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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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12 of the Best Debut Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels

These first books have launched extraordinary careers. 

The Best Alan Dean Foster Books for Every Reader

Open a window to another world with one of these Alan Dean Foster books. 

11 Quintessential Vonda McIntyre Books

McIntyre’s influence can be seen across the sci-fi landscape. 

The Only Way We Can Really Know One Another Is Through Fiction

Award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders explores how fiction encourages us to abandon assumptions.

9 Ray Bradbury Quotes to Inspire and Revive You

We're celebrating the late author in honor of his August 22nd birthday. 

The Expanse Book Order: How to Explore the Sol System

A guide for Earthers, Belters, Martians, and more. 

LeVar Burton on the "Two Americas" Created by Institutional Racism

In this author's note for his novel Aftermath, Burton reflects on the legacies of slavery.

What Is New Wave Science Fiction?

Explore a defining era in sci-fi's history. 

LeVar Burton's Indelible Influence on American Popular Culture

The talented multi-hyphenate continues to inspire generations of fans. 

8 Adult Sci-Fi Books That Grown-Up Readers Won't Be Able to Put Down

These books aren't just for adults, but older SF fans might love them the most. 

Read an Excerpt From LeVar Burton's Sci-Fi Debut Novel Aftermath

America is sick—but Dr. Rene Reynolds could have the cure. 

9 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books About Found Families

These reads show that family comes in all different forms. 

Which Dune Character Are You, Based on Your Zodiac Sign?

Do the stars say you're the Emperor of the Known Universe, or a manipulative schemer who orchestrates destruction?

10 Exciting Sci-Fi Books That Explore Deep Space

Stellar stories that boldly go where no human has gone before.