• The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Chain Gang All Stars: A Novel by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
  • The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - The Ten Percent Thief by Lavanya Lakshminarayan
  • The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - In Ascension by Martin MacInnes
  • The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler
  • The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh
  • The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Corey Fah Does Social Mobility: A Novel by Isabel Waidner

The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist, recommended by Andrew M. Butler

Every year, the judges for the Arthur C. Clarke Award highlight the best of the latest batch of science fiction books. In 2024, the six-strong shortlist includes an exploration of octopus intelligence, a queer space opera, and a dystopian novel hailed as the new Hunger Games. Andrew M. Butler, academic and chair of the judges, talks us through the finalists for the title of sci fi novel of the year.

  • The Best Philip K. Dick Books - Solar Lottery by Philip K Dick
  • The Best Philip K. Dick Books - The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick
  • The Best Philip K. Dick Books - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K Dick
  • The Best Philip K. Dick Books - Ubik by Philip K Dick
  • The Best Philip K. Dick Books - A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick

The Best Philip K. Dick Books, recommended by David Hyde

Philip K. Dick was a prolific sci fi writer, publishing 44 novels and over a hundred short stories. Once hooked, you’ll devour them all, says David Hyde, the publisher and festival organiser better known as ‘Lord Running Clam’ within the lively fan community. Here, he introduces us to his top five books by Philip K. Dick: novels featuring alternate realities, ambiguous endings and philosophical questions that are puzzling new generations of fans.

  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Venomous Lumpsucker: A Novel by Ned Beauman
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - The Red Scholar's Wake by Aliette de Bodard
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Plutoshine by Lucy Kissick
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - The Anomaly by Hervé le Tellier, translated by Adriana Hunter
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - The Coral Bones by E.J. Swift
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Metronome by Tom Watson

The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist, recommended by Tom Hunter

Every year, the judges of the Arthur C Clarke Award select the best sci-fi novels of the previous twelve months. We asked prize director Tom Hunter to talk us through the six science fiction books that made the 2023 shortlist—including a space opera romance and a high-concept action thriller that has already won the most prestigious award in Francophone literature.

  • The Best Science Fiction Books About Aliens - Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon
  • The Best Science Fiction Books About Aliens - Solaris by Stanisław Lem
  • The Best Science Fiction Books About Aliens - Semiosis by Sue Burke
  • The Best Science Fiction Books About Aliens - The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell
  • The Best Science Fiction Books About Aliens - Embassytown by China Miéville

The Best Science Fiction Books About Aliens, recommended by Jaime Green

Science fiction helps us work through not only the possibilities of the cosmos but also the nature of humanity itself, argues Jaime Green—science writer and author of a new book on the search for alien biology, The Possibility of Life. Here she highlights five classic works of sci-fi that explore ideas of consciousness and communication in the setting of outer space.

  • Science Fiction - The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Science Fiction - The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin
  • Science Fiction - Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  • Science Fiction - Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein
  • Science Fiction - The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Science Fiction, recommended by Scientists on Five Books

“The best science fiction is heavy on science and light on fiction,” Professor Chris Mason told us in his interview on science fiction and space travel. A geneticist and computational biologist at Cornell, he is just one of several scientists who have recommended sci-fi books on our site. Here, we’ve collected all our sci-fi books recommended by scientists—good choices for readers who like their fiction scientific.