What are the best Sci-fi books with swords and lasers?

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    #1Snow Crash

    Snow Crash

    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson is a cyberpunk, science fiction novel originally published in 1992. This book was nominated for British Science Fiction Award in 1993 and the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1994.


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    Nancy Long
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I found this book fascinating yet surreal. It is a world that is compelling and new with hidden dangers seemingly everywhere. It is a page turner where you can often "expect the unexpected". My instincts told me to look at this book as a cautionary tale of a world foreign yet accessible, but I kept coming back to it for resolution. It was a powerful read."
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    #2Consider Phlebas

    Consider Phlebas

    Consider Phlebas is the first book in the futuristic, comedic, science fiction series for young adults written by Iain M. Banks. It was first published in March 2008. It is about a future where Faith and Culture fight for supremacy.


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    Marcela Galicia
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "After reading all the Culture novels, it's time to do a review on each one. This is book 1 of 10. Let's start with The Culture: Extremely advanced utopian conglomeration of pan-humans, aliens, and machines enjoying all life has to offer facilitated by the most advanced AI's in the galaxy. There's many goings-on. Consider Phlebas is the first of the Culture series, and I feel the most experimental. Banks shows us the peace-loving Culture at what they subsequently consider the worst part of their history, during a galactic war with aliens who are bent on domination. This book shows you the Culture through the eyes of an outsider, which is why this review is titled "An appetizer..." as the Culture is much broader than is stated in this novel. The main character has their own agenda and doesn't like the Culture very much. This causes some friction."
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    #3Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers
    In 5000 humanity will face the total extermination and our only chance to survive is a highly-trained soldiers called the Star Ship Troopers. That's the story of Jonny Rico, an idealistic trooper from the infantry. 

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    Liliana Valadez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "My son is huge fan of Sci-fi book, and if they contain swords and lasers, then he is really into it! I purchased this Starship Troopers book for him to give him something to read while on a long family road trip. He couldn't put the book down and actually finished it before we left to come back home. Highly recommended!"
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    #4Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    Lin Ma
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I strongly believe that this is a great option. Fahrenheit 451 is an amazing sci-fi book."
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    #5The 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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    Frank Cunningham
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The Road is a wonderful sci-fi book. The dystopian nature of the book really adds to the effect of despair for the father and son. The book is truly bleak, but is still sci-fi in nature containing swords, lasers, and the like."
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    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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    Wayne Adams
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five is one book I enjoyed reading that left me with questions to ask about what it was like to be in that war and what happened to the American soldier who had side effects of the bombing. This story is very interesting and I never got bored one bit."
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    #7Feed (Newsflesh)

    Feed (Newsflesh)

    Feed is a horror science fiction and the first book in Newsflesh trilogy written by Mira Grant. This dystopian fiction book is first published in 2010. 


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    Kathryn Lynch
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a very special fiction book, it is written very nicely, it tells an entertaining story, and has many different characters and everyone of them has something to tell, and i can say that it is one of the best sci-fi books i have read. I have had a very good time reading this book, and i am sure that it will be the same for many of the readers. "
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    #8The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the five-novel compilation of Douglas Adams' hysterical science fiction story. It has a bonus story titled "Young Zaphod Plays it Safe". Neil Gaiman wrote the intro for the book.

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    Jerry Shaw
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "A very humorous and entertaining take on space and life in it. While the movie adaptation was good, it will never really hold a candle to the actual book itself. I'd advise any fan of the film to go ahead and add the book to your library. It will be something you will always come back to for years, and even your children will pick up."
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    #9A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought)

    A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought)

    A Fire Upon the Deep is a Hugo Award-winning science fiction novel by Vernor Vinge. It tells the story of Blight, awakened from its slumber and wreaking galactical havoc. It is the first book in the Zones of Thought series. 


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    Jane Howell
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The best sci fi book that you need to purchase is A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought) This book won a Hugo Award and was written by Vernor Vinge. This book is the first boook in a series that follow the main character named Blight. "
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    Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson is a speculative fiction novel published in 1999. This book won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Mir Fantastiki Award for Best Foreign Sci-Fi Novel, and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.


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    Justin Morris
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Cryptonomicon is a Neal Stephenson classic. The author of other venerable titles such as Snow Crash, this book has a wonderfully unique cyberpunk setting. If you're like me, the old school science fiction can get kind of dry and boring - but Cryptonomicon is a fascinating and colorful tale about people, not computers or spaceships. I highly recommend this, and Snow Crash too!"
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    #11Red Mars (Mars Trilogy)

    Red Mars (Mars Trilogy)

    Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson is the first book in the Mars Trilogy first published in 1992. This science fiction novel follows the story of a group of colonists about to create a new era of civilization on Mars.


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    Adam Curtis
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Red Mars is a marvelous book about interplanetary colonization. The book tends to focus on the science aspect, and not so much on the fighting. This my not be the most appropriate if you are looking for a true fighting novel. This tends to align itself with geography and environmental details ."
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    #12The Long Earth

    The Long Earth

    The Long Earth is a science fiction novel written by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. It was first published in 2012 by HarperCollins, and it is the first book in the series of the same name.


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    Kelly Barrett
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I started to read this book in a waiting room. After my appointment I ordered it because I was really interested in the story. I'm glad I did. Although the ending was not as intense as the rest of the book, I really enjoyed reading it. it was full of fantasy, action and adventure!"
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    #13Brave 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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    Jose Howell
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Since this genre is so specific, this one fits both and I don't think many other will. So since there's so little, I'd say this has to be one of the best. Good reviews and is pretty popular as well."
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    #14Planet of the Apes (Movie Novelization)

    Planet of the Apes (Movie Novelization)

    Planets of the Apes (Movie Novelization) is a science fiction book written by William T. Quick. Published in 2001 by HarperEntertainment, it is the official novelization of the Tim Burton movie with the same title.


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    Martha Guerrero
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is crap. Why would you novelize a movie?! It doesn't even do a good job. It's flat and misses out on lots of details and it just seems really pointless to read. "


Best What are the best Sci-fi books with swords and lasers
1Snow CrashBooks 23 Paid
2Consider PhlebasBooks 20 Paid
3Starship TroopersBooks 17 Paid
4Fahrenheit 451Books 17 Paid
5The RoadBooks 15 Paid
6Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 14 Paid
7Feed (Newsflesh)Books 12 Paid
8The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBooks 7 Paid
9A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought)Books 7 Paid
10CryptonomiconBooks 5 Paid

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