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.
Fantasy mystery books are the ultimate escapist subgenre and an absolute delight. Find our favorite recommendations for adult and YA titles, including The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.
There may only be one Hero’s Journey, but there are many ways to be a hero. Which brings us to this SFF hero quiz--what kind of hero are you?
If you need a little optimism about the future (and who doesn’t?), pick up these hopeful science fiction and fantasy books, including LaGuardia by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford.
A new Lord of the Rings edition is coming featuring Tolkien's own artwork. Let's take a look at other gorgeous LOTR editions available.
Vampires make immortality very tempting, but as we can see in these vampire romance books, including My Midnight Moonlight Valentine by J.J. McAvoy, it always creates interesting trouble.
SFF books can be intimidating for new readers. I propose a 5 finger rule for SFF authors: no more than 5 world-specific words per page.
The call is coming from inside the spaceship! Get your space scares on with these horror-tastic works of science fiction, including The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling.
The best fantasy maps can world-build geography, climate, and languages, hint at history or lore, and more. Find our favorites now, including ones from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and Circe by Madeline Miller.
Inspired by the Locus Recommended Reading List and the Nebula Award finalists, enjoy this beginner’s guide to SFF novelettes, including “Omphalos” by Ted Chiang from Exhalation.
While a great deal of sci-fi involves gloom, doom and cynicism about humanity’s fate, there are bright spots of optimism. Meet solarpunk, including titles like Emergency Skin by N. K. Jemisin.