Science Fiction Book Poll: Top Science Fiction Books By Visitor

Digtial Science FictionWe are pleased to (re)present the science fiction book poll. Of the following (not very exhaustive) list, we’re looking for the three books you liked the most. Pick just three — which is very hard to do.

This poll was originally released in July 2011. It went down on a site redesign and it took me a horribly long time to revive (without previous results). But here it is — so dive in or dive in again. (Original poll comments have been deleted for this fresh start, sorry about that.)

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Thank you for trying the poll! If there’s a book missing that absolutely blows this list out of the water, then leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list. In order to add a book, all we need is a mover and a seconder. Comment that you think a book should be added and if someone thinks it should be added — poof! — we’ll add it to the list. (Added books will receive system votes equal to the book with the lowest number of votes greater than zero.)

Where possible I have affiliate linked the titles to Amazon’s book page in case you don’t have some of these. Most are available on Kindle or in traditional formats. (I sure don’t have them all, but starting now I’m going to read through the list. I can’t wait!)

Cheers — Michael


  1. One book that is my favorite is “The Power” by Frank M. Robinson.

    • Hi Louis

      I confess that I had not heard of The Power. It looks very interesting and I’ll be sure to grab a copy. Thank you for the share.

      If it gets a seconder I’ll quickly add it to the list.


  2. cryptonomicon is not neal stephenson’s best work. Snow Crash is better. you’re missing Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh or any of her work.

    • Hi Leete

      Good call on Snow Crash. I have read it, loved it, and hereby second it. I’ve gone ahead and added it to the list.

      I’m afraid I’m not personally familiar with Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh, but I will definitely check it out. We will need someone that knows the book to second it for going on the list.


      • Any CJ Cherryh but the Alliance/Union series especially.

        Stephen R. Donaldson Gap series is probably some of the best I’ve ever read.

        Vernor Vinge – The Peace War or A Fire Upon The Deep

        George RR Martin – Tuf Voyaging

        • I’ve read Donaldson’s Chronicles series (well waiting on the last one). He writes like Victor Hugo
          or W. Somerset Maugham. Very powerful. I’ll have to check out the Gap series. Thanks for the tip.

  3. The Lensman series needs to be included. Also The Weapons Shop of Ishur.
    And where is Stranger in a Strange Land?

    • Thank you Robert. I can personally speak to Stranger in a Strange Land and have added it to the poll.

      No doubt someone else can second:

      The Lensman, and
      The Weapons Shop of Ishur

      (Unless I get to them first . . .)

  4. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds. Extraordinary series.

  5. Neuromancer by. William Gibson

  6. Umm…the instructions state ‘pick three titles’, but after selecting my three choices and hitting the vote button I’m told. via pop-up, that the maximum number of choices is one. Now what?

    • Hmm, not sure what happened but sure enough it was on 1 vote only. I have reset it for 3 votes. Thanks for the heads up!


  7. Nothing by A.E. Van Vogt?

  8. Farenheit 451
    It’s my all-time favorite sci-fi book (it’s the one that got me into sci-fi in the first place!).

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