The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

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This list ranks the best science fiction novels ever written, as voted on by sci-fi readers. Anyone can add their picks to this list of sci-fi books, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the best science fiction books of all time by the people who live and breathe Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury, and Clarke.

Vote up the novels that you think best represent the greatest science fiction books ever written in order to determine the most popular science fiction books on the shelves. It doesn't much matter they're classic or modern, utopian or dystopian; if they're popular sci-fi books, this list is the place to rank them.

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    - 870

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Frank Herbert

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  2. 2
    + 1,730
    - 354


    Isaac Asimov

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  3. 3
    + 2,313
    - 382


    George Orwell

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  4. 4
    + 3,278
    - 776


    Douglas Adams

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  5. 5
    + 2,759
    - 514
    Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time


    Orson Scott Card

  6. 6
    + 1,642
    - 211
    The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time


    H. G. Wells

  7. 7
    + 1,341
    - 358


    Aldous Huxley

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  8. 8
    + 1,422
    - 256
    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time


    Arthur C. Clarke

  9. 9
    + 1,839
    - 255


    Ray Bradbury

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  10. 10
    + 1,520
    - 313


    H. G. Wells, Leon E. Stover, Lennart Peterson

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  11. 11
    + 1,416
    - 352


    Mary Shelley

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  12. 12
    + 1,333
    - 220


    Philip K. Dick

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  13. 13
    + 1,107
    - 192


    Ray Bradbury

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  14. 14
    + 1,481
    - 189


    Isaac Asimov

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  15. 15
    + 1,277
    - 250


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  16. 16
    + 1,138
    - 194


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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  17. 17
    + 1,275
    - 215


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  18. 18
    + 1,037
    - 333


    Anthony Burgess

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  19. 19
    + 1,406
    - 286


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  20. 20
    + 1,084
    - 244


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  21. 21
    + 1,298
    - 421


    Michael Crichton

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  22. 22
    + 889
    - 259


    Daniel Keyes

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  23. 23
    + 719
    - 216


    Larry Niven

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  24. 24
    + 711
    - 244


    William Gibson

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  25. 25
    + 629
    - 187


    H. G. Wells

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  26. 26
    + 1,043
    - 376


    Stephen King

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  27. 27
    + 680
    - 175


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  28. 28
    + 614
    - 228


    H. G. Wells

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  29. 29
    + 449
    - 253


    Neal Stephenson

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  30. 30
    + 618
    - 206


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  31. 31
    + 502
    - 218


    Dan Simmons

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  32. 32
    + 372
    - 204


    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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  33. 33
    + 431
    - 170


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  34. 34
    + 676
    - 187

    ranked low on reranks
    Carl Sagan

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  35. 35
    + 618
    - 149
    The Martian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by pontus-söderlund
    Andy Weir

  36. 36
    + 475
    - 253

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cormac McCarthy

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  37. 37
    + 531
    - 171


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  38. 38
    + 599
    - 178

    added by midnightq2
    Robert Louis Stevenson

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  39. 39
    + 798
    - 193


    Michael Crichton

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  40. 40
    + 537
    - 253


    Stephen King

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  41. 41
    + 862
    - 361


    Orson Scott Card

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  42. 42
    + 476
    - 175
    A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time


    Philip K. Dick

  43. 43
    + 799
    - 267


    Orson Scott Card

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  44. 44
    + 255
    - 172

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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  45. 45
    + 548
    - 142


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  46. 46
    + 336
    - 125


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  47. 47
    + 309
    - 151


    Ursula K. Le Guin

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  48. 48
    + 495
    - 156

    added by midnightq2
    H. P. Lovecraft

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  49. 49
    + 446
    - 170


    Joe Haldeman

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  50. 50
    + 412
    - 174


    Margaret Atwood

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