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The 14 Best Science Fiction Books Of 2015 (in no particular order)
• Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
• The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser
• Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
• The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
• Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
• Dark Intelligence by Neal Asher
• The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis
  • Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
• The IX by Andrew P. Weston
• Broken Dolls by Tyrolin Puxty
• The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
• Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed
• The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
• Gypsy by Carter Scholz
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Science fiction embodies any fictionally inspired written work that carries a theme referencing futuristic, scientifically technological, fantastic, or otherwise alien or otherworldly content. Examples include, but not limited to, encounters with alien life forms, space exploration, telepathy, and robotic characters.

The earliest known pure science fiction writing has been traced to novels by Jules Verne that involved fantastic exploration and encounters with unknown realms and their inhabitants. H. G. Wells is another renowned master writer of science fiction.

Here is our list of the 14 most important science fiction books of all time.

1. The Time Machine by H G Wells
2. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
3. The Lensman Series by E E "Doc" Smith
4. 2001 – A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke
5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
6. The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
7. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  8. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
9. Dune by Frank Herbert
10. Neuromancer by William Gibson
11. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
12. Gateway by Frederik Pohl
13. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
14. 1984 by George Orwell

A list of must-read science fiction books published in the 20th Century may include in no particular order:

I, Robot
Stranger in a Strange Land
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Brave New World
War of the Worlds
The Time Machine
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Drowned World
Fahrenheit 451
Ender’s Game
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Martian Chronicles

Hard science fiction features great attention to detail in the quantitative sciences, while soft riffs on the social sciences.

You’ll also find space opera with its heroes and heroines on distant planets; cyberpunk, loved by nerds in goggles everywhere; time travel – a simple concept that’s been around since Mark Twain’s day; military science fiction where soldiers drive the narrative; dystopian fiction where society has usually gone awry; superhuman stories where humans develop new or greater skills (and that usually means trouble) and the always cheery apocalyptic fiction sub-genre (where we could be battling to avoid the end of Earth or struggling to survive after a catastrophe).

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