Best science fiction novels by decade

Here are the best science fiction books by decade. I limited each author to 1 book per decade, but a few authors show up in multiple decades.

Winner Runner Ups
Decade Author Title Author Title
2010s Kim Stanley Robinson 2312 Stephen Baxter Proxima
Will McIntosh Soft Apocalypse
John Scalzi Redshirts
Joan Slonzcewski The Highest Frontier
2000s Stephen Baxter Evolution Ursula K. Le Guin The Telling
Douglas Preston Blasphemy
Alastair Reynolds House of Suns
Robert J. Sawyer Hominids
John Scalzi Old Man’s War
Karl Schroeder Ventus
Neal Stephenson Anathem
Connie Willis Passage
Robert Charles Wilson Spin
1990s Neal Stephenson Snow Crash Stephen Baxter The Time Ships
Orson Scott Card Pastwatch
Robert J. Sawyer Starplex
Vernor Vinge A Fire Upon the Deep
Robert Charles Wilson Darwinia
1980s Joan Slonczewski A Door Into Ocean Iain M. Banks The Player of Games
Orson Scott Card Ender’s Game
Vonda N. McIntyre Starfarers
Kim Stanley Robinson The Wild Shore
Dan Simmons Hyperion
Vernor Vinge Marooned in Realtime
1970s Douglas Adams The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Isaac Asimov The Gods Themselves
David Gerrold The Man Who Folded Himself
Ursula K. Le Guin The Dispossessed
Frederik Pohl Gateway
1960s Ursula K. Le Guin The Left Hand of Darkness Philip K. Dick The Man in the High Castle
Harry Harrison The Stainless Steel Rat
Frank Herbert Dune
Walter M. Miller, Jr. A Canticle for Leibowitz
1950s Isaac Asimov Foundation Alfred Bester The Demolished Man
Ray Bradbury The Martian Chronicles
Arthur C. Clarke The City and the Stars
Clifford D. Simak City
1940s George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four L. Sprague de Camp Lest Darkness Fall
1930s Aldous Huxley Brave New World

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