Total Nerd The Best Sci Fi Book Series  

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A desert roamed by giant worms. A fantastical kingdom under the threat of a growing darkness. A space station where children prepare for battle. These are just a few of the incredible worlds readers enter when they open the covers of these science fiction book series. But while the settings of these novels stir the imagination, the emotions are all too real. Perhaps that balance is why these books continue to be popular with science fiction fans of all ages.

What stories will you find on this list of the best scifi book series? Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey series is an enduring favorite. The author simultaneously wrote the book and the screenplay for Stanley Kubrick's film of the same name in 1986. Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series is another page-turning scifi series that is popular with readers. Getting lost in a foreign galaxy doesn't sound like a lot of fun, but The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series provides non-stop space-age entertainment. Other good books featured on this top scifi series list include Hyperion Cantos, Dune Chronicles, and the I, Robot Series.

What is the very best science fiction book series? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorite book franchises a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on this list, and please add any great reads that are missing.

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Dune Chronicles Frank Herbert

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2
525 195
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series

3
316 115
Foundation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Foundation Series Isaac Asimov

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272 107
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
I, Robot Series Isaac Asimov

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351 160
Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Ender Series Orson Scott Card

6
260 109
Stranger in a Strange Land is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Rob Hall added Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein

7
232 99
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Drew Ursrey added Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

8
233 101
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
A Space Odyssey Series Arthur C. Clarke

9
194 83
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added Ringworld Larry Niven

10
202 109
John Carter of Mars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added John Carter of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs

11
191 107
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Carol Shelby added The Stand Stephen King

12
95 56
The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Drew Ursrey added The Forever War Joe Haldeman

13
120 82
Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke

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28 4
Dragonriders of Pern Series is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
DavidN.Smith added Dragonriders of Pern Series

15
106 97
The continuing Xanth saga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Rob Hall added The continuing Xanth saga Piers Anthony

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104 96
Hyperion Cantos is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Hyperion Cantos Dan Simmons

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77 68
Nightfall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Nicole M Caracciola added Nightfall Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg

18
71 68
On Basilisk Station is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added On Basilisk Station David Weber

19
73 72
Man-Kzin Wars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added Man-Kzin Wars Larry Niven

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56 65
Sixth Column is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Nicole M Caracciola added Sixth Column Robert A. Heinlein

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61 75
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Sprawl Series William Gibson

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57 71
Extraordinary Voyages is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Extraordinary Voyages Jules Verne

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60 78
Otherland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Otherland Series Tad Williams

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2 3
Cosmonaut Keep is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Daniel Johnson added Cosmonaut Keep Ken MacLeod

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9 13
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkov... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Michael Aquino added Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover Marion Zimmer Bradley

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43 69
Darkover Landfall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Darkover Series Marion Zimmer Bradley

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42 72
Deathstalker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Deathstalker Series Simon R. Green

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136 221
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

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37 80
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
The Giver Quartet Lois Lowry

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33 75
The Culture Series is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
The Culture Series Iain M. Banks

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20 71
Zone of Thought Series is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Zone of Thought Series Vernor Vinge

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19 69
Oxford Time Travel Series is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series