Best Intro to Sci-Fi for Young Readers
The best books to introduce children and young adults to the realm of science-fiction literature.
1 Ender's Game (The Ender Qui...
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2 The Hitchhiker's Guide to t...
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3 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4 The Giver (The Giver #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 737,424 ratings
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5 A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)
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6 Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 339,466 ratings
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7 Animal Farm
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8 Journey to the Center of th...
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9 The Martian Chronicles
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 90,800 ratings
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10 Uglies (Uglies, #1)
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 262,107 ratings
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11 The War of the Worlds
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12 Fahrenheit 451
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 690,420 ratings
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13 The Foundation Trilogy (Fou...
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14 I, Robot (Robot, #0.1)
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15 Jurassic Park (Jurassic Par...
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16 The Jupiter Chronicles: The...
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17 The Time Trilogy (Time, #1 -3)
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18 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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19 Have Space Suit—Will Travel
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20 Starship Troopers
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 83,781 ratings
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21 The Annihilation of Forever...
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22 Lord of the Flies
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23 Mockingjay (The Hunger Game...
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24 Among the Hidden (Shadow Ch...
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25 1984
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26 The Host (The Host, #1)
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27 Frankenstein
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 573,453 ratings
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28 I Am Legend and Other Stories
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29 Little Brother (Little Brot...
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30 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
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31 The Little Prince
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32 Flowers for Algernon
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33 The Dragonriders of Pern (D...
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34 When the Tripods Came (The ...
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35 Tunnel in the Sky
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36 2001: A Space Odyssey (Spac...
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37 Little Fuzzy (Fuzzy Sapiens...
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38 Red Planet
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39 Feed
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40 The Angel Experiment (Maxim...
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41 The Mysterious Island
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42 John Carter of Mars (Barsoo...
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43 Divergent (Divergent, #1)
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44 The House of the Scorpion (...
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45 Specials (Uglies, #3)
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46 The Maze Runner (Maze Runne...
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47 The White Mountains (The Tr...
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48 To Your Scattered Bodies Go...
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49 The Day of the Triffids
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50 Childhood's End
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51 The Warrior's Apprentice (V...
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52 Do Androids Dream of Electr...
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53 Citizen of the Galaxy
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54 Out of the Silent Planet (S...
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55 The Caves of Steel (Robot, #1)
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56 Arana's Visitor (The Vadela...
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57 Vashua's Messenger (The Vad...
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58 Blackwell's Wrath (The Vade...
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59 The Andromeda Strain
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60 When Dreams Die (The Vadela...
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61 Podkayne of Mars
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62 The Door Into Summer
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63 The Ship Who Sang (Brainshi...
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64 Farmer in the Sky
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65 Brave New World
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66 Life As We Knew It (Last Su...
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67 The Diamond Age
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68 Snow Crash
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69 Orphans of the Sky
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70 Double Identity
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71 Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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72 Ringworld (Ringworld, #1)
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73 The Gods Themselves
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74 Contact
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75 A Princess of Mars (Barsoom...
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76 Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)
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77 Sean Yeager and the DNA Thief
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78 Theocracide
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79 The Hitchhiker's Guide to t...
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80 Invitation to the Game
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81 The Two Towers (The Lord of...
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82 The Return of the King (The...
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83 The Restaurant at the End o...
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84 The Mote in God's Eye (Moti...
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85 The Naked Sun (Robot, #2)
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86 Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble
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86 Nathaniel's 1st Adventure (...
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88 Freakling (Psi Chronicles, #1)
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89 The Elric Saga Part I (Elri...
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90 The Knife of Never Letting ...
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90 On a Pale Horse (Incarnatio...
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92 Pathfinder (Pathfinder, #1)
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93 The Star Beast
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94 Crystal Singer (Crystal Sin...
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95 Foundation (Foundation, #1)
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96 The Time Machine
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97 The Rolling Stones
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98 Geektastic: Stories from th...
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99 The Wonderful Flight to the...
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100 Space Cadet
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message 1: by michelyn (new)

 michelyn I would say a wrinkle in time.


message 2: by Thomas (new)

Thomas I second A Wrinkle in Time.


message 4: by Marin (new)

Marin Fun list. It's cool to see pieces of my younger self all over it. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that anyone could really get into science fiction if they only have the right "gateway."


message 5: by Adam (new)

Adam I voted for the list that worked for me in my younger life. Verne, Wells, Moorcock, and Mary Shelley. I would add to this list some Poe, Robert Howard, and Lewis Carroll(stacks of E.C. ccomics!!!).


message 6: by John (last edited Jun 22, 2009 12:26PM) (new)

John Mayer I still remember at least some of the books that first captured my imagination as a lad. _The Red Planet_ was not only one of my first science-fiction books, it might also have been the book that started me on the road to becoming a full-fledged liberal. Ironic, in light of Heinlein’s political devolution. I’m amazed anyone would recommend _The Moon is a Harsh Mistress_ for kids, though; I couldn’t get into it even as an adult, and not because of the politics; it was boring. “Andre” Norton was also an early favorite.

I”m disappointed, though, that there is only one short story collection (that I recognize), _The Martian Chronicles_. One of my very first introductions was _The Best Science-Fiction: 1951_, discovered on a bookmobile. I still remember how clever I thought the first story was, “Santa Claus Planet.” I think short stories have an obvious advantage in appealing to kids. They have special merits of their own distinct from novels, as well, and I’m sorry to see the vanishing of short story anthologies in general, a seeming exception to Americans’ diminishing attention span.


message 7: by Tamora (new)

Tamora Pierce The problem with most, though not all, of the first 54 of these is that they are pieces of our teenage years, which means the technology is dated. Most teenagers will come to these in their college years, when they're getting into the roots of science fiction. So far these days new converts are coming from Orson Scott Card, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Timothy Zahn's teen books, and Scott Westerfeld's work. There's a lot of good new teen science fiction being published these days, with up-to-date technology and the issues that young readers are interested in!


message 8: by Lucille (new)

Lucille A lot of these books aren't exactly gateway sci-fi. they're more like the classics that are to be respected and adored. I think that Little Brother is a fantastic teen sci-fi, as well as all of Scott Westerfeld's novels.


message 9: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix A lot of these books aren't a gentle introduction to science fiction; they are a heave into the deep end. Furthermore, the sex scenes in several of them probably make them unsuitable for children. I suppose a lot depends on what your vision of a "young person" is. I tried to aim my selections for a person 11 to 13.


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

The hunger games is my favorite book of all time so i say that one


message 11: by Hilary (new)

Hilary How on earth did "Animal Farm" make it onto a sci-fi list?


message 12: by Unique (new)

Unique The Hunger Games Trilogy
A Wrinkle in Time
Harry Potter Trilogy


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