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The best science fiction books to take you to new worlds

Aliens, alternate universes and giant robots – these novels will take you to alternate dimensions.

Best science fiction books
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Science fiction has the ability to both transport us to somewhere unfamiliar – filled with beings we could never imagine on Earth – and see our own world through a new lens.

From exploring the impact of advances in technology to looking at how we treat those who live on the margins of society, here are some of the best classic and new science fiction novels. 

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