What are the best standalone science fiction novels?

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    #1The 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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    Kathryn Williamson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "If you're interested in real life scenario science fiction novels, this is the one for you. It holds your attention and keeps you questioning what you know about space exploration."
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    #21984

    1984

    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.

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    Luis Alberto Gallegos
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I was looking for one of the best standalone science fiction novels, and a friend of mine recommended 1984, which I'd never read. I picked it up at the library, and it is very good, deserving of its classic status. I don't really think it would be among the list of the best scifi though, it's more social commentary or literature."
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    #3Brave 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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    Anna Burton
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Very good story about predictions of our world. If you liked 1984 you'll love this novel. It is graphic and scary and the end takes you by surprise."
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    #4The 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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    Michelle Dean
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Time Traveler's Wife is a really engaging and interesting novel. While I'm not sure it's really among the best of the best, I like how different it is from many science fiction books, a different tone and approach from the usual, so a very interesting offering in the genre."
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    #5Kindred

    Kindred

    Kindred is a young adult novel with a time travel element written by Octavia Butler, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards. The book is about a modern-day black woman who was transported to the plantation in the past.

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    Judy Carroll
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book has two subjects that have been missing in the literary world together: teleportation and slavery. This book needs no context and is the sort of thing that just absorbs you right from the start and takes you for a ride. I felt like I was in the teleportation machine with Dana and it was an eye-opening experience for both of us. The experience still sticks with me sometimes and gives me nightmares, but otherwise I would recommend this book with some hesitation."
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    #6Fahrenheit 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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    Charvi Sen
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I could not put this book down. I just bought it as a book to read before bed. I was completely in it! I called in sick from work to finish it the next day. I spent the day reading this book and can't stop thinking about it. This is a great story, well-written, intriguing, and delightful."
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    #7Starship 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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    Jonathan Cooper
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is a classic sci fi novel. This book can be read by itself. It is well known and has even had a movie made about it. Users would be satisfied to see this book for this topic."
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    #8Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
    Pierre Aronnax, the narrator of the story, is a French marine biologist who, along with some members from his crew, joins the expedition in charge of finding and destroying a sea monster. When they finally find the monster, they find out that it really is a huge submarine commanded by Nemo, who holds them hostages in order to keep his secret, and they all start visiting places from all over the planet.




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    Arthur Sanders
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea is such a classic that it is literally in a league of its own. It is a very engaging book that provides plenty of entertainment to the reader. The extremely well-written story really pulls you in and forces you to keep reading until the very end. Excellent science fiction book that I would recommend to anyone!"
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    #9The Gods Themselves

    The Gods Themselves
    Written in 1972, this novel by the science fiction master features some aliens who live in a parallel universe. By exchanging matter with Earth, they can obtain energy for their dying universe, something that has consequences in the Earth universe: the Sun is becoming a supernova, and its explosion is imminent. 



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    Walter Flores
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Looking for a good Sci-Fi novel that wasn't part of a series. This was a fantastic book plenty of sci-fi themes with good plot with good character building. You really can't go wrong with Isaac Asimov but this is one of his best books in my opinion."
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    #10The Man in the High Castle

    The Man in the High Castle

    The Man in the High Castle is an alternate history novel written by Philip K. Dick. It first appeared in print in October 1962. The novel was adapted as a TV series produced by Amazon Studios and premiered in January 2015.

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    Jordan Walsh
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "It was pretty boring to read overall. I am not a big fan of old literature and this is just that. Sometimes I can not understand the language they are talking in. It seems to go on forever most of the time. I can't really see a way out of a chapter without questioning what I just read at that time."
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    #11Asterion

    Asterion

    Asterion by Kenneth Morvant is a science fiction book for young adults. This book was published in 2013. This book shows a playful narration on attempting to play god while executing leadership on mankind.

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    Benjamín Báez
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "First off, Asterion, has one of the coolest covers I've come across in some time. In fact, it's the reason that I decided to order this book. When I received it, I quickly read through it. I was invested in the sci-fi concepts presented and for a young adult read it was actually pretty fun to follow through. The narration was light and playful and the ideas presented were also imaginative and kept me reading to find out the reveals. Kenneth Morvant does a fantastic job in really bringing forth this complete story. I've grown tired of the series of novels that come out so it was refreshing to have a stand alone read for once. There are some notes of religion in this book but Morvant does a good job of not caking it on too heavy. I look forward to future novels from Mr. Morvant."

Summary

Best What are the best standalone science fiction novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The MartianBooks 22 Paid
21984Books 20 Paid
3Brave New WorldBooks 18 Paid
4The Time Traveler's WifeBooks 17 Paid
5KindredBooks 16 Paid
6Fahrenheit 451Books 14 Paid
7Starship TroopersBooks 12 Paid
8Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The SeaBooks 11 Paid
9The Gods Themselves Books 9 Paid
10The Man in the High CastleBooks 5 Paid
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