The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time Books
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The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

These are the best science fiction novels ever written, as ranked by the votes and lists of the crowd. Anyone can add their picks to this list of sci-fi books, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the best in the genre by the people who live and breathe Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury and Clarke. Vote for the books that you think best represent the greatest science fiction books ever written. If you see a book that's missing, add it. Vote for your faves. And for maximum impact, make your own list, ranked your own way, and add it to the crowd.

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  1. 1
    + 316
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    most listed
    Frank Herbert

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 331
    - 87

    the people's #1
    George Orwell

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 319
    - 114
    ) open
  4. 4
    + 232
    - 47


    Isaac Asimov

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 187
    - 40


    H. G. Wells

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 193
    - 64


    Aldous Huxley

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  7. 7
    + 186
    - 55


    Arthur C. Clarke

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 203
    - 44


    Ray Bradbury

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 177
    - 54


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

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 258
    - 85


    Orson Scott Card

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 153
    - 60

    often listed
    Mary Shelley

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 183
    - 44


    Isaac Asimov

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  13. 13
    + 180
    - 48
    ) open
  14. 14
    + 166
    - 50


    Robert A. Heinlein

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 115
    - 41


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 134
    - 41
    ) open
  17. 17
    + 129
    - 34
    ) open
  18. 18
    + 111
    - 36


    Madeleine L'Engle

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 134
    - 59


    Michael Crichton

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 107
    - 60

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Anthony Burgess

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 146
    - 52


    Kurt Vonnegut

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 89
    - 41

    often listed
    H. G. Wells

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 97
    - 52


    William Gibson

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 135
    - 52

    ranked low on reranks
    Robert A. Heinlein

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  25. 25
    + 100
    - 44


    Daniel Keyes

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 97
    - 28


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  27. 27
    + 100
    - 39


    Larry Niven

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  28. 28
    + 93
    - 48


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  29. 29
    + 64
    - 34
    ) open
  30. 30
    + 61
    - 37


    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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  31. 31
    + 65
    - 48

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Neal Stephenson

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 50
    - 22

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 69
    - 29


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  34. 34
    + 72
    - 36


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  35. 35
    + 66
    - 33


    Carl Sagan

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  36. 36
    + 56
    - 46

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cormac McCarthy

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  37. 37
    + 70
    - 40


    Stephen King

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  38. 38
    + 70
    - 39


    Dan Simmons

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  39. 39
    + 79
    - 25

    ranked low on reranks
    Arthur C. Clarke

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  40. 40
    + 62
    - 33

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Philip K. Dick

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 56
    - 27


    Stanisław Lem

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  42. 42
    + 72
    - 25

    ranked low on reranks
    Michael Crichton

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 87
    - 33

    ranked low on reranks
    Joe Haldeman

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 63
    - 30


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  45. 45
    + 60
    - 30


    Margaret Atwood

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  46. 46
    + 41
    - 37

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kim Stanley Robinson

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 52
    - 24


    Harry Harrison

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 36
    - 17


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 35
    - 15


    Frederik Pohl

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 43
    - 22
    ) open
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