Total Nerd 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.

If you see a book that's missing, add it. Vote up your favorite literary slices of sci-fi. And for maximum impact, make your own list by reranking this one your own way, so that everyone can see whether your top rated sci-fi novels take place on Arrakis, Mars, or even Earth.

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Dune Frank Herbert

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

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Foundation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Foundation Isaac Asimov

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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke

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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
War of the Worlds H. G. Wells, Leon E. Stover, Lennart Peterson

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
I, Robot Isaac Asimov

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Stranger in a Strange Land is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein

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Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

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The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

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20,000 leagues under the sea is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

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Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

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Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ringworld Larry Niven

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Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke

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Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Neuromancer William Gibson

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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

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The Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Invisible Man H. G. Wells

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The Island of Doctor Moreau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein

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Contact is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Contact Carl Sagan

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Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Hyperion Dan Simmons

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A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson

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The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Andromeda Strain Michael Crichton

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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Martian Andy Weir

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

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The Mote in God's Eye is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Mote in God's Eye Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Road Cormac McCarthy

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Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

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The Call of Cthulhu and Other ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Green Mile Stephen King

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Ender's Shadow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ender's Shadow Orson Scott Card

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The Left Hand of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin

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The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Forever War Joe Haldeman

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A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick

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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood

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Speaker for the Dead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card

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Childhood's End is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke

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The Man in the High Castle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

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A Connecticut Yankee in King A... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time