What are the best science fiction novels from 1980 to 1990?

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    #1The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

    The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

    The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is the second book in Douglas Adams' famous comedy science fiction series for young adults, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was originally published in 1980.


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    Charles Weaver
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Ok.. This is the second book in the Guide to Galaxy series. This book is compelling and the characters are even better developed. You will be glad you took the time to check this book out."
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    #2Ender'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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    Heather Perry
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I decided to read the book before seeing the movie, since books tend to be better than their movie counterparts. The dystopian world and government is frightening, and it's compelling to read how Ender navigates his world. He is a great character and I was very intrigued to find out what would happen to him. I plan to re-read this book again soon, and again and again! Looking forward to seeing how good the movie is."
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    #3Life, 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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    Jacob Gonzalez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This author has created some of the most prolific titles for the genre. From Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy to Life, the Universe and Everything, you really get a sense of the world that is not exactly as it seems to you. It makes you think and explores various aspects of life and existence in a very humorous and fun loving fashion. I absolutely love this author and his works and I would recommend them to anyone of any age. It takes a lighthearted approach to tackling that burning question everyone has deep down inside which is "What is the point of all of this?" "
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    Neuromancer is science fiction book written by William Gibson. Published on July 1, 1984 by Ace Books, Neuromancer is an award-winning book following the adventures of Case in a dangerous digital world.


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    Kathleen May
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I have not been much of a fan of new science fiction novels but really enjoy some of the classics from the 1980-1990 range. Neuromancer actually turned out better than I expected. William Gibson has turned out to be one of my favorite authors."
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    #5Red 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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    #6Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    A classic book from the 80's that inspired the classic sci-fi film by Steven Spielberg. An astonishing technique has been discovered allowing to reproduce the dinosaurs creating a theme park on an island. But something went terribly wrong. 


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    Bruce Ward
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Not much of a fan of the movies but this book is a real treasure. Steven has a way of telling a story through words that few can come close to. The writing here allows you to really place yourself in the story."
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    #7Foundation 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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    Nancy Bowman
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "When you think of the 1980's, you think of Foundation of Earth. The author, Isaac Asimov, writes brilliantly. This Sci-Fi book is still a modern read. The story is packed with action and a variety of themes. It is a great edition to the series."
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    #8The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is written by Douglas Adams. It depicts Arthur Dent's road trip with his alien friend Ford Prefect after his house and the Earth was demolished to create a way for a hyperspace express route. 


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    Daniel Rogers
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "It is one of the best sci-fi books, but it's published in 1979. But, there are sequels made after 1980."
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    #9Forward the Foundation

    Forward the Foundation
    This book continues narrating the adventures of professor Hari Seldon, who starts his politician career, dragged by the Emperor of the reign Cleon I. After many tragic evens hit him, he founds himself alone with his elder daughter Wanda, who is a mentalic, someone able to read minds and change other people's behavior. 


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    Brenda Reynolds
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "When considering the best sci-fi novels from the 80s, "Forward the Foundation" shines as a quintessential example. The lines of reality become blurred when diving into this masterpiece. Popular 80s themes in science and psychology are evident throughout this adventure. Hari is all of us in this epic story."
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    #10Doomsday Book

    Doomsday Book
    The book is about Kivrin Engle, a young historian specializing in medieval history, who was to travel to what was perceived as the dark ages. Due to an unlikely turn of events, she finds herself playing a much more vital part in history. 

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    Bobby Kim
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Doomsday Book was an award winning science fiction book, winning both Hugo and Nubella awards. However, it was published in 1993, so it does not fit the 1980 to 1990 time span this topic is looking for."
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    The Foreigner is a science fiction novel written by C. J. Cherryh. Originally published in 2004 by DAW under ISBN 0756402514, it focuses on the survivors of a lost spacecraft.


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    Michael Robinson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a very long book series. I only just started it but its incredible. It has a lot of action in it and the characters you will absolutely love. The author has a rich style and it adds to how believeable the situations are. When a character dies you feel the loss. I think they are incredible."
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    #12Wild Seed

    Wild Seed

    Wild Seed is a book by Octavia E. Butler that tells a story of Doro and Anyanwu. They are both fearless and powerful creatures, but when they met each other they made a connection that no immortals can imagine.


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    Rebecca Roberts
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I've been a longtime fan of science fiction, and I actually read this book back when it originally came out. I recently went back to read some things, including this book, and I do still consider it one of the better scifi novels of that decade. Recommend!"
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    Contact is a gripping story, starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey, that follows a radio astronomer who receives the first extraterrestrial radio signal ever picked up on Earth.


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    Julie Wagner
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The best scifi novel to come out of the 80-90's is definitely Contact. The movie adaptation was good but the novel is much better."
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    #14Snow 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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    Hemant Rodrigues
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This sounds like an awesome book!"
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    #15Hyperion (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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    Aaron Grant
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is an amazing book. I first read this from my father's bookshelf; I'd seen it many times, and didn't want to tackle such a thick book. When I did sit down to read it, I spent 2 days straight consuming it. This also was a local (Colorado) author, which made it even more awesome. I can't speak highly enough of this; if you dig Asimov, you'll dig this space opera. Absolutely thrilling."
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    #16A 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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    Thomas Holmes
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a great sci fi book that I read awhile back. I feel almost as if it's under rated since I don't hear a lot of people talking about it. If you want a epic sci fi story, I recommend this book."
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    Maia is a historical science fiction and historical book written by Richard Adams and was published on September 27, 1984 by Viking Press. It follows the story of a young peasant girl named Maia.

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    Kathy Berry
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "In no way is this one of the best science fiction novels of its time. It is both a historical and a science fiction book. It is not what one would call classic science fiction either. I could not get into this book and I love science fiction. I would look for something else to read before I tried this book again."


Best What are the best science fiction novels from 1980 to 1990
1The Restaurant at the End of the UniverseBooks 31 Paid
2Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 29 Paid
3Life, the Universe and EverythingBooks 27 Paid
4NeuromancerBooks 25 Paid
5Red Mars (Mars Trilogy)Books 25 Paid
6Jurassic ParkBooks 23 Paid
7Foundation and EarthBooks 20 Paid
8The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBooks 19 Paid
9Forward the FoundationBooks 17 Paid
10Doomsday BookBooks 13 Paid

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