Science fiction is so interesting to read. Sci-fi novels give scientific temperament to readers. They are good friends for time passers. Here is a list of science fiction books best in 2020 and in this 21st century. The sci-fi books include Amazon bestsellers, New York Times bestsellers and award winners. These fantasy books of all time are great for adults and young adults (teens). In this list, you’ll find new titles and old ones but still best in reading.
The best sci-fi books from best selling authors are most popular worldwide and also in India. Scroll down the page to view all the books listed here and read the short description along with a recent review below each title. Choose your most favourite one among them and click on any title link for more details at Amazon. They are available in both print and eBook editions. If you want to read immediately on your mobile phone or computer, select the Kindle eBook format and buy it for the price of a coffee cup.
Best Science Fiction Books in 2020
by Douglas Adams
One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be rather a lot to cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun. The Galaxy may offer a mind-boggling variety of ways to be blown up and/or insulted, but it’s very hard to get a cup of tea.
– “An amazing combination of heartfelt stories mixed with fanatic comedy. By Zarquon, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish”
by Ursula K. Le Guin
Genly Ai is an ethnologist observing the people of the planet Gethen, a world perpetually in winter. The people there are androgynous, normally neuter, but they can become male ot female at the peak of their sexual cycle. They seem to Genly Ai alien, unsophisticated and confusing. But…
– “it’s a science fiction that’s different from others. it is a rich thought experiment, a question of a planet with no clear gender divide and the culture shocks that come with it. Happy reading!”
3. Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson
Enter the Metaverse – cyberspace home to avatars and software daemons, where anything and just about everything goes. Newly available on the Street – the Metaverse’s main drag – is Snow Crash, a cyberdrug. Trouble is it is also a computer virus – and something more. Because once taken it infects the person behind the avatar. Snow Crash bleeds into reality.
– “The core plot is a lot of hot air jand waving, even for science fiction, but it is done with a gusto, so you just enjoy it.”
by Frank Herbert
Melange, or ‘spice’, is the most valuable – and rarest – element in the universe; a drug that does everything from increasing a person’s life-span to making intersteller travel possible. And it can only be found on a single planet: the inhospitable desert world Arrakis.
– “Absolute masterpiece by Frank Herbert. It will take a couple of hundred pages to take off… But once it does it doesn’t stop. Deep and layered narrative with complex themes from politics to ecology and religion and what not. And one the most captivating world building I’ve ever come across. A must read for sure.”
by Isaac Asimov
The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov’s iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon’s two Foundations is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination, one whose unprecedented scale shaped science fiction as we know it today.
– “Superb! The use of different strategies like religion and trade to retain power and control with time is very real.”
by Dan Simmons
It is the 29th century and the universe of the Human Hegemony is under threat. Invasion by the warlike Ousters looms, and the mysterious schemes of the secessionist AI TechnoCore bring chaos ever closer.
– “One of the best science fiction books I have ever read. Each story a different kind of writing. The complex and mysterious universe created by Dan Simmons is a masterpiece.”
by Philip K. Dick
World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn’t ‘retiring’ them with his laser weapon, he dreamed of owning a live animal – the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life.
– “Takes us deep into the debate of what makes us human and robots just machines. Far more intense than either film.”
by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World is a novel with a science-fiction theme written by bestselling author, Aldous Huxley, and was first published in 1932. It is set in the far future, in 2540 AD and features a utopian view of the society at that time, with a lot of material dedicated to sleep learning, reproductive technology, and classical conditioning. The title is derived from a line in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
-“Scarier than Orwells 1984 but at the same time comforting too. I think this would be a better dystopia to live in rather than the one from 1984 if I had to choose.”
9. Animal Farm
by George Orwell
Animal farm is an allegorical novella. The book reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Set in a farm, the novel depicts a rising revolt among the animals, who wish to take over the humans. Animals that live in Mr. Jones farm are tired of serving humans and find it very exploiting as they use animals for all their needs.
– “I would recommend it to all the socialists who rely on government to give them free goodies. Socialism always leads to communism”
by George Orwell
1984 is considered a work of political prophecy that continues to grow more haunting as it becomes more real with every passing day. It was published seventy years ago. English political novelist George Orwell wrote this dystopian tale as a warning against totalitarianism that told us what the world would be without the freedom to think. It has now become one of the most significant novels of the 20th century.
– “The best part of reading this book is you can picture every word in your mind. the suspense and drama in it will easily get hold of you.A worth read.”
by Blake Crouch
At first, it looks like a disease. An epidemic that spreads through no known means, driving its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. But the force that’s sweeping the world is no pathogen. It’s just the first shockwave, unleashed by a stunning discovery – and what’s in jeopardy is not just our minds.
– “Written like a thriller this is quite a page turner. There are multiple twists too. The science is a bit odd but good enough to keep one believing in the story.”
by Ted Chiang
In the epistolary ‘Exhalation’, an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications not just for his own people, but for all of reality. And in ‘The Lifecycle of Software Objects’, a woman cares for an artificial intelligence over twenty years, elevating a faddish digital pet into what might be a true living being. Also included are two previously unpublished stories: ‘Omphalos’ and ‘Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom’.
– “Amazingly thought provoking collection of stories by Ted Chiang. Each story is a wonderful mix of science fiction and philosophy.”
13. The Martian
by Andy Weir
I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m screwed.
– “Loved the book and loved the movie too! Such a fantastic read. The book goes little slower than the movie but you can feel the time that you spend Watney on Mars.”
by William Gibson
William Gibson revolutionised science fiction in his 1984 debut Neuromancer. The writer who gave us the matrix and coined the term ‘cyberspace’ produced a first novel that won the Hugo award, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Awards, and lit the fuse on the Cyberpunk movement.
– “The tech is almost within our arms reach, or so it seems. Real, gritty, edgy. We are all Neuromancers in a way.”
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