Best science fiction novels by year

Here’s an updated version of this list, including novels I read in the last 2 years.

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Year Author Title Author Title
2015 John Scalzi The End of All Things Thunderbird Jack McDevitt
      Will McIntosh Defenders
2014 Emily St. John Mandel Station Eleven Stephen Baxter Ultima
      John Scalzi Lock In
2013 Robert Charles Wilson Burning Paradise Stephen Baxter Proxima
      Will McIntosh Love Minus Eighty
      Robert J. Sawyer Red Planet Blues
      John Scalzi The Human Division
2012 Kim Stanley Robinson 2312 Orson Scott Card Shadows in Flight
      Robert J. Sawyer Triggers
      John Scalzi Redshirts
2011 Will McIntosh Soft Apocalpyse Robert J. Sawyer Wonder
      Joan Slonczewski The Highest Frontier
      Robert Charles Wilson Vortex
2010 Robert J. Sawyer Watch    
2009 Jack McDevitt Time Travelers Never Die Robert J. Sawyer Wake
      Robert Charles Wilson Julian Comstock
2008 Alastair Reynolds House of Suns Stephen Baxter Weaver
  Neal Stephenson Anathem Orson Scott Card Ender in Exile
      Douglas Preston Blasphemy
      John Scalzi Zoe’s Tale
2007 Stephen Baxter Navigator Stephen Baxter Conqueror
      Joe Haldeman The Accidental Time Machine
      Robert J. Sawyer Rollback
      John Scalzi The Last Colony
      Robert Charles Wilson Axis
2006 Peter Watts Blindsight Stephen Baxter Emperor
      Julie E. Czerneda Regeneration
      Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson Hunters of Dune
      John Scalzi The Android’s Dream
      John Scalzi The Ghost Brigades
      Vernor Vinge Rainbows End
2005 Robert Charles Wilson Spin Julie E. Czerneda Migration
      Joe Haldeman Old Twentieth
      Karin Lowachee Cagebird
      Robert J. Sawyer Mindscan
      John Scalzi Old Man’s War
      Karl Schroeder Lady of Mazes
      Charles Stross Accelerando
      John Varley Mammoth
      Edward Willett Lost in Translation
2004 Julie E. Czerneda Survival Joe Haldeman Camouflage
  James Alan Gardner Radiant    
2003 Robert Charles Wilson Blind Lake Julie E. Czerneda Hidden in Sight
      William Gibson Pattern Recognition
      Karin Lowachee Burndive
      Robert J. Sawyer Humans
      Robert J. Sawyer Hybrids
2002 Stephen Baxter Evolution David Brin Kiln People
  Robert J. Sawyer Hominids Julie E. Czerneda To Trade the Stars
      Karin Lowachee Warchild
      Scott Mackay Orbis
      Jim Munroe Everyone in Silico
      Karl Schroeder Permanence
      Michael Swanwick Bones of the Earth
2001 Connie Willis Passage Julie E. Czerneda In the Company of Others
  Robert Charles Wilson The Chronoliths Candas Jane Dorsey A Paradigm of Earth
      James Alan Gardner Ascending
      Scott Mackay The Meek
      Adam Roberts On
2000 Ursula K. Le Guin The Telling Julie E. Czerneda Changing Vision
  Karl Schroeder Ventus James Alan Gardner Hunted
      Jim Munroe Angry Young Spaceman
      Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space
      Robert J. Sawyer Calculating God
      Joan Slonczewski Brain Plague
1999 Neal Stephenson Cryptonomicon Orson Scott Card Ender’s Shadow
  Vernor Vinge A Deepness in the Sky Julie E. Czerneda Ties of Power
      James Alan Gardner Vigilant
      Robert J. Sawyer Flashforward
      Peter Watts Starfish
1998 Robert J. Sawyer Factoring Humanity Julie E. Czerneda Beholder’s Eye
  Robert Charles Wilson Darwinia James Alan Gardner Commitment Hour
      Nalo Hopkinson Brown Girl in the Ring
      Scott Mackay Outpost
      Jack McDevitt Eternity Road
      Connie Willis To Say Nothing of the Dog
1997 Dan Simmons The Rise of Endymion Julie E. Czerneda A Thousand Words for Stranger
      James Alan Gardner Expendable
      Robert J. Sawyer Illegal Alien
      Robert Wright A Scientific Romance
1996 Robert J. Sawyer Starplex Orson Scott Card Children of the Mind
  Orson Scott Card Pastwatch Peter F. Hamilton The Reality Dysfunction
      Jack McDevitt Ancient Shores
      Dan Simmons Endymion
      Alison Sinclair Blueheart
1995 Stephen Baxter The Time Ships Julia Ecklar ReGenesis
  Neal Stephenson The Diamond Age Robert J. Sawyer The Terminal Experiment
1994 Vonda N. McIntyre Nautilus Robert J. Sawyer End of an Era
      Robert J. Sawyer Foreigner
      Robert Charles Wilson Mysterium
1993 Joan Slonczewski Daughter of Elysium Robert J. Sawyer Fossil Hunter
1992 Neal Stephenson Snow Crash Greg Egan Quarantine
  Vernor Vinge A Fire Upon the Deep Maureen F. McHugh China Mountain Zhang
      Vonda N. McIntyre Metaphase
      Kim Stanley Robinson Red Mars
      Robert J. Sawyer Far-Seer
      Connie Willis Doomsday Book
      Robert Charles Wilson The Harvest
1991 Isaac Asimov Forward the Foundation Orson Scott Card Xenocide
      Vonda N. McIntyre Transition
1990 Robert J. Sawyer Golden Fleece Iain M. Banks Use of Weapons
      Michael Crichton Jurassic Park
      Dan Simmons The Fall of Hyperion
1989 Dan Simmons Hyperion Vonda N. McIntyre Starfarers
      Joan Slonczewski The Wall Around Eden
1988 Iain M. Banks The Player of Games Isaac Asimov Prelude to Foundation
      Jack L. Chalker Masks of the Martyrs
      Kim Stanley Robinson The Gold Coast
      Kim Stanley Robinson Pacific Edge
      Sheri S. Tepper The Gate to Women’s Country
1987 Iain M. Banks Consider Phlebas Jack L. Chalker Warriors of the Storm
      Jack L. Chalker Pirates of the Thunder
      Michael Crichton Sphere
1986 Orson Scott Card Speaker for the Dead Isaac Asimov Foundation and Earth
  Joan Slonczewski A Door Into Ocean Jack L. Chalker Lords of the Middle Dark
      Arthur C. Clarke The Songs of Distant Earth
      Wayland Drew The Master of Norriya
      Clifford D. Simak Highway of Eternity
      Vernor Vinge Marooned in Realtime
1985 Orson Scott Card Ender’s Game Greg Bear Blood Music
      Greg Bear Eon
      David Brin The Postman
      Wayland Drew The Gaian Expedient
      Frank Herbert Chapterhouse: Dune
      Carl Sagan Contact
1984 Kim Stanley Robinson The Wild Shore Douglas Adams So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
      Wayland Drew The Memoirs of Alcheringia
      Suzette Haden Elgin Native Tongue
      Frank Herbert Heretics of Dune
      William Gibson Neuromancer
      Vernor Vinge The Peace War
1983        
1982 Isaac Asimov Foundation’s Edge Douglas Adams Life, the Universe and Everything
1981 Frank Herbert God Emperor of Dune Julian May The Many-Colored Land
      Clifford D. Simak Project Pope
1980 Douglas Adams The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Joan Slonczewski Still Forms on Foxfield
      Gene Wolfe The Shadow of the Torturer
1979 Douglas Adams The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Arthur C. Clarke The Fountains of Paradise
1978        
1977 Frederik Pohl Gateway    
1976 Frank Herbert Children of Dune    
1975        
1974 Ursula K. Le Guin The Dispossessed Joe Haldeman The Forever War
      Niven & Pournelle The Mote in God’s Eye
1973 David Gerrold The Man Who Folded Himself Arthur C. Clarke Rendezvous With Rama
1972 Isaac Asimov The Gods Themselves John Brunner The Sheep Look Up
      Robert Silverberg Dying Inside
      Arkady & Boris Strugatsky Roadside Picnic
1971 Ursula K. Le Guin The Lathe of Heaven    
1970 Larry Niven Ringworld    
1969 Ursula K. Le Guin The Left Hand of Darkness Michael Crichton The Andromeda Strain
      Philip K. Dick UBIK
      Frank Herbert Dune Messiah
      Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Slaughterhouse-Five
1968 Arthur C. Clarke 2001: A Space Odyssey Philip K. Dick Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
      Anne McCaffrey Dragonflight
1967 Ursula K. Le Guin City of Illusions    
1966 Ursula K. Le Guin Rocannon’s World Robert A Heinlein The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
      Ursula K. Le Guin Planet of Exile
1965 Frank Herbert Dune Philip K. Dick The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
      Clifford D. Simak All Flesh is Grass
1964        
1963 Clifford D. Simak Way Station Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Cat’s Cradle
1962 Philip K. Dick The Man in the High Castle Madeline L’Engle A Wrinkle in Time
1961 Harry Harrison The Stainless Steel Rat Robert A Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land
      Stanislaw Lem Solaris
1960 Walter M. Miller, Jr. A Canticle for Leibowitz    
1959 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The Sirens of Titan    
1958 James Blish A Case of Conscience    
1957        
1956 Alfred Bester The Stars My Destination    
  Arthur C. Clarke The City and the Stars    
1955 Isaac Asimov The End Of Eternity    
1954 Arthur C. Clarke Childhood’s End Isaac Asimov The Caves of Steel
      Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451
      Hal Clement Mission of Gravity
1953 Alfred Bester The Demolished Man Isaac Asimov Second Foundation
      Theodore Sturgeon More Than Human
1952 Clifford D. Simak City Isaac Asimov Foundation and Empire
1951 Isaac Asimov Foundation John Wyndham The Day of the Triffids
1950 Ray Bradbury The Martian Chronicles    
1949 George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four    

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