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.

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  Winner Runner Ups
Decade Author Title Author Title
2010s Kim Stanley Robinson 2312 Stephen Baxter Proxima
      Will McIntosh Soft Apocalypse
      John Scalzi Redshirts
      Joan Slonczewski 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
      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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