Top 30 Sci-fi Books & Series Ranked by Reviews

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Top 10

#1 Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward (Skyward 1)


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s–a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa’s chances of attending flight school at slim to none. No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.

#2 The Stories of Ray Bradbury


Rating: 4 out of 5.

An extensive collection of imaginative short stories by a National Medal of the Arts–winning author of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and suspense. Fly to Mars and explore the mysteries of the red planet. Journey through time to futures ruled by cold computers and hear the deafening roar of dinosaurs in the past. Sing the body electric and look into the mechanical eyes of androids that want to replace human life as we know it. Visit idyllic landscapes and nostalgic towns that hide sinister secrets. Available in one massive collection for the first time digitally, experience the wondrous mind of Ray Bradbury through one hundred of his all-time greatest tales…

#3 Andy Weir’s The Martian


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next.

#4 Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Trilogy 1-3

4.03 avg.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he toils willingly, trusting that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago…

#5 Brandon Sanderson’s Starsight (Skyward 2)


Rating: 4 out of 5.

All her life, Spensa’s dreamed of becoming a pilot and proving herself a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned there were crushing. The rumors of her father’s cowardice are true–he deserted his Flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them. Spensa is sure that there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father that day could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and what they revealed to her was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.

#6 Shemer Kuznits’ New Era Online 1-3


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Once a powerful player. Now, a level 1 monster. And he must embrace that side to survive. Oren was a dominant force in the bustling digital realm of NEO, commanding wealth, prestige, and high levels. But when fate deals him a cruel blow, trapping him in the body of a lowly goblin and depriving him of his ability to log out, Oren is forced to fight for survival. Stripped of his immense powers and cast into a hostile, monster-ridden wilderness, with the constant risk of the game frying his nervous system, his only way out of the virtual purgatory is to win.

#7 Robert Silverberg’s Science Fiction Hall of Fame I


Rating: 4 out of 5.

The 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 of 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.

#8 Ben Bova’s Science Fiction Hall of Fame IIA


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This volume is the definitive collection of the best science fiction novellas between 1929 to 1964 and contains eleven great classics. There is no better anthology that captures the birth of science fiction as a literary field. Published in 1973 to honor stories that had come before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame introduced tens of thousands of young readers to the wonders of science fiction and was a favorite of libraries across the country. This volume contains novellas by: Ray Bradbury, James Blish, Algis Budrys, Theodore Cogswell, E. M. Forster, Frederik Pohl, James H. Schmitz, T. L. Sherred, Wilmar H. Shiras, Clifford D. Simak, and Jack Vance.

#9 Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game


Rating: 4 out of 5.

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity…

#10 James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse Series 1-3

3.84 avg.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Humanity has colonized the solar system—Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond—but the stars are still out of our reach. Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for—and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why…

Top 30

  1. Cixin, Liu. Remembrance of Earth’s Past 1-3. (3.84)
  2. Ruocchio, Christopher. Sun Eater 1-3. (3.84)
  3. Zahn, Timothy. Thrawn. (Thrawn Trilogy 1) (3.82)
  4. Tchaikovsky, Adrian. Children of Time 1. (3.82)
  5. Sanderson, Brandon. Warbreaker. (3.82)
  6. Chiang, Ted. Exhalation. (3.78)
  7. Sigler, Scott. Aliens: Phalanx. (3.76)
  8. Hamilton, Peter F. Commonwealth Saga 1-2. (3.75)
  9. Chiang, Ted. Stories of Your Life and Others. (3.74)
  10. Lucas, George. The Star Wars Trilogy 1-3. (3.74)
  11. Herbert, Frank. Dune. (3.74)
  12. Nylund, Eric S. Halo: The Fall of Reach. (3.72)
  13. Simmons, Dan. Hyperion. (Hyperion Cantos 1) (3.72)
  14. Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1) (3.70)
  15. Traviss, Karen. Star Wars: Republic Commando 1-5. (3.68 avg.)
  16. Scalzi, John. Old Man’s War. (Old Man’s War 1) (3.68)
  17. Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (3.68)
  18. Kirwan, Barry. The Eden Paradox. (3.65)
  19. Hamilton, Peter F. The Abyss Beyond Dreams. (Commonwealth: The Chronicle of the Fallers 1) (3.65)
  20. Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. (Hyperion Cantos 2) (3.65)