What are the best science fiction anthology books?

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    #1Stories of Your Life and Others

    Stories of Your Life and Others

    Stories of Your Life and Others is a science-fiction book that comes with eight stories about science and religion. This book by Ted Chiang was originally published in 2002.


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    Austin Morales
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Science and religion are two things that don't usually go together. I think the author did a good job blending these together and found common ground between them. I found the sci-fi element to the book interesting too. "
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    #2The Past Through Tomorrow (Future History)

    The Past Through Tomorrow (Future History)

    The Past Through Tomorrow by Robert A. Heinlein is a science fiction series originally published in 1967. This is a collection of short stories that tell the rapid downfall of the United States and the revolution towards a free society.


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    Jonathan Bishop
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is pretty cool."
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    #3I, Robot

    I, Robot
    I, Robot is a series of short stories by the acclaimed author of science fiction, Isaac Asimov. It tells the story of robots outfitted with a "positronic brain" that allows them to feel what it is to be human, despite being made of metal.

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    Pamela Ward
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I, Robot is Isaac Asimov's classic anthology collection of stories about robots and the implications of artificial intelligence in a futuristic society like our own. Ultimately, most of the stories are cautionary, with a few shining light on the inevitable conflict between the needs of humans and artificial intelligence."
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    #4Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

    Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

    This book contains twenty-one of Dick's most popular stories, including “The Days of Perky Pat,” “Adjustment Team” or  "Autofac”, classics novels of the science fiction genre that have inspired several successful films. 


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    Wayne Oliver
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is just a book with some short stories. They are all relevant so its not like you are reading a bunch of jumbled up stories. It was a great read, but i have read better . If you can get it for the right price i would buy it no questions asked. PKD overall did a great job with this book ."
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    #5Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

    Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

    Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology is a cyberpunk anthology of science fiction short stories by Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Paul Di Filippo, Lewis Shiner, etc. Published in 1988 by Ace.


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    Philip Ryan
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I wanted to read a good science fiction anthology book and found Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology. This book is an anthology with a bunch of science fiction stories, and I loved each of them. The writing is very good and the stories are captivating. I highly recommend this anthology for anyone interested in science fiction. "
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    #6Imago (Xenogenesis)

    Imago (Xenogenesis)

    Imago is the third and last book in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy, a science fiction and dystopian series for young adults. This book is about Jodahs, a cross between humans and aliens and might be a danger to his race.


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    Frank Chavez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book gives us the alien's perspective. I found this book very optimistic. It's the best book in the series."
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    #7Boneshaker (Clockwork Century)

    Boneshaker (Clockwork Century)

    Boneshaker is book 1 in the Clockwork Century series that won the 2010 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Follow Briar Wilkes as she rescues her son from the city under the wall created by her late husband's failed invention, the Boneshaker.


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    Robert Berry
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I think a better solution can be found. This book only gets 3.7 stars out of 5 on Amazon."
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    #8First Contact (Aoleon The Martian Girl)

    First Contact (Aoleon The Martian Girl)

    First Contact is the first book in the Aoleon The Martian Girl series. It is written by Brent LeVasseur. This science-fiction and fantasy children's book tells the adventures of Gilbert.


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    Jane Lynch
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I am a fan of the Aoleon The Martian Gril series by Brend LeVasseur. First Contact is the first book and it is one I share with my children and it is fun to read about the character Gilbert. "
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    #9The Martian

    The Martian

    Mark Watney is one of the first humans to walk on Mars, but he's also the first person to die there, officially. After a terrible storm that nearly kills him and forces his crew to be evacuated, Mark, a world-wide known biologist, works hard to survive on the surface of the red planet. 


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    Tiffany Murray
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "When it comes to science fiction anthologies The Martian is a decent choice read. It explores the theme of space travel and the mystery of the planet Mars, paired with a gripping story of survival by a human man. I enjoyed reading The Martian and found it to be good, but not great."
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    #10The 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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    Karina Velasco
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This book fits great into this topic category. It is has so many exciting, strange, intriguing short stories that you need to have an open mind about the what is out there in the Universe to enjoy reading this classic. This book has some censored versions and other that are not censored with colorful language. "
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    #11A 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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    Roger Richardson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A fire upon the deep didn't really do much for me. I've read a lot of sci-fi in my day, and I had a difficult understanding what, exactly, his characters are even. The way that they are alluded to confuses me to no end. I stopped reading about a quarter in."
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    #12A Memory of Light (The Wheel of Time)

    A Memory of Light  (The Wheel of Time)

    A Memory of Light is the fourteenth book in The Wheel of Time series written by Robert Jordan. It is a science fiction and fantasy novel first published in 2013. 


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    Marcos Martínez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This isn't really an anthology it is a volume in a large series. Those two things are not the same. This is good sc-fi but if you want an anthology look elsewhere."
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    #13A Soldier's Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why)

    A Soldier's Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why)
    A Soldier's Duty is a military science fiction novel by Jean Johnson. It tells the story of Ia, a female Space Marin with prophetic abilities who is determined use her gift for good. It is the first book in the Theirs Not to Reason Why series.

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    Linda Zhong
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "If you are looking for one of the best science fiction anthology books I think A Soldier's Duty is one of the best. I found this book very suspenseful and intriguing. It kept me interested the whole way through. "
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    #14Low-Flying Aircraft And Other Stories

    Low-Flying Aircraft And Other Stories

    Low-Flying Aircraft And Other Stories is a collection  of fictional novels written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. Low-Flying Aircraft And Other Stories was published by Panther.


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    Harold Day
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "First of all, this is not an anthology book. That knocks the rating down already. Furthermore, it's not a science fiction book by a well-known author so it's definitely not the best."
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    Akira is a manga series, written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo. Set in a post apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, the work uses conventions of the cyberpunk genre to detail a saga of turmoil. Originally serialized in Japan between 1981 and 1993, Otomo's 2,000-plus-page science fiction epic Akira was reprinted as a monthly comic book in the U.S. in the early '90s.

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    Ashley Wong
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is an excellent read. It contains complex ideas and thoughts, really makes you appreciate the art of writing."
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    Amazonia is a standalone science fiction written by New York Times bestselling author James Rollins. This also displays a flair for brawny adventure within an exotic locale as it centers on the  Amazon jungle. 


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    Kathy Perry
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I bought Amazonia by James Rollins for my son as he is a huge fan of science fiction books. It's a great action packed book that he enjoyed from beginning to end. It was fascinating and gripping and he wouldn't put his book down."
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    #17Battle for the Abyss (The Horus Heresy)

    Battle for the Abyss (The Horus Heresy)
    Battle for the Abyss is the 8th book in the famous dystopian science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It was written by Ben Counter and was published in August 2008. It is about Horus' plans to wipe out his enemies, the Ultramarines.

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    Larry Campbell
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a rather interesting read. It starts off pretty slow, but progresses into a nail biting novel. Character development is strong, however I felt it was a very cliche space marine book that really only revolved around shoot-em-up style gun fights. "
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    #18A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (Hainish Cycle)

    A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (Hainish Cycle)

    A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (Hainish Cycle) is an anthology and science fiction book written by  Ursula K. Le Guin and was published on March 15, 2005 by Harper Perennial. It revolves around quantum science.


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    Michelle Gibson
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (Hainish Cycle) is one of the best sci-fi anthology books. There's no greater collection of tales than the ones contained within this book. It traveled with me across the country over the course of weeks because I just had to savor each story, there was just no rushing through. "
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    #19The Beholder (The Beholder #1)

    The Beholder (The Beholder #1)

    The Beholder is a book written by Ivan Amberlake. The Beholder was published on November 2014 by Breakwater Harbor Books. The Beholder is the first book of The Beholder series.


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    Christopher Fernandez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I think one of the best science fiction anthology books is The Beholder. It's a fast moving fantasy tale that keeps you entertained the whole way through. I was sad when it ended and couldn't wait to read the next book by Ivan Amberlake. "
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    #20Honoured Enemy (Legends of the Riftwar)

    Honoured Enemy (Legends of the Riftwar)

    Honoured Enemy is a science fiction book that belongs in the Legends of the Riftwar series written by Raymond Feist and William Forstchen that tells the story of war, love, and vengeance. 


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    #21Trouble Twisters

    Trouble Twisters

    Trouble Twisters is a solid Science fiction novel written by Poul Anderson that follows a character named David Falkayn and his adventures on a planet. The book's theme revolves around aliens, Sociology, and Politics.


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    Vishal Patil
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I love the cover of this novel, really feels really sci-fantasy with the huge author name and everything. the setting is also interesting as all alien planets are for me and the topics are sufficiently cerebral for me. "
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    #22The Difference Engine

    The Difference Engine
    This book by famous cyberpunk writers William Gibson and Bruce Sterling was the first book to put steampunk on the map. The book is set in a fictional 19th century in which Babbage has developed its engine and the information era comes 100 years earlier. We'll be reading the adventures of three characters, Sybil Gerard, daughter of a Luddite, Edward Mallory, an explorer and palaeontologist and Laurence Oliphant, a mystic spy, when they discover a box with Babbage engine cards that someone is desperately looking for.

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    Cynthia Rodriguez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I love to read science fiction anthology books. My favorite right now is The Difference Engine. It's a book by a famous cyberpunk writer, William Gibson, as well as Bruce Sterling. It's all about steampunk, which I am in love with. It's really a great book. I love how the stories it tells about Sybil Gerard, daughter of a Luddite. Highly recommended! "


Best What are the best science fiction anthology books
1Stories of Your Life and OthersBooks 55 Paid
2The Past Through Tomorrow (Future History)Books 41 Paid
3I, RobotBooks 34 Paid
4Selected Stories of Philip K. DickBooks 29 Paid
5Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk AnthologyBooks 22 Paid
6Imago (Xenogenesis)Books 19 Paid
7Boneshaker (Clockwork Century)Books 17 Paid
8First Contact (Aoleon The Martian Girl)Books 17 Paid
9The MartianBooks 15 Paid
10The Martian ChroniclesBooks 12 Paid

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