51 of the Best Science Fiction Books and Novels of All Time

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From its time-honored beginnings with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to modern blockbusters such as Ready Player One, the science fiction genre has continued to reflect on complex ideas and advancements of our society. In this list of the best sci fi books and novels, we’ve rounded up the titles that have made the greatest impact, not only within the science fiction genre, but to the world of literature as a whole. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling space-age adventure, a terrifying imagining of the future of robotics, or an introspective look at what it truly means to be human — this list of the best sci fi books of all time contains titles everyone should read. Publishers’ descriptions included.