What are the best classic science fiction books of the 1980s?

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    #1Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 
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    Thomas Pearson
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Ender's Game is without a doubt one of the most classic books from the 1980s. The series has won many awards including a Hugo and a Nebula. This is the first entry into the series and one of my personal favorites. It's about a young boy in a distant world who is recruited to an academy for battle training."
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    #2Foundation's Edge

    Foundation's Edge

    Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov is a science fiction novel originally published in June 1982 by the Doubleday. This is the fourth book from Asimov's Foundation series. It was followed by Foundation and Empire.

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    Edgar Guillén
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This solution is not as good, as it was released in 1991, so it wouldn't be from the 80s."
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    #3The Robots of Dawn

    The Robots of Dawn

    The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov is a science fiction novel originally published in 1983 by the Doubleday. This is the third book from Asimov's Robot series. It was followed by the Robots and Empire.

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    #4The Ringworld Engineers (Ringworld)

    The Ringworld Engineers (Ringworld)

    The Ringworld Engineers is the second book in the science fiction series Ringworld written by Larry Niven which continues the adventure of Louis Wu. 

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    Christian Hicks
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "one of the best science fiction books of the 80's. This book is a wonderful read for any classic science fiction lover."
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    #5Foundation and Earth

    Foundation and Earth

    Foundation and Earth by Isaac Asimov is a science fiction novel originally published in 1986 by the Doubleday. This is the fifth book from Asimov's Foundation series. It was preceded by the Foundation's Edge.

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    Arthur Smith
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Good solution. Gets 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon with well over 2000 reviews."
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    #6The Integral Trees

    The Integral Trees

    The Integral Trees is a science fiction novel written by Larry Niven. This speculative novel was originally published in 1984 by Del Rey Books. It was preceded by A World Out of Time by 1976.

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    Roger Schmidt
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I always liked Larry Niven. I reread his novel The Integral Trees. It was as good as I remembered. I really enjoyed reading it again after so many years. I will read it again in a few years I am sure. "
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    #7The Postman

    The Postman

    Fifteen years after a devastating event that took away most human life from earth and eradicated most technology, there is a man looking to rebuild the United States. Trading Shakespeare tales for food and shelter, one day begins to wear a postman jacket to protect himself from the cold, and starts building a community that would rebuild the USA.  

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    #8The Songs of Distant Earth

    The Songs of Distant Earth

    The Songs of Distant Earth is a standalone science fiction novel written by Arthur C. Clarke which is set in the 39th century around 200 years after the Earth's sun has gone nova. 

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    Ruth Hansen
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I thought this was a cool book. I'm usually not into the scientific books but this one actually kept my interest. I learned some stuff I hadn't thought of before. I would say if you get bored easily with science then this book wouldn't be a good fit."
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    #9Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga)

    Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga)

    Speaker for the Dead is the second book in the science fiction series Ender's Saga written by Orson Scott Card which follows the story years after Ender Wiggine disappeared and a second alien race has been discovered. 

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    Stephen Alvarez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a very good return to the Enders's saga.I want to read more. Great if your science fiction fan."
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    #10The Shadow of the Torturer

    The Shadow of the Torturer

    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first book in The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. This book is a science fiction fantasy for young adults. This book was published in 1980.

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    Yu Ma
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I must give all my due respect to author Gene Wolfe of "The Shadow of the Torturer" considering he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. That aside, my personal opinion is this book simply moved too slowly for me. I think of myself as a fairly patient person. The writing was heavy and unusual. A lot of prose was present but it failed to move the plotline ahead. It is no doubt a classic so you may enjoy it more than I did."
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    #11Life, the Universe and Everything

    Life, the Universe and Everything

    Life, the Universe, and Everything is the third book in Douglas Adams' famous comedic science fiction series for young adults, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was originally published in 1982.

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    Jaime Vázquez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "As a science fiction book, it's okay. There's aliens and weird alien things, but there's not much in the way of what I would call 'hardcore' scifi. It focuses much more on the characters and the absurd situations than really any scifi aspects. However, as a comedy, which uses the scifi setting, the book is a pure gold 10/10. I would honestly recommend it to anyone regardless of what they're looking for."
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    #12Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos)

    Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos)

    Hyperion is the first book in the Hyperion Cantos series written by an award-winning author Dan Simmons. This science-fiction novel was originally published ion 1989.

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    Nathan Owens
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Truly a groundbreaking piece of sci fi literature. Dan Simmons really turned the tables with this one. When it was first published in 1989 it took the sci fi world by storm. From the engaging characters to the mind bending plot, I wasn't able to put it down. A classic that any sci fi fan must have in their collection."
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    #13Fiskadoro

    Fiskadoro

    Fiskadoro is classic science fiction novel written by Denis Johnson which is about the post-nuclear story set in Key West about people trying to live in their new world.

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    Betty Lawson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I enjoy post-apocalyptic stories, but this was not able to hold my attention very well. It wasn't terrible but definitely better options out there."

Summary

Best What are the best classic science fiction books of the 1980s
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 34 Paid
2Foundation's EdgeBooks 30 Paid
3The Robots of Dawn Books 29 Paid
4The Ringworld Engineers (Ringworld)Books 27 Paid
5Foundation and EarthBooks 26 Paid
6The Integral TreesBooks 25 Paid
7The PostmanBooks 22 Paid
8The Songs of Distant EarthBooks 21 Paid
9Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga)Books 19 Paid
10The Shadow of the TorturerBooks 19 Paid
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