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Saturday, April 5, 2014

April Poll: WRITE IN--Best Contemporary Sci Fi Series

What is the best science fiction series from 2000 onward?

A bit of a late start here on April's poll, so the write in portion might have to be a little bit truncated. This is the follow up to our March poll, so this time we need nominations for modern science fiction series. And because there was some confusion before since we did some book-to-movie polls at the beginning of the year, this is about BOOK series--not TV or movies.

The Rules- 
1) You may nominate any two series. It ought to only be one (your favorite) but I find this makes book lovers get awfully uncomfortable.

2) You may second (or third or fourth etc...) as many series as you want. In fact you should do that or they may not make the poll. Check back and see what others have nominated so you can give them secondings and they will make the poll. We haven't had a book go on to the poll that didn't at least get one second in months, so please check back and give a shout out to the nominations of others that you think are worthy.

3) AT LEAST ONE book in the series must be written after January 1st, 2000.  It can of course be the last book in the series. It doesn't matter if the first thirty-seven books span all the way back to the sixties as long as at least one book has been written after 2000. *

*Since we allowed Dune in the 70's/80's/90's poll, by excluding the volumes written by F.H.'s son, it won't be allowed in this poll.

As usual, I'm not going to be an enforcer on "what is science fiction" or "what constitutes a series." I find that alienates people more than encouraging them to participate. Use your best judgement. As long as you're not saying Xanth is Science Fiction or that a short story is a series, I'll take your nomination. All I will do is check the publication date on the last book of the series.

Don't forget to come back here and second series you want to see make it onto the poll.  Also it is best to nominate HERE....on this thread. If you nominate a series as a reply to the G+ or FB post it probably won't get noticed and you won't get seconds.

I probably won't break future polls up by time. That seems to discourage participation. 


  1. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMasters Bujold

    That is all. :)

    1. I'm only about four books into this, but I can already give you the second.

  2. Let's see... Pendragon by D.J. MacHale.

  3. #1. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    #2. 1632: Ring of Fire series by Eric Flint

    #3. Honor Harrington series by David Weber

    1. I'll second the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. :)

    2. Oh good, someone else nominated Honor Harrington. I somehow missed the nomination period. That would have been mine :)

  4. Foreigner - CJ Cherryh
    The Arbiter Chronicles - Steven H Wilson
    I know onbody else has read this, and it has no chance of winning, but it is really good and maybe someone will be wise enough to follow my excellent taste and give it a try. Also a podcast, Prometheus Radio Theatre, with full cast episodes as well as other good stories.

    Second Bujold.
    I'll save Stross' Laundry series for comtemporary fantasy.

  5. Old Man's War series by John Scalzi.

    Second Bujold and Cherryh!

  6. Second the Scalzi!
    That's all I've got ;( most of my 21st century reading has been fantasy.

  7. Orson Scott Card
    - Ender Series
    - Shadow Saga

    Both qualify as one IMHO. Also:
    - Forever War series (just qualifies with "A separate war") by Joe Haldeman

    Another one from left field that just qualifies:
    - Triffids: Simon Clarke published the sequel to John Wyndham's famous book called "Tbe night of the triffids" in 2001. So this is a two-author series spanning 50 years.

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  9. This poll covers a serious weak spot in my reading.

    I guess The Hunger Games counts as post-2000 sci-fi.

    How about Gunnerkrigg Court? I realize it started as a webcomic, but I got into it through collected volumes from my library. (I also realize that it's more science-fantasy than anything, but maybe someone else loves it as much as I do.)

  10. Callahans by Spider Robinson - most of it was pre-2000, but the last two have been after.

  11. If Pratchett counts as Sci Fi then Discworld.

    1. I'll second this, though I always thought of Discworld as more fantasy than sci-fi. But Maybe Pratchett can be in here for The Long Earth?

    2. I tend to err on the side of inclusion rather than persnickety.

  12. How about the Silo series by Hugh Howey (Wool, Shift, Dust)?

  13. Honor Harrington? Are you serious? That series is nothing but glorified hero(ien??) worship filled with more "angular" features and pointless facial descriptions than anything note worthy. not to mention the absurd amount of religious undertones that make a mockery for the "Science" in science fiction. That series should be taken out to the woodshed, shot, and dropped into the septic tank of useless books. Just my opinion.