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The Best Sci Fi Book Series 

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Updated June 18, 2020 8.1k votes 1.4k voters 13.5k views 39 items

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
Frank Herbert
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The Hitchhiker's Guide t... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
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Foundation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Isaac Asimov
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Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Orson Scott Card
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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Isaac Asimov
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Stranger in a Strange La... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Rob Hall added Robert A. Heinlein
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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Drew Ursrey added Robert A. Heinlein
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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Arthur C. Clarke
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Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added Larry Niven
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John Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added Edgar Rice Burroughs
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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Carol Shelby added Stephen King
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Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added Arthur C. Clarke
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The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Drew Ursrey added Joe Haldeman
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Hyperion Cantos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Dan Simmons
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Dragonriders of Pern Ser... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
DavidN.Smith added
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The continuing Xanth sag... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Rob Hall added Piers Anthony
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Nightfall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Nicole M Caracciola added Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg
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On Basilisk Station is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added David Weber
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The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Chris Minear added Robert Jordan
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Man-Kzin Wars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added Larry Niven
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Mistborn: The Final Empi... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Chris Minear added Brandon Sanderson
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Unwind is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
marieress added Neal Shusterman
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Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
William Gibson
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The Way of Kings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Chris Minear added Brandon Sanderson
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Red Dwarf: Infinity Welc... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Batchuba added Doug Naylor, Rob Grant