Science Fiction Book Reviews

If you like science fiction books with quality writing, you've come to the right place.  When you're in the mood for an excape from the real world, science fiction can be the perfect ticket.  There's been a recent surge of quality science fiction for adults that far surpasses most of the older juvenile "sci-fi" novels.  The following reviews are listed in order of their overall rating based on my highly biased rating criteria.

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Science Fiction Reviews by Rating:

  1. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan   4 stars
  2. River of Gods by Ian McDonald   4 stars
  3. The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks   4 stars
  4. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller   4 stars
  5. The Martian by Andy Weir   4 stars
  6. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick   4 stars
  7. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess   4 stars
  8. Blindsight by Peter Watts   4 stars
  9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline   4 stars
  10. The Peripheral by William Gibson   3.5 stars
  11. Brave New Word by Aldous Huxley  3.5 stars
  12. Halting State by Charles Stross   3.5 stars
  13. Virtual Light by William Gibson   3.5 stars
  14. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester   3.5 stars
  15. Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson   3.5 stars
  16. Saturn's Children by Charles Stross   3.5 stars
  17. Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle   3.5 stars
  18. Queen of Angels by Greg Bear  3.5 stars
  19. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi   3.5 stars
  20. Slant by Greg Bear  3.5 stars
  21. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin  3.5 stars
  22. redRobe by Jon Courtenay Grimwood  3.5 stars
  23. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge  3.5 stars
  24. Genesis by Bernard Beckett  3.5 stars
  25. Transition by Iain M. Banks  3.5 stars
  26. Starfish by Peter Watts  3.5 stars
  27. Blind Lake by Robert Charles Wilson  3 stars
  28. End of the World Blues by Jon Courtenay Grimwood   3 stars
  29. Broken Angels by Richard Morgan   3 stars
  30. Rule 34 by Charles Stross  3 stars
  31. All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson 3 stars
  32. Footfall by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle   3 stars
  33. The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross  3 stars
  34. Singularity Sky by Charles Stross  3 stars
  35. The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin  3 stars
  36. Axis by Robert Charles Wilson  3 stars
  37. Sacrifice of Fools by Ian Mcdonald 3 stars
  38. Resistance by Samit Basu  3 stars
  39. Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon   3 stars
  40. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson  3 stars
  41. Glasshouse by Charles Stross  3 stars
  42. Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks 3 stars
  43. Light by M. John Harrison  3 stars
  44. The Mirage by Matt Ruff 3 stars
  45. The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks 3 stars
  46. The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge  3 stars
  47. Moxyland by Lauren Beukes  3 stars
  48. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller  3 stars
  49. Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh  3 stars
  50. Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway  3 stars
  51. The Dervish House by Ian McDonald  3 stars
  52. Julian Comstock by Robert Charles Wilson 2.5 stars
  53. Seed by Rob Ziegler  2.5 stars
  54. The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov   2.5 stars
  55. Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem  2.5 stars
  56. Ecko Rising by Danie Ware   2.5 stars
  57. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes   2.5 stars
  58. BIOS by Robert Charles Wilson  2.5 stars
  59. The Hour of Lead by Kathleen De Grave  2.5 stars
  60. When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger  2.5 stars
  61. Dead Girls by Richard Calder  2.5 stars
  62. Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear   2.5 stars
  63. Blood Music by Greg Bear   2.5 Stars
  64. The Other Log of Phileas Fogg by Philip José Farmer  2.5 stars
  65. Holy Fire by Bruce Sterling  2.5 stars
  66. Brasyl by Ian McDonald   2 stars
  67. Free Radicals by Zeke Teflon  2 stars
  68. Harbinger by Jack Skillingstead  2 stars
  69. Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross  2 stars
  70. Embassytown by China Miéville 1.5 stars
  71. Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks 0.5 stars
  72. Plowing the Dark by Richard Powers  0.5 stars