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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1
4,818 1,589
Dune is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Dune Frank Herbert

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2
3,775 776
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
5,534 1,232
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

4
2,677 704
Foundation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Foundation Isaac Asimov

5
2,828 476
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

6
3,127 510
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

7
2,264 676
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

8
4,287 895
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

9
2,350 490
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

10
2,565 555
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

11
2,435 618
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

12
2,532 349
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
I, Robot Isaac Asimov

13
2,181 494
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

14
2,231 429
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

15
1,890 373
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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16
1,980 401
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

17
2,191 431
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

18
1,589 508
Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

19
2,360 518
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

20
1,736 636
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

21
1,775 483
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

22
2,310 715
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

23
1,222 419
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ringworld Larry Niven

24
1,054 403
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

25
1,951 657
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

26
1,183 463
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Neuromancer William Gibson

27
1,097 376
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

28
1,076 449
The Island of Doctor Moreau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

29
1,141 357
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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30
685 390
A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr.

31
1,172 368
Contact is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Contact Carl Sagan

32
822 426
Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Hyperion Dan Simmons

33
728 477
Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson

34
1,492 340
The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Andromeda Strain Michael Crichton

35
1,260 324
The Martian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
pontus-söderlund added The Martian Andy Weir

36
729 337
The Mote in God's Eye is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Mote in God's Eye Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

37
1,123 345
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

38
816 515
The Road is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Road Cormac McCarthy

39
888 324
Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

40
1,074 504
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Green Mile Stephen King

41
977 329
The Call of Cthulhu and Other ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H. P. Lovecraft

42
1,355 592
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

43
601 310
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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44
750 325
The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Forever War Joe Haldeman

45
810 345
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

46
868 350
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

47
1,267 478
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

48
753 284
The Man in the High Castle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

49
973 283
Childhood's End is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke

50
1,069 294
American Gods is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
American Gods Neil Gaiman