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
    + 3115
    - 844

    most listed
    Frank Herbert

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  2. 2
    + 1660
    - 328

    the people's #1
    Isaac Asimov

    ;
  3. 3
    + 2239
    - 362


    George Orwell

    ;
  4. 4
    + 3161
    - 758


    Douglas Adams

    ;
  5. 5
    + 2672
    - 490


    Orson Scott Card

  6. 6
    + 1579
    - 200


    H. G. Wells

    ;
  7. 7
    + 1299
    - 334


    Aldous Huxley

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  8. 8
    + 1772
    - 240


    Ray Bradbury

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  9. 9
    + 1367
    - 244


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  10. 10
    + 1464
    - 299


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

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  11. 11
    + 1359
    - 335


    Mary Shelley

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  12. 12
    + 1285
    - 208


    Philip K. Dick

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  13. 13
    + 1062
    - 179


    Ray Bradbury

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  14. 14
    + 1402
    - 181


    Isaac Asimov

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  15. 15
    + 1228
    - 230


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  16. 16
    + 1086
    - 185


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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  17. 17
    + 1230
    - 197


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  18. 18
    + 984
    - 325


    Anthony Burgess

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  19. 19
    + 1348
    - 273


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  20. 20
    + 1049
    - 228


    Kurt Vonnegut

    ;
  21. 21
    + 846
    - 246


    Daniel Keyes

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  22. 22
    + 690
    - 227


    William Gibson

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  23. 23
    + 1236
    - 406


    Michael Crichton

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  24. 24
    + 690
    - 203


    Larry Niven

    ;
  25. 25
    + 605
    - 172


    H. G. Wells

    ;
  26. 26
    + 652
    - 161


    Robert A. Heinlein

    ;
  27. 27
    + 434
    - 237

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Neal Stephenson

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  28. 28
    + 594
    - 192


    Arthur C. Clarke

    ;
  29. 29
    + 477
    - 203


    Dan Simmons

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  30. 30
    + 363
    - 187

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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  31. 31
    + 983
    - 364


    Stephen King

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  32. 32
    + 586
    - 222


    H. G. Wells

    ;
  33. 33
    + 653
    - 175


    Carl Sagan

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  34. 34
    + 571
    - 135

    added by pontus-söderlund
    Andy Weir

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  35. 35
    + 456
    - 234

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Cormac McCarthy

    ;
  36. 36
    + 519
    - 156


    Kurt Vonnegut

    ;
  37. 37
    + 575
    - 169

    added by midnightq2
    Robert Louis Stevenson

    ;
  38. 38
    + 409
    - 158


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  39. 39
    + 764
    - 185


    Michael Crichton

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  40. 40
    + 829
    - 348


    Orson Scott Card

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  41. 41
    + 506
    - 241


    Stephen King

    ;
  42. 42
    + 459
    - 163


    Philip K. Dick

    ;
  43. 43
    + 771
    - 249


    Orson Scott Card

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  44. 44
    + 245
    - 162

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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  45. 45
    + 528
    - 129

    ranked low on reranks
    Arthur C. Clarke

    ;
  46. 46
    + 291
    - 137


    Ursula K. Le Guin

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  47. 47
    + 394
    - 159


    Margaret Atwood

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  48. 48
    + 422
    - 157


    Joe Haldeman

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  49. 49
    + 424
    - 106
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  50. 50
    + 357
    - 137


    Philip K. Dick

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