Best Science Fiction Books 2023 You Don't Want To Miss

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We always have a fantasy about space and the outer world. Good science fiction can amaze and motivate, warn, raise questions and spark the imagination, inspire human creativity and each new generation of stargazers. Plus, it's just fun to read. Here you will get some of the best science fiction books from 2023 you don't want to miss. 

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection
Author: Gardner Dozois
Published at: 11/07/2017
ISBN: 1250119243

Great collection of thought-provoking pertinent stories. This science-fiction book is exciting and innovative, stories with an eclectic mix of subjects and styles. A superb collection of shorter science fiction at all lengths. This compendium contains a number of truly stellar tales, as well as numerous really good tales. This is the best of the best - not to be missed.

Quantum Space: Quantum Series, Book 1
Author: Douglas Phillips
Published at: 27/03/2018

The concept behind Quantum Space is intriguing and is delivered in a manner which, incredibly, sounds plausible enough to suspend disbelief without reliance on techno-babble. It has a framework of a page-turning adventure story with strong character development using cutting-edge science that is presented effortlessly as a starting basis for what evolves during the adventure. Lovers of science fiction will be certainly entertained by the clever nods to theoretical physics. Lovers of interesting, believable human characters and drama may feel like skipping entire paragraphs or pages of text to get back to the good parts. It is a strong science fiction with good pacing, interesting characters, and an engaging plot. The writing was smooth and the author did a good job of making weighty science easier to understand.

Columbus Day: Expeditionary Force, Book 1
Author: Craig Alanson
Published at: 13/12/2016

This science-fiction book is an absolute gem. A really fun book, and listening to the audiobook really made it come to life. It has all the cliche storylines; a soldier on leave gets caught up in an alien invasion, the soldier fights back, the Earth is saved by another alien race, the soldier signs up to go fight the invaders for their new alien friends. 

This book features:

  • Interesting plot and series concept.
  • Lots of cool ideas and some classic ones.
  • Entertaining Sci-Fi, with humor and some Great Chemistry.

Constitution: Book 1 of the Legacy Fleet Trilogy (Volume 1)
Author: Nick Webb
Published at: 29/06/2015
ISBN: 151476993X

A good sci-fi book with action and interesting characters in the story. It starts slowly but the action builds as the battles intensify. Character is shown much more depth than you’d expect in your ordinary run-of-the-mill science fiction book. The story is well written and the plot is captivating. One, however, cannot escape the obvious similarities to the TV series Battlestar Galactica. Having said that, and as a great fan of the series, this is a rather good read and very enjoyable.

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2018 Edition (Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy)
Author: Rich Horton
Published at: 07/08/2018
ISBN: 1607015269

Excellent as always. Rich Horton is hard to beat. He has an uncanny ability to pick and put together the best stories.

This book includes:

  • 30 stories by some of the genre's greatest authors.
  • Wide range of diverse and entertaining stories.
  • Good character development.
  • Some excellent stories in this collection.

Dark Matter: A Novel
Author: Blake Crouch
Published at: 27/03/2018
ISBN: 1524763241

Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bending strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of. This book tells us that happiness is not an individual choice, it's a group choice. Our family, our loved ones are elements of our happiness as much as we are for them. We can extrapolate that to our entire society, our species, all species.

This book offers:

  • A mind-blowing sci-fi/suspense/love-story mash-up.
  • Excellent and well-paced writing.
  • A book was written to become a movie.

James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction
Author: Randall Frakes,Brooks Peck,Sidney Perkowitz,Matt Singer,Gary Wolfe,Lisa Yaszek
Published at: 15/05/2018
ISBN: 1683834976

This is a terrific companion book. It's a great study for burgeoning filmmakers at what influences a writer or director, and what they put into their creations. It's a phenomenally inspiring and enlightening series of interviews and a must-have for movie buffs of all ages.

This book includes:

  • Good insights from a modern-day science fiction movie director.
  • A great discussion and history.
  • Great illustration throughout.

Pandemic: The Extinction Files, Book 1
Author: A. G. Riddle
Published at: 20/06/2017

This book started out as a fast-paced medical thriller with a side twist that seemed fantastic. Pandemic is a perfectly paced thriller with a terrifying premise, engaging characters, plot twists, and excellent writing. This is a gripping read that you won't want to put down. 

This book offers:

  • A good rhythm, an acceptable amount of cliche.
  • Good character development and good plot development.
  • Well written and well researched.

Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 (The Best American Series ®)
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Published at: 02/10/2018
ISBN: 1328834565

The anthology features a lot of diverse voices and a good balance of dark and hopeful stories. It's worth the read to get an adequate scope of fiction for the year, and for the output of American Science Fiction and Fantasy.

This book delivers:

  • A really solid collection of stories.
  • Thought-provoking, clever, deep, lovely, and strong.
  • A fast and entertaining read.
  • This book is quite diverse and inclusive.

Mission One
Author: Samuel Best
Published at: 09/07/2017
ISBN: 1548654698

An exciting Sci-fi story. Well written and gripping all the way through. Characters were well developed and the story-line became more intriguing as the action progressed. A little reminiscent of "2001" toward the end, but overall a good read.

This book offers:

  • A great read for those who enjoy space travel.
  • Well written with a lot of imagination.
  • The characters were unique and well developed.
  • A real pleasure to read.

Firefly - Big Damn Hero
Author: James Lovegrove,Nancy Holder
Published at: 20/11/2018
ISBN: 1785658263

All the flavor of a Firefly episode, and a new exploration of Mal's background. It was cool to get more content. Worth reading if you found yourself wishing for more once the show ended. If you're worried about continuity, the outline was based on one of Nancy Holder, a show writer's, planned episodes

This book includes:

  • Good story, pretty good dialogue.
  • Interactions between characters 1-2 at a time, similar to the show.
  • Multiple references to the show a good understanding of the characters and well-paced.

12. Watchers

Author: Dean Koontz
Published at: 15/05/2018

A beautiful story about people, a dog named Einstein, murder, intrigue and genetic altering. The character development is amazing which is something important. The idea is unique and beautifully told.

This book features:

  • A scary and beautiful love story you can't put down.
  • Great character development.
  • Nice build-up you will lose yourself in suspense.

Transmission: A Science Fiction Thriller: The Invasion Chronicles, Book 1
Author: Morgan Rice
Published at: 15/08/2018

A beautiful story of a brave child. Truly dynamic science fiction and fantasy novel that truly is a page-turner and will stick with you long after the last page. Good read, great storylines, interesting characters, all told a big hit. This book is most likely for pre-teen and teenaged readers, but as an adult reader, it can still able to keep you engaged.

Children of Time
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Published at: 01/07/2016
ISBN: 1447273303

Children of Time have that essence of the classic science fiction novels, that sense of wonder and unfettered imagination but combined with this is the charm of a writer who really knows how to entertain, how to spin a good story. Essential science fiction, a book not to be missed.

This book includes:

  • Great true science fiction with an ambitious dive into alien psychology and culture.
  • Compelling characters, plots, actions, and issues.
  • Thought-provoking and very well constructed.

The Awakening: The Dragon Heart Legacy, Book 1 (The Dragon Heart Legacy, 1)
Author: Roberts, Nora
Published at: 24/11/2020
ISBN: 1250272610

In the realm of Talamh, a teenage warrior named Keegan emerges from a lake holding a sword―representing both power and the terrifying responsibility to protect the Fey. In another realm known as Philadelphia, a young woman has just discovered she possesses a treasure of her own… When Breen Kelly was a girl, her father would tell her stories of magical places. Now she’s an anxious twentysomething mired in student debt and working a job she hates. But one day she stumbles upon a shocking discovery: her mother has been hiding an investment account in her name. It has been funded by her long-lost father―and it’s worth nearly four million dollars.

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