The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time Books

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. 1
    + 3,145
    - 851

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Frank Herbert

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  2. 2
    + 1,677
    - 331


    Isaac Asimov

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  3. 3
    + 2,265
    - 364


    George Orwell

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  4. 4
    + 3,200
    - 762


    Douglas Adams

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  5. 5
    + 2,690
    - 497


    Orson Scott Card

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  6. 6
    + 1,317
    - 338


    Aldous Huxley

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  7. 7
    + 1,600
    - 203


    H. G. Wells

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  8. 8
    + 1,795
    - 243


    Ray Bradbury

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  9. 9
    + 1,384
    - 247


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  10. 10
    + 1,481
    - 303


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

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  11. 11
    + 1,377
    - 338


    Mary Shelley

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  12. 12
    + 1,300
    - 210


    Philip K. Dick

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  13. 13
    + 1,074
    - 181


    Ray Bradbury

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  14. 14
    + 1,425
    - 182


    Isaac Asimov

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  15. 15
    + 1,245
    - 234


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  16. 16
    + 1,106
    - 186


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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  17. 17
    + 1,244
    - 202


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  18. 18
    + 999
    - 328


    Anthony Burgess

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  19. 19
    + 1,368
    - 276


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  20. 20
    + 1,061
    - 231


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  21. 21
    + 858
    - 250


    Daniel Keyes

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  22. 22
    + 697
    - 230


    William Gibson

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  23. 23
    + 1,250
    - 411


    Michael Crichton

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  24. 24
    + 700
    - 205


    Larry Niven

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  25. 25
    + 613
    - 177


    H. G. Wells

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  26. 26
    + 660
    - 163


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  27. 27
    + 441
    - 240

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Neal Stephenson

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  28. 28
    + 603
    - 196


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  29. 29
    + 484
    - 207


    Dan Simmons

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  30. 30
    + 998
    - 367


    Stephen King

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  31. 31
    + 598
    - 223


    H. G. Wells

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  32. 32
    + 365
    - 191

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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  33. 33
    + 662
    - 179


    Carl Sagan

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  34. 34
    + 585
    - 138

    added by pontus-söderlund
    Andy Weir

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  35. 35
    + 460
    - 239

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cormac McCarthy

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  36. 36
    + 524
    - 160


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  37. 37
    + 587
    - 171

    added by midnightq2
    Robert Louis Stevenson

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  38. 38
    + 417
    - 160


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  39. 39
    + 768
    - 188


    Michael Crichton

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  40. 40
    + 837
    - 351


    Orson Scott Card

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  41. 41
    + 517
    - 245


    Stephen King

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  42. 42
    + 464
    - 166


    Philip K. Dick

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  43. 43
    + 777
    - 252


    Orson Scott Card

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  44. 44
    + 246
    - 165

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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  45. 45
    + 537
    - 132


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  46. 46
    + 297
    - 141


    Ursula K. Le Guin

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  47. 47
    + 398
    - 162


    Margaret Atwood

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  48. 48
    + 428
    - 162


    Joe Haldeman

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  49. 49
    + 431
    - 108
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  50. 50
    + 365
    - 139


    Philip K. Dick

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