What are the best dark science fiction novels?

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    Jagannath is a dark science fiction novel written by Kerry Alan Denney. The story occurs in the year 2037 in which there is a monster who tries to destroy the human race.


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    #2Shadow Over Avalon

    Shadow Over Avalon
    Shadow Over Avalon is the first book in the Shadows series. This science-fiction and fantasy novel tells the story of Arthur as he battles to defeat predators.

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    #3The Map of Time (Trilogia Victoriana)

    The Map of Time (Trilogia Victoriana)

    The Map of Time is the first book in this trilogy novel. It is written by Félix J. Palma. This science-fiction book is about the investigation of the existence of time-travel as it tries to change history.


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    Yolanda García
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "An interesting story coming to understand the concept. It reflects on some possible consequence of messing with time."
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    #4The Trojan Project

    The Trojan Project

    The Trojan Project is a thriller fiction novel written by Eileen Thornton. The story is about Sarah who is trying to look for his husband but ends up being the one being looked for by the military.


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    Christopher Rose
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "i love stories "
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    #5Spook House

    Spook House

    Spook House is a book by Michael West that tells the story of a haunted house that is said to be one of the gates of Hell because the former owner performed a ritual there. The horrors will come out when the doors open. 


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    Terry Wagner
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "While this is an okay book, I was to find there were basically no scifi elements to it at all. Just plain old horror, Halloween/Jason/etc style. Keep that in mind when considering this. If that's no problem for you, this is a passable read."
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    Crescent is a book by Phil Rossie that tells the story of a place that floats in the cloud. Total darkness reigns and the people there knows no earth. They have to fight the evil that will attack them before it drives them insane.


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    Barbara Williamson
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Can darkness come to life all on its own? Will it drive a fantasy of people to madness? Or has it? Find out by reading this dark book but don't do it in the darkness of night."
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    Blindsight is a book by Peter Watts that tells the story of extraterrestrial creatures surrounds Earth. They will send people on all parts of the universe to figure out what is happening and they have to pray they will do good to save the planet. 

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    Carlos Alberto Bautista
    Written on April 14, 2018
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    #8The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a science-fiction novel written by Robert A. Heinlein. The story occurs in the year 2076 in which there is a threat regarding an environmental apocalypse.


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    Wayne Davidson
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I have not read “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert A. Heinlein, although I have read lots of “dark” science fiction novels. I think it would be an interesting book to read from the review you posted, but I could also offer other ideas of “dark” science fiction that I cherish. I would recommend “A land fit for heroes” series by Richard Morgan. I would call it one of my best. “The legend of Zero” by Sara King is also something I would call a best “dark” science fiction. "
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    #9The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

    The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

    H.P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter is a short horror novel written in 1927 but was not published until 1941. It is about a man named Charles Dexter Ward and his obsession with Joseph Curwen, an alleged wizard with unusual habits.


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    Sharon Olson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The storyline was a very easy read for me. It started to get dark and took me to a place that I was looking to go in a novel. The excitement and uncertainty that the main characters gave off was thrilling, chilling, and kept you on your toes wanting more. This book definitely met expectations to the fullest!"
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    #10Revelation Space (Revelation Space)

    Revelation Space (Revelation Space)
    Revelation Space is the first book in the science fiction series Revelation Space written by Alastair Reynolds which centers on scientist Dan Sylveste trying to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats again. 

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    Gregory Foster
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This one has mixed reviews, but overall a decent pick up for anyone into science fiction."
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    #11Clutch (I Am Just Junco Series)

    Clutch (I Am Just Junco Series)
    Set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, the book that starts this series stars Junco Coot, the daughter of the Rural Republic's commander, a village known for its farms and that is getting targeted by the Avians, a race looking for their genetics. One of these Avian soldiers is Tier, who wants to destroy the village and kill Junco. 

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    Keith Burke
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Good book, very well written. It has an interesting plot that's full of exciting twists and turns. Fun to read and hard to put down!"
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    #12Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos

    Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos

    Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos is the first anthology that pays tribute to author H.P. Lovecraft. This collection includes two of Lovecraft's masterpieces and other horror books from author who have been influenced by him. 


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    Crystal Williamson
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I think this would be a great fit because Cthulhu and Lovecraft are both really great dark science fiction. I've read The Call of Cthulhu before, so other authors being included in this anthology must be as good as that read was."
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    #13Poseidon's Children (Legacy of the Gods)

    Poseidon's Children (Legacy of the Gods)

    Poseidon's Children is book 1 of the Legacy of the Gods series by Michael West. After witnessing a young couple get torn apart, Larry Neuhaus becomes determined to unravel a mystery as old as time together with his new-found friends.


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    Brandon Smith
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This can be for anyone who felt they were forced out of a relationship or if there was a situation which arose where you felt you couldn't be together with your interest. Just hang out with friends and try your best to get over it with living out your life. "
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    #14Swords And Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser)

    Swords And Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser)
    Swords And Deviltry is a heroic fantasy fiction and the first book in Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series by Fritz Leiber. It is first published in 1970. 

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    Ann Cruz
    Written on April 21, 2018
    " My nephew loved it and this is what he had to say.. An origin story for the two heroes,sword and sorcery by a master of the genre. A fun read with old fashioned language. Leiber combines great characters, imaginative settings and incredible use of language. It is entertaining, sardonic, and alive."
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    Stinger is a horror science fiction written by Robert McCammon. It is about a town in Texas called Inferno where there are mysterious creatures and first published in 1987.

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    Dylan Nichols
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I was in the mood for a dark fction and came across this gem. It has lots of science in it so I recommend it also for the science geeks out there."
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    #16Swift to Chase

    Swift to Chase

    Swift to Chase by Laird Barron is a science fiction and horror novel originally published in 2016. This book was included in the Publisher's Weekly Top Ten List of Horror and Science Fiction books for 2016.


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    Liu Gao
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I tend to enjoy the darker side of fantasy literature. Lord of the Rings and the like are much too soft for me. This book scratches that itch. It is dark, scary and still has aspects of fantasy that I love I love. I read the entire book in three days, my eyes were shot!."
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    #17The Drowned World

    The Drowned World

    The Drowned World is a fictional post apocalyptic novel written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. The Drowned World was published on September 9, 1999 by Victor Gollancz.


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    Shreya Jaiteley
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "One of the most surreal and well written sci-fi novels I've ever read. The writing is dark and mysterious, cryptic and haunting. I really enjoyed reading this from start to finish. "
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    #18Concrete Island

    Concrete Island
    Concrete Island is a fictional novel written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. Concrete Island was published on October 5, 2001 by Picador. Concrete Island was first published on 1974.

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    Tyler Harper
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I like reading science fiction novels and someone I know recommended that I read Concrete Island. The theme of the book is dark, so it is really an intense read."
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    #19Stargate SG-1 (SGX)

    Stargate SG-1 (SGX)

    Stargate SG-1: Permafrost is a horror science fiction fantasy written by Sally Malcolm. This is the second book in SGX series and published in 2014 by Fandemonium Books.


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    Marie Howard
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "If you loved the show, you will love this book. It's a holiday zombie fest... what could be better? Well written, just creepy enough without going over the top, and all couched in more time with our favorite team. A great gift for the geek in your life! "


Best What are the best dark science fiction novels
1JagannathBooks 49 Paid
2Shadow Over AvalonBooks 46 Paid
3The Map of Time (Trilogia Victoriana)Books 42 Paid
4The Trojan ProjectBooks 41 Paid
5Spook HouseBooks 39 Paid
6CrescentBooks 36 Paid
7BlindsightBooks 32 Paid
8The Moon Is a Harsh MistressBooks 31 Paid
9The Case of Charles Dexter WardBooks 28 Paid
10Revelation Space (Revelation Space)Books 22 Paid

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