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When today’s top science fiction and fantasy authors were looking for inspiration, they turned to the classics. And we continue reading those same books (year after year) because they stand the test of time.
Every month, we’re bringing you a selection of must-read, sci-fi and fantasy classics that you can download for free. From the sci-fi tale that incited nationwide panic to a classic that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien, there’s never been a better time to expand your digital bookshelf.
In addition to these classics, we’ll update this article with other free sci-fi and fantasy books by up-and-coming authors throughout the month. You can also check back next month for a new list of out-of-this-world free ebooks.
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Captivating readers for generations, Journey to the Center of the Earth is a cornerstone of science fiction—and one of the greatest stories ever told.
“The reason Verne is still read by millions today is simply that he was one of the best storytellers who ever lived.” —Arthur C. Clarke
The War of the Worlds
When hostile Martians land on Earth, mankind must fight back—or be destroyed—in this science fiction masterpiece. The novel was also the basis for the famous Orson Welles radio broadcast that terrified Americans on October 30, 1938.
A Princess of Mars
A Civil War veteran is transplanted to Mars, where he must fight to rescue a princess from four-armed aliens in this novel by the author of Tarzan of the Apes.
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After annihilating the city of Pittsburgh, a hostile alien race return home with their bounty—including three human specimens. This is the first of the pioneering Lensman space opera novels, and was a finalist for the Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series."
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The Worm Ouroboros
Demonland wages war against the newly arrived envoy of Witchland inhabitants in this massively influential classic that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and so many others.
“An eccentric masterpiece.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
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Featured still from "War of the Worlds" (2005), via Paramount Pictures