The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books of 2020 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

“What are the best Science Fiction And Fantasy books released in 2020?” We looked at 183 of the top Science Fiction And Fantasy books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 27 books, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Science Fiction And Fantasy” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 150+ titles, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Our other Best Of 2020 Articles:

Previous Years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

All titles have been added to a Bookshop list as well!

Happy Scrolling!



Top 27 Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books From 2020



27.) A Song Below Water written byBethany C. Morrow

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Tor
  • NPR

Bethany C. Morrow’s A Song Below Water is the story for today’s readers — a captivating modern fantasy about black sirens, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today’s racism and sexism. In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers



26.) Agency written byWilliam Gibson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Waterstones
  • The Times
  • NPR

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “ONE OF THE MOST VISIONARY, ORIGINAL, AND QUIETLY INFLUENTIAL WRITERS CURRENTLY WORKING”* returns with a sharply imagined follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The Peripheral. William Gibson has trained his eye on the future for decades, ever since coining



25.) Axiom’s End (Noumena, #1) written byLindsay Ellis

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Tor
  • One more

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The alternate history first contact adventure Axiom’s End is an extraordinary debut from Hugo finalist and video essayist Lindsay Ellis. Truth is a human right. It’s fall 2007. A well-timed leak has revealed that the US government might have engaged in first con



24.) House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1) written bySarah J. Maas

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Waterstones
  • Goodreads

A #1 New York Times bestseller Sarah J. Maas’s brand-new CRESCENT CITY series begins with House of Earth and Blood: the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance. Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life–worki



23.) Mexican Gothic written bySilvia Moreno-Garcia

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Tor
  • NPR

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – “It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird.”–The Guardian IN DEVELOPMENT AS A HULU ORIGINAL LIMITED SERIES PRODUCED BY KELLY RIPA AND MARK CONSUELOS An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic ari



22.) Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive, #4) written byBrandon Sanderson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Waterstones
  • Goodreads

After forming a coalition of human resistance against the enemy invasion, Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant have spent a year fighting a protracted, brutal war. Neither side has gained an advantage, and the threat of a betrayal by Dalinar’s crafty ally Taravangian looms over every strategic mov



21.) Tender is the Flesh written byAgustina Bazterrica, translated from the Spanish by Sarah Moses

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Washington Post
  • Financial Times

Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans–though no one calls them that anymore. His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it



20.) The Doors of Eden written byAdrian Tchaikovsky

Lists It Appears On:

  • Waterstones
  • Bookpage
  • The Quill To Live

From the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Doors of Eden is an extraordinary feat of the imagination and a page-turning adventure about parallel universes and the monsters that they hide. They thought we were safe. They were wrong. Four years ago, two girls went looking for mons



19.) The Empire of Gold (Daevabad Trilogy, #3) written byS.A. Chakraborty

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist
  • Goodreads
  • Amazon

“No series since George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire has quite captured both palace intrigue and the way that tribal infighting and war hurt the vulnerable the most.” –Paste MagazineThe final chapter in the bestselling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con-woman and an idea



18.) The Empress of Salt and Fortune written byNghi Vo

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • NYPL
  • Tor

Dangerous, subtle, unexpected and familiar, angry and ferocious and hopeful… The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a remarkable accomplishment of storytelling.–NPR A 2020 ALA Booklist Top Ten SF/F Debut A Book Riot Must-Read Fantasy of 2020 A Paste Most Anticipated Novel of 2020 A Library Journal De



17.) The Hidden Girl and Other Stories written byKen Liu

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • NYPL
  • NPR

From award-winning author Ken Liu comes his much anticipated second volume of short stories. Ken Liu is one of the most lauded short story writers of our time. This collection includes a selection of his science fiction and fantasy stories from the last five years–sixteen of his best–plus a new no



16.) The Space Between Worlds written byMicaiah Johnson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • One more
  • NPR

An outsider who can travel between worlds discovers a secret that threatens the very fabric of the multiverse in this stunning debut, a powerful examination of identity, privilege, and belonging. “Gorgeous writing, mind-bending world-building, razor-sharp social commentary, and a main character who



15.) The Unspoken Name written byA. K. Larkwood

Lists It Appears On:

  • Tor
  • Bookpage
  • The Quill To Live

A. K. Larkwood’s The Unspoken Name is a stunning debut fantasy about a young priestess sentenced to die, who at the last minute escapes her fate; only to become an assassin for the wizard who saved her. What if you knew how and when you will die? Csorwe does–she will climb the mountain, enter the S



14.) The Only Good Indians written byStephen Graham Jones

Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly
  • Powells
  • Washington Post
  • NPR

A USA TODAY BESTSELLER A Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year “One of 2020’s buzziest horror novels.” –Entertainment Weekly A “Most Anticipated Books of Summer” selection in Esquire, Elle, Vulture, Time, AV Club, Bustle, and Literary Hub “Gritty and gorgeous” –The New York Times “Jones is one



13.) The Vanished Birds written bySimon Jimenez

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookpage
  • One more
  • Kirkus
  • Tor

A “highly imaginative and utterly exhilarating” (Thrillist) debut that is “the best of what science fiction can be: a thought-provoking, heartrending story about the choices that define our lives.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) A mysterious child lands in the care of a solitary woman, changing bo



12.) Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2) written byTamsyn Muir

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Quill To Live
  • NPR
  • Amazon
  • Goodreads 2
  • Tor

Harrow the Ninth, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling sequel to Gideon the Ninth, turns a galaxy inside out as one necromancer struggles to survive the wreckage of herself aboard the Emperor’s haunted space station. “Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space! Decadent no



11.) Hench written byNatalie Zina Walschots

Lists It Appears On:

  • Tor
  • One more
  • NYPL
  • NPR
  • The Quill To Live

“This book is fast, furious, compelling, and angry as hell. — Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author The Boys meets My Year of Rest and Relaxation in this smart, imaginative, and evocative novel of love, betrayal, revenge, and redemption, told with razor-sharp wit and affection, in which



10.) To Sleep in a Sea of Stars written byChristopher Paolini

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads 2
  • Waterstones
  • Amazon
  • NYPL

Now a New York Times and USA Today bestseller! To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a brand new epic novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eragon, Christopher Paolini. Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds. Now she’s awakened a nightmare. During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized



9.) Riot Baby written byTochi Onyebuchi

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads 2
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Powells
  • Tor
  • NPR

A Publishers Weekly Best of 2020 Top Ten Pick! Winner of the 2020 New England Book Award for Fiction! Riot Baby, Onyebuchi’s first novel for adults, is as much the story of Ella and her brother, Kevin, as it is the story of black pain in America, of the extent and lineage of police brutality, racism



8.) The Once and Future Witches written byAlix E. Harrow

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Amazon
  • Bookpage
  • Worldly Gentleman
  • NPR

In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in Alix E. Harrow’s powerful novel of magic and the suffragette movement. In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tid



7.) Black Sun written byRebecca Roanhorse

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus
  • Powells
  • Tor
  • Amazon
  • NYPL
  • Worldly Gentleman
  • NPR

From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic. A god will return



6.) Piranesi written bySusanna Clarke

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Kirkus
  • Tor
  • NYPL
  • NPR
  • The Quill To Live

New York Times Bestseller! From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality. Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousa



5.) The House in the Cerulean Sea written byT.J. Klune

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Tor
  • Amazon
  • Bookpage
  • Worldly Gentleman
  • The Quill To Live

Lambda Literary Award-winning author TJ Klune’s bestselling, breakout contemporary fantasy A USA Today Bestseller! An Indie Next Pick! One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020 One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies” Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in th



4.) A Deadly Education (The Scholomance, #1) written byNaomi Novik

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Quill To Live
  • Worldly Gentleman
  • Bookpage
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Powells
  • Waterstones
  • Goodreads
  • Amazon

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – From the author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver comes the story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite the rules of magic. “The dark school of magic I’ve been waiting for.” Katherine Arden, author of Winternight Trilogy I decided that Orion Lake needed



3.) Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5) written byMartha Wells

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Quill To Live
  • Worldly Gentleman
  • Book Riot
  • Booklist
  • Goodreads 2
  • Tor
  • Amazon
  • NPR

The first full-length novel in Martha Wells’ New York Times and USA Today bestselling Murderbot Diaries series. I caught myself rereading my favorite parts… and I can’t recommend it enough. — New York Times You know that feeling when you’re at work, and you’ve had enough of people, and then the b



2.) The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue written byV. E. Schwab

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Waterstones
  • Tor
  • Amazon
  • NYPL
  • Worldly Gentleman
  • NPR

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER USA TODAY BESTSELLER NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER THE WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER #1 Indie Next Pick and #1 LibraryReads Pick – October 2020 Recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, NPR, Slate, and Oprah Magazine A “Best Of” Book From: CNN *Amazon Editors *



1.) The City We Became (Great Cities, #1) written byN.K. Jemisin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Worldly Gentleman
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Book Riot
  • Booklist
  • Kirkus
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Powells
  • Waterstones
  • Goodreads
  • Tor
  • Amazon
  • NYPL
  • NPR

“A glorious fantasy.”–Neil Gaiman Three-time Hugo Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author N.K. Jemisin crafts her most incredible novel yet, a story of culture, identity, magic, and myths in contemporary New York City. In Manhattan, a young grad student gets off the train and realizes h




The 150+ Additional Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Released In 2020



# Book Author Lists
28 A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (The Carls, #2) Hank Green
Waterstones
Goodreads 2
29 Cemetery Boys Aiden Thomas Tor
NPR
30 Each of Us a Desert Mark Oshiro Tor
NPR
31 Finna Nino Cipri Book Riot
Tor
32 I Hold a Wolf by the Ears Laura van den Berg Tor
NPR
33 Lakewood Megan Giddings Powells
NPR
34 Little Eyes Samanta Schweblin The Times
NPR
35 Mordew Alex Pheby
Waterstones
Tor
36 Peace Talks (The Dresden Files, #16) Jim Butcher
Waterstones
Goodreads
37 Plain Bad Heroines Emily M. Danforth and Sara Lautman Powells
Tor
38 Ready Player Two Ernest Cline
Barnes & Noble
Waterstones
39 Ring Shout P. Djèlí Clark Tor
NPR
40 Survivor Song Paul Tremblay Booklist
NPR
41 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Suzanne Collins
Waterstones
Amazon
42 The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire Book 1) Andrea Stewart
Waterstones
Amazon
43 The Last Emperox (The Interdependency Book 3) John Scalzi NPR
Amazon
44 The Midnight Library: A Novel Matt Haig NYPL
Amazon
45 The New Wilderness Diane Cook
Goodreads 2
NPR
46 The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires Grady Hendrix Booklist
Powells
47 The Trouble With Peace Joe Abercrombie
Waterstones
The Quill To Live
48 Trouble the Saints Alaya Dawn Johnson Kirkus
NPR
49 Unconquerable Sun Kate Elliott Bookpage
The Quill To Live
50 Upright Women Wanted Sarah Gailey Booklist
NPR
51 A Children’s Bible: A Novel Lydia Millet NPR
52 A Memory Called Empire Arkady Martine Powells
53 A Sky Beyond the Storm Sabaa Tahir
Waterstones
54 An Ember in the Ashes Sabaa Tahir Tor
55 And I Do Not Forgive You Amber Sparks Tor
56 Annihilation Aria Michael R. Underwood Booklist
57 Antkind: A Novel Charlie Kaufman NPR
58 Apsara Engine Bishakh Som NPR
59 Architects of Memory Karen Osborne One more
60 Ashes of the Sun Django Wexler
The Quill To Live
61 Battle Ground (Dresden Files Book 17) Jim Butcher Amazon
62 Beowulf: A New Translation Maria Dahvana Headley NPR
63 Bestiary: A Novel K-Ming Chang NPR
64 Blackwood Michael Farris Smith NPR
65 Bonds of Brass: Book One of The Bloodright Trilogy Emily Skrutskie Amazon
66 By Force Alone Lavie Tidhar Tor
67 Catherine House: A Novel Elisabeth Thomas NPR
68 Chosen Ones Veronica Roth
Waterstones
69 Collective Gravities Chloe N. Clark NPR
70 Come Tumbling Down Seanan McGuire Book Riot
71 Dance On Saturday: Stories Elwin Cotman NPR
72 Dark Blood Comes From The Feet Emma J. Gibbon NPR
73 Dead Astronauts Jeff VanderMeer
Waterstones
74 Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre Max Brooks Amazon
75 Docile K.M. Szpara
The Quill To Live
76 Dracula Motherf**ker Alex de Campi and Erica Henderson Powells
77 Driftwood Marie Brennan Kirkus
78 Elatsoe Darcie Little Badger NPR
79 Empire Of Wild: A Novel Cherie Dimaline NPR
80 England’s Screaming Sean Hogan
Financial Times
81 Escaping Exodus Nicky Drayden Booklist
82 Everyone on the Moon Is Essential Personnel Julian K. Jarboe
Publishers Weekly
83 Fantastic Four: Grand Design Tom Scioli NPR
84 Flyaway Kathleen Jennings NPR
85 Followers: A Novel Megan Angelo NPR
86 For He Can Creep Siobhan Carroll Tor
87 Ghost Squad Claribel A. Ortega NPR
88 Goldilocks Laura Lam Kirkus
89 Guantanamo Voices Sarah Mirk Powells
90 Hearts Of Oak Eddie Robson NPR
91 Hold Up the Sky Cixin Liu
Financial Times
92 How the Multiverse Got Its Revenge K. Eason
The Quill To Live
93 How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It K.J. Parker
The Quill To Live
94 Ikenga Nnedi Okorafor NPR
95 In Veritas C. J. LaVigne Tor
96 Legendborn Tracy Deonn Tor
97 Liquid Crystal Nightingale Eeleen Lee One more
98 Maids Katie Skelly Powells
99 Master of Poisons Andrea Hairston Kirkus
100 Miss Meteor Tehlor Kay Mejia Anna-Marie McLemore Tor
101 Moonflower, Nightshade, and the Hours of the Day Jd Scott Tor
102 Night Train David Quantick
Financial Times
103 Nophek Gloss Essa Hansen One more
104 Notes From Small Planets Nate Crowley
Financial Times
105 Noumenon Ultra Marina J. Lostetter
The Quill To Live
106 Oak Flat Lauren Redniss Powells
107 Or What You Will Jo Walton Bookpage
108 Perestroika In Paris: A Novel Jane Smiley NPR
109 Processed Cheese: A Novel Stephen Wright NPR
110 Queen of Coins and Whispers Helen Corcoran Tor
111 Queen of Storms Raymond E. Feist
Waterstones
112 Quotients Tracy O’Neill Tor
113 Race the Sands: A Novel Sarah Beth Durst Amazon
114 Raybearer Jordan Ifueko NPR
115 Re-Coil JT Nicholas One more
116 Remembrance Rita Woods NPR
117 Repo Virtual Corey J White One more
118 Return of The Thief Megan Whalen Turner Tor
119 Scarlet Odyssey C. T. Rwizi Amazon
120 Seven Devils Laura Lam, Elizabeth May
Waterstones
121 Seven of Infinities Aliette de Bodard Tor
122 Shorefall Robert Jackson Bennett
The Quill To Live
123 Sorcery of a Queen Brian Naslund
The Quill To Live
124 Strange Labour Robert G. Penner
Publishers Weekly
125 Such a Fun Age Kiley Reid
Worldly Gentleman
126 Tarnished Are The Stars Rosiee Thor One more
127 Temporary Hilary Leichter Tor
128 The Animals in That Country Laura Jean McKay The Times
129 The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga David A. Robertson NPR
130 The Boatman’s Daughter: A Novel Andy Davidson NPR
131 The Chimera Code Wayne Santos One more
132 The Companions Katie M Flynn One more
133 The Constant Rabbit Jasper Fforde
Waterstones
134 The Court of Miracles Kester Grant
Waterstones
135 The Daughters Of Ys M.T. Anderson NPR
136 The Disaster Tourist Yun Ko-Eun Lizzie Buehler (Translator) Tor
137 The End of October Lawrence Wright
Goodreads 2
138 The Faithless Hawk Margaret Owen NPR
139 The First Sister Linden A Lewis One more
140 The Freedom Artist Ben Okri NPR
141 The Glass Hotel Emily St John Mandel Tor
142 The Heap: A Novel Sean Adams NPR
143 The King of Crows Libba Bray Tor
144 The Last Day Andrew Hunter Murray
Waterstones
145 The Last Druid Terry Brooks
Barnes & Noble
146 The Left-Handed Booksellers of London Garth Nix
Waterstones
147 The Light of All that Falls James Islington
The Quill To Live
148 The Light Years R.W.W. Greene One more
149 The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist Adrian Tomine Powells
150 The Lost Book Of Adana Moreau: A Novel Michael Zapata NPR
151 The Lost Future of Pepperharrow Natasha Pulley
Publishers Weekly
152 The Low, Low Woods Carmen Maria Machado and Dani Powells
153 The Mermaid, The Witch, And The Sea Maggie Tokuda-Hall NPR
154 The Midnight Bargain C.L. Polk NPR
155 The Ministry for the Future Kim Stanley Robinson The Times
156 The Mirror Man Jane Gilmartin One more
157 The Mother Code Carole Stivers One more
158 The Obsidian Tower Melissa Caruso Bookpage
159 The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water Zen Cho
Washington Post
160 The Phlebotomist Chris Panatier One more
161 The Poet King Ilana C. Myer Kirkus
162 The Regrets Amy Bonnaffons NPR
163 The Rush’s Edge Ginger Smith One more
164 The Scapegracers Hannah Abigail Clarke Tor
165 The Sentient Nadia Afifi One more
166 The Seventh Perfection Daniel Polansky Kirkus
167 The Silence of the Wilting Skin Tlotlo Tsamaase
Washington Post
168 The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again M John Harrison The Times
169 The Thief on the Winged Horse Kate Mascarenhas
Waterstones
170 The Tower of Fools Andrzej Sapkowski, David French
Waterstones
171 The Tyrant Baru Cormorant Seth Dickinson Tor
172 The Unconquerable Sun Kate Elliott Tor
173 The Wall Gautam Bhatia One more
174 The Wise Friend Ramsey Campbell Booklist
175 The Wolf of Oren-Yaro K.S. Villoso Bookpage
176 The Worst of All Possible Worlds Alex White
The Quill To Live
177 Tokyo Ueno Station: A Novel Yu Miri NPR
178 Vagabonds Hao Jingfang. Tr. by Ken Liu Booklist
179 War of the Maps Paul J. McAuley
Washington Post
180 We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel Quan Barry NPR
181 When Jackals Storm the Walls Bradley P. Beaulieu
The Quill To Live
182 Where The Wild Ladies Are Aoko Matsuda NPR
183 Wonder Woman: Dead Earth Daniel Warren Johnson with Mike Spicer NPR


20 Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Amazon Best science fiction and fantasy of 2020
Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble’s Best SF & Fantasy of 2020
Book Riot Best Books of 2020 (So Far)
Booklist Top 10 SF/Fantasy & Horror: 2020
Bookpage Best Books of 2020: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Financial Times Best books of 2020: Science fiction
Goodreads Best Fantasy
Goodreads 2 Best Science Fiction
Kirkus Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2020
NPR NPR’s Book Concierge
NYPL Best Books for Adults 2020
One more Top Ten Tuesday: 2020 SF debuts
Powells The Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Graphic Novels of 2020
Publishers Weekly Best Fantasy Books
The Quill To Live The Best Of 2020
The Times Best sci-fi books of the year 2020
Tor Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2020
Washington Post Best science fiction, fantasy and horror books of 2020
Waterstones The Best Books of 2020: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Worldly Gentleman The Best Books of 2020
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