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
    Up 259
    Down 86
    Douglas Adams More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 278
    Down 61

    the people's #1
    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    George Orwell More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 250
    Down 77

    most listed
    Dune

    Frank Herbert More
    100
  4. 4
    Up 180
    Down 33
    Isaac Asimov More
    97
  5. 5
    Up 145
    Down 42
    H. G. Wells, Leon E. Stover, Lennart Peterson More
    94
  6. 6
    Up 219
    Down 62
    Orson Scott Card More
    92
  7. 7
    Up 122
    Down 43

    often listed
    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley More
    91
  8. 8
    Up 147
    Down 43
    Arthur C. Clarke More
    91
  9. 9
    Up 144
    Down 32
    H. G. Wells More
    91
  10. 10
    Up 152
    Down 52
    Aldous Huxley More
    90
  11. 11
    Up 164
    Down 31

    ranked low on reranks
    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury More
    87
  12. 12
    Up 148
    Down 36
    Isaac Asimov More
    84
  13. 13
    Up 146
    Down 36
    Robert A. Heinlein More
    82
  14. 14
    Up 137
    Down 37
    Philip K. Dick More
    80
  15. 15
    Up 105
    Down 32
    Ray Bradbury More
    79
  16. 16
    Up 100
    Down 25
    Jules Verne More
    79
  17. 17
    Up 88
    Down 30
    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis More
    77
  18. 18
    Up 85
    Down 41
    Anthony Burgess More
    77
  19. 19
    Up 104
    Down 38
    Michael Crichton More
    75
  20. 20
    Up 73
    Down 39

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Neuromancer

    William Gibson More
    74
  21. 21
    Up 65
    Down 30
    H. G. Wells More
    73
  22. 22
    Up 105
    Down 41
    Robert A. Heinlein More
    73
  23. 23
    Up 79
    Down 28
    Larry Niven More
    73
  24. 24
    Up 79
    Down 35
    Arthur C. Clarke More
    73
  25. 25
    Up 76
    Down 22
    Robert A. Heinlein More
    72
  26. 26
    Up 111
    Down 40
    Kurt Vonnegut More
    72
  27. 27
    Up 90
    Down 28
    Madeleine L'Engle More
    71
  28. 28
    Up 80
    Down 36
    Daniel Keyes More
    70
  29. 29
    Up 51
    Down 23
    H. G. Wells More
    69
  30. 30
    Up 59
    Down 20
    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle More
    65
  31. 31
    Up 54
    Down 34
    Neal Stephenson More
    65
  32. 32
    Up 48
    Down 28
    Walter M. Miller, Jr. More
    63
  33. 33
    Up 59
    Down 27
    Stephen King More
    63
  34. 34
    Up 47
    Down 36

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Road

    Cormac McCarthy More
    62
  35. 35
    Up 56
    Down 26
    Kurt Vonnegut More
    62
  36. 36
    Up 33
    Down 12
    Robert Louis Stevenson More
    61
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  37. 37
    Up 51
    Down 25
    Philip K. Dick More
    61
  38. 38
    Up 44
    Down 20
    Stanisław Lem More
    60
  39. 39
    Up 52
    Down 23
    Carl Sagan More
    59
  40. 40
    Up 60
    Down 19

    ranked low on reranks
    Childhood's End

    Arthur C. Clarke More
    59
  41. 41
    Up 36
    Down 28

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Red Mars

    Kim Stanley Robinson More
    59
  42. 42
    Up 58
    Down 20
    Michael Crichton More
    59
  43. 43
    Up 52
    Down 22
    Kurt Vonnegut More
    58
  44. 44
    Up 73
    Down 25

    ranked low on reranks
    The Forever War

    Joe Haldeman More
    58
  45. 45
    Up 58
    Down 30
    Dan Simmons More
    58
  46. 46
    Up 43
    Down 17
    Harry Harrison More
    56
  47. 47
    Up 27
    Down 11
    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle More
    55
  48. 48
    Up 45
    Down 22
    Margaret Atwood More
    55
  49. 49
    Up 23
    Down 20

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Green Mile

    Stephen King More
    54
  50. 50
    Up 32
    Down 18
    Alfred Bester More
    53
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