Go beyond just the current list of New York Times Fiction Best Sellers to discover every bestselling book listed on the NYT Bestseller List in 2020.
Since 1931, The New York Times has been publishing a weekly list of bestselling books. Since then, becoming a New York Times bestseller has become a dream for virtually every writer.
When I first started reading adult fiction, one of the first places I went for book recommendations was the New York Times Fiction Best Sellers. I wanted to know what books were the most widely read, and start with those.
However, scrolling through the list week by week on The New York Times website is rather annoying. I just wanted all the bestselling fiction books gathered together in one place.
When I couldn’t find it, I decided to create it.
Here are all the New York Times fiction bestsellers from 2020. Instead of just the current best seller list, which you can find all over the place, I’ve compiled a list of every book that has appeared on the New York Times Fiction Best Sellers list in 2020 for Hardcover Fiction.
Note: The week count in this list stops on the last week of 2020. Visit the 2021 Bestseller List if you want to find out which books kept ranking into the next year.
Since this is a bit of a sprawling post, feel free to jump to the section that most interests you or take your time scrolling through the complete list of New York Times fiction best sellers.
- #1 Fiction Best Sellers of 2020
- Heavyweights (10+ Weeks)
- Fan Favorites (5+ Weeks)
- Honorable Mention (2+ Weeks)
- One Hit Wonders
#1 New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2020
For years, Kya Clark has survived alone in the marshes of the North Carolina coast. Dubbed “The Marsh Girl” by the locals, she was abandoned by her family and has been raised by nature itself. Now, as she comes of age, she begins to yearn for something more than her loneliness – maybe even a connection with the locals. (119 Weeks) Read more →
In Mexico, bookstore owner Lydia is charmed to meet Javier, a man who shares her taste in books, only to find he is the local drug lord. When her husband exposes Javier’s secrets, the wrath of the cartel falls upon her family. Lydia and her son Luca must flee from his wrath – all the way to American soil. (34 Weeks) Read more →
Growing up in a small black community in the Deep South, the Vignes sisters run away at age sixteen. Though identical twins, their lives end in completely different paths. One returns to live in their hometown while the other secretly passes as white. Bennett explores more than race, as she contemplates how the past affects future generations when their daughters’ lives intersect. (28 Weeks) Read more →
A collection of four novellas. In “If It Bleeds,” a standalone sequel to The Outsider, a bomb at a middle school prompts an investigation into the lead reporter by Holly Gibney. Other stories include “Mr. Harriagan’s Phone,” “The Life of Chuck,” and “Rat.” (18 Weeks) Read More →
With Hurricane Leo approaching, bookstore owner Bruce Cable decides to ride out the storm. In the aftermath, his author friend Nelson Kerr is found dead. Did Nelson die in the storm? Or did someone use the hurricane to cover a murder? (17 Weeks) Read More →
After a failed bank robbery, a banker robber on the run accidentally ends up with a room full of hostages at an open house. After letting all of the hostages go, the police storm the apartment, only to find it empty. Now the police must interview the dysfunctional group to figure out what exactly happened. Backman purposely plays on your assumptions and uses an unusual narration style that gives the story an allegorical feel. (14 Weeks) Read more →
After being injured in a bombing in Afghanistan, a Navy doctor settles at his late grandfather’s cabin in North Carolina. While recuperating from his wounds, Trevor Benson never expects to find love, but he can’t fight the attraction he feels to deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson. However, Natalie remains distant, and a sullen teenage girl might be more connected to Trevor’s grandfather’s death than any suspected. (11 Weeks) Read more →
At her brother’s bachelor party, Mallory meets Jake McCloud. Thus begins a love affair that lasts for decades, but only for one weekend a year. When Mallory his dying, she leaves instructions for her son to call Jake, who is now the husband of the leading presidential candidate. (11 Weeks) Read more →
Thirty years after publishing The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett has written a prequel revealing the events that led up to his epic work. At the end of the Dark Ages in England, one man’s determination to make his abbey the center of learning changes the lives of a boatbuilder, a noblewoman, and the monk in unexpected ways. (10 Weeks) Read more →
John Grisham returns you to Clanton, Mississipi, the setting of his debut novel A Time to Kill. After appearing in the novel Sycamore Row, lawyer Jake Brigance is back, this time defending a teenager accused of killing a local deputy. With demand rising for a swift guilty verdict and the death penalty, Brigance realizes the town is against him as he pleads for mercy along with justice. (9 Weeks) Read more →
When Dawn Edelstein is in a plane crash, her last thoughts are not of her husband, but of a man she hasn’t seen in fifteen years. When she miraculously survives, Dawn has a choice to make. Should she return to her husband and try to work out their marriage? Or should she run away to Egypt to pursue a man and a degree that she left behind? (8 Weeks) Read more →
In the 25th Jack Reacher novel, Lee Child teams up with his younger brother Andrew. When Jack Reacher intervenes in an ambush in Tennessee, he meets an unassuming IT manager. Recently fired from his job after a cyberattack, Rusty Rutherford just wants to clear his name. Instead, they stumble upon a much larger conspiracy. (7 Weeks) Read more →
While holidaying in Rome, Gabriel Allon is shocked by the death of his friend Pope Paul VII. When the pope’s secretary insists he was murdered, Gabriel stumbles upon a long-hidden secret – a book containing a lost New Testament story that The Order of St. Helena will do anything to keep hidden. (7 Weeks) Read more →
Hilary Mantel’s third and final book of her Thomas Cromwell series. With Anne Boleyn dead, Thomas Cromwell continues to support King Henry VIII. However, when the Spanish ambassador points out that the King always turns on those closest to him, Cromwell starts to wonder if his turn is next. (7 Weeks) Read more →
The 27th Stephanie Plum novel. After Grandma Mazur’s new husband dies, he leaves her the key to his massive fortune. As Stephanie and her grandma search for the treasure, they realize they aren’t the only ones looking. Stephanie’s old nemesis from Little Havana is hot on the trail. Can Stephanie outwit her? And will she finally decide between Joe Morelli and Ranger? (6 Weeks) Read more →
When the Mayor of New York’s daughter goes missing, he strikes a deal with Detective Michael Bennett, whose son is in prison. Bennett’s investigation leads him to a murder connected to a hacking operation, with national security implications. (6 weeks) Read More →
After a big courtroom win, Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller is pulled over by the police who find the body of a former client in his trunk. Unable to post bail, Haller must defend himself against murder charges from his jail cell while fending off enemies from the inside and out. Haller knows that it’s not enough to get a not guilty verdict. To be free of the charges, he must find out who really did it. (5 Weeks)
The 16th book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. While in Paris, Gamache investigates the attempted murder of his godfather, billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Now Gamache and his wife use the help of his former second-in-command to uncover secrets buried in the City of Lights. (4 Weeks) Read more →
After forming a coalition against the enemy invaders, Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant face a stalemate in the war. Until a technological advance creates an arms race with terrible consequences. The much-awaited fourth book in the Stormlight Archive is publishing in November. (3 Weeks) Read more →
Sarah J. Maas kicks off her new Crescent City adult fantasy series with the story of half-Fae half-human Bryce Quinlan intent on avenging the death of her friends. She teams up with Fallen Angel Hunt Athalar for a tale of danger, romance, and magic. (3 weeks) Read more →
Ernest Cline returns with a sequel to his science fiction bestseller, Ready Player One. After winning James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts finds another easter egg hidden in Halliday’s vaults – a technological advance leagues ahead of the OASIS. Wade and his friends must solve this new riddle in a plot eerily reminiscent of the first book. And, yes, Wil Wheaton is narrating the audiobook. (3 Weeks) Read more →
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(10+ Weeks on the NYT Bestseller List)
One night, famous painter Alicia Berenson shoots her husband in the face 5 times, and then never utters another word again. Now criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber is determined to get the truth from this silent patient while his own life is falling apart. (56 Weeks) Read more →
Set during the Great Depression, Englishwoman Alice Wright marries a handsome American and finds herself transplanted to rural Kentucky. To escape her unhappy home life with her withdrawn husband and overbearing father-in-law, Alice agrees to become a traveling librarian, riding around the countryside bringing books to local residents. In her new job, she meets other fierce women and gains lasting friendships. (33 Weeks) Read more →
Shortly after World War II, a real estate mogul buys The Dutch House, a lavish estate outside of Philadelphia. This purchase changes everything for his children, Danny and Maeve – driving out their mother, and leading to Cyril’s remarriage and their exile from the house by their stepmother. A story of the bond between siblings, The Dutch House warns of the dangers of obsessive nostalgia. (32 Weeks) Read More →
In the middle of the night, Luke Ellis’s parents are murdered, and he is kidnapped only to awaken in The Institute. Here live children with the special abilities of telekinesis and telepathy who are tested and used at the hands of the ruthless director Mrs. Sigsby. Children who cooperate are given tokens for the vending machines. Those that don’t are brutally punished. As other children start to disappear to never be seen, Luke realizes his only hope is to escape. (22 Weeks) Read more →
Over two decades ago, a jury convicted Quincy Miller for the murder of his lawyer Keith Russo. However, someone framed Miller, and Cullen Post, the founder of innocence group Guardian Ministries, takes up his case. As Post works to overturn Miller’s conviction, he realizes much more is going on. Powerful people do not want the truth of Russo’s murderer revealed, and they are willing to do anything to keep their secrets. (20 Weeks) Read More →
On a remote Irish island, the perfect wedding turns deadly in this thrilling mystery. The high profile wedding between a television star and a magazine publisher is supposed to be the perfect event. Yet once the guests arrive, past conflicts come into play and someone turns up dead. Was it the bride? The best man? The wedding planner? (20 Weeks) Read more →
Sequel to Atwood’s classic The Handmaid’s Tale, set fifteen years after the events of the first book. Although the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead still rules, it’s power is beginning to slip. Following three women from inside and outside the system, the novel feels much more like the Hulu tv show than the original book. (16 Weeks) Read more →
Sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Olive Kitteridge. Continuing in the same vein as the first book, Olive, Again, shows Olive struggling to understand the various people in her hometown of Crosby, Maine. She interacts with a teenager dealing with the death of a parent, a pregnant young woman, a nurse with a secret crush, and a lawyer struggling with an inheritance. (14 weeks) Read More →
Ta-Nehisi Coates’s first novel follows Hiram, the black son of a white plantation owner. With no memory of his mother after she is sold away, Hiram tries to win the love of his father. After escaping death, Hiram realizes his father will never love him as a son. After a failed attempt to escape, Hiram eventually joins the Underground – where he aims to rescue others with a mysterious power he has developed. (14 weeks) Read More →
Blogger Alix Chamberlain has built herself a brand empowering women. When she moves to Philadephia, she feels overwhelmed by her two young daughters and comes to rely on her babysitter, Emira Tucker. While watching Alix’s two-year-old, Emira is shocked one day to be stopped by a grocery store clerk, only because she is black. (13 weeks) Read More →
Jack Reacher is just minding his business on a Greyhound bus when he makes the mistake of helping an old man. Now he’s caught in the between warring gangs, dodging loan sharks and assassins with the help of a fed-up waitress. (12 weeks) Read More →
FBI Agent Atlee Pine and her assistant Carol Blum head back to Atlee’s hometown to investigate Atlee’s twin sister’s long-ago kidnapping Instead, they find bizarre ritualistic murders of a serial killer just getting started. (11 weeks) Read More →
Six years after a fight ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when her ex-best friend Drue Cavanaugh begs Daphne to be her maid-of-honor. No longer a shy side-kick, Daphne is now a confident plus-size influencer and a weekend in Cape Cod is too tempting to pass up. (11 Weeks) Read more →
(5+ Weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List)
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
(9 weeks) Graduate student Zachary Rawlins stumbles upon a mysterious book full of fantastical tales, only to find himself in the narrative. From there, he follows hints to a secret library, preserved by guardians intent on protecting it. Read More →
Walk the Wire by David Baldacci
(8 weeks) FBI consultant Amos Decker investigates a gruesome murder in a small North Dakota fracking town.
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
(8 weeks) The coming-of-age story of Edward, the sole survivor of an airplane crash. Now an orphan, Edward must cope with the fact that he survived when so many did not. Read More →
Criss Cross by James Patterson
(8 weeks) Hours after watching the execution of a killer, Alex Cross and John Sampson are called to a copycat murder. Was the wrong man just killed, or is something even more sinister going on?
The invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
(8 Weeks) A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries, for she must live a life where no one can remember her. Read more →
Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich
(8 weeks) Grandma Mazur is a widow again. When his business associates turn up demanding a set of Jimmy’s keys, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum rises to the task.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
(8 Weeks) In 1950s Mexico, a debutante travels to a distant mansion in the mountains where family secrets of a faded mining empire have been kept hidden. Read more →
The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben
(7 weeks) Found as a boy in the woods, Wilde has never really integrated into society. With two teenage disappearances in his town, Wilde must discover what happened to them, and to himself, all those years ago. Read More →
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
(7 weeks) Lawyer Dannie Cohan knows exactly where she’ll be in five years – until she has a vision of herself in five years engaged to someone else. She doesn’t think much of it until she later meets the same man. Read More →
Fair Warning by Michael Connelly
(7 Weeks) The third book in the Jack McEvoy series. A veteran reporter tracks a killer who uses genetic data to pick his victims only to become a suspect in the case.
The Searcher by Tana French
(7 Weeks) After a divorce, a former Chicago police officer resettles in an Irish village where a boy begs for help when his older brother goes missing and no one seems to care. Read more →
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
(6 weeks) Acclaimed author Sue Monk Kidd imagines a narrative about a fierce, intellectual Jewish woman named Ana who becomes the wife of Jesus. Read More →
The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
(6 weeks) After the Civil War, freed slaves posted “Lost Friends” advertisements, seeking loved ones who had been sold off. In 1987, searching for a way to connect to her students, teacher Benedetta comes across a book and a story of three women living in 1875. Read More →
The Summer House by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
(6 Weeks) Jeremiah Cook, a veteran and former N.Y.P.D. cop, investigates a mass murder near a lake in Georgia.
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
(6 weeks) Fleeing the Spanish Civil War, pregnant widow Roser marries her brother-in-law out of necessity. Starting over in Chile, Roser and Victor find a way to make work a marriage neither one wanted. Read More →
Near Dark by Brad Thor
(6 Weeks) The 19th book in the Scot Harvath series. With a bounty on his head, Harvath, America’s top spy, makes an alliance with a Norwegian intelligence operative.
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
(5 weeks) After an accident, Astrid Strick realizes that she wasn’t the best mother. Watching her children struggle to parent, she contemplates the long-term consequences of her failures and whether she can set things right. Read More →
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
(5 weeks) With the collapse of a Ponzi scheme and the mysterious disappearance of a woman at sea, Mandel combines two seemly unconnected events into a narrative of crisis and survival. Read More →
Lost by James Patterson and James O. Born
(5 weeks) Detective Tom Moon and his FBI task force investigate a Russian crime syndicate operating in Europe and Miami. But operating in his hometown is risky for Moon when someone close to him is targeted.
Hideaway by Nora Roberts
(5 weeks) After escaping her abductors, child star Caitlyn Sullivan gathers herself in western Ireland and returns to Hollywood hoping to act again only to find love and betrayal.
Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
(5 Weeks) A nod to “A Room With a View” in which Lucie Tang Churchill is torn between her WASPy billionaire fiancé and a privileged hunk born in Hong Kong. Read more →
The Harbigner II by Jonathan Cahn
(5 Weeks) Nouriel, Ana Goren and a figure known as “the prophet” return as revelations are unlocked in the sequel to The Harbinger.
1st Case by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
(5 Weeks) After getting kicked out of M.I.T., Angela Hoot interns with the F.B.I. and tracks the murderous siblings known as the Poet and the Engineer.
One by One by Ruth ware
(5 Weeks) An avalanche tests the bonds of coworkers from a London-based tech startup on a corporate retreat in the French Alps. Could one of them be willing to resort to murder to get their way? Read more →
Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
(5 Weeks) A family vacation in an isolated part of Long Island is thrown into confusion when the home’s owners return claiming New York City is having a blackout. Read more →
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(2-4 Weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List)
The 20th Victim by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro – The 20th book in the Women’s Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer looks into the murders of disreputable persons in three separate cities.
Masked Prey by John Sandford – The 30th book in the Prey series. A group of Washington politicians ask Lucas Davenport to look into an unstable extremist with pictures on a blog targeting their children.
Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler – Self-employed tech expert Micah Mortimer’s orderly existence is thrown off kilter when his partner faces eviction and a teenager claims to be his son.
Long Range by C. J. Box – The 20th book in the Joe Pickett series. A grizzly bear attack in the area and an attempted assassination of a local judge that kills the judge’s wife baffle the Wyoming game warden.
Crooked River by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – The 19th book in the Agent Pendergast series. Dozens of recently mutilated human feet inside nondescript shoes wash ashore on the west coast of Florida.
Golden in Death by J. D. Robb – The 50th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas seeks the sender of a package that give off toxic airborne fumes killing the saintly pediatrician who unsuspectingly opens it.
Long Bright River by Liz Moore – Mickey risks her job with the Philadelphia police force by going after a murderer killing prostitutes and searching for her missing drug-addicted estranged sister.
Moral Compass by Danielle Steel – Shortly after the elite private school Saint Ambrose Prep goes co-ed, a female student is attacked after a Halloween event and the whole community falls apart.
The Last Trial by Scott Turow – The 11th book in the Kindle County Legal Thriller series. An 85-year-old defense lawyer puts off his retirement to aid a Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, who is accused of insider trading, fraud and murder.
The Wedding Dress by Danielle Steel – The triumphs and losses of oneCalifornia family over the last century are recounted as a symbolic piece of apparel gets handed down through the generations.
Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore – A Texas town on the verge of an oil boom in 1976 becomes divided when a teenage girl is brutally attacked and the citizens decide to take justice in their own hands.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – A woman re-evaluates the relationship she had at age 15 with her 42-year-old English teacher 17 years ago after another woman accuses him of sexual abuse.
When You See Me by Lisa Gardner – The 11th book in the D. D. Warren series. D.D. Warren and Flora Dane join the F.B.I. agent Kimberly Quincy’s taskforce to follow the trail of a deceased serial killer.
Tom Clancy: Code of Honor by Marc Cameron – The 28th book in the Jack Ryan Universe. President Jack Ryan learns of a plot against America when he tries to help an old friend who has been arrested in Indonesia
Texas Outlaw by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle – The second book in the Rory Yates series. A Texas Ranger goes to a small town to investigate whether an accidental death was actually a murder.
The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin – When the new man in her life disappears on 9/11, the budding reporter Cecily Gardner questions what she knew about him and if her was the love of her life.
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich – As a bill that may hurt the rights of Native Americans goes to Congress in 1953, domestic issues arise for plant workers near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota.
The Numbers Game by Danielle Steel – A husband’s affair wrecks a marriage and his mistress seeks to get out from her mother and grandmother’s shadows while old dreams and new love redefine their lives.
Deacon King Kong by James McBride – In 1969, secrets in a South Brooklyn neighborhood are uncovered when a church deacon known as Sportcoat shoots a drug dealer in public.
Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews – Journalist Conley Hawkins loses her big-city beat and takes over the gossip column of her family’s small-town newspaper working for her sister.
Journey of the Pharaohs by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown – The 17th book of the NUMA Files series. The NUMA squad teams with British MI5 to stop arms dealers from stealing ancient relics.
Tom Clancy: Firing Point by Mike Maden – The Latest thriller in the Jack Ryan series. When an old friend is killed during the bombing of a Barcelona cafe, Jack Ryan Jr. searches for those responsible.
Daddy’s Girls by Danielle Steel – After a California rancher‘s sudden death, his three daughters discover things they did not know about their father.
Peace Talks by Jim Butcher – The 16th book in the Dresden Files series. Chicago’s only professional wizard tries to keep the peace during a summit of the Supernatural nations of the world.
A Walk Along the Beach by Debbie Macomber – After dealing with loss and setbacks, two sisters take risks on dreams and love by pushing themselves outside their comfort zones.
Luster by Raven Leilani – Finding herself unemployed, a young Black Brooklyn artist is invited to live with a white New Jersey couple who have an open marriage and an adopted daughter.
Thick as Thieves by Sandra Brown – Arden Maxwell returns home to uncover the truth about her father’s involvement in a heist that went wrong 20 years ago while being watched by his co-conspirators.
Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen – A dead dowager, hungry pythons and occupants of the winter White House shake up the Palm Beach charity ball season.
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi – A Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience looks to the hard sciences and her childhood faith to potentially help her grieving Ghanaian immigrant family.
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante – In this coming-of-age story, as Giovanna begins to look like her aunt, she seeks her true reflection in two kindred cities – Naples of the heights and Naples of the depths.
Shadows in Death by J. D. Robb – The 51st book of the In Death series. A hitman with possible connections to Eve Dallas’s husband is seen near the scene of a crime that Eve is investigating.
Vince Flynn: Total Power by Kyle Miles – When America’s power grid is shut down, CIA Agent Mitch Rapp goes after a cyber terrorist in a race against time to save the US from chaos.
Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith – The fifth book in the Cormoran Strike series. A decades-old cold case might be connected to a serial killer; by J.K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously.
The Coast-to-Coast Murders by James Patterson and J. D. Barker – A detective and an F.B.I. agent are baffled by a cross-country killing spree that they suspect is committed by siblings, but they aren’t sure which ones.
Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand – The final installment of the trilogy that includes “Winter in Paradise” and “What Happens in Paradise. Irene settles on the island of St. John as further evidence against her husband comes to light.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived which she gets to try.
Three Women Disappear by James Patterson and Shan Serafin – Detective Sean Walsh must solve a case involving three missing women who had access to a home where a man was murdered.
The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg – Bud Threadgoode returns to his hometown of Whistle Stop to see how much it has changed and sets off some life-changing events.
I Would Leave Me If I Could by Halsey – A debut collection of poems by the Grammy Award-nominated musician discussing doomed relationships, family, sexuality, and mental illness.
Marauder by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison – The 15th book in the Oregon Files series. A billionaire’s dying wish bestows a paralyzing chemical to a terrorist group that Juan Cabrillo and his crew must stop.
Daylight by David Baldacci – The F.B.I. agent Atlee Pine’s search for her kidnapped twin sister overlaps with a military investigator’s hunt for someone involved in a global conspiracy.
All That Glitters by Danielle Steel – Just as Coco is about to graduate from Columbia, tragic events in her family send her on a journey of self-discovery to forge her own path and make her parents proud.
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini – Xenobiologist Kira Navárez might be the only one who can save the Earth and its colonies from being completely annihilated after First Contact with an alien species.