Curated Science Fiction by C

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
-Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future
And that is the story of the boy who cried Dragon! Of course, when dragons sit around the campfire at night or tuck their children into bed, they tell the story of the dragon who cried Boy!
-Mike Resnick, Young Warriors: Stories of Strength
Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.
-Ursula K. Le Guin
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
-Ursula K. Le Guin
A city's only ever three hot meals away from anarchy.
-Alastair Reynolds, Terminal World
Never fire a laser at a mirror.
-Larry Niven
The gods do not protect fools. Fools are protected by more capable fools.
-Larry Niven, Ringworld
When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.
-David Brin
We're all born strangers to ourselves and each other, and we're seldom formally introduced.
-Robert Charles Wilson, Spin
Politics is ugly. Never doubt what small men will do for great power.
-Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl
Once, poets were magicians. Poets were… stronger than warriors or kings, stronger than old hapless gods. And they will be strong once again.
-Greg Bear
This is how humans are: We question all our beliefs, except for the ones that we really believe in, and those we never think to question.
-Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead
Ignorance killed the cat; curiosity was framed!
-C.J. Cherryh
We seem to be young, in a very old Galaxy. We're like kids tiptoeing through a ruined mansion.
-Stephen Baxter, Ark
Even galaxy-spanning anarchist utopias of stupefying full-spectrum civilizational power have turf wars within their unacknowledged militaries.
-Iain M. Banks, Matter
Science fiction is often very far from escapism; in fact you might say that science fiction is escape into reality.
-Arthur C. Clarke
Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal.
-Robert A. Heinlein, Assignment in Eternity
'Normal' is a dryer setting.
-Elizabeth Moon, The Speed of Dark
I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.
-Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts
Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science fiction is the improbable made possible.
-Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone
Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science. The whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
-Ray Bradbury

Find your next science fiction book

Whether you read ebooks or printed science fiction, it is hard to find that next great read.

Here at, we suggest only the best science fiction books, selected by a human curator, and organized by specific science fiction category. Unlike many sites on the web, we can’t be gamed and we can’t be bought. Imagine entering the world’s best science fiction bookstore, with table after table filled with great suggestions. Find the books that you will really love reading. Enjoy!

The books below define the category. Includes plots of any type with strong scientific or technological ideas.
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    Isaac Asimov
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    Rendezvous with Rama
    Arthur C. Clarke
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    Startide Rising
    David Brin
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    Carl Sagan
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    Consider Phlebas
    Iain M. Banks
The books below define the category. Emphasis on action and adventure, often melodramatic. Scientific ideas are not as central.
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    Primary Inversion
    Catherine Asaro
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    The Metaconcert
    Julian May
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    The Disappeared
    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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    Frederik Pohl
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    Mike Resnick
The books below define the category. Society and culture dominate the story, science and technology less so. Includes detective stories.
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    The Left Hand of Darkness
    Ursula K. Le Guin
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    Stranger in a Strange Land
    Robert A. Heinlein
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    The City & The City
    China Mieville
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    Carlucci's Heart
    Richard Paul Russo
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    Beggars in Spain
    Nancy Kress


The books below define the category. Military or Individual violent conflict is the principal theme, science is less important.
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    Ender's Game
    Orson Scott Card
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    Frank Herbert
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    Forever Peace
    Joe Haldeman
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    Dan Simmons
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The books below define the category. Altered human history is key or the story takes place in the past. Includes many time travel stories.
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    The Difference Engine
    William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
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    How Few Remain
    Harry Turtledove
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    Time's Eye
    Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
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    Roma Eterna
    Robert Silverberg
The books below define the category. Anthologies are collections of short stories or novellas. Can be single or multi-author.
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    The Hard SF Renaissance
    Edited by David G. Hartwell, et al.
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    Phase Space
    Stephen Baxter
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    First Contact
    Edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Larry Segriff

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