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Top Picks in Science Fiction Literature

Enter a whole new world when you read one of our thousands of science fiction books. Explore everything from new worlds and alternate realities to alien creatures and time travel. Peruse our wide selection of the best sci-fi books, including space exploration, high-tech science fiction books, cyberpunk, alternative history, and more.

Science Fiction Book FAQs

Science fiction books typically deal with imaginative topics and concepts that focus on science and technology, space, other worlds and universes, computers, robots, and artificial intelligence. Commonly referred to as "Sci-Fi," books in this genre of fiction often take place in the future or an alternate present time.

Unlike most fantasy fiction books, science fiction books are based on science, relying on facts and theories rather than magic or imaginary power. Even though science fiction might use technologies like time travel or intergalactic space travel or take place in a fictional world or different time periods, the scientific elements are plausible, even if they're not true in our reality.

Looking for the best science fiction books? You've come to the right place! Here are a few of our best sellers:

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
    Explore time travel in this classic science fiction book that follows Meg Murry, a high schooler, as she goes on an adventure through time and space with her brother to rescue her father.
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    Enter an alternate reality in this novel about the importance of books and knowledge to society and individual human identity.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
    Station Eleven follows the story of a Hollywood star and a group of actors roaming the Great Lakes region after the collapse of civilization.
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
    Jurassic Park is one of the best science fiction books that allows you to learn about what would happen if dinosaurs existed today. Deeper themes in the novel include genetic engineering and scientific ethics.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Frankenstein is a gothic horror and science fiction novel that follows scientist Victor Frankenstein as he brings life to his creation, a creature rejected by society. It is widely considered the first science fiction novel ever written.

Find all of the best science fiction book authors of all time at Alibris, including:

  • Ursula K. Le Guin: One of the most popular female authors of all time, her works feature diverse characters and societies that are just as groundbreaking today.
  • H.G. Wells: An English writer known as one of the pioneers of science fiction whose novels include space travel, planes, and the internet before any of these things were possible.
  • Arthur C. Clarke: Known for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, is one of three of "The Big Three" science fiction writers.
  • Ray Bradbury: One of the most popular science fiction authors of all time and known for his books, film, and television works.
  • Octavia E. Butler: Groundbreaking author of many dystopian novels focusing on themes of women's rights, global warming, and Black injustice, she has won all the major Sci-Fi awards, along with a Macarthur 'Genius' grant and PEN Lifetime Achievement Award.

According to BookAuthority, The best-selling science fiction book of all time is George Orwell's 1984, a dystopian novel and cautionary tale that warns its readers about totalitarianism and government control.

Yes, Alibris sells new and used science fiction books to help you find your next favorite read without breaking the bank. Browse our selection of paperback sci-fi books by genre or search for your favorite novel in the search bar. When you're ready to check out, you can choose to purchase a new or used version of the book from one of our independent sellers from around the world.