6 - 25 Saghe

Capita di trovare, ogni tanto su internet, qualcuno che compila elenchi di qualsiasi cosa riguardante la fantascienza (talvolta pure la fantasy): i romanzi più conosciuti, quelli più venduti, quelli più belli e quelli più brutti, e così via.

Curiosando in quell'infinita varietà di compilazioni ho trovato un sito dove venivano pubblicate le 25 saghe più belle, o da essere assolutamente lette, secondo il parere del compilatore.

Di qualcuna avevo trattato pure io, ma solamente per sapere di quali erano state ultimate le traduzioni e le pubblicazioni in italiano (e per far sapere pure di quali avevo i volumi originali e non).

Non so in quale ordine abbia inserito le diverse saghe, ma la sua personale convinzione non deve essere per forza che la numero 1 dell'elenco sia la migliore e la numero 25 la peggiore. De Gustibus, eccetera.

Molte saghe solamente per lettori di lingua inglese, naturalmente.

Comunque ve le presento così come le ho trovate, con delle note personali. Alcune saghe e alcuni autori non le/li avevo nemmeno mai sentite/i nominare.

Come dicono da noi: 'Troppa grazia Sant'Antonio'.

25 Best Sci Fi Book Series

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Here at (omissis) our goal is to scour the internet in hopes to find the best Science Fiction Books out there for you. To help you in your search we have categorized all of the possible book genres and given you quick access to purchase any of them.

So, start your journey now and get on your way to discovering new and amazing books that you might just never be able to put down. Enjoy!

In this list of the best sci-fi book series, we explore some of the very best SciFi series available. Some of the series that are included were chosen because they showed great potential and had many raving reviews.

Siccome poi per ciascuna saga aggiunge il costo e dove trovarla credo che sia solamente una trovata pubblicitaria.

Eccone l'esempio (ho cancellato i singoli costi e collegamenti).


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1. Zones of Thought Series

By Vernor Vinge

Years into the future humans are no longer the only creatures living in a universe where one's mind's potential is solely determined by its location in space. Ranging from the superintelligent entities in the Transcend all the way to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths. No one knows exactly how the universe got to be like this, separated by "regions of thought". But when the warring Straumli realm get ahold of an ancient artifact as a weapon chaos is unleashed and Ravna is left to flee from it all.

  • Book 1: A Fire Upon The Deep
  • Book 2: A Deepness in the Sky
  • Book 3: The Children of the Sky
  • Book 4: After the Battle on Starship Hill

Il volume 4 non compare in ISFDB, essendo un'anticipazione di un paio di capitoli del volume 3. Però è stato stampato e venduto, con lamentele da parte degli acquirenti non sapendo che avevano acquistato un libro che andrà a far parte del più completo romanzo The Children of the Sky.

Nelle mie Cronistorie di Andromeda mi ero infatti fermato al n. 3.

Ecco di cosa tratta il volume n. 4:

"After the Battle on Starship Hill" is more than 12000 words of prologue from Vernor Vinge's forthcoming novel, The Children of the Sky. Taking place on Tines World, this mini e-book describes events of the years immediately following the conclusion of the predecessor novel, A Fire Upon the Deep

2. Sprawl Trilogy

By William Gibson

The Sprawl Trilogy consist of 3 books following the adventures of a data-thief who goes by the name of Case. Case was the best there ever was until he got caught up with the wrong people. Who damaged his nervous system and banished him from the cyberspace. But Case was given a second chance by his new mysterious employer and two friends who swore to always have his back.

  • Book 1: Neuromancer
  • Book 2: Count Zero
  • Book 3: Mona Lisa Overdrive
Tutti e tre i volumi sono stati tradotti e pubblicati in Italia.
  • 1 - Neuromante
  • 2 - Giù nel ciberspazio
  • 3 - Monna Lisa Cyberpunk

3. The Dune Chronicles

By Frank Herbert

  • This set includes: Dune; Dune Messiah; Children of Dune; God Emperor of Dune; Heretics of Dune; and Chapterhouse Dune
  • Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known-and feared-as the man christened Muad'Dib. As Emperor of the known universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremen, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne-and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence.
  • The Children of Dune are twin siblings Leto and Ghanima Atreides, whose father, the Emperor Paul Muad'Dib, disappeared in the desert wastelands of Arrakis nine years ago. Like their father, the twins possess supernormal abilities-making them valuable to their manipulative aunt Alia, who rules the Empire in the name of House Atreides.
  • God Emperor of Dune - Millennia have passed on Arrakis, and the once-desert planet is green with life. Leto Atreides, the son of the world's savior, the Emperor Paul Muad'Dib, is still alive but far from human. To preserve humanity's future, he sacrificed his own by merging with a sandworm, granting him near immortality as God Emperor of Dune for the past thirty-five hundred years.
  • Heretics of Dune - Leto Atreides, the God Emperor of Dune, is dead. In the fifteen hundred years since his passing, the Empire has fallen into ruin. The great Scattering saw millions abandon the crumbling civilization and spread out beyond the reaches of known space. The planet Arrakis-now called Rakis-has reverted to its desert climate, and its great sandworms are dying.

The Dune Chronicles is a 8 book science fiction series dream. Set on a desert plant known as Arrakis, Paul Atreides - a boy who would later be called Muad'Dib - has his mind set on bring the family's dream to reality. The dream was to bring fruition to humankind's oldest and most unattainable dream to life once again.

  • Book 1: Dune
  • Book 2: Dune Messiah
  • Book 3: Children of Dune
  • Book 4: God Emperor of Dune
  • Book 5: Heretics of Dune
  • Book 6: Chapterhouse
  • Book 7: Hunters of Dune
  • Book 8: Sandworms of Dune

Tutti i volumi sopracitati sono stati tradotti e pubblicati.

La vera saga di Dune si fermava al n. 6. E il compilatore ha inserito nell'elenco romanzi scritti dal figlio di Herbert (Brian) con la collaborazione di K. J. Anderson (n. 7 e n. 8).

Facendo così doveva inserire pure Prequels, le Sequelse e tutte le short stories collegate.

Vedi le Cronistorie di Andromeda, incompleta perché mancavano le ultime traduzioni italiane (vol. n. 7 e n. 8).

4. The Heechee Saga

By Frederik Pohl

Gateway is what started it all. it opened on all the wealth of the Universe and unleashed horrors unimaginable to most. It was Bob Broadhead who had decided that on his flight on the Heechee spacecraft he would make himself the richest man alive. This worked for him but did not help the rest of the universe.

  • Book 1: Gateway
  • Book 2: Beyond The Blue Event Horizon
  • Book 3: Heechee Rendezvous
  • Book 4: The Annals Of The Heechee

Tutti e 4 i volumi pubblicati in Italia:

  • 1 - La porta dell'infinito
  • 2 - Oltre l'orizzonte azzurro
  • 3 - Appuntamento con gli Heechee
  • 4 - Gli annali degli Heechee

5. The Shadow Saga Series

By Orson Scott Card

As the human race is at war with an alien species, the "Buggers", Earth prepares itself with a group of military geniuses who can fight and win the war. The training for such a group begins in childhood in the high orbital facility called the Battle School. Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is not the only child there, he is simply the best of the best.

  • Book 1: Ender's Shadow
  • Book 2: Shadow of the Hegemon
  • Book 3: Shadow Puppets
  • Book 4: Shadow of the Giant
  • Book 5: Shadows in Flight

Ecco una serie mai ultimata in italiano, solamente il primo romanzo tradotto e pubblicato:

1 - L'ombra di Ender

6. The Eternal Sky Trilogy

By Elizabeth Bear

Temur was the grandson of the Great Khan. He was walking from the battlefield from which he was left to die alone. Around him were the armies of his cousin and brother who had started the war in order to rule the Khaganate. Now he was the rightful heir to the thrown. But he was not the strongest. The only way he was to survive from his cousin was to go into exile.

  • Book 1: Range of Ghosts
  • Book 2: Shattered Pillars
  • Book 3: Steles of the Sky

Nessun libro della saga tradotto.

7. Hunter Series

By Mercedes Lackey

This 3 book series is a mixture of science fiction and a fantasy. With kings and queen and entirely different universes join Joyeaux Charmand and her adventures as she and her fellow Hunters to protect the most important people.

  • Book 1: Hunter
  • Book 2: Elite
  • Book 3: Apex

Nessun libro della saga tradotto.

8. Shades of Magic

By V. E. Schwab

Being one of the last of her kind with the rare capabilities to travel between parallel dimentions, a Antari, Kell has a lot on her mind. She was raised in Arnes and serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador. She is a smuggler, serving only those who are willing to pay top price. However after an exchange goes wrong Kell is forced to escape to Grey London and runs into a fellow thief.

  • Book 1: A Darker Shade of Magic
  • Book 2: A Gathering of Shadows
  • Book 3: A Conjuring of Light

Tutti e tre i romanzi tradotti e pubblicati in italiano:

  • 1 - Magic
  • 2 - Legend
  • 3 - Dark

9. The Foundation Series

By Isaac Asimov

In the year 12020 G.E. nothing is like what it may seem. With Emperor Cleon I sitting uneasily on his Imperial Throne of Trantor, forty billion people have create civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. But Cleon knows there are some out their wanting and waiting to see him fall. Those who he would destroy first if he could only see into the future.

  • Book 1: Prelude to Foundation
  • Book 2: Forward the Foundation
  • Book 3: Foundation
  • Book 4: Foundation and Empire
  • Book 5: Second Foundation
  • Book 6: Foundation's Edge
  • Book 7: Foundation and Earth
  • Book 8: Foundation's Fears
  • Book 9: Foundation and Chaos
  • Book 10: Foundation's Triumph

Di questa saga niente da dire: chi non la conosce?

Solo che alcuni romanzi non sono stati scritti da Asimov e manca sempre qualcosa.

10. The Ender Game Series

By Orson Scott Card

The government agencies breed child geniuses in order to defend themselves against a hostile alien race's next attack. One of these child geniuses was Andrew "Ender" Wiggin. Ender lived with his parents, sadistic brother Peter, and the his sister Valentine -who he loved more than anyone. As Ender leaves his family to be drafted into the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training, follow his story in this 5 book series.

  • Book 1: Ender's Game
  • Book 2: Speaker for the Dead
  • Book 3: Xenocide
  • Book 4: Children of the Mind
  • Book 5: Ender in Exile

Pubblicazioni italiane:

  • 1 - Il gioco di Ender
  • 2 - Il riscatto di Ender
  • 3 - Ender III: Xenocidio
  • 4 - I figli della mente

5 - Ecco... ne manca uno!

11. Fallen Empire

By Lindsay Buroker

As the tyrannical empire has finally fallen to the Alliance it is time for celebration. However, not for fighter pilot Captain Alisa Marchenko. After having barely survived her crash in the final battle Captain Marchenko was stranded on a planet billions of miles away from her daughter. Without any money or resources and no transports heading to Perun she still have a plan.

  • Book 1: Star Normad
  • Book 2: Honor's Flight
  • Book 3: Starseers
  • Book 4: Relic of Sorrows
  • Book 5: Cleon Moon
  • Book 6: Arkadian Skies
  • Book 7: Perilous Hunt
  • Book 8: End Game

E chi la conosce? In Italia volevo dire!

12. Mote Series

By Larry Niven

Being spread across vast distances due to the Alderson Drive the united 'Second Empire of Man' has the capabilities to allow human to easily travel between the stars. However, after an alien probe has been discovered the Navy set out on a mission to determine whether or not the aliens are a threat to their society.

  • Book 1: The Mote in God's Eye
  • Book 2: The Gripping Hand
  • Book 3: Outies


  • 1 - La strada delle stelle
  • 2 - Nell'occhio del gigante

3 - E il terzo? Dimenticato?

13. The Hyperion Cantos

Dan Simmons

On a world beyond reach of the galactic law known as Hyperion awaits a creature called the Shrike. There are some who worship it. Some who wish to destroy it. And then there are some who fear the Shrike. Hidden behind huge structures moving backwards through time in the Valley of the Time Tombs the Shrike awaits for them all.

  • Book 1: Hyperion
  • Book 2: The Fall of Hyperion
  • Book 3: Endymion
  • Book 4: The Rise of Endymion

In italiano: Saga ultimata.

  • 1 - Hyperion
  • 2 - La caduta di Hyperion
  • 3 - Endymion
  • 4 - Il risveglio di Endymion

14. The Book of the New Sun

By Gene Wolfe

The Book of the New Sun is one of Gene Wolfe most famous novel series. Within it 4 books that master the art of science fiction and fantasy. The series starts out with the tale of a young Severian who is an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on a world known as Urth. Yet he was exiled for committing the ultimate sin to his profession, showing mercy towards a victim.

  • Book 1: Shadow & Claw
  • Book 2: Sword & Citadel
  • Book 3: The Citadel of the Autarch
  • Book 4: The Urth of the New Sun

Tutti pubblicati in Italia, anche se in italiano i titoli sono 5:

  • 1 - L'ombra del torturatore - The Shadow of the Torturer
  • 2 - L'artiglio del conciliatore - The Claw of the Conciliator
  • 3 - La spada del Littore - The Sword of the Lictor
  • 4 - La cittadella dell'Autarca - come il titolo originale
  • 5 - Urth del Nuovo Sole - come il titolo originale

15. The Culture Series

By Iain Banks

As the war continued to spread across the galaxy billions of more people were dying. Planets, moons, and stars awaited their destruction. The Idirans fought for their Faith and Culture fought for its moral right to exist.

  • Book 1: Consider Phlebas
  • Book 2: The Player of Games
  • Book 3: Use of Weapons
  • Book 4: State of the Art
  • Book 5: Excession
  • Book 6: Inversions
  • Book 7: Look to Windward
  • Book 8: Matter
  • Book 9: Surface Detail
  • Book 10: The Hydrogen Sonata

Vedi Andromeda dove ne avevo diffusamente trattato sia come autore che come cronistoria. Comunque ultimi tre romanzi mai tradotti.

16. The Mars Trilogy

By Kim Stanley Robinson

For centuries the barren landscape of the red planet has called for humankind. Now a group of one hundred colonists starts off on their mission to transform Mars into a more Earthlike planet.

  • Book 1: Red Mars
  • Book 2: Green Mars
  • Book 3: Blue Mars

In italiano tre titoli come i tre originali

17. Space Odyssey Series

By Arthur C. Clarke

This series takes you through a time of humanity's explorations of the universe. And the universe's reaction to humankind. It follows the crew of the spacecraft Discovery as the take off on their journey to Saturn.

  • Book 1: 2001
  • Book 2: 2010
  • Book 3: 2061
  • Book 4: 3001

In italiano traduzione e pubblicazione dei quattro romanzi

  • 1 - 2001 Odissea nello spazio
  • 2 - 2010 Odissea due
  • 3 - 2061 Odissea tre
  • 4 - 3001 Odissea finale

18. Ancillary World

By Ann Leckie

Alone on a remote and icy planet Breq, a soldier, knew she was getting closer and closer to completing her quest. In her past she was the Justice of Toren - a massive starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of their soldiers into the service of the great Radch. The empire that had conquered the galaxy. But with a simple act of treachery all of that was ripped away from her and left her just like every other human, fragile, alone, and a burning desire for vengeance.

  • Book 1: Ancillary Justice
  • Book 2: Ancillary Sword
  • Book 3: Ancillary Mercy

In italiano:

  • 1 - Ancillary Justice: La vendetta di Breq
  • 2 - Ancillary Sword: La stazione di Athoek
  • Il terzo però non è uscito in solitario ma inserito in una trilogia: 3 - Trilogia - Ancillary: Justice. Sword. Mercy

19. The Young Elites

By Marie Lu

Decades ago a deadly disease swept through Adelina Amoureru's nation. Most who were effect died soon there after. While the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina's hair had turned silver, her lashes were now pale and where her left eye once was is now a jagged scar. Some of the others affected with scars are rummored to now carry more than just the scars. Some say they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts. They have come together and call themselves the Young Elites.

  • Book 1: The Young Elites
  • Book 2: The Rose Society
  • Book 3: The Midnight Star

In Italiano:

1 - La battaglia dei pugnali

2 e 3 ancora inediti 

Adelina Amouteru è una sopravvissuta. Dieci anni fa il suo Paese è stato colpito da un'epidemia. Sono morti quasi tutti, e i pochi bambini rimasti in vita sono stati marchiati per sempre dalla malattia. I bei capelli corvini di Adelina sono diventati color argento, le sue ciglia bianche, e l'occhio sinistro è sostituito da una brutta cicatrice. Il suo crudele padre la considera un'appestata, una maledizione per la casata degli Amouteru. Ma i sopravvissuti hanno acquisito anche straordinari poteri magici, per questo la popolazione li chiama "Giovani Elite". Teren Santoro è al servizio del re, dirige l'Inquisizione: il suo compito è scovare i sopravvissuti delle Giovani Elite e annientarli. Lui li considera malvagi, eppure è lo stesso Teren a nascondere grandi ombre nel suo cuore. Enzo Valenciano fa parte della Compagnia della Spada, un gruppo segreto all'interno delle Giovani Elite, nato con il compito di combattere l'Inquisizione. Ma quando incontrerà Adelina, scoprirà che la ragazza possiede poteri che mai nessuno ha avuto prima e cercherà di convincerla a combattere al suo fianco.

20. The Gap Cycle

By Stephen R. Donaldson

Angus Thermopyle was a pirate and a well known pirate. Even the most fearsome of the Delta Sector stayed out of his way when he came through. But when Thermopyle came through Mallory's Bar & Sleep with a beautiful woman at his side, the commoners could not but help to take notice. Her name was Morn Hyland and before she came to be with Thermopyle she was a police officer.

  • Book 1: The Real Story
  • Book 2: Forbidden Knowledge
  • Book 3: A Dark and Hungry God Arises
  • Book 4: Chaos and Order
  • Book 5: The Day All Gods Die

Saga completamente sconosciuta nelle patrie librerie italiche.

21. The Uplift Saga

By David Brin

Since the beginning of time no species had ever reached the stars without the guidance of a patron, except of course mankind. In this 6 book series follow an adventure that takes you through space on a voyage like non other.

  • Book 1: Sundiver
  • Book 2: Startide Rising
  • Book 3: The Uplift War
  • Book 4: Brightness Reef
  • Book 5: Infinity's Shore
  • Book 6: Heaven's Reach

In italiano: tutti e sei.

  • 1 - Spedizione Sundiver
  • 2 - Le maree di Kithrup
  • 3- I Signori di Garth
  • 4 - Il pianeta proibito
  • 5 - Le rive dell'infinito
  • 6 - I confini del cielo

22. Hainish Cycle

By Ursula K. Le Guin

This series of novels consist of stories written by Ursula K. Le Guin. They take you through time and space on journeys that leave stranded human colonist on a planet one by one killing them. And where ethnologist are sent to a bronze-age planet in order to help defeat an intergalactic enemy.


  • The Dowry of Angyar (1964) [SF]
    • Variant: Semley's Necklace (1964)
  • Rocannon's World (1966)
  • Planet of Exile (1966)
  • City of Illusions (1967)
  • The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
  • Winter's King (1969) [SF]
    • Variant: Winter's King (1969 Version) (2017)
  • Vaster Than Empires and More Slow (1971) [SF]
  • The Word for World Is Forest (1972) [SF]
  • The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia (1974)
    • Variant: The Dispossessed (1974)
  • The Day Before the Revolution (1974) [SF]
  • The Shobies' Story (1990) [SF]
  • Dancing to Ganam (1993) [SF]
  • The Matter of Seggri (1994) [SF]
  • Unchosen Love (1994) [SF]
  • Another Story (1994) [SF]
    • Variant: Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (1994)
  • Solitude (1994) [SF]
  • Coming of Age in Karhide (1995) [SF
    • Variant: Coming of Age in Karhide by Sov Thade Tage em Ereb, of Rer, in Karhide, on Gethen (2002)
  • Mountain Ways (1996) [SF]
  • The Telling (2000)
  • Yeowe and Werel
    • 1 Betrayals (1994) [SF]
    • 2 Forgiveness Day (1994) [SF]
    • 3 A Man of the People (1995) [SF]
    • 4 A Woman's Liberation (1995) [SF]
    • 5 Old Music and the Slave Women (1999) [SF]
    • Four Ways to Forgiveness (1995) [C]
    • Five Ways to Forgiveness (2017) [C

Qualcosa di non tradotto sicuramente ci sarà, vero?

Chi vuole controllare?

23. The Red Trilogy

By Linda Nagata

With advancements in technology and reality TV this series of novels comprises of high drama and political thrillers that combines both military action and classic science fiction.

  • Book 1: The Red
  • Book 2: The Trials
  • Book 3: Going Dark

In italiano solamente il primo romanzo:

1 - Red

24. Majipoor Series

By Robert Silverberg

Being a man with no past and a lone wanderer without the knowledge of his origins, Valentine is a member of a motley group of entertainers. Traveling across the magical planet of Majipoor he continues to hope that one day soon he will meet someone that can give him back what he had all lost.

  • Book 1: Lord Valentine's Castle
  • Book 2: Majipoor Chronicles
  • Book 3: Valentine Pontifex

In italiano tutti e tre i romanzi:

  • 1 - Il castello di Lord Valentine
  • 2 - Cronache di Majipoor
  • 3 - Il Pontifex Valentine

25. Lucky's Marines

By Larry Niven

Non figura scritto da Larry Niven ma da: Joshua James

As humankind is in a desperate fight against insurmountable odds their only hope is in a lifer Marine that has a violent past. Without even remembering his past the marine is known for picking fights he shouldn't win.

  • Book 1: Lucky Universe
  • Book 2: Lucky Legacy
  • Book 3: Lucy Empire
  • Book 4: Lucky Forever
  • Book 5: Lucky Invasion

Cose fatte frettolosamente, sembra. La serie è continuata arrivando al numero 9:

1. Lucky Universe (2017)

2. Lucky Legacy (2018)
3. Lucky Empire (2018)
4. Lucky Forever (2018)
5. Lucky Invasion (2018)
6. Lucky Revenge (2018)
7. Lucky Justice (2019)
8. Lucky Bastard (2019)
9. Lucky At Last (2019)

Chi conosce o ha letto qualcosa di questa saga?

Uscita prima in ebook e poi cartacea.

E con questa ultima n. 25 si conclude una panoramica di saghe. così definite dal curatore:

'Impossibile smettere di leggerle'.

A parere mio di qualcuna si è dimenticato, o non l'ha considerata interessante?

O, sicuramente, non era sponsorizzata?

Poteva benissimo arrivare a cinquanta.


P.S.: Se ho omesso, dimenticato, o sbagliato qualcosa, me lo fate sapere?


Rovigo, Dicembre 2020

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