What are the best literary science fiction books?

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    #1The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood. Set in a totalitarian theocracy that has overthrown the United States government, the novel explores themes of women in such as individualism and independence.

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    Ni Zeng
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The plot seems interesting, but I get worried when I read a synopsis like this. It could be done in an engaging and fun way that makes me want to read more, or it could be ultra feminist that pushes an agenda heavy handed."
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    #2The Road

    The Road
    The Road is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a father and son walking through post-apocalyptic America to reach the coast. This is an ultimate story of survival in a desolate world.
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    Danielle Washington
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I found this book quite fascinating because I love all things dealing with a post-apocalyptic story line. In this one, it deals with the bond between a father and son, and even though I am a woman, it reminded me of the bond I shared with my father. This book can be dark at times because it deals with cannibalism, hopelessness, and the struggle of making it in a post-apocalyptic world; however, there is also hope and love and a sense that there can still be good in such a world."
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    #3Dune (Dune Chronicles)

    Dune (Dune Chronicles)
    Dune by Frank Herbert is the story of Paul Atreides who becomes Muad'Dib and embarks on a journey to avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, thus bringing to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
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    Daniel Lewis
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "a little bit confusing at the start. but starts to pick up once you get the hang of it."
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    #4The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.

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    Alan Holland
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a popular genre of books right now. I enjoy this type very much and this novel didn't disappoint. My wife started reading this book and it was her first time with this type, she also loves it!"
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    #5The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)

    The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)
    The Dispossessed, the 5th book in Ursula Le Guin's Hainish Cycle is about Shevek, a physicist out to reunite the people of Uras and the utopian anarchist people of Anarres, who have long been divided because of ideology.
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    Ralph Campbell
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The best science fiction book is Hyperion. The book is beautiful written, the story is incredible and immersive, and the scifi elements are so wonderfully done. The book is written from the viewpoint of 7 different people."
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    #6Ender'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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    Judith Harper
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I was looking for a sci fi book and came across this! It was fabulous, and a great coming of age story. I really enjoyed it!!"
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    #7The Martian Chronicles

    The Martian Chronicles
    The Martian Chronicles is a record of human activity on Mars and their encounters with Martian lifeforms. The 28 stories are divided into three acts, with each act focused on a pivotal human accomplishment.
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    Megan Duncan
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a great literary science fiction book."
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    #8Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is a dystopian science fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of three children who are studying in an exclusive boarding school and their 'special gift'.

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    Lauren Rios
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This was somewhat of a difficult read. You're waiting for a reveal on...anything really for over half the book and it's quite frustrating. I really liked the writing and the characters and in the end I'm glad I read it."
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    #9The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)

    The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)
    The Golden Compass is the first book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials, and mainly centers on Lyra and her adventures to find her missing friend Roger and her captured uncle, Asriel.
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    Barbara Stephens
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "You know it's going to be a good book when even the names of the characters are intriguing. Just a magical ride to behold, great modern youthful example of science fiction. "
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    #10Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.

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    Harry Long
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "If you like books that are like 1984 then you will love this book. I have seen the future and it is nice, quiet, calm, agreeable, and one of the scariest things I've ever seen. Read this book to see for yourself."
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    #11Slaughterhouse-Five

    Slaughterhouse-Five
    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.
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    Christopher Young
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you need a great science fiction book, check out slaughterhouse-Five. It will make you feel like you are one of the characters."
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    #12The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife is the debut novel of Audrey Niffenegger, which is about the story of married couple Clare and Henry who try to make their marriage work. It comes as they struggling with Henry's strange disorder of time traveling. 

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    Jorge Luis Núñez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The solution is ok, the book seems to be more romance, than science fiction. "
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    #13The Illustrated Man

    The Illustrated Man
    Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a collection of 18 science fiction short stories. The stories are all within a bigger story, wherein the stories are all written as animated tattoos in the skin of "the Illustrated Man."
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    Brian Bailey
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "If you want to get some sci-fi that's a little more highbrow than your average space opera, I would recommend The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. It's a bunch of sci-fi stories that are all within a bigger story. I won't tell you more, I don't want to spoil anything. "
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    #14Station Eleven

    Station Eleven
    In Station Eleven, a swine flu pandemic wreaked havoc and wiped out the world's population. It follows the lives of a Hollywood actor, a paparazzi, and a traveling group of actors performing for surviving communities.
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    Yuan Zheng
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This is an easy read, with a vivid and brilliant story. It's quite the page turner, and recommended for even those who aren't normally fans of science fiction. It gives you a lot to think about and discuss."
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    #15The War in the Air

    The War in the Air

    The War in the Air is a science fiction book written by H.G. Wells. The War in the Air was published on April 26th 2012 by Penguin Classics. It was first published in 1898.

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    Edward Hicks
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "For a literary science fiction book, I bought The War in the Air, by HG Wells. It's pure fiction- but real enough to give you a scare if you're thinking. A+."
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    #16The History of Mr. Polly

    The History of Mr. Polly

    The History of Mr Polly is a book written by H.G. Wells. The History of Mr Polly was published on March 31. 2005 by Penguin Classics. This edition contains an introduction by John Sutherland and annotations by Simon James.

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    Shirley Ford
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "If you like HG Wells, it's probably worth checking out. I like sci-fi, and I thought this was decent, but not outstanding. "
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    #17The Shape of Things to Come

    The Shape of Things to Come

    The Shape of Things to Come is a science fiction book written by H.G. Wells. The Shape of Things to Come was published on October 7, 1993 by Phoenix. In this book, Wells try to predict what the fictional future would look like.

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    Keith Wells
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "HG Wells is perhaps one of the best known science fiction writers of the 20th century, and "The Shape of Things to Come" flies under the radar for many readers. Don't let that fool you; this stands up to some of his best works, like "War of the Worlds" and "The Time Machine". If you prefer your science fiction to have some substance, you can't go wrong with this. It should be required reading for any sci-fi aficionado."
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    #18Oath of Fealty

    Oath of Fealty

    Betrayer of Worlds is a science fiction novel written by Larry Nieven and Jerry Pournelle. This book was originally published in 1981. It was nominated for the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and Prometheus Award for Best Novel.

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    Wayne Little
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I read this book, and really enjoyed the story, I enjoyed it so much that I reread the book twice, I usually don't reread stories, but this book really had me interested and curious the first time reading it. I highly recommend these books to anyone who enjoy science fiction stories."
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    #19Ann Veronica

    Ann Veronica

    Ann Veronica is a romance book written by H.G. Wells. Ann Veronica was published on March 31, 2005 by Penguin Books. This edition contains an introduction by Margaret Drabble.

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    Kelly Little
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a good book for women I think since it is about a women working on her freedom. I think it seems like a good book to read with a glass of wine."
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    #20The Rights of Man

    The Rights of Man

    The Rights of Man is a political non-fiction book written by H.G. Wells. The Rights of Man was published on November 26, 2015 by Penguin. It was first published in 1940.

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    Olivia Thompson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book is a good read if you are an activist, and it is very wordy and uses lots of big words with very long sentences. This book is basically Well's own vision on what rights he thinks that people should have. This is a good read, but I find this work to be pointless because Wells did not do more or could not do more so that more people would get more of these basic rights."
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    #21The Association of Small Bombs

    The Association of Small Bombs

    The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan is a literary fiction novel originally published in March 2016 by the Viking Press. This book was nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction.

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    Anna Howell
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Although a science fiction book, I think this is an interesting take on how people handle tragedies, especially in situations such as terrorism."
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    #22Tono-Bungay

    Tono-Bungay

    Tono-Bungay is a book written by H.G. Wells. Tono-Bungay was published on June 28th 2005 by Penguin Books. This edition was edited by Edward Mendelson and contains an introduction by Patrick Parrinder.

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    Beverly Morrison
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Wells was keenly aware of the time just passed -- with the death of Victoria -- and the time to come, with the ascension of Edward VII -- from a culture that produced tangible objects, to a culture that produced empty promises. His depiction of a dying culture is remarkable and engrossing, as the narrator blindly follows his uncle into a new, brave world of mechanized flight and snake oil. His growing disillusionment with the charlatans and nouveau riche predates Fitzgerald's Nick Carraway by 20 years. ". . . we Boomed, and for four years and a half we lived a life of mingled substance and moonshine. Until our particular unsoundness overtook us we went about in the most magnificent motorcars upon tangible highroads, made ourselves conspicuous and stately . . . ate sumptuously and had a perpetual stream of notes and money trickling into our pockets . . . ." Clear-sighted and sharply written, Wells offers a premonition which the next 100 years would sadly bear out."

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Best What are the best literary science fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Handmaid's TaleBooks 26 Paid
2The RoadBooks 24 Paid
3Dune (Dune Chronicles) Books 22 Paid
4The GiverBooks 21 Paid
5The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)Books 18 Paid
6Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 18 Paid
7The Martian ChroniclesBooks 14 Paid
8Never Let Me GoBooks 12 Paid
9The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)Books 10 Paid
10Brave New WorldBooks 9 Paid
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