Esquire 50 Best Sci-Fi Books

Following their 50 Best Fantasy Books list, Esquire has announced a 50-title list of the best Sci-Fi books of all time.

Though we assessed single installments as representatives of their series, we limited the list to one book per author. We also emphasized books that brought something new and innovative to the genre; to borrow a great sci-fi turn of phrase, books that “boldly go where no one has gone before.”

Their top five titles are:

  1. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley (Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones)
  2. Dune, Frank Herbert (Chilton)
  3. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury (Doubleday)
  4. The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)*
  5. Kindred, Octavia E. Butler (Doubleday)

* Also on the Best Fantasy list, as the number one book.

For the full list of titles, see the Esquire post.

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