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 — 61,165 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 201,240 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 1,239 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 1,888 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 152,305 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 71,262 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 131,982 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 61,971 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 36,640 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 3,542,790 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 17,217 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 24,691 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 25,466 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 76,215 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 13,232 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 35,598 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 166,605 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 33,455 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 23,617 ratings
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 13,870 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 19,392 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 24,320 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 80,348 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 29,639 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 74,676 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 12,197 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 369 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 2,089 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 421 ratings
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 123 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 318 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 8,789 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 8,909 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 4,524 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 6,729 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 16,800 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 42,744 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 5,009 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 360,479 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 33,427 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 6,038 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 78,034 ratings
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 26 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 15,438 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 6,919 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 4,564 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 4,343 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 36,015 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 17,245 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 2,738 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 5,519 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 138 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 3,430 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 7,619 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 8,380 ratings
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4.84 of 5 stars 4.84 avg rating — 31 ratings
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 31 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 641 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 75 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 4,069 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,378 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 5,512 ratings
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4.68 of 5 stars 4.68 avg rating — 196 ratings
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4.64 of 5 stars 4.64 avg rating — 214 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 6,180 ratings
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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 266 ratings
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 312 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 10,693 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 1,976 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 16,202 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 4,130 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,828 ratings
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4.52 of 5 stars 4.52 avg rating — 221 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 4,815 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 12,705 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 33,597 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 141 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 52 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 5,316 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 5,329 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 8,783 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 15,269 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 3,468 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 3,203 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 2,740 ratings
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 22 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 2,110 ratings
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 11,564 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,995 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 10,454 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 6,903 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 53 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 191 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 — 30,305 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 296 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 13,298 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 324 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 3,679 ratings
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285 books · 829 voters · list created July 12th, 2009 by Greyweather (votes) .
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message 15: 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 14: by Heather (new)

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


message 13: by Greyweather (new)

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


message 12: 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 11: by Terry (new)

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


message 10: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia True Game = science fiction?


message 9: 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 7: 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 6: 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 5: 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 4: 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 3: by Tim (new)

Tim Coyle Hidden Empire


message 2: 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 1: by Rose (new)

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


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