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The Best in Sci-fi

Updated: May 29, 2023

by Rico San Poco


Science fiction is a genre that explores the possibilities of science and technology. It's often associated with space travel, aliens and futuristic technology. But what makes a great science fiction book? The answer depends on who you ask. Some people think it's all about the plot: A good story needs an interesting plotline and characters that readers can connect with. Others say it's more than just plot--they believe that great sci-fi books should also have deep themes or messages about society or humanity itself (like 1984). And still others say there are no rules when it comes to writing quality sci-fi--it can be anything from hard sci-fi (where everything has been researched) to soft sci-fi (where some things might not be possible yet but could be someday). Whatever your definition of "good" may be, here are some examples of classic novels that have stood the test of time:

The Most Influential Authors of Science Fiction

Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov was one of the most influential authors in science fiction. He wrote over 500 books, including the Foundation series and I, Robot. His writing style was simple but effective, making it easy for anyone to understand his work. Arthur C Clarke Arthur C Clarke is known for being a visionary writer who predicted many things that would come true in real life later on (for example: geostationary satellites). His novel 2001: A Space Odyssey inspired Stanley Kubrick's movie of the same name starring Keir Dullea as astronaut Dave Bowman and Gary Lockwood as computer HAL 9000; both actors won Oscars for their roles! Philip K Dick Philip K Dick wrote about dystopian futures where humans live under oppressive governments controlled by artificial intelligence systems called "androids"--like Blade Runner 2049? Robert A Heinlein Robert A Heinlein is another great sci-fi author whose stories often feature protagonists who have superpowers due to genetic engineering experiments gone wrong...or right! H G Wells

The Best Science Fiction Books of the 20th Century

  • Dune

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • 1984

  • The War of the Worlds (the original)

  • Ender's Game

The Best Science Fiction Books of the 21st Century

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) This dystopian trilogy is set in a world where the United States has been devastated by war and poverty, and the country's surviving population is split into 12 districts ruled by an oppressive government. Every year, two young representatives from each district are sent to compete in a televised battle to the death. The first book introduces us to Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers for her younger sister's place in the games after she's chosen by lottery--and then goes on to win them all. The Martian (Andy Weir) Mark Watney is accidentally left behind on Mars when his crewmates flee an impending dust storm; he must rely on his ingenuity and science skills if he wants any hope of survival--and it helps that he has plenty of resources at hand: food supplies left behind by previous missions; water extracted from ice crystals; even oxygen produced using electrolysis reactions between hydrogen found naturally occurring on Mars' surface combined with carbon dioxide collected from its atmosphere!

The Most Memorable Aliens in Science Fiction

  • The Martians. This classic story by H. G. Wells is one of the first to explore the idea of an alien invasion, and it's still one of the best. In fact, it was so influential that many people don't realize that it was written in 1897!

  • The Klingons from Star Trek: The Next Generation and later series in that franchise. These warrior-like aliens have become so popular that they've been featured on several TV shows over the years (including Deep Space Nine) and even inspired a line of collectible action figures by McFarlane Toys.

  • The Na'vi from Avatar: The Last Airbender (and its sequel series). This race of blue-skinned humanoids has been described as "the most beautiful creatures ever created"--and their connection with nature makes them even more appealing! Their unique appearance also makes them stand out among other fictional races like elves or fairies...which means there's plenty more room left for expansion into other mediums like video games or comics books!

  • Aliens from Alien: Resurrection (1997). This fourth entry into Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror franchise introduced us not only another new type but also some interesting plot twists involving cloning technology gone wrong...and we haven't forgotten about either since then either!

The Most Iconic Heroines in Science Fiction

Ellen Ripley: The original Alien heroine, Ellen Ripley has become the standard for tough female protagonists in science fiction. She's been played by Sigourney Weaver in four films and has inspired countless other strong women on screen. Sarah Connor: The Terminator series has been around since 1984, but it was Sarah Connor who made the franchise iconic. She was a badass mother who saved humanity from an army of machines bent on destroying mankind--and she did so while pregnant with her son John (who would grow up to be another iconic sci-fi hero). Princess Leia Organa: Star Wars fans know that Leia Organa is one of the most important characters in all of cinema history--and she didn't even speak English until Episode IV came along! Her role as an empowered royal woman who fights against tyranny makes her an icon for girls everywhere today as well as when A New Hope came out back in 1977. Rey: While there have been many strong female characters throughout Star Wars lore over its 40+ year run, none have had quite as much impact as Daisy Ridley's Rey from The Force Awakens (2015). This young scavenger from Jakku proved herself capable of taking down Kylo Ren without any special training or equipment; all she needed was determination! Tris Prior: Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy has become popular among teens due to its young protagonist who must face difficult choices while navigating life within society's strict caste system based on personality traits like intelligence or bravery

The Most Exciting Action Scenes in Science Fiction

The Death Star Attack in Star Wars The Battle of the Five Armies in The Hobbit The Battle of New York in The Avengers The Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter The Battle of the Citadel in Mass Effect

The Best Science Fiction Movies of All Time

The best science fiction movies of all time are a mix of classics and modern favorites. Here are some of the most iconic films in the genre:

  • Blade Runner (1982)

  • Star Wars (1977)

  • The Matrix (1999)

  • Alien (1979)

  • The Terminator (1984).

The Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time

The best science fiction TV shows of all time are a diverse group. From the original Star Trek to Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica, there is something for every sci-fi fan in this list. The X-Files and Firefly also made our top 10 list of best science fiction TV shows ever made! If you're looking for something new to watch on Netflix or Hulu, check out our picks below:


Science fiction is an important genre that has evolved over time. It's not just about space travel, aliens and robots anymore. It's also about how we interact with technology and how technology affects us as humans. Science fiction books are still relevant today because they show us what could happen if we don't think about where our world is going now, or if we don't consider how people will use new technologies in the future.

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