The 25 Best Sci-Fi Books Of All Time list by Business Insider™

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Title: To Your Scattered Bodies Go

Richard Francis Burton attempts to fight his way out of the Riverworld in which he finds himself trapped after death
Author(s): Philip José Farmer
ISBN 13: 9780345419675
Pages: 220
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Title: The Shadow of the Torturer

In a thoroughly decadent world of the future, Severian the torturer is cast out from the torturer's guild when he falls in love with one of his victims and allows her to die
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN 13: 9780671540661
Pages: 262
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Title: Anathem

Anathem is the latest miraculous invention by the New York Times bestselling author of Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle—a work of astonishing scope, intelligence, and imagination.
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN 13: 9780061474101
Pages: 1008
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Title: Revelation Space

As human colonists settle on the planet of Amarantin, a world whose native inhabitants mysteriously vanished nearly a million years before, one man, Dan Silvester, becomes convinced that their disappearance could hold the key to human ...
Author(s): Alastair Reynolds
ISBN 13: 9780441009428
Pages: 585
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Title: The Left Hand of Darkness

On behalf of his government, an earthling travels to an alien, backward world whose inhabitants are all ambisexual
Author(s): Ursula K. Le Guin
ISBN 13: 9780441478125
Pages: 304
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Title: I, Robot

Nine science fiction stories explore the development of robot technology to a perfection by future civilizations.
Author(s): Isaac Asimov
ISBN 13: 9780553294385
Pages: 272
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Title: The Sirens of Titan

<p><b>The Sirens of Titan</b> is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course theres a catch to the invitationand a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell.</p>
Author(s): Kurt Vonnegut
ISBN 13: 9780385333498
Pages: 336
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Title: Contact

In 1999, a multinational team of astronauts ventures deep into outer space, where they come face to face with an advanced alien civilization, in a tie-in to the new blockbuster film. Reissue. Movie tie-in.
Author(s): Carl Sagan
ISBN 13: 9780671004101
Pages: 434
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Title: Pandoras Star

When the twenty-fourth-century arrival of human colonists in a faraway system unleashes a race of aliens formerly imprisoned within a giant force field, the aliens, having fought for centuries over scarce resources, turn to human space to ...
Author(s): Peter F. Hamilton
ISBN 13: 9780345479211
Pages: 988
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Title: Red Mars

John Boone, Maya Toitovna, Frank Chalmers, and Arkady Bogdanov lead a mission whose ultimate goal is the terraforming of Mars in order to release moisture onto their desolate landscape The colonists place giant satellite mirrors in Martian ...
Author(s): Kim Stanley Robinson
ISBN 13: 9780553560732
Pages: 572
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Title: The Mote in Gods Eye

The accidental killing of a group of emissaries to Earth threatens man's survival
Author(s): Larry Niven;Jerry Pournelle
ISBN 13: 9780671741921
Pages: 592
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Title: A Canticle for Leibowitz

A monk struggles to preserve spiritual life and wisdom in the years following a nuclear holocaust In celebration of the publication of the sequel "Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman comes this special edition of the classic "A ...
Author(s): Walter M. Miller
ISBN 13: 9780553273816
Pages: 313
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Title: Excession

Iain M. Banks is a true original, an author whose brilliant speculative fiction has transported us into worlds of unbounded imagination and inimitable revelatory power.
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN 13: 9780553575378
Pages: 512
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Title: Starship Troopers

In a futuristic military adventure a recruit goes through the roughest boot camp in the universe and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry in what historians would come to call the First Interstellar War
Author(s): Robert Anson Heinlein
ISBN 13: 9780441783588
Pages: 263
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Title: Ringworld

A two-headed creature and a large redfurred carnivore are among the members of a party which arrives to explore a mysterious world fabricated in the shape of a ring
Author(s): Larry Niven
ISBN 13: 9780345333926
Pages: 342
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Title: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Captures the strange world of twenty-first-century Earth, a devastated planet in which sophisticated androids, banned from the planet, fight back against their potential destroyers
Author(s): Philip K. Dick
ISBN 13: 9780345404473
Pages: 244
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Title: The Forever War

The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand, despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away.
Author(s): Joe Haldeman
ISBN 13: 9780312536633
Pages: 264
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Title: 2001

Two astronauts find their journey into space and their very lives jeopardized by the jealousy of an extraordinary computer named Hal
Author(s): Arthur Charles Clarke
ISBN 13: 9780451452733
Pages: 236
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Title: Snow Crash

In twenty-first-century America, a teenaged computer hacker finds himself fighting a computer virus that battles virtual reality technology and a deadly drug that turns humans into zombies.
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN 13: 9780553380958
Pages: 440
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Title: Neuromancer

Case, a burned out computer whiz, is asked to steal a security code that is locked in the most heavily guarded databank in the solar system
Author(s): William Gibson
ISBN 13: 9780441569595
Pages: 271
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Title: Hyperion

A pilgrimage to the realm of the Shrike, a part-god/part-killing machine, provides the travellers the forum to tell their incredible stories
Author(s): Dan Simmons
ISBN 13: 9780553283686
Pages: 481
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Title: Foundation

A band of psychologists, under the leadership of psychohistorian Hari Seldon, plant a colony to encourage art, science, and technology in the declining Galactic Empire and to preserve the accumulated knowledge of humankind.
Author(s): Isaac Asimov
ISBN 13: 9780553293357
Pages: 296
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Title: Enders Game

Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives. Ender's Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
Author(s): Orson Scott Card
ISBN 13: 9780812550702
Pages: 352
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Title: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Chronicles the journeys, notions, and acquaintances of reluctant galactic traveler Arthur Dent, accompanied by never-before-published material from the late author's archives as well as commentary by famous fans.
Author(s): Douglas Adams
ISBN 13: 9780345391803
Pages: 216
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Title: Dune

Opposing forces struggle for control of the universe when the archenemy of the cosmic emperor is banished to a barren world where savages fight for water
Author(s): Frank Herbert
ISBN 13: 9780441172719
Pages: 535
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