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Sci-Fi Recommendations

We asked our Facebook and Twitter fans to recommend a science fiction book for people who don't like science fiction. Folks chimed in with over 70 books worth checking out if you're new to science fiction, or not particularly keen on the genre.

Below are their top picks in order by popularity on our post!

Search LINKcat to find several of these titles in alternative formats like ebook, audiobook, and large print. 


Science Fiction Books for People Who Don't Like Sci-Fi

Ender's Game

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
His Dark Materials Series by Phillip Pullman
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursala Le Guin
Story of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
The Martian by Andy Weir
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Contact by Carl Sagan
Dune by Frank Herbert
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

The Sparrow

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Time and Again by Jack Finney
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
​Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
Wool (The Silo Series) by Hugh Howey
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Stealing the Elf King’s Roses by Diane Duane
Grass by Sheri Tepper
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
I, Robot (Robot Series) by Isaac Asimov

Parable of the Sower

House of Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
Martian Time-Slip by Phillip K. Dick
The Greenglass House by Kate Milford
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse Series) by James S. A. Corey
Consider Phlebas (Culture series) by Iain M. Banks
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
Red Mars by Kim Stanley
My Petition for More Space by John Hersey
Lord of the Changing Winds (Broken Earth Trilogy) by Rachel Neumeier
Learning the World: A Scientific Romance by Ken MacLeod
Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Nova by Samuel R. Delany
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Lock In by John Scalzi
The Ware Series by Rudy Rucker
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy) by C.S. Lewis
Lexicon by Max Barry
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Nation Kindred by Octavia E. Butler  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep The Martian


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Jun 14, 2018