From the furthest reaches of space to the microbiology of pandemics and gene manipulation, to the future implications of technology for societies similar to our own, science fiction is a fascinating genre that offers listeners a wide variety of ways to access its themes.

In looking for the best sci-fi audiobook series, it can be difficult to know where to start due to the genre's sheer number of iterations and variations. But what these series all have in common is an acute devotion to telling a good story, as well as fully building out the worlds and technologies therein. The writing is enhanced by creative and impassioned narration, all of which invites you to enter the worlds and scenarios the authors crafted.

Extinction Shadow
Ball Lightning
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Parable of the Sower
Falling Free
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Ninefox Gambit
Ancillary Justice
All Systems Red

D.R. Baker is a writer and musician based in New York City. Their work has appeared at Book Riot, Submittable, HowlRound, and others.