What are the best science fiction novels since 2000?

When we think of the classics of 20th century science fiction we think of names like Asimov, Clarke and Wells. But who are going to be the authors that occupy that space in the 21st century? I’ve compiled a small list below of some books that have been published since 2000 that are already sci-fi classics. It is by no means comprehensive, and I’ve only included books I’ve actually read so there are definitely gaps. I’d love to see your lists, leave them in the comments section!

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Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (2005)


2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (2012)

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Wool by Hugh Howey (2011)


The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (2009)


The City & the City by China Miéville (2009)


Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (2005)


Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds (2000)


Matter by Iain M. Banks (2008)

  • The Telling by Ursula K Le Guin (2000)
    Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson (2000)

    Passage by Connie Willis (2001)
    Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (2010)
    Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (2010)
    Feed by Mira Grant (2010)

  • HildebrandBurke

    does Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro count?

    • Mark Harding

      Sure does!

      • HildebrandBurke

        excellent! also, I just learned mundane science fiction is a thing.

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