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Science fiction books are filled with stories about technology, space exploration, and alien life. Some of these stories take place in completely imagined worlds while others are rooted in scientific fact.

Science fiction is very well suited to asking philosophical questions; questions about the nature of reality, what it means to be human, how do we know the things that we think we know.
- Ted Chiang

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The best science fiction books often focus on the future and how technology might affect society, but the best stories are told from a human point of view. Writers around the world have used science fiction to explore real-world social, political, or issues through stories of imagined universes.
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“Sci-fi can be a powerful mirror to our society: how it should be and could be if we take the right steps,” said Keisha Ray, a bioethicist who uses science fiction to teach future medical professionals empathy and to inspire them to seek social justice and equality.
“When you read Sci Fi, since it’s filled with all kinds of people (and aliens), you get a sense of the differences around you and how they deserve to be respected.”
What are the best science fiction books?
Scientific advances are integral to the evolution of Sci Fi books. The earliest stories were inspired by developments in the fields of astronomy, physics, and engineering.
Science fiction stories inspired generations of readers, as well as inventors, engineers, and astronauts who would eventually explore outer space and the deepest corners of the ocean.
Many classic Sci-Fi books are available for free on Fable!
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin digital book - Fable


By Yevgeny Zamyatin

“We” takes place hundreds of years into a bleak future, where the citizens live under the total control and surveillance of a police state, called One State.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley digital book - Fable


By Mary Shelley

A literary classic that asks us to question our own conceptions of what it means to be human, what makes us human, and what creatures do we create with each of our actions.

War of the Worlds by HG Wells digital book - Fable

War of the Worlds

By HG Wells

H. G. Wells’ classic tale of alien invasion has to this day never been out of print.

The Time Machine by HG Wells digital book - Fable

The Time Machine

By HG WellsFable Club Pick

This great science fiction novel gave us the concept of a “time machine,” fully fleshing out the concept of a device that can send a person backwards and forwards in time with complete precision.

Fable’s editorial team loves science fiction as well, and we’ve collected some of our top Sci-Fi books for you to enjoy.
Fable is a social reading platform for book clubs. Our community members enjoy the many benefits of reading while making deeper human connections with other readers.
Start by exploring our exceptional Sci-Fi book recommendations from some of the world’s great tastemakers. Each Folio covers an important theme, and some of our Folio curators include LeVar Burton, Paulo Coelho, Wolfgang Puck, and Jasmine Guillory.
In her “How To Stay Human” Folio, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Webby Awards founder, and author Tiffany Shlain recommended “The Circle” by Dave Eggers:
“It takes all these things we worry about — screen addiction, privacy — to the nth degree. While it’s incredibly dystopian, it makes a profound point showing how quantifying, surveilling, and comparing are such an unhealthy way to live individually and as a society.”
Binti  by Nnedi Okorafor digital book - Fable


By Nnedi Okorafor

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. She must travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams digital book - Fable

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick digital book - Fable

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

By Philip K. Dick

A masterpiece ahead of its time, a prescient rendering of a dark future, and the inspiration for the blockbuster film Blade Runner.

Dune by Frank Herbert digital book - Fable


By Frank Herbert

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood digital book - Fable

Oryx and Crake

By Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin digital book - Fable

The Fifth Season

By N. K. Jemisin

At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this twisted Hugo Award winning fantasy novel of power, oppression, and revolution.

Fable also makes it easy for science fiction fans to share their thoughts and connect with others through our book clubs. Start with our Science Fiction Book Club, or find new clubs to join in our book club directory!
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