Best Science Fiction of the 21st Century

Add and vote for your favourite Science Fiction novels first published in this century. For this list that means first published between 2000 and 2099.

Please only add books that have received at least one thousand ratings .

No Fantasy books please! A separate list can be created for them.

Books not meeting this list's criteria will be removed.

See also:
Best HARD SCIENCE FICTION of the 21st Century
Best SPACE OPERA of the 21st Century

Other SF Lists of Note:
Best Science Fiction
Best Science Fiction of the 20th Century
Best Forgotten Science Fiction of the 20th Century

SF Subgenres:
Alternate History
Dystopian and Post Apocalyptic Fiction
Space Opera

Locus Recommended Science Fiction:
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Sci Fi Award Nominees
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Science Fiction By Decade:
1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s

Science Fiction By Ratings:
More than 50000, 25000 to 49999, 10000 to 24999
1000 to 9999, 100 to 999, Less than 100
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681 books · 7,150 voters · list created March 31st, 2010 by Rasheed (votes) .
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Rasheed 1500 books
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message 1: by Phoenixfalls (new)

Phoenixfalls Paladin of Souls, by Lois McMaster Bujold, is indeed wonderful, but it can't be described as anything other than a fantasy novel and so it should be removed.


message 2: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Removed. Thanks for bringing that to attention.


message 3: by Maciej (new)

Maciej It's "Best Science Fiction of the 21st Century...so far" cause it's like 90 years left yet. :)
And some of these books are from XX century. Just making the point. :)


message 4: by Bryan (new)

Bryan The Donald Westlake book (Humans) was written in 1992, so should not be included in this list.


message 5: by Rasheed (last edited Nov 10, 2010 01:41PM) (new)

Rasheed Removed. Thanks for bringing that to attention.


message 6: by Tomislav (new)

Tomislav Slow River was published in 1994.


message 7: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Removed. Thanks.


message 8: by Tomislav (new)

Tomislav Legion of the Damned by William Dietz was published in 1993.
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis was published in 1993.
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russel was published in 1997.
A Miracle of Rare Design by Mike Resnick was published in 1996.

Is there a way to automate a check for publication date?


message 9: by Rasheed (last edited Jan 01, 2011 06:34PM) (new)

Rasheed Yes, there seems to be a way because I've seen this feature in some other lists, and I'm trying to find out more in the Librarians Group.

Also, I just realized that technically the 21st century is from 2001 to 2100, but I'll ignore this because to most people it was the year digits going from 19xx to 20xx that made the difference...

Thanks for bringing those books to attention. They've been removed.


message 10: by Tomislav (new)

Tomislav Bellwether, by Connie Willis, was published in 1996.


message 11: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Removed. Thanks.


message 12: by Amanda (new)

Amanda the amount of people who do not know the meaning of '21st century' is disturbing


message 13: by Rasheed (last edited Mar 14, 2011 07:40AM) (new)

Rasheed Yes, and to think they're Science Fiction readers! That's so insulting to the rest of us.

Just finished sweeping the 2nd page clean and I'm so exhausted. I think my broom's going to break any minute! (No SF robot at my service) Here's what I swept out:

Phylogenesis (1999)
Souls in the Great Machine (1999)
Ender's Shadow (1999)
Ender's Game (1985)
Logan's Run (1967)


message 14: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Dipietro There are two Blindsight by Peter Watts on this list.


message 15: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Thanks. Did a duplicate check and removed two.


message 16: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Dipietro Thank you.


message 17: by Sarah (last edited Jul 06, 2011 12:37PM) (new)

Sarah Ender's Game is on there again.
And The Chrysalids DEFINITELY wasn't published in the twenty first century, new introduction or not. :)


message 18: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia Going to delete all the books by Julie Rollins (currently #15-19). Votes are by dummy profiles (books & friends in single digits, consistently voting for only these 4 books in all lists), clearly fraudulent.


message 19: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Thanks.


message 20: by Riona (new)

Riona Removed for being published before the 21st century:

Snow Crash (1992)
The Chrysalids (1955)
Ender's Game (1985)


Let me know if there are others, I only checked the few I thought were suspect.


message 21: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Thanks. Ender's Game has been deleted from here at least 3 times!


message 22: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Removed Snow Crash (1992) again, and Darwin's Radio (1999).


message 24: by Eric (new)

Eric Stranger in a Strange Land definitely doesn't belong.


message 25: by Riona (new)

Riona Eric wrote: "Stranger in a Strange Land definitely doesn't belong."

Removed.


message 26: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Thanks.


message 27: by the gift (new)

the gift Clark Gifford's Body was great but... it was first published in 1942! only republished in 2006 by NYRB.


message 28: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Removed. Thanks for bringing that to attention.


message 29: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Removed. Thanks. You're right, neither of them were shelved as SF.


message 30: by Norman (new)

Norman Lee Madsen A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge was published in 1993 and so should be removed from this list.


message 31: by Riona (new)

Riona Norman wrote: "A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge was published in 1993 and so should be removed from this list."

Removed.


message 32: by David (new)

David Merrill Lucius Shepard's Life During Wartime (#158) is from 1987.

William Gibson's Neuromancer (#123) is from 1984.

Lois McMaster Bulold's The Vor Game (#118) is from 1990.

Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars (#115) is from 1993.


message 33: by David (new)

David Merrill And that's just from 1 page. You shouldn't be allowed to post if you can't operate a browser before you do it.


message 34: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Removed. Thanks.

Also removed Stories of Your Life and Others which is a collection.


message 35: by Dan (new)

Dan Schuna Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson is one of the best books I've read but it's Historical Fiction, no doubt. Should prolly be removed.


message 36: by Rasheed (last edited Aug 07, 2012 07:38PM) (new)

Rasheed Thanks Dan. However, although Quicksilver could be classified as Historical Fiction, more than 200 goodreaders have also shelved it as Science Fiction.
Also, it was the winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award (2004) and a finalist for the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (2004), and has been reviewed in Locus, Vector (Journal of the British Science Fiction Association) and Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
So due to all this perhaps it will be better to leave it on this list.
http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cg...


message 37: by David (new)

David Merrill Here's a few more that need to be removed:
Lucifer's Hammer (#132) was first published in 1977.
The Forever War (#133) was first published in 1974.
Darwin's Radio (#170) was first published in 1999.
A Deepness In The Sky (#175) was first published in 1999.
Hyperion (also #175) was first published in 1989.
Mona Lisa overdrive (#182) was first published in 1988.


message 38: by David (new)

David Merrill And still more that need to be removed:
The Fall Of Hyperion (#228) was first published in 1990.
Endymion (#240) was first published in 1996.
Rise Of Endymion (#255) was first published in 1997.
Marooned in Realtime (#266) was first published in 1986.
Manifold Time (#273) was first published in 1999.
The Dispossessed (#278) was first published in 1974.


message 39: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Removed. Thanks.


message 40: by Dan (new)

Dan Schuna Hey, I'm all for it. The Baroque Cycle is one of my all time favorite stories but I thought in the interest of genre integrity I'd point it out. DEFINITELY not upset that it remains on the list though. :)


message 41: by Nicolas (new)

Nicolas Cryptonomicon came out in 1999! Shouldn't be there :O


message 42: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Removed. Thanks.


message 43: by Loreley (new)

Loreley The Queue by Vladimir Sorokin isn't sci-fi


message 44: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Thanks. Neither was it published in this century.


message 45: by Karen (new)

Karen Dreamfever by Moning is paranormal


message 46: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Thanks. Removed.


message 47: by Jain (new)

Jain Removed Brave New World (1932), The End of Eternity (1955), A Wrinkle in Time (1962), Ender's Game (1985), The Sparrow (1996), and Enchantment (1999).


message 48: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Darwin's Radio (#175) was first published in 1999.


message 49: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Thanks. Removed again!


message 50: by Bonnie (last edited Feb 16, 2013 11:42PM) (new)

Bonnie (rolling eyes)
:-)


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