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Science Fiction Books Stories

Since the publication of the first-ever sci-fi book—arguably Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein—the genre has been in constant dialogue with our present. Sci-fi books encourage readers to envision new realities, and often prove prescient, both in imagining tech that eventually becomes real, and predicting events that come to pass.

The breadth of the genre can make it seem intimidating to new readers, but we recommend 50 of the best sci-fi novels ever to start your reading voyage. Or, you can explore sci-fi’s eras in chronological order, from the early classics by authors such as Jules Verne and H.G Wells and the so-called Golden Age of Sci-Fi, to the New Wave, to more recent must-reads from the past few decades. 

Alternatively, it’s possible to break your sci-fi book exploration down into subgenres. Do you prefer interstellar epics with drama on a galactic scale? Consider space opera. Do you want your stories to be grounded in reality and natural sciences? Then hard sci-fi is probably for you.

Or perhaps you’re a veteran sci-fi reader whose shelves are heavy with staples of the genre. In that case, The Portalist recommends hidden gems and underrated books to complete your collection. 

Regardless of where you are on your sci-fi reading journey, The Portalist’s sci-fi book stories can guide you on your voyage among the stars 

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6 Thrilling Books for Gamers and, Especially, Fans of The Last of Us

These page-turners imagine worlds you won’t want to leave.

Compelling Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Blurbs That Draw You in Immediately

You can't judge a book by its cover, but sometimes you can judge it by the blurb.

11 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books With Expansive World-Building

These science fiction and fantasy books go beyond world-building: They build whole galaxies and multiverses with precise detail. 

7 Star Wars Books Every Fan Needs to Read

If you love the Star Wars movies and TV shows, try exploring the galaxy far, far away through a medium made a long time ago: books.

The Very Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2022

These 2022 releases will transport you to new worlds.

15 Exciting Cyberpunk Books Filled With High Tech and Low Life

Adjust your augmented-reality headsets and tune into these futuristic tales.

Octavia Butler's Final Work Will Suck You In

When Octavia Butler turned to vampires, she redefined science fiction yet again.

The Greatest Science Fiction Books of the 2010s

From 2011 to 2020, science fiction grew by leaps and bounds.

16 Military Sci-Fi Books Set in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Out-of-this-world stories of destruction, bravery, and hope.

What Is the SFWA?

Explore the history, benefits, and community offered by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Assocation.