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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516 182
Dune is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Frank Herbert

2
560 215
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series

3
354 122
Foundation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Isaac Asimov

4
385 169
Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Orson Scott Card

5
292 113
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Isaac Asimov

6
275 117
Stranger in a Strange Land is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Rob Hall added Robert A. Heinlein

7
251 105
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Drew Ursrey added Robert A. Heinlein

8
248 107
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Arthur C. Clarke

9
210 86
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added Larry Niven

10
212 114
John Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added Edgar Rice Burroughs

11
206 112
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Carol Shelby added Stephen King

12
49 7
Dragonriders of Pern Series is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
DavidN.Smith added

13
107 56
The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Drew Ursrey added Joe Haldeman

14
133 84
Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added Arthur C. Clarke

15
127 96
Hyperion Cantos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Dan Simmons

16
113 101
The continuing Xanth saga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Rob Hall added Piers Anthony

17
8 0
Old Man's War is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
pauldives@gmail.com added John Scalzi

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81 70
Nightfall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Nicole M Caracciola added Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg

19
81 71
On Basilisk Station is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added David Weber

20
80 74
Man-Kzin Wars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Steve Busbee added Larry Niven

21
71 75
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
William Gibson

22
61 67
Sixth Column is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Nicole M Caracciola added Robert A. Heinlein

23
16 15
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkov... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Michael Aquino added Marion Zimmer Bradley

24
67 82
Otherland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Tad Williams

25
60 74
Extraordinary Voyages is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Jules Verne

26
1 1
Agent Cormac Series is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
zaax.uk@Gmail.com added

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4 5
Cosmonaut Keep is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Daniel Johnson added Ken MacLeod

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1 2
Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes C... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Batchuba added Doug Naylor, Rob Grant

29
49 72
Darkover Landfall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Marion Zimmer Bradley

30
48 78
The Culture Series is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Iain M. Banks

31
46 76
Deathstalker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Simon R. Green

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144 233
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Suzanne Collins

33
40 85
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Lois Lowry

34
23 70
Oxford Time Travel Series is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series

35
24 73
Zone of Thought Series is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sci Fi Book Series
Vernor Vinge