Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Fiction Anthologies - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Science Fiction Anthologies. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Claimed Brides: Seven Alpha Shifter Romances (Brides of Terra Arcus Book 2)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Fiction Anthologies - August 2021

Some were bought. Others were taken. All will be claimed. Claimed Brides is a collection featuring seven scalding hot new shifter romances from seven awesome authors. This thrillingly sexy box set includes the following novellas: A Polar Second Chance by Pepper North Ruth would have never expected to experience a connection with the seer of Clan Thorben, but merely touching the handsome polar bear shifter's hand leaves her feeling warm in a way she never has before. But he doesn't plan for her to be just his mate. She will be his little girl also, to be loved, cherished, and spanked very soundly on her bare bottom when she's been naughty. Daddy's Naughty Mate by Allysa Hart In the time since she snuck aboard a ship bound for Terra Arcus and ended up claimed by a firm-handed panther shifter she now calls daddy, Callie has learned what it means to belong to a savage beast. But when the mate she loves must return to his ancestral homeland to care for his ailing mother, Callie finds herself thrust into the midst of a deadly battle for control of his pack. Blackwell's Price by Maren Smith Though Cyan Price is having second thoughts about her decision to sign up for the trip to Terra Arcus, upon her arrival she soon learns that what happens next isn't going to be up to her. The huge, fearsomely sexy tiger shifter in charge of auctioning off human females as mates has chosen her for himself, and he is looking forward to taming her and making her his in every way. Marked for the Gryphons by Golden Angel Eva intended to infiltrate Terra Arcus via the bride program, but she ended up stripped bare and sold to three gryphon shifters. As she is flown to her new home on the back of a terrifying beast with her cheeks blushing and her well-spanked bottom burning, she knows the most shameful part is yet to come. Her mates don't just plan to share her, they plan to take her all at once. Sabretooth by Delta James When reporter Tegan Mason sets out to expose the truth about the women who volunteer to work on Terra Arcus, she ends up taken captive and sent there herself to be sold at auction. But the shifters of Clan Sabre don't buy mates, they take them, and when the ship that transported her is raided she finds herself being carried off by a brute who has no intention of claiming her gently. Mamuut's Haven by Morganna Williams Caring for what is left of her people is all that keeps Haven going, but her life is changed forever when the alpha of Clan Mamuut saves her from scavengers. The massive, effortlessly dominant mammoth shifter informs Haven that she is his mate, and in spite of her defiance she has soon been bared and very soundly spanked. But before he claims her, she will be made to beg for it. Their Sassy Mate by Lesley Clark When her quest to track down her sister prompts her to accept help from a mysterious stranger, Susie ends up on Terra Arcus in the company of a man who turns out to be an alpha shifter. But her guide soon makes it clear that not only is he planning to claim her as his mate and spank her any time she disobeys him, he will be sharing her with another wolf from his pack as well. Publisher's Note: Claimed Brides is the second book of the Brides of Terra Arcus series. The novellas of this collection include spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book.

  • Author: Pepper North
  • Publisher: Stormy Night Publications (July 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy

                 

2. Randomize (Forward collection)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Fiction Anthologies - August 2021

Audible narration by Janina Gavankar ( True Blood ) In the near future, if Vegas games are ingeniously scam-proof, then the heists have to be too, in this imaginative and whip-smart story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Martian . An IT whiz at the Babylon Casino is enlisted to upgrade security for the game of keno and its random-number generator. The new quantum computer system is foolproof. But someone on the inside is no fool. For once the odds may not favor the house—unless human ingenuity isn’t entirely a thing of the past. Andy Weir’s Randomize is part of Forward , a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

  • Author: Andy Weir
  • Publisher: Amazon Original Stories (September 17, 2019)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense

                 

3. Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Fiction Anthologies - August 2021

An all-new Stormlight Archive novella, Edgedancer , is the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection , the first audiobook of short fiction by number New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson. The collection will include nine works in all. The first eight are: "The Hope of Elantris" (Elantris) "The Eleventh Metal" (Mistborn) "The Emperor's Soul" (Elantris) "Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30" (Mistborn) "White Sand" (excerpt; Taldain) "Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell" (Threnody)  "Sixth of Dusk" (First of the Sun) "Mistborn: Secret History" (Mistborn) These wonderful works, originally published on Tor.com and elsewhere individually, convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, including the Hugo Award-winning novella, The Emperor's Soul and an excerpt from the graphic novel White Sand . Arcanum Unbounded also contains the Stormlight Archive novella Edgedancer , which appears in this audiobook for the first time anywhere. It is a story of Lift, taking place between Words of Radiance and the forthcoming Oathbringer .  Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson The Cosmere The Stormlight Archive The Way of Kings Words of Radiance Edgedancer (Novella) Oathbringer   The Mistborn trilogy Mistborn: The Final Empire The Well of Ascension The Hero of Ages Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne Series Alloy of Law Shadows of Self Bands of Mourning Collection Arcanum Unbounded Other Cosmere Novels ElantrisWarbreaker The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians The Scrivener's Bones The Knights of Crystallia The Shattered Lens The Dark Talent The Rithmatist series The Rithmatist Other books by Brandon Sanderson The Reckoners Steelheart Firefight Calamity

  • Author: Brandon Sanderson
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Short Stories & Anthologies, Short Stories

                 

4. Wild Cards I


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Fiction Anthologies - August 2021

In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

  • Author: Luke Daniels
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban, Contemporary

                 

5. You Have Arrived at Your Destination (Forward collection)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Fiction Anthologies - August 2021

Audible narration by David Harbour ( Stranger Things ) Nature or nurture? Neither. Discover a bold new way to raise a child in this unsettling story of the near future by the New York Times bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow . When Sam’s wife first tells him about Vitek, a twenty-first-century fertility lab, he sees it as the natural next step in trying to help their future child get a “leg up” in a competitive world. But the more Sam considers the lives that his child could lead, the more he begins to question his own relationships and the choices he has made in his life. Amor Towles’s You Have Arrived at Your Destination is part of Forward , a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

  • Author: Amor Towles
  • Publisher: Amazon Original Stories (September 17, 2019)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 



6. Stories of Your Life and Others


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Fiction Anthologies - August 2021

This new edition of Ted Chiang's masterful first collection, Stories of Your Life and Others , includes his first eight published stories. Combining the precision and scientific curiosity of Kim Stanley Robinson with Lorrie Moore's cool, clear love of language and narrative intricacy, this award-winning collection offers listeners the dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar. Stories of Your Life and Others presents characters who must confront sudden change-the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens-while striving to maintain some sense of normalcy. In the amazing and much-lauded title story (the basis for the 2016 movie Arrival ), a grieving mother copes with divorce and the death of her daughter by drawing on her knowledge of alien languages and non-linear memory recollection. A clever pastiche of news reports and interviews chronicles a college's initiative to "turn off" the human ability to recognize beauty in "Liking What You See: A Documentary." With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty and constant change, and also by beauty and wonder.

  • Author: Ted Chiang
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Literature & Fiction, World Literature, United States, Asian American

                 

7. The Book of Dragons: An Anthology


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Fiction Anthologies - August 2021

R.F. Kuang, Kate Elliott, Ken Liu, Todd McCaffrey, Garth Nix, Peter S. Beagle, and other modern masters of fantasy and science fiction put their unique spin on the greatest of mythical beasts—the dragon—in never-before-seen works written exclusively for this fantasy anthology compiled by award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan and with art by Rovina Cai! Here there be dragons . . . From China to Europe, Africa to North America, dragons have long captured our imagination in myth and legend. Whether they are rampaging beasts awaiting a brave hero to slay or benevolent sages who have much to teach humanity, dragons are intrinsically connected to stories of creation, adventure, and struggle beloved for generations. Bringing together nearly thirty stories and poems from some of the greatest science fiction and fantasy writers working today— Garth Nix, Scott Lynch, R.F. Kuang, Ann Leckie & Rachel Swirsky, Daniel Abraham, Peter S. Beagle, Beth Cato, Zen Cho, C. S. E Cooney, Aliette de Bodard, Amal El-Mohtar, Kate Elliott, Theodora Goss, Ellen Klages, Ken Liu, Seanan Maguire, Patricia A McKillip, K. J. Parker, Kelly Robson, Michael Swanwick, Jo Walton, Elle Katharine White, Jane Yolen, Kelly Barnhill, Brooke Bolander, Sarah Gailey, and J. Y. Yang—and illustrated by award-nominated artist Rovina Cai with black-and-white line drawings specific to each entry throughout, this extraordinary collection vividly breathes fire and life into one of our most captivating and feared magical creatures as never before and is sure to become a treasured keepsake for fans of fantasy, science fiction, and fairy tales.

  • Author: Jonathan Strahan
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Illustrated edition (July 7, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy

                 

8. The Variant Series Box Set: The Complete Dystopian Series - Books 1-7


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Fiction Anthologies - August 2021

The Bestselling Dystopian Epic, Variant - the Complete Series of 7 Books - available for the first time in a single box set! All Variants live by one rule - you run, you hide…or you die. Ever since the disappearance of her father, Paige Adler has been hiding in the system. She spends her days packing ration boxes, and her nights on the hunt, secretly seeking justice against those who prey on her people. Just like her father once did. One night, when tracking a killer, Paige stumbles upon something far bigger than her own personal vendetta… In the shadows of the city, the Resistance still lingers, all but destroyed fifteen years before. Her father once fought for them, and it cost him his life. Now, they want Paige to join them too. Drawn in by a handsome but mysterious Variant, Paige soon discovers that the enemy is building a secret weapon, one that could destroy not only the Resistance, but all Variants, once and for all. In order to survive, they have to fight. And Paige, her powers, and her past, might just be the key to the future… Included in this collection: 1. Variant 2. Initiate 3. Survivor 4. Pathfinder 5. Legend 6. Prodigy 7. Worldkiller

  • Author: T.C. Edge
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy

                 

9. Endurance: The Complete Series


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Fiction Anthologies - August 2021

USA Today Bestseller! A disrespected ship, exiled to lonely patrol in the dark corners of the solar system. A crew of screw-ups, written off by the entire fleet. They're about to change everything. If they don't blow themselves up first. Join the Endurance's crew - a trigger-happy first officer, a hyperactive engineer, a shy covert operative, a conspiracy-spouting physicist, and a captain trying to earn his way back into his superiors' good graces - as they explore the galaxy by accident and trip their way into saving the world. This anthology includes all five Endurance novellas, as well as two bonus short stories.

  • Author: A. C. Spahn
  • Publisher: Sealook Press (September 16, 2016)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy

                 

10. The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Boxset: Guide to the Galaxy / The Restaurant at the End of the Universe / Life, the Universe and ... and Thanks for all the Fish / Mostly Harmless


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Fiction Anthologies - August 2021

First a legendary radio series, then a bestselling book, then a blockbuster movie, the immensely successful Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams needs no introduction. This paperback boxset collection includes all five parts of the trilogy, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , The Restaurant at the End of the Universe , Life, the Universe and Everything , So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish and Mostly Harmless . A phenomenon across all formats, this paperback omnibus contains the complete Hitchhiker's in five parts, charting the whole of Arthur Dent's odyssey through space and time. Share and enjoy. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace express route. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be rather a lot to cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun. The Galaxy may offer a mind-boggling variety of ways to be blown up and/or insulted, but it’s very hard to get a cup of tea. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe When all questions of space, time, matter and the nature of being have been resolved, only one question remains - 'Where shall we have dinner?' The Restaurant at the End of the Universe provides the ultimate gastronomic experience, and for once there is no morning after to worry about. Life, the Universe and Everything Following a number of stunning catastrophes, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a hideously miserable cave on prehistoric Earth. However, just as he thinks that things cannot get possibly worse, they suddenly do. An eddy in the space-time continuum lands him, Ford Prefect, and their flying sofa in the middle of the cricket ground at Lord's, just two days before the world is due to be destroyed by the Vogons. Escaping the end of the world for a second time, Arthur, Ford, and their old friend Slartibartfast embark (reluctantly) on a mission to save the whole galaxy from fanatical robots. Not bad for a man in his dressing gown. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish There is a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. It's not an easy thing to do, and Arthur Dent thinks he's the only human who's been able to master this nifty little trick – until he meets Fenchurch, the woman of his dreams. Fenchurch once realised how the world could be made a good and happy place. Unfortunately, she's forgotten. Convinced that the secret lies within God's Final Message to His Creation, they go in search of it. And, in a dramatic break with tradition, actually find it . . . Mostly Harmless Arthur Dent has settled down on the small planet Lamuella and has embraced his role as a Sandwich Maker. However, his plans for a quiet life are thrown awry by the unexpected arrival of his daughter. There's nothing worse than a frustrated teenager with a copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in their hands. When she runs away, Arthur goes after her determined to save her from the horrors of the universe. After all - he's encountered most of them before.

  • Author: Douglas Adams
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market edition (September 3, 2020)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • ISBN: 978-1529044195
  • Dimensions: 5.35 x 3.19 x 8.11 inches