suitable1, perennialreader, hoddybook, tottman, marycloseburn, lewbs, alexdelarge, brightcopy, LisaMaria_C, leigonj, Kristelh, Rbrancher2, Doey, baswood, DavidGuegan, zjakkelien, mike_frank, Ippotamus, Bluewolf0411, rretzler, RVerde, scificomics, Rick_Deckard, BomboChipolata, scriptus, parasolofdoom, al.vick, ahef1963, MissJessie, jeffza, Tanya-dogearedcopy, rocketmac360, Paulgnagy, linlef, ChrisKohout, beth623, Stefano.Rodighiero, gendeg, toonami, tourist68, WilGbn, Vulco1, smitch521, hamhands, RodgerA, Rwbyy, Dairyqueen84, rcatalano, borderdad, Fishmen, beanythesane, towermancn, SpotofBorg, Thelos12, DCJeffrey, pgirl, PlatinumWarlock, gregraubie, shecht91, alyssamhope23, blasetvt,andyl ,lorax ,Milesc ,anglemark ,AsYouKnow_Bob ,lquilter ,rarm ,trandism ,Ragnell ,Jannes , ,enrique_molinero ,DugsBooks , ,stellarexplorer ,dukeallen ,masiejames ,jasmaynard , ,souloftherose , ,StunnedTuna , , ,ManWithAnAgenda , ,SOShea
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54,198 members
1,003 reviews
4
113 Members
hailelib, mark, gilroy, szarka, gennyt, hipdeep, adsddy, devenish, pgmcc, SqueakyChu, psybre, SRHarbin, Stav, Rtrace, ayaeckel, Euryale, grizzly.anderson, rarm, goldenmoon, Ragnell, bibliorex, mccin68, enrique_molinero, BookWallah, lluisanglada, Surtac, acenturyofsleep, feaelin, Julilla, falkman, DugsBooks, pamur, arne.frey, BeckyJG, Ross.Farnsworth, CarltonC, okeres, merrystar, blackdove07, geitebukkeskjegg, Balkan, scottd, deldevries, Myyst, sturlington, flips, pwaites, sesanderson, jasmaynard, perennialreader, Sylak, dot.zen, souloftherose, marycloseburn, thecoroner, lewbs, alexdelarge, LiveAndrew, alanb1, JohnChic, Kristelh, Rbrancher2, Doey, alex68, mike_frank, eclecticdodo, Ippotamus, rretzler, electrice, RVerde, scificomics, Jarandel, peterveen, gypsysmom, bibliopolitan, parasolofdoom, al.vick, ahef1963, Michael.Rimmer, scog.as, Tanya-dogearedcopy, deerhorne, Paulgnagy, deven.bookman, Peace2, beth623, horacio.salazar, dsp501, Vaclav_L, Laura1124, gendeg, dianeham, timetunnel, RecklessReader, David_Krajci, Rwbyy, Dairyqueen84, acousticmoose, towermancn, FranzK72, Andrew_Orange, ManWithAnAgenda, Antoavrg, SpotofBorg, Thelos12, DCJeffrey, skid0612, PlatinumWarlock, unadorned, shecht91, v_RuneBerg, JohnGault, blasetvt,Edward ,pammab ,santhony ,Bluewolf0411 ,Bretzky1 ,bormgans
Explanations
Bluewolf0411: Great book, but not scifi.
electrice: read, science fiction, dystopia, stories must be destroyed, one could think for himself, rays of hope at the end
Bretzky1 : This is not a science fiction story.
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7,793 members
247 reviews
3.9
69
7,643 members
162 reviews
4
31 Members
andyl, mark, Stav, Rtrace, paradoxosalpha, cthulhuslibrarian, amobogio, clong, m_island, Pamela110, Balkan, scottd, Myyst, freetrader, sesanderson, dot.zen, thecoroner, alexdelarge, Matteocalosi, Endobiker, diagram, alex68, scificomics, acceptance, beth623, timetunnel, viot.henri, FranzK72, Antoavrg, RuthMariah, v_RuneBerg,santhony ,dukeallen ,sturlington
Explanations
paradoxosalpha: One of Dick's most head-on approaches to his metaphysical conundrums. Written with an eye to the screen, and the pacing and characterizations reflect that.
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2,832 members
68 reviews
3.8
26 Members
Only2rs, tardis, Quaisior, joeldinda, AsYouKnow_Bob, lquilter, Rtrace, sdobie, grizzly.anderson, Surtac, TLCrawford, aulsmith, stellarexplorer, okeres, geitebukkeskjegg, Pamela110, Matteocalosi, RVerde, Jarandel, linlef, beth623, Antoavrg, DCJeffrey, RuthMariah, mjones329, oldminiclub,gilroy ,feaelin
Explanations
gilroy: Too much of the book felt like backstory. I don't see how it could be on a Best Of list
aulsmith: I'm a sucker for interesting aliens
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5,963 members
102 reviews
3.9
86
10,971 members
255 reviews
½ 3.5
22 Members
mark, psybre, Stav, Surtac, DugsBooks, Ross.Farnsworth, sturlington, marycloseburn, thecoroner, lewbs, LiveAndrew, Rbrancher2, Doey, electrice, Tomgraham, gypsysmom, ahef1963, Tanya-dogearedcopy, FranzK72, ManWithAnAgenda, lcl999, pgirl
Explanations
lcl999: One of the great SF themes. So good that few if any have tried it again.
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6,769 members
287 reviews
4.1
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1,638 members
46 reviews
3.9
18 Members
andyl, anglemark, Rtrace, sdobie, paradoxosalpha, majkia, amobogio, Surtac, aulsmith, stellarexplorer, Pamela110, santhony, jasmaynard, svfreeman, Endobiker, Jarandel, Rick_Deckard, BomboChipolata,sandstone78
Explanations
paradoxosalpha: highlights an assortment of post-human types in a three-week story set in the mid-21st century