Space! Dragons! Space dragons (that’s a thing)! Welcome to the sci-fi and fantasy corner of Book Riot, where we discuss the best fantasy book series (and best fantasy books that standalone–yes, those do exist), military sci-fi, science fiction books for kids, cozy sci-fi (also a thing!), and more. Pack your lembas bread and let’s get reading.
What does it mean to meet an alien? These books about first contact will keep you hooked start to finish.
The most influential sci-fi books of all time examine humanity’s longest-held hopes and deepest, most visceral fears, like Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee.
For many readers, the weirder the sci-fi and fantasy book cover, the better. Here's why.
We don't necessarily think of the horror genre as being a great benefit to kids. Earwig and the Witch shows us how we're wrong.
Do you love the worldbuilding in YA fantasy? Pop in for a quiz where you build your own fantasy world to reveal your next YA fantasy read.
Parenting is hard, and Circe's reflections on parenthood serve as lessons — and commiseration — for those who need them.
Buckle up, me hearties, because I have got some boo-tyful treasure for you: the best YA pirate stories for spooky season and beyond.
While vampires have been around for centuries, authors keep finding new ways to reinvent vampire tropes to keep the concept fresh.
Are you steadfast like Samwise? Adventurous like Legolas? Imaginative like Frodo? Take this Lord of the Rings quiz to find out.
All aboard for fantastic adventures in space with these 20 must-read space fantasy books that epitomize the science fantasy genre.