15 Best Science Fiction Books to Read Now- Favbookshelf

Don’t we all, as a kid, want to go beyond the stars and see what is out there, and as adults, desperately want to travel in the past or future anytime we want? Well, Science Fiction Books are the way to make some of these dreams come true. Moreover, with its advanced technology, the sci-fi trope makes those dreams seem within our reach, which is one reason why it is a prevalent genre. So, lastly, here, we bring you the best sci-fi books you can binge-read to quench your thirst for navigating the stars and advancing in technology.

15 Best Science Fiction Books
15 Best Science Fiction Books

#1 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams; best of sci fi books
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy

Author: Douglas Adams

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Publisher: Del Rey 

Type: Series

No. of Books: 5

Books in it: #1 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, #2 The Restaurant at the End of The Universe, #3 Life, The Universe, and Everything, #4 So Long, and Thanks for All The Fish, #5 Mostly Harmless

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

The Earth is about to be demolished to complete the galactic freeway. But, seconds before that, Arthur Dent is saved by his friend Ford Prefect, who is not from Earth and is a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Unfortunately, the book has been posing like an out-of-work actor for fifteen years. So, finally, together, they begin their journey through space, and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” acts as a good source of information to save their lives and is a good source of space opera books.

Why do we recommend this book?

However, the characters are hilarious! So many times, I laughed out loud because I couldn’t help it. The book is so fun with different types of aliens with their quirks. Moreover, it will light up your life with its witty jokes and sense of humor. You need to read this. However, I won’t ever get tired of recommending this book ever. Lastly, it is one of the best Sci-Fi books ever.

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#2 Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Title: Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch

Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery

Publisher: Crown 

Type: Standalone

Pages: 340

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

What happens when the reality you live in shatters? Jason Dessen is walking home from the bar and is excited to get back to her wife and his son before everything changes. ‘Are you happy in your life,’ these are the last words Jason hears when someone kidnaps him and knocks him unconscious. However, the next thing he knows, he is waking up to a man he doesn’t know whose first words are ‘Welcome back.’ He seems to have woken up in this world which doesn’t have his wife and son. Moreover, it’s like they never even existed. Is it real, or is he dreaming? The answers lie in a wondrous and horrifying journey than anything he could’ve imagined.

Why do we recommend this book?

This book was incredible. Moreover, it has everything one can need- fast-paced, thrilling, and skeptical. However, it has a perfect page-turning feel and keeps the readers on the edge of their toes, making one want to know what is about to happen. Lastly, this book is ideal for a science fiction beginner.

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#3 The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

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All Systems Red by Martha Wells; best of sci fi books
All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Title: The Murderbot Diaries

Author: Martha Wells

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Publisher: Tor.com

Type: Series

No. of Books: 6

Books in it: #1 All Systems Red, #2 Artificial Condition, #3 Rogue Protocol, #4 Exit Strategy, #5 Network Effect, #6 Fugitive Telemetry

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. But in this society, when contracts can be provided to almost everyone, safety is an issue. However, on a distant planet, a team of scientists is conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its governor module and refers to itself as “Murderbot.” But when the mission goes sideways, Murderbot has to decide whether to flee from the government or save its humans.

Why do we recommend this?

Murderbot is an incredible character. He is a robot designed to kill people who are a threat to its contracted humans, but all he ever wants to do is watch T.V. shows like Sanctuary Moon and Worldhoppers. However, he is such a relatable character with an extreme level of sarcasm, and most books are super short, making them perfect to binge-read. Finally, it is one of the best Sci-Fi books ever.

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#4 The Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha Lee

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Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Title: The Machineries of Empire

Author: Yoon Ha Lee

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Publisher: Solaris Books

Type: Series

No. of Books: 3

Books in it: #1 Ninefox Gambit, #2 Raven Stratagem, #3 Revenant Gun

The disgraced captain Kel Cheris must recapture the formidable Fortress of Scattered Needles to redeem herself in front of the Hexarchate. To do so, she would have to do something almost impossible. She will have to awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general. Cheris’s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can successfully figure out how to besiege the fortress. Will she be able to save the Hexarchate? Or will it be the end?

Why do we recommend this?

This book is a masterpiece. Yoon Ha Lee created this unique world that uses mathematical formations. The way the author foreshadowed some of the plot points was fantastic to witness. The book is confusing at first, but when you get it, it becomes a masterpiece.

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#5 The Expanse Series by James S.A. Corey

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Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey; best of sci fi books
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Title: The Expanse

Author: James S.A. Corey

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Publisher: Orbit

Type: Series

No. of Books: 9

Books in it: #1 Leviathan Wakes, #2 Caliban’s War, #3 Abaddon’s Gate, #4 Cibola Burn, #5 Nemesis Game, #6 Babylon’s Ash, #7 Persepolis Rising, #8 Tiamat’s Wrath, #9 Leviathan Falls

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

In this futuristic science fiction, humanity has colonized the solar system- the moon, Mars, the Asteroid Belt, and beyond. The stars, however, are still out of their reach. This story follows Jin Holder, X.O. of an ice mining ship making runs from Saturn’s rings to the Belt mining stations. Trouble starts when they encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Jim has to keep his crew safe and secure because the secrets they find on the Scopuli can cost them their lives.

Why do we recommend this book?

Moreover, this book is perfect for someone starting their science fiction journey. Easy to read and easy to follow, it keeps readers on their seats. In addition, this has a mystery around it that makes it all the more fun to read. Finally, it follows a dual POV: Holden and Detective Miller, and the way they cross paths are excellent and is one of the best Sci-Fi books ever.

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#6 Teixcalaan Duology by Arkady Martine

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A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Title: Teixcalaan

Author: Arkady Martine

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Science fiction fantasy

Publisher: Tor

Type: Series

No. of Books: 2

Books in it: #1 A Memory Called Empire, #2 A Desolation Called Peace

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

This book follows Ambassador Mahit Dzmare, who arrives in the center of the Teixcalaanli Empire. However, after arriving there, she knows that her previous predecessor from their small mining station, whose memory she has in the chip is inside her mind, is dead. She wonders whether he died of natural causes or someone killed him. Finally finding the truth behind her predecessor’s death, Mahit gets entangled in a web of politics, lies, and secrets. Moreover, will she be able to discover the truth? Or will the fact end the stability that the empire has established? Read this excellent book from the space opera books genre to know more.

Why do we recommend this book?

This book is good in everything, whether word building, politics, character development, or mystery. I loved this book so much. However, it can be difficult for many readers as it is a complex world, and not everything is spoon-fed. Therefore, you must pay attention while reading it; otherwise, you might miss some crucial details. It also has excellent LGBT representation, which is also a plus. Lastly, the book is fantastic and is one of the best Sci-Fi books ever.

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#7 A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

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A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers; best of sci fi books
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Title: A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Author: Becky Chambers

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Publisher: Tordot.com 

Type: Standalone

Pages: 160

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

Panga was a state filled with robots. But, centuries ago, all the robots gained self-awareness and left humanity to live their own lives. The robots were never seen again; as time passed, they became legends and myths. Now, a tea monk out in different areas to sell the tea encounters a robot, and everything changes. The robot’s first question upon meeting the tea monk was, “What do people need.” But the answer to that question depends on who you ask and how. They will need to ask a lot.

Why do we recommend this?

This book had such a positive feel to it. It forces one to look within themselves and find what makes them happy. As usual, Becky Chambers created such deep and diverse characters that you can’t help but fall in love with them. You will love this book if you like slow, speculative fiction that makes one want to introspect. Lastly, it is one of the best Sci-Fi books ever.

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#8 Lock In by John Scalzi

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Lock In by John Scalzi
Lock In by John Scalzi

Title: Lock In

Author: John Scalzi

Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery

Publisher: Tor Books

Type: Series

No. of Books: 2

Books in it: #1 Lock In, #2 Head On

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

A highly contagious virus takes over the globe -most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent – and nearly five million souls in the United States alone – the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware but unable to move or respond to stimulus. This syndrome came to be known as “Haden’s Syndrome.” FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an “integrator” – someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. The investigation that began as a murder case takes Shane and Vann from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked-in and the heart of an emerging, surprising new human culture.   

Why do we recommend this?

This book series was so unique. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read. The idea of letting someone in our body(although mentally) was terrifying and something that is far too believable, making it all the more horrifying. It has more of a murder mystery vibe to it. Read this book to experience something unique and a little scary.

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#9 The Protectorate Series by Meghan E. O’Keefe

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 Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O'Keefe; best of sci fi books
Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe

Title: The Protectorate

Author: Megan E. O’Keefe

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Science fiction fantasy

Publisher: Orbit

Type: Series

No. of Books: 3

Books in it: #1 Velocity Weapon, #2 Chaos Vector, #3 Catalyst Gate

Goodreads rating: 3.8/5

This book mainly follows two POVs: Sandra, who wakes up in an enemy spaceship and does not recall what happens. However, the spacecraft has an Artificial Intelligence that informs Sandra that 230 years have passed, her home planet is now gone, and she is the sole survivor. The other POV is of Biron Greeve the brother of Sandra. He belongs to the group of Protectors, protecting their planet from enemy attacks. After hearing the enemy attacks, Biran uses all his political power to figure out where his sister is and what next step to take. Finally, Sanda and Biran must fight to put things right, separated by time and space.

Why do we recommend this book?

This book has excellent science elements. The A.I. who calls itself Bero is fantastic. It is hilarious with its dry sense of humor. The plot twist was something that I didn’t even think of. So, this book surprised me. The characters are great, and the mystery is handled very well. Lastly, read this fantastic book from the best space opera books. You will not be disappointed.

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#10 Andromeda Series by Michael Crichton

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The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Title: Andromeda

Author: Michael Crichton

Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Publisher: Avon Books

Type: Series

No. of Books: 2

Books in it: #1 The Andromeda Strain, #2 The Andromeda Evolution

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

Seventeen satellites are sent into space to collect different organisms and dust for study. Every precaution is taken to ensure that these unidentified species do not enter anywhere other than the Science labs. But something goes wrong. One of them falls to Earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona. Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town’s inhabitants as if they dropped dead in their tracks. What happened to them? Are these alien organisms out in the open?

Why do we recommend this book?

This book started with a band. It felt a lot like the current Covid-9 situation but (obviously) in fiction. It has a significant layer of suspense and thriller that keeps the readers on their toes. Although the ending was a little underwhelming, the setup to the end was terrific. It is a perfect book for the beginner in Science Fiction. Finally, it is one of the best Sci-Fi books ever.

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#11 Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky; best of sci fi books
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Title: Children of Time

Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Publisher: PanMacmillan

Type: Series

No. of Books: 2

Books in it: #1 Children of Time, #2 Children of Ruin

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

Though Earth has been destroyed, humanity’s last survivors now need to find a new home. Their ancestors thought that this day might come soon and prepared for it. However, the survivors only need to find the planet designed for humans. But all is not as it seems. In addition, the Earth that was supposed to be prepared for humanity has new occupants. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. Instead, new masters have turned it from a refuge into humankind’s worst nightmare. Both civilizations must pass the test for survival, but who will be the winner? To know more, read the book from the best space opera books.

Why do we recommend this book?

This book is unlike any science fiction I have ever read. The planet was supposed to have revolutionized humans, but you got giant intellectual spiders instead of humans? That was terrifying and amazing. Finally, this is a unique piece of art and is one of the best Sci-Fi books ever.

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#12 Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Title: Jurassic Park

Author: Michael Crichton

Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Type: Series

No. of Books: 2

Books in it: #1 Jurassic Park, #2 The Lost World

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

Humankind has found a way to make their most thrilling dreams come true. A technique has been found through which dinosaurs’ DNA can be cloned. As a result, Jurassic Park provides these million years old once extinct species a home. Everyone can now see these creatures but with a price. Everything seems to be going well, until one day it isn’t. In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller. 

Why do we recommend this?

I loved the movies as a kid. But, trust me when I tell you that the books are even better. The world, the imagination that Crichton put into this world, was fantastic. So, read this book if you haven’t already. And the best part, Dinosaurs! Who doesn’t love dinosaurs!?

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#13 Dune by Frank Herbert

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Dune by Frank Herbert; best of sci fi books
Dune by Frank Herbert

Title: Dune

Author: Frank Herbert

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Publisher: Chilton Books

Type: Series

No. of Books: 8

Books in it: #1 Dune, #2 Dune Messiah, #3 Children of Dune, #4 God Emperor of Dune, #5 Heretics of Dune, #6 Chapterhouse: Dune, #7 Hunters of Dune, #8 Sandworms of Dune

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

This is the story of a boy, Paul Atreides, heir to a ruling family. They have to rule in an in-hospital situation where nothing on their planet is of value except for “spice” melange, a drug that can extend life and enhance consciousness. Moreover, after Atreides’s family is betrayed, Paul is set on a journey to change his entire life. However, he is destined for a more significant cause that might bring humankind’s biggest dream to life.

Why do we recommend this book?

Frank Herbert’s prose is so good. Don’t go into this expecting a super cool intergalactic war because then you will be disappointed. Dune is much more than that. It starts very slow, but it is a wild ride when it gets going. Recently, Dune’s movie adaptation also came, and let me tell you that the movie is fantastic. Finally, it is one of the best Sci-Fi books ever.

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#14 The Interdependency Series by John Scalzi

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The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Title: The Interdependency

Author: John Scalzi

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Science fiction fantasy

Publisher: Tor Books

Type: Series

No. of Books: 3

Books in it: #1 The Collapsing Empire, #2 The Consuming Fire, #3 The Last Emperox

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

The world is now ruled by physics and travels faster than light is also possible with the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at specific points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. This discovery has helped humanity to expand into space and create a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. Though all is not as good as it seems, The Flow starts changing, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals — a scientist, a starship captain, and the Empress of the Interdependency are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged.

Why do we recommend this book?

This book was fantastic. It gives a good space opera vibe. John Scalzi has a way of adding humor in his books, even during serious situations that don’t feel forced. The characters are well developed and fast-paced, making it go by quickly. If you love space operas, you should try this book. Lastly, it is one of the best Sci-Fi books ever.

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#15 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; best of sci fi books
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre:  Dystopian, Science fiction, Drama, Action

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Type: Series

No. of Books: 3

Books in it: #1 The Hunger Games, #2 Catching Fire, #3  Mockingjay

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

Winning means fame and fortune, whereas losing means certain death. So the Hunger Games have begun. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy. One girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen participates in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live T.V. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before and survived; for her, it is second nature. So, without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Why do we recommend this book?

The book is written in simple English; the pacing is excellent. If you are looking for page descriptions of the scenes, this is not the book for you; this is all about action. A few characters run the whole book & the protagonist steals the show. Katniss feels real. She is scared, selfish at times & selfless at other times & makes mistakes. The character is slowly built and in the end, whatever action she takes becomes believable. Thus making this book an excellent read.

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I hope that you all can find some science fiction book that sounds interesting to you. So please give these best Sci-Fi books a try. They are worth all the hype they can get. So give them a try! You won’t be disappointed.

That’s all for the recommendations for the best sci-fi books.

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To conclude, here are the 15 best sci-fi books.

1The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsBuy Now
2Dark Matter by Blake CrouchBuy Now
3The Murderbot Diaries by Martha WellsBuy Now
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4The Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha LeeBuy Now
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5The Expanse Series by James S.A. CoreyBuy Now
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6Teixcalaan Duology by Arkady MartineBuy Now
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7A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky ChambersBuy Now
8 Lock In by John ScalziBuy Now
9The Protectorate Series by Meghan E. O’KeefeBuy Now
10Andromeda Series by Michael CrichtonBuy Now
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11Children of Time by Adrian TchaikovskyBuy Now
12Jurassic Park by Michael CrichtonBuy Now
13Dune by Frank HerbertBuy Now
14The Interdependency Series by John ScalziBuy Now
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15The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsBuy Now
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