#Science Fiction/Fantasy

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.

Best Books About First Contact With Aliens

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

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.

Why You Should Pick Up Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books With Weird Covers

For many readers, the weirder the sci-fi and fantasy book cover, the better. Here's why.

How EARWIG AND THE WITCH Helped Me Understand the Benefits of Horror for Kids

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.

Create a Fantasy World and Get Your Next New YA Fantasy Recommendation

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.

“What did I know of mortal babies?”: Six Parenthood Lessons From CIRCE

Parenting is hard, and Circe's reflections on parenthood serve as lessons — and commiseration — for those who need them.

Buckle Up, Me Hearties: Best YA Pirate Stories

Buckle up, me hearties, because I have got some boo-tyful treasure for you: the best YA pirate stories for spooky season and beyond.

9 of the Best Recent Vampire Reads

While vampires have been around for centuries, authors keep finding new ways to reinvent vampire tropes to keep the concept fresh.

Quiz: Which The Lord of the Rings Character Are You?

Are you steadfast like Samwise? Adventurous like Legolas? Imaginative like Frodo? Take this Lord of the Rings quiz to find out.

20 Must-Read Space Fantasy Books

All aboard for fantastic adventures in space with these 20 must-read space fantasy books that epitomize the science fantasy genre.