What are the best science fiction novels of the 21st century?

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    #1Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)

    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
    There is civil unrest in the districts, and the Capitol is getting tired of quelling these disturbances. In Catching Fire, the Capitol sends a chilling message to the districts to remind them of who is really in charge.
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    Ankita Sengupta
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Catching Fire (The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins is not one of the best science fiction novels of the 21st century. I would call this a dystopian young adult novel. It's the second in the trilogy and really focuses on the oppression by the government. I just get too caught up with all the logical fallacies of the world-building, so I can't really enjoy it. It's not the book, or trilogy, for me."
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    #211/22/63

    11/22/63

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? 11/22/63 is Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic novel about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination

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    Nathan Hopkins
    Written on February 24, 2018
    "11/22/63 is a really good book especially for those that like sci fi mixed in with some mystery. I found the characters to be very interesting and the story was very original. The length was just right as well considering the fact that I like longer novels. "
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    #3Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    Ready Player One is a science fiction and dystopian novel by Ernest Cline published in 2011. It is about Wade Watts' search for an Easter egg hidden inside a virtual reality game world. It has a film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg.

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    Carol Wheeler
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "New York Times best seller huh? Looks pretty good. Has a nice plot and of course I"m an amazon fna."
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    #4Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake is a speculative fiction novel by Margaret Atwood, the award-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale. Oryx and Crake follows the life of Snowman, his friend Crake, and Oryx, the woman they both love.

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    Joseph Newman
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "A great novel set in the future. An interesting read from the 21rst century "
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    #5Redshirts

    Redshirts

    Redshirts by John Scalzi is a comic science fiction novel published in 2012. This book follows the story of Andrew Dahl and his exciting and life-threatening Away Missions for the Universal Union Capital Ship, Intrepid. 

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    Shaurya Mehta
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "Redshirts is one of the best comic sci-fi novels of this century. It's written by John Scalzi and tells the story of Andrew Dawl and his exciting life in space. "
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    #6Never 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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    Madison Mitchell
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "This writer has a beautiful way of painting a magical setting with words. The only problem is that it seems to take a century to get there. This book is a great read if you have a long time or love to spend a long time with one scenario."
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    #7The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War)

    The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War)

    The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi is a science fiction novel and the second book for his Old Man's War series. This book tells the story of the members of the Colonial Defense Forces and their superhuman abilities.

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    Thomas Rogers
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "My friend and I usually read books together. For this month we decided to read a science fiction novel. We wanted to find out one of the best novels of the 21st century. After doing a lot of research we decided to read The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War) as it was well acclaimed."
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    #8Number of the Beast

    Number of the Beast
    Number of the Beast is a book by Robert Heinlein that tells the story of two men and two women who will be attacked by aliens. They will find their selves on the run in the cosmos and their adventure will be worse than a roller coaster ride. 
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    Martha Hunt
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I love science fiction novels and though The Number Of The Beast by Robert A. Heinlein isn't my favorite, it's definitely worth a read. The book is exciting and fast paced. You'll find yourself engaged from start to finish!"
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    #9The City & The City

    The City & The City

    The City & The City by China Miéville is a crime fiction and literary detective novel first published in 2009. This book has won Arthur C. Clarke Award, Hugo Award for Best Novel, and BSFA Award for Best Novel.

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    Aaradhya Jindal
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "If you love a good mystery fiction book, filled with twists and turns that leave you guessing, The City & The City is the book for you. This book is crazy, fun, and keeps you on your toes. Miéville has a really nice style to his writing that allows you to imagine the world he has created and keeps you guessing with every new plot twist he writes!"
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    #10The Yiddish Policemen's Union

    The Yiddish Policemen's Union

    The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon is a science fiction and literary detective novel originally published in 2007. This book won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, Nebula Award for Best Novel, and more.

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    Ángela Granados
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This book is wonderful! I thought from the title and description that I wouldn't like it, but boy was I wrong! Amazing plot, the authors way with words really draws you in. I was actually sad when the book ended, I was so enthralled with it. I really cant wait to read more books from this author."
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    #11Tau Zero

    Tau Zero

    Tau Zero is a standalone science fiction novel written by Poul Anderson which centers on the ten-year interstellar voyage aboard the spaceship Leonora Christine. 

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    Bryan Diaz
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I read this book back in college and it was okay. However, I found most of the stories too unrealistic and quite frankly unbelievable. I can't say that I enjoyed it but I think some people might like it. "
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    #12Stormy Weather

    Stormy Weather
    Stormy Weather is a book by Dermot Davis. It is a fictional book about a therapist who once wakes up in a dream that he can't escape. He will use the theories he knows to solve his dream and be able to wake up in real life. 
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    Philip Weber
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "As a book nerd science fiction is one of the best genre ever created. The book plays out sort of like a puzzle game having to solve puzzles in his dream. Story Weather transports you to another dimension an alternate dimension in you which you have to make your waht thru to wake up in your own dimension. Its is an amazing book and a must read for the sci fi fans. "
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    #13Sacraments of Fire (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Sacraments of Fire (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Sacraments of Fire by David R. George III is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2015. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. 

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    Beverly Cox
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Growing up watching the original series Star Trek, I am a kinda geeky fan of anything Star Trek. I love the books just as much as the TV shows and all the Spin offs. The books can be a bit of a stretch of the imagination, but that is what the whole series is about. Yes it is a bit slow, but I still enjoyed it."
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    #14The Left Hand of Destiny 1 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Left Hand of Destiny 1 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Left Hand of Destiny by J.G Hertzler and Jeffrey Lang is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2003. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Judith Reynolds
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Would not call it the best, but it is definitely enjoyable. Would be great if turned into a film. Would read again!"
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    #15Cryptonomicon

    Cryptonomicon

    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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    Henry Bell
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Cryptonomicon is a great book. I really did love it. Mr. Stephenson is a great author. I think it's probably a top 10 science fiction book in the 21st century. If you like sci fi then this is a must read. "
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    #16The Outcast Dead (Horus Heresy)

    The Outcast Dead (Horus Heresy)

    The Outcast Dead is the 17th book in the famous dystopic science fiction series, Horus Heresy. This young adult book was written by Graham McNeill and was published in November 2011. It is about Kai Zulane and his battle for survival.

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    Evelyn Collins
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "If you enjoy this series, you should read this book! It's a bit different than the other ones in the series and may seem a bit less coherent to the overall theme, but it still works!"
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    #17Aurorarama

    Aurorarama

    Aurorarama is a science fiction adventure novel written by Jean-Christophe Valtat. First published in 2010 by Melville House Publishing under ISBN 1935554131, it is the first book in The Mysteries of New Venice series.

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    Pari Rangan
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "While not one of my favorite books, it definitely falls under my love for science fiction and fantasy. It seemed to take a while for me to finish as it was considered steampunk, not one of my more favored story settings. "
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    #18Chasm City (Revelation Space)

    Chasm City (Revelation Space)

    Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds is a science fiction novel originally published in 2001. This book belongs to Reynolds' Revelation Space series. It is preceded by Revelation Space, The Prefect, and followed by Absolution Gap.

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    Peter Robinson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The whole Revelation Space series brings a whole new feel to the sci-fi industry. Chasm City paints a vivid picture of what the 21st century should have been like. It has a futuristic feel that was pretty advanced for its time and even for our time now."
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    #19Practical Demonkeeping (Pine Cove)

    Practical Demonkeeping (Pine Cove)

    Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore is a humor comic fantasy and horror fiction novel originally published in 1992. This book belongs to Moore's Pine Cove series. It is followed by The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove.

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    Zhu Long
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This novel has a mix of humor, horror, and just some plain old weird stuff, I think that most readers will be entertained by this wide mix. Despite all of the ingredients in the story it all flows quite well, I was surprised at well the story was able to do this. I would recommend this if you like science fiction or even horror, the novel has both, and at a high quality that is hard to find in just one. "
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    #20Rising Son (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Rising Son (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Rising Son by S.D Perry is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2002. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Joshua Ray
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Rising Son (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) is a perfect solution for best science fiction novels of the 21st century, because it is a a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2002."
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    #21The Abyss Surrounds Us

    The Abyss Surrounds Us
    The Abyss Surrounds Us is a science fiction novel by Emily Strutskie. Set in the distant future, it tells the story of Cassandra Leung, a Reckoner who must bow to the demands of the pirate queen, Santa Elena.
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    Diana Morales
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I love science fiction novels, especially those set up in the 21st century. So my friend recommended me The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Strutskie. I absolutely loved it and enjoyed it till the end. I am read it again over the summer. "
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    #22This Immortal

    This Immortal

    This Immortal is a science fiction novel by American author Roger Zelazny. On its original publication, the novel was published in two parts in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1965 and won the 1966 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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    Laura Williamson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a pretty unique novel with a story line pretty much like no other. I had a little trouble imagining it all, but I still enjoyed it."
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    #23Seveneves

    Seveneves

    Seveneves by Neal Stephenson is a hard science fiction novel originally published in May 2015. This book was nominated for Hugo Award for Best Novel and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Science Fiction.

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    Laura Williamson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Seveneves depicts Earth's demise, but not only in a catastrophic sense, but a political and emotional one. Even after escaping a dying planet, humans are still humans and survival involves more than just food rationing. I found this novel particularly interesting because it goes beyond just the technology and scientific world, and almost into the humanities with its depiction of man. The author has attitude and wit and an obnoxious amount of technological know-how and aid from experts."
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    #24Veterans of the Psychic Wars

    Veterans of the Psychic Wars

    Veterans of the Psychic Wars is a science fiction novel written by Wayne Gerard Trotman. It was published January 1, 2011 by Red Moon Productions Ltd. It follows the story of Roman Doyle.

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    Hemant Rathore
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Veterans of the Psychic Wars is an interesting fiction book, it describes an interesting story with distinctive characters. I recommend reading this book, and i am sure that this book is satisfactory, and you will like it, like i did."
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    #25Unity (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Unity (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Unity by S.D Perry is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2004. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Carl Jenkins
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This seems like a great choice for the topic provided. Star Trek is definitely a science fiction genre that anyone can get into. The reviews on amazon are solid and the cover even has Terry Crews on it!( not really). Great overall solution"
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    #26Skin

    Skin

    Skin by Ted Dekker is a contemporary Christian horror fiction novel originally published in 2007. This book was published by Thomas Nelson. It tells the struggling story of 14-year old Donnie and his family.

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    Amanda Harper
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Excellent book - I did not want to put it down. If you've enjoyed other books from this author, you are certain to like this one. It kept me glued to the storyline until the very end."
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    #27A Stitch in Time (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    A Stitch in Time (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    A Stitch in Time by Andrew J. Robinson is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2000. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    #28Reamde: A Novel

    Reamde: A Novel

    Reamde: A Novel by Neal Stephenson is a techno-thriller novel originally published in September 2011. This book was published by William Morrow in the US and the Atlantic Books in the UK.

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    Wayne Clark
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is a very special novel to read, and amazing story to tell, written in a very vivid and detailed way. "
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    #29Caliban Cove (Resident Evil)

    Caliban Cove (Resident Evil)

    Caliban Cove is the second book in the Resident Evil series written by S.D Perry that tells the story of the aftermath effect of the viral infection that the Umbrella Corporation produced. S.T.A.R.S group will discover the conspiracy. 

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    Joyce Andrews
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Caliban Cove is a good read, but it is not as dark in some areas that I expected it to be. With this said, it was still a very entertaining read, and I liked that I could not guess the ending!"
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    #30Inquest (Rogue Hunter)

    Inquest (Rogue Hunter)
    Inquest is a science fiction novel by Kevis Hendrickson. It tells the story of bounty hunter Zyra Zanr as she attempts to break Boris Skringler out of prison. It is the first book in the Rogue Hunter series. 
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    Brian Russell
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "With this sci-fi epic set in a far off galaxy you will marvel at the planets and characters in this book."
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    #31Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle)

    Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle)

    Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson is a speculative science fiction novel originally published in 2003. This is the first book in Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle series. It is followed by The Confusion. Quicksilver won the Arthur C Clarke award.

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    James Spencer
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle) is a must read for scienction fiction fans. It has won many awards for its unique story."
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    #32Shadows of Treachery (Horus Heresy)

    Shadows of Treachery (Horus Heresy)

    Shadows of Treachery is the 22nd book in the famous young adult dystopic science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It is a collection of stories inside series' galaxy, written by Dan Abnett, John French, Gav Thorpe and more.

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    Jose Burton
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This is pretty coolThis is pretty interesting to see."
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    #33Split the Sun (Inherit the Stars)

    Split the Sun (Inherit the Stars)

    Split the Sun by Tessa Elwood is a young adult science fiction novel originally published in December 2016. This is the second book in Elwood's Inherit the Stars series. It is preceded by the book with the same series title.

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    José Juan Sotelo
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I enjoyed the other Inherit the Stars book so I picked this one up right away. It's a worthy companion novel, very fast paced with lots of action and a little romance."
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    #34A 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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    Xu Pan
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Military science fiction don't often have female characters being the leading character. A soldier's duty is a rather unique version as a result."
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    #35Stalker's Bounty (Solitude Saga)

    Stalker's Bounty (Solitude Saga)
    Stalker's Bounty is a science fiction novel by Chris Strange. It tells the story of Dom Souza and Eddie Gould, bounty hunters who are on the hunt for a terrorist's head. It is the second book in the Solitude Saga.
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    Lawrence Keller
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Stalker's Bounty is a good sci-fi novel by Chris Strange. The book has interesting characters and an engrossing plot. The characters are enthralling and realistic. The book's vivid imagery really brings the story to life. A great book for any sci-fi fan."
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    #36The Soul Key (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Soul Key (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Soul Key by Olivia Woods is a science fiction and adventury novel originally published in 2009. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. The Soul Key is the first ever Star Trek novel by Woods.

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    Dorothy Ortiz
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a modernly-written book out of the Star Trek world, and that makes this a well-suited result for me. Star Trek is a world that puts sci fi on the map, and this book more or less holds up to the praise."
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    #37On Silver Wings (Hayden War Cycle)

    On Silver Wings (Hayden War Cycle)
    On Silver Wings is a military science fiction novel by Evan Currie. It tells the story of Sgt. Sorilla Aida, who must fight to rescue the Colony from imminent danger. It is the first book in the Hayden War Cycle. 
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    César Zavala
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "I like this modern science fiction novel which is rather short but it is action-packed with a military technology backdrop. The novel seemed to have a lot of characters which had me confused from time-to-time, but I enjoyed following the exploits of the strong female protagonist. It's a fun and interesting novel which I would recommend to any sci fi lover."
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    #38Four Ways to Forgiveness: Stories

    Four Ways to Forgiveness: Stories

    Four Ways to Forgiveness: Stories is a science fiction book by award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin. This book is a reprint edition released in December 2004 by Harper Perennial. It contains stories set in the Hainish Cycle.

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    Gregory Morgan
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This was decent, but I felt lost at some points, like I wasn't getting the full story. I later discovered that it was based on an ongoing series. For what it was though, I couldn't really complain. "
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    #39Plague Ship (The Oregon Files)

    Plague Ship (The Oregon Files)

    Plague Ship by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul is a science fiction and thriller novel originally published in 2008. This book belongs to the author's The Oregon Files series. It is preceded by Skeleton Coast and followed by Corsair.

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    Joseph Parker
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This is a good book with a few stumbling blocks. The technical details add nothing to the story and are there to help one suspend disbelief, but if one is already immersed in the story, there is no need. The details get confusing. Also confusing is the wide range of subplots. The main story is simple enough, but a lot of little threads go through it, some of which feel unneeded. But there's a good read under the problems. "
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    #40Fearful Symmetry (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Fearful Symmetry (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Fearful Symmetry by Olivia Woods is a science fiction and adventure novel originally published in 2008. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. This book follows the story of the Cardassian agent - Iliana Ghemor.

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    Jeffrey Morris
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "this book, "Fearful Symmetry" when I saw that it was basically two stories in one.A good way to appreciate this book is to read all the deep space 9 novels that have been released so that you won't be confused by these two stories put together. These are good and possibly the best that is up to your interpretation."
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    #41Ocean

    Ocean

    Ocean is a graphic novel written by Warren Ellis and Chris Sprouse with the help of illustrator, Karl Story. This comic book was originally published in 2005. Ocean is a six-issue miniseries.

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    Lisa Jacobs
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I wouldn't call this the best science fiction novel of the 21st century, but it is an alright read. You're not going to walk away blown away, but it's an okay way to pass the time. You might want to find a better novel to read. "
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    #42Pandora's Star (The Commonwealth Saga)

    Pandora's Star (The Commonwealth Saga)

    Pandora's Heart by Peter F. Hamilton is a science fiction novel and the second book to his The Commonwealth Saga. Set in the year 2380, The Intersolar Commonwealth is about to face a great danger that lies ahead of them.

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    Justin Porter
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "My brother is a huge science fiction fan so I wanted to get him a present on his birthday that fit his interests. The man who worked at the book shop suggested that I check out Pandora's Star (The Commonwealth Saga) as a gift idea as it was one of his favorites. He said it was at the top of his list in regards to best novels."
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    #43The Never Ending Sacrifice (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Never Ending Sacrifice (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Never Ending Sacrifice by Una McCormack is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2009. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. It follows the story of Rugal Pa'Dar.

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    Karen Soto
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The 21st century has seen somewhat of an explosion in the sci-fi fiction category. With so many popular books, ones that are inspiring cult devotion, it would be hard to place this Never Ending Sacrifice among them. While certainly good, don't think it qualifies as one of the best."

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Best What are the best science fiction novels of the 21st century
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)Books 8 Paid
211/22/63Books 7 Paid
3Ready Player OneBooks 6 Paid
4Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)Books 6 Paid
5RedshirtsBooks 5 Paid
6Never Let Me GoBooks 4 Paid
7The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War)Books 3 Paid
8Number of the BeastBooks 1 Paid
9The City & The CityBooks 1 Paid
10The Yiddish Policemen's UnionBooks 0 Paid
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