11 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017

The end of the year is fast approaching – how quickly has this year gone by? – so I thought I would take a look through the best science fiction books of 2017, as voted by readers on Goodreads. Now we were never going to have read many of these, as over half of them are later books in series, but I was shocked to find we have read exactly none of the books that made it in to the top science fiction books of 2017.34878094

11. For We Are Many (Bobiverse #2)

Dennis E Taylor



10. And the Rest is History (The Chronicles of St Mary’s #8)

Jodi Taylor



9. The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)

John Scalzi



8. All Our Wrong Todays

Elan Mastai



7. Babylon’s Ashes (The Expanse #6)

James S.A. Corey



6. Borne

Jeff Vandermeer




5. Home (Binti, #2)

Nnedi Okorafor



4. American War

Omar El Akkad



3. Thrawn (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

Timothy Zhan



2. Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)

Sylvain Neuvel



1. Artemis

Andy Weir


There’s been such a buzz about Artemis, so I’m keen to check it out, maybe even read it over the Christmas break. I’ve also just seen on Twitter that some of  John Scalzi’s work is being turned into a Netflix Original, so that’s piqued my interest as well. Most of the others on this list I’m not so familiar with so I’ll be keeping any eye out for reviews.

You can check out the full list here.

Are you surprised by any of these?

How many of these books have you read?

26 thoughts on “11 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017

  1. Gotta point out that being the top voted book at GR just means it’s popular, not actually a good book. And that there is a much bigger world than GR.
    But I’ve made my GR stance pretty clear, so I’ll leave it at that 🙂

    I haven’t read any of them either. I’m usually a year or 3 behind, so as to let a series wrapup before actually starting it though, so that’s not unusual. Looking over them, the only one that I have on my tbr is the Bobiverse one. The rest, they don’t really interest me so I doubt I’ll ever be reading them.


  2. Artemis is definitely on my to-read list. I’m about three quarters of the way through Thrawn right now and really enjoying it. Nobody does Star Wars like Zahn.
    A lot of these I haven’t even heard of… Need to check them out!

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  3. I read the first book before Waking Gods… It was okay but I don’t know if I was planning on reading book 2. Artemis is in my tbr but I’ve heard it was nothing like the Martian so I haven’t been prioritizing it.
    I have not read or even heard of any of the others and I am wondering if I should have!

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  4. Hi Mr & Mrs NW, Woohoo! I have actually read one of these books and I bet you can guess which one it is! Yes, I have read Thrawn and at first I was slightly disappointed but I think that it may be down to just me, not the book. I thought the story felt as if it “ran on rails” and the outcome was inevitable, everything just seemed too convenient and allowed Thrawn to progress through it. I did read this book in isolation from other materials so maybe I was missing relevant information to fully appreciate the book.
    I have since read up more on the surrounding story and I reassessed my initial thoughts. But I wouldn’t recommend it as your first Star Wars novel.
    I have read other books like Karen Traviss’ “No Prisoners” and Greg Bears’ “Rogue Planet” which felt more of an experience. Thanks for the chart rundown!

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