Top 89 Most Underrated Science Fiction novels

Science Fiction novels that you don’t see EVERYONE recommending. The list was compiled based on votes from the Goodreads community

Top 89 Most Underrated Science Fiction novels

1. The Forever War (The Forever War, #1) by Joe Haldeman (17 people voted)

2. Neuromancer by William Gibson (16 people voted)

3. Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1) by Dan Simmons (15 people voted)

4. When Earthlings Weep by Michael Barnett (14 people voted)

5. Rendezvous with Rama (Rama, #1) by Arthur C. Clarke (14 people voted)

6. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (14 people voted)

7. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke (14 people voted)

8. A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought, #1) by Vernor Vinge (10 people voted)

9. Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson (10 people voted)

10. Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1) by Richard K. Morgan (10 people voted)

11. The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson (9 people voted)

12. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (9 people voted)

13. Ringworld (Ringworld, #1) by Larry Niven (9 people voted)

14. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds (7 people voted)

15. The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke (7 people voted)

16. Dragon’s Egg by Robert L. Forward (7 people voted)

17. Gateway (Heechee Saga, #1) by Frederik Pohl (7 people voted)

18. Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax, #1) by Robert J. Sawyer (6 people voted)

19. Count Zero (Sprawl, #2) by William Gibson (6 people voted)

20. The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman (5 people voted)

21. The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1) by Mary Doria Russell (5 people voted)

22. Tau Zero by Poul Anderson (5 people voted)

23. Accelerando by Charles Stross (5 people voted)

24. A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke (5 people voted)

25. In the Balance (Worldwar, #1) by Harry Turtledove (4 people voted)

26. Seeker (Alex Benedict, #3) by Jack McDevitt (4 people voted)

27. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers (4 people voted)

28. Matter (Culture, #8) by Iain M. Banks (4 people voted)

29. Mission of Gravity (Mesklin, #1) by Hal Clement (4 people voted)

30. A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought, #2) by Vernor Vinge (4 people voted)

31. Camouflage by Joe Haldeman (4 people voted)

32. Flood (Flood, #1) by Stephen Baxter (4 people voted)

33. Weapons of Choice (Axis of Time, #1) by John Birmingham (3 people voted)

34. Timescape by Gregory Benford (3 people voted)

35. Lilith’s Brood (Xenogenesis, #1–3) by Octavia E. Butler (3 people voted)

36. The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle (3 people voted)

37. Ark (Flood, #2) by Stephen Baxter (3 people voted)

38. Doomsday Diaries: The Complete Series by Aaron B. Powell (2 people voted)

39. First Contact (Aoleon The Martian Girl, #1) by Brent LeVasseur (2 people voted)

40. Final Impact (Axis of Time, #3) by John Birmingham (2 people voted)

41. Designated Targets (Axis of Time, #2) by John Birmingham (2 people voted)

42. Who Goes There? and Other Stories by John W. Campbell Jr. (2 people voted)

43. The E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith Omnibus by E.E. Doc Smith (2 people voted)

44. Strata by Terry Pratchett (2 people voted)

45. Starquake by Robert L. Forward (2 people voted)

46. The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton (2 people voted)

47. Glasshouse by Charles Stross (2 people voted)

48. The Complete Hammer’s Slammers Volume 1 by David Drake (2 people voted)

49. Lost Dorsai (Childe Cycle, #6) by Gordon R. Dickson (2 people voted)

50. Blackout (All Clear, #1) by Connie Willis (2 people voted)

51. The First Immortal by James L. Halperin (1 person voted)

52. Road to Megara (Knife of Truth, #2) by Cynthia Willerth (2 people voted)

53. Precursor (Foreigner, #4) by C.J. Cherryh (1 person voted)

54. Greetings Earthlings, My name is Appleton and I come from the Planet Reginta by J. Jack Bergeron (1 person voted)

55. Jackboot Britain by Daniel S. Fletcher (1 person voted)

56. An Enchanting Time by Virginia Aird (1 person voted)

57. The Immortality Game by Ted Cross (1 person voted)

58. Untrustworthy by J.R. Gershen-Siegel (1 person voted)

59. A Matter of Honor (Knife of Truth, #1) by Ruth Willerth (2 people voted)

60. Doomsday Diaries by Aaron B. Powell (1 person voted)

61. 50,000 A.D. The Awakening by J. Jack Bergeron (1 person voted)

62. Aftershocks (Colonization, #3) by Harry Turtledove (1 person voted)

63. Last Shuttle Flight, First Alien Contact Part 1 by J. Jack Bergeron (1 person voted)

64. Second Contact (Colonization, #1) by Harry Turtledove (1 person voted)

65. Last Shuttle Flight, First Alien Contact Part 2 by J. Jack Bergeron (1 person voted)

66. Down to Earth (Colonization, #2) by Harry Turtledove (1 person voted)

67. Last Shuttle Flight, First Alien Contact Part 3 by J. Jack Bergeron (1 person voted)

68. Upsetting the Balance (Worldwar, #3) by Harry Turtledove (1 person voted)

69. NSA Wormhole Project by J. Jack Bergeron (1 person voted)

70. Tilting the Balance (Worldwar, #2) by Harry Turtledove (1 person voted)

71. Striking the Balance (Worldwar, #4) by Harry Turtledove (1 person voted)

72. 1942 by Robert Conroy (1 person voted)

73. Voyage (NASA Trilogy, #1) by Stephen Baxter (1 person voted)

74. Nightflyers / True Names by George R.R. Martin (1 person voted)

75. Quarantine (Subjective Cosmology #1) by Greg Egan (1 person voted)

76. Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois (1 person voted)

77. Return to Rocheworld (Rocheworld, #2) by Robert L. Forward (1 person voted)

78. Schild’s Ladder by Greg Egan (1 person voted)

79. The Collapsium (The Queendom of Sol #1) by Wil McCarthy (1 person voted)

80. The Wellstone (The Queendom of Sol #2) by Wil McCarthy (1 person voted)

81. Prey by Michael Crichton (1 person voted)

82. Incandescence by Greg Egan (1 person voted)

83. Millennium by John Varley (1 person voted)

84. Engines Of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology by K. Eric Drexler (1 person voted)

85. Between The Strokes Of Night by Charles Sheffield (1 person voted)

Source: Reddit and Goodreads