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

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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    Frank Herbert

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    the people's #1
    George Orwell

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  3. 3
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    Isaac Asimov

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    H. G. Wells

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    Aldous Huxley

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    - 57

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

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    Orson Scott Card

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    Ray Bradbury

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    often listed
    Mary Shelley

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    Isaac Asimov

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    Robert A. Heinlein

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Larry Niven

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    Michael Crichton

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    Madeleine L'Engle

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    Anthony Burgess

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    Robert A. Heinlein

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    William Gibson

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Robert A. Heinlein

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    Arthur C. Clarke

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    Neal Stephenson

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    Dan Simmons

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    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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    Carl Sagan

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Cormac McCarthy

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    Joe Haldeman

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    Stephen King

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    Arthur C. Clarke

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    Philip K. Dick

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    Michael Crichton

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    Stanisław Lem

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    Margaret Atwood

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    - 15

    Frederik Pohl

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    - 37

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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