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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.

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The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time Books
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  1. 1
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    - 236

    most listed
    Frank Herbert

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  2. 2
    + 601
    - 134

    the people's #1
    George Orwell

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  3. 3
    + 714
    - 233


    Douglas Adams

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  4. 4
    + 411
    - 102


    Isaac Asimov

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  5. 5
    + 548
    - 136


    Orson Scott Card

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  6. 6
    + 390
    - 68


    H. G. Wells

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  7. 7
    + 453
    - 81


    Ray Bradbury

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  8. 8
    + 357
    - 94


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  9. 9
    + 387
    - 120


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

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  10. 10
    + 354
    - 120


    Aldous Huxley

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  11. 11
    + 353
    - 136

    often listed
    Mary Shelley

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  12. 12
    + 369
    - 70


    Isaac Asimov

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  13. 13
    + 316
    - 80


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  14. 14
    + 355
    - 77

    ranked low on reranks
    Philip K. Dick

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  15. 15
    + 251
    - 69


    Ray Bradbury

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  16. 16
    + 277
    - 64


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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  17. 17
    + 270
    - 68


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  18. 18
    + 276
    - 56


    Jules Verne

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  19. 19
    + 318
    - 81


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  20. 20
    + 220
    - 80


    Daniel Keyes

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  21. 21
    + 249
    - 129


    Anthony Burgess

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  22. 22
    + 278
    - 92


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  23. 23
    + 191
    - 76


    Larry Niven

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  24. 24
    + 192
    - 86


    William Gibson

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  25. 25
    + 298
    - 144


    Michael Crichton

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  26. 26
    + 174
    - 76


    H. G. Wells

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  27. 27
    + 185
    - 55


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  28. 28
    + 162
    - 80


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  29. 29
    + 121
    - 82


    Neal Stephenson

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  30. 30
    + 165
    - 93


    H. G. Wells

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  31. 31
    + 126
    - 72


    Dan Simmons

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  32. 32
    + 125
    - 84


    Cormac McCarthy

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  33. 33
    + 220
    - 112

    ranked low on reranks
    Stephen King

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  34. 34
    + 113
    - 66


    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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  35. 35
    + 117
    - 59


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  36. 36
    + 147
    - 77


    Carl Sagan

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  37. 37
    + 130
    - 66


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  38. 38
    + 152
    - 74

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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  39. 39
    + 152
    - 75


    Philip K. Dick

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  40. 40
    + 146
    - 52


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  41. 41
    + 172
    - 72


    Michael Crichton

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  42. 42
    + 145
    - 62


    Joe Haldeman

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  43. 43
    + 122
    - 57


    Margaret Atwood

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  44. 44
    + 118
    - 80


    Stephen King

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  45. 45
    + 72
    - 68

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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  46. 46
    + 109
    - 57


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  47. 47
    + 82
    - 37


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  48. 48
    + 81
    - 59


    Stanisław Lem

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  49. 49
    + 88
    - 46


    Ursula K. Le Guin

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  50. 50
    + 121
    - 83


    Orson Scott Card

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