6 Dysfunctional, Lovable, and Magical Families in Sci-Fi & Fantasy

No matter which holidays you’re celebrating this season, one thing seems inevitable: a lot of time with family, for better or for worse. One thing I love about meeting new people, both in real life and in books, is getting a taste for different family dynamics and the rituals and traditions they share. Families also make for great fiction—and sci-fi & fantasy is no exception. No matter how you’re feeling about this season of nonstop togetherness, let’s all agree to keep it a little more Stark, a little less Lannister, yeah? —Sam, Audible Editor
    • Spoonbenders

    • A Novel
    • By: Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,447
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,259
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245

    Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just the Right Amount of Everything!

    • By JILL CAVANAUGH on 07-02-17
    • A Novel
    • By: Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Release date: 06-27-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,447 ratings
    • The Telemachuses
    • Once a powerful dynasty of psychics, mind-readers, and other paranormals, the clan once known as The Amazing Telemachuses is now a bit down-on-their luck and out of touch after a tragedy tears them apart. Years later, they're once again tapped to wield their uncanny abilities to save their family.
    • Dark Eden

    • A Novel
    • By: Chris Beckett
    • Narrated by: Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, and others
    • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 916
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 855
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 855

    On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Ripping Yarn

    • By Mark on 04-23-14
    • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Booktrack Edition

    • Wayfarers, Book 1
    • By: Becky Chambers
    • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The ship, which has seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable

    • By Dawn on 07-01-18
    • Wayfarers, Book 1
    • By: Becky Chambers
    • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
    • Series: Wayfarers (Booktrack Editions), Book 1
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
    • Release date: 06-14-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 69 ratings
    • The Wayfarers Crew
    • Sometimes your found family can be just as important as—if not more important than—your blood relatives, and that's definitely true of the misfit crew of the Wayfarer, who come to share their darkest secrets and deepest dreams over the course of their long, dangerous mission. As Kizzy would say, Nothing’s too much to ask when it comes to brothers.
    • Jade City

    • The Green Bone Saga, Book 1
    • By: Fonda Lee
    • Narrated by: Andrew Kishino
    • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258

    Award-winning author Fonda Lee explodes onto the adult fantasy scene with Jade City, an epic saga reminiscent of The Godfather with magic and kung fu, set in an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully realized world, vivid characters; makes you think

    • By Ken Schneyer on 03-24-18
    • The Green Bone Saga, Book 1
    • By: Fonda Lee
    • Narrated by: Andrew Kishino
    • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
    • Release date: 11-07-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 268 ratings
    • The Kauls
    • The powerful, magical Kaul family has controlled the supply of jade, and thus the island of Kekon, for hundreds of years—and with a dynamic that has been compared to The Godfather you might guess that that rule hasn't been altogether peaceful...but it sure is captivating to listen to.
    • Sister Mine

    • By: Nalo Hopkinson
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 68

    "We'd had to be cut free of our mother's womb. Abby and I were fused, you see. But here's the real kicker; Abby had the magic, I didn't"....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator saves this story

    • By Denis A. on 03-21-14
    • By: Nalo Hopkinson
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 03-13-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 73 ratings
    • Abby and Makeda
    • Abby and Makeda are not just ordinary twins—they were born conjoined. When separated, Abby turns out to have inherited their demigod father's magic, while Makeda is left with none. Despite the magical circumstances, Nalo Hopkinson's Sister Mine still manages to present a classic tale of sibling rivalry and complex family dynamics.
    • A Game of Thrones

    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95,246
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82,202
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 82,140

    As a preternaturally long winter approaches, good and evil battle for the kingdom of Winterfell...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Review of First 5 Books

    • By DCinMI on 09-12-13
    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Series: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
    • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
    • Release date: 12-09-03
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 95,246 ratings
    • The Lannisters, The Starks, The Targaryens, The Baratheons, The Greyjoys...
    • ...and on and on. No list about families in sci-fi & fantasy would be complete without the ultimate story of family power struggles. And to make matters more complicated, many of these warring factions are interrelated through either blood or marriage. That's a family Thanksgiving table I'd pay to see.