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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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10 Challenged and Banned Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

These SFF reads have been the subject of controversy and censorship. 

5 Purrfect Books About Cats in Space

Feline hungry for some sci-fi? Explore these stories of interstellar kitties. 

10 Books Like The Girl With the Silver Eyes

Tales of telekinesis, telepathy, and turbulent kids and teens. 

Saddle Up for These 9 Wild Sci-Fi Western Books

Tales of the good, the bad, and the out-of-this-world. 

11 Epic Sci-Fi Books Like The Expanse

These spectacular space adventures are filled with complex, interweaving narratives.

The Undying Legacy of Vonda N. McIntyre, Weaver of Community

McIntyre expanded the world of SFF, both in life and after her passing. 

The History of Graphic Novels

What exactly are graphic novels, and where did the term originate?

The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books We’re Most Looking Forward to in 2022

These books will capture your imagination in the coming year. 

What Is Speculative Fiction?

Let's wade into an age-old debate. 

Here Are All the 2021 Hugo Award Winners!

Did your favorite 2021 book take home an award?   

6 Outstanding David Brin Books

Take a journey through incredible planets and tumultuous futures.

10 Fascinating Books Set in a Multiverse

Tales of parallel worlds and alternate realms. 

11 Inspiring NaNoWriMo Author Pep Talks 

Don't let the blank page intimidate you.