Best Science Fiction Series
Vote for your favorite science fiction series of novels (three published books in the sequence minimum).

To help keep things organized, vote only for the first book in the series, or an omnibus edition that includes the first book.

Note that books will be removed if they do not follow these guidelines.

For the fantasy version of this list, go here

Removed: Dark Tower (on the fantasy list)
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 59,934 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 197,973 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 1,185 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 1,806 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 147,790 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 68,085 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 501 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 127,739 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 60,319 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 35,329 ratings
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 3,420,228 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 16,613 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 24,593 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 23,878 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 73,791 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 34,503 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 12,832 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 32,429 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 163,988 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 22,837 ratings
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 13,509 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 18,921 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 23,673 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 76,773 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 72,166 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 11,983 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 28,720 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 355 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 2,027 ratings
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 394 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 115 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 8,697 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 313 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 4,440 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 8,602 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 6,493 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 16,417 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 4,876 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 348,659 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 41,797 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 76,026 ratings
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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 21 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 6,674 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 5,913 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 4,409 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 4,241 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 35,035 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 623 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 14,722 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 31,116 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 16,939 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 2,676 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 5,317 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 134 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 3,310 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 7,408 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 8,192 ratings
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4.86 of 5 stars 4.86 avg rating — 35 ratings
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4.69 of 5 stars 4.69 avg rating — 196 ratings
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4.64 of 5 stars 4.64 avg rating — 217 ratings
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4.63 of 5 stars 4.63 avg rating — 268 ratings
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 311 ratings
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 222 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 72 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 3,892 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 1,334 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 5,393 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 5,981 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 10,253 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 1,938 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 15,783 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 4,047 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,749 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 4,693 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 12,507 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 137 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 50 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 5,200 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 32,728 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 8,550 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 3,387 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 3,135 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 2,663 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 2,057 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 5,122 ratings
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 11,394 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,942 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 10,218 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 6,726 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 14,944 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 50 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 178 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 20 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 29,557 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 280 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 13,022 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 297 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 3,572 ratings
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277 books · 815 voters · list created July 12th, 2009 by Greyweather (votes) .
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message 1: by Greyweather (last edited Jul 12, 2009 05:21PM) (new)

Greyweather Downbelow Station was the first of the Company Wars novels published, and is the most famous, so it is listed instead of the prequel Heavy Time.

Same logic used in picking Neal Asher's Gridlinked over Prador Moon.


message 2: by Heather (new)

Heather The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson should be on this list as it is such a though-provoking romp. :)


message 3: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather Is it sci-fi? I was under the impression The Baroque Cycle was historical fiction.


message 4: by C-tim (new)

C-tim For what it's worth the Baroque Cycle is sold in the SF section of books stores. But how is Snow Crash part of a series?


message 5: by Terry (new)

Terry John Varley's Gaea Trilogy - Titan, Wizard, Demon - needs to be on this list.


message 6: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia True Game = science fiction?


message 7: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia Is "The Handmaid's Tale" part of a series? I didn't think so. Can I delete?


message 8: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell There are a number of books on this list that are not series including - Diamond Age, Snow Crash, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Graveyard Book - and should be removed.


message 9: by Andrey (new)

Andrey Why in the world is Hunger Games so highly ranked? Arthur C Clarke, at least in my opinion, is a better writer by a thousand times than Collins is, and yet he is ranked so low! I know HG was a big hit and they were light, fun reads. But...we are talking about the best series of all time. That is something that HG is not. Not by a long shot.


message 10: by Amy (new)

Amy Petty I don't understand why The Hunger Games is classified as a sci fi novel. I see it as a YA dystopia, perhaps speculative fiction, but not really seeing the sci-fi bit.


message 11: by Amy (new)

Amy Petty Andrey wrote: "Why in the world is Hunger Games so highly ranked? Arthur C Clarke, at least in my opinion, is a better writer by a thousand times than Collins is, and yet he is ranked so low! I know HG was a big ..."

What makes something the best is purely subjective. I enjoyed Hunger Games but would agree that it's not the best book ever.

I do have to question what you mean by "light" read. I would consider Terry Pratchett's satire novels from the Discworld series light. The Hunger Games may not be quite so deep, dark, and compelling as other titles, but that doesn't make it light.


message 12: by Tim (new)

Tim Coyle Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of Seven Suns, starting with Hidden Empire. Seven of the most exciting books around. Better prose than the Honor Herrington books, and FUN all the way.


message 13: by Tim (new)

Tim Coyle Hidden Empire


message 14: by Tetrachromat (new)

Tetrachromat Feersum Enjinn and Century Rain are stand alone novels. Good ones, too. They aren't part of any series however.


message 15: by Rose (new)

Rose Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is on there twice - currently as 40 and 64


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