The 10 Best Sci-Fi Books That Every Fan Should Read

Science fiction has been around for a very long time, with sci-fi books that have gone on to become household names in the sci-fi genre. The science fiction genre is an ever-expanding category, with new sci-fi books being published all the time from authors across the world.

In this article we will go over 10 of the best sci-fi books that every fan should read at least once in their lives. This list consists of sci-fi classics, sci fi modern masterpieces and sci fi gems that were released just a few months ago. It's a wide range of sci fi books that shows off exactly what sci fi can do as a genre.

The Giver by Lois

Although recently made into a movie, The Giver should be read in its original form as a sci-fi book. This Newbery award winner tells the story of a society where everything is perfect, except for the fact that there is no colour, no pain and no emotions. It's up to 12 year old Jonas to change all that when he becomes the Receiver of Memories.

Dune by Frank Herbert

This sci-fi book is one of the most famous and well-known sci fi books of all time. Set in the future, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides who must take control of the desert planet Arrakis and fight against his enemies. 

Neuromancer by William GibsonOften credited with being one of the founders of the cyberpunk genre, Neuromancer is a sci-fi book that is set in a world where the internet has taken over. The novel tells the story of Case, a hacker who is trying to get back into the world of cybercrime.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This sci-fi book is a comedy classic that follows Arthur Dent as he hitchhikes across the galaxy with his friend Ford Prefect. Along the way they encounter weird and wonderful aliens and learn about the ultimate fate of the universe.

The War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells

One of the first sci fi books ever written, The War of The Worlds tells the story of an alien invasion of Earth. When a strange object is seen landing in southern England, everyone assumes it's just a meteor. But when strange beings start emerging from the object and starting to attack people, they soon realize that this is no ordinary meteor. 

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

This sci-fi book tells the story of Ender Wiggin, a young boy who is chosen to attend a special school where he will be trained to fight against an alien race. Ender's Game is one of the most famous sci fi books of all time and has been turned into a movie starring Harrison Ford. 

The Martian by Andy Weir

This sci-fi book was originally self-published before being picked by a publishing house and becoming a best seller. It tells the story of Mark Watney, one of the first people to walk on Mars who is left behind when an accident occurs. With no way to signal Earth he has to find a way survive until NASA can send another mission to rescue him.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Set in a sci-fi version of America where women are treated as property, The Handmaid's Tale tells the story of Offred, one of the titular handmaids who are used as breeding machines for powerful families.  

Firefly by Joss Whedon

Before it became a sci fi TV show that was canceled far too soon after only 14 episodes had aired, Firefly was originally written as a sci-fi book by Joss Whedon. The novelization of the show tells the story of the crew of the Serenity who are doing whatever they can to stay one step ahead of the Alliance.

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

This sci fi book tells the story of Takeshi Kovacs, a former soldier who is brought back to life in a new body after he is killed. He is then hired by a rich man to find out who killed his daughter. Altered Carbon is set in a world where bodies can be replaced and memories can be stored on computer chips. 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This sci fi book was made into a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and has become a household name. The Hunger Games tells the story of a future where the powerful rulers of a nation called Panem Keep control over the 12 districts. Every year they hold The Hunger Games, a brutal competition to remind them who's in charge.

Blade Runner by Philip K. Dick

Although this sci fi book was turned into a sci fi movie starring Harrison Ford, it has also been turned into a video game and TV series. It tells the story of Rick Deckard, an ex-blade runner from 2019 who is forced to track down a group of escaped replicants.

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

Often cited as one of the best sci fi books ever written, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress tells the story of a future where human kind has been forced to live in Luna, a colony on the moon. When a revolution occurs, it's up to Manuel Garcia O'Kelly and his supercomputer friend Mike to try and save everyone from the brutal Lunar Authority who have taken over control of Luna.