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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    - 1,134

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Frank Herbert

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  2. 2
    + 4,443
    - 997


    Douglas Adams

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  3. 3
    + 3,093
    - 498


    George Orwell

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  4. 4
    + 2,232
    - 495


    Isaac Asimov

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  5. 5
    + 3,617
    - 669


    Orson Scott Card

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  6. 6
    + 2,330
    - 311


    H. G. Wells

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  7. 7
    + 1,824
    - 494


    Aldous Huxley

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  8. 8
    + 2,515
    - 343


    Ray Bradbury

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  9. 9
    + 1,955
    - 339


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  10. 10
    + 2,102
    - 433


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

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  11. 11
    + 2,001
    - 484


    Mary Shelley

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  12. 12
    + 2,056
    - 252


    Isaac Asimov

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  13. 13
    + 1,810
    - 302


    Philip K. Dick

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  14. 14
    + 1,745
    - 338


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  15. 15
    + 1,555
    - 276


    Ray Bradbury

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  16. 16
    + 1,799
    - 297


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  17. 17
    + 1,658
    - 278


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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  18. 18
    + 1,446
    - 458


    Anthony Burgess

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  19. 19
    + 1,958
    - 386


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  20. 20
    + 1,256
    - 370


    Daniel Keyes

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  21. 21
    + 1,443
    - 345


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  22. 22
    + 1,870
    - 566


    Michael Crichton

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  23. 23
    + 959
    - 335


    William Gibson

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  24. 24
    + 973
    - 299


    Larry Niven

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  25. 25
    + 826
    - 285


    Arthur C. Clarke

    ;
  26. 26
    + 1,544
    - 525


    Stephen King

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  27. 27
    + 911
    - 326


    H. G. Wells

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  28. 28
    + 908
    - 265


    H. G. Wells

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  29. 29
    + 903
    - 255


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  30. 30
    + 666
    - 305


    Dan Simmons

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  31. 31
    + 583
    - 353

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Neal Stephenson

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  32. 32
    + 1,196
    - 257


    Michael Crichton

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  33. 33
    + 973
    - 230

    added by pontus-söderlund
    Andy Weir

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  34. 34
    + 969
    - 250


    Carl Sagan

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  35. 35
    + 513
    - 289


    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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  36. 36
    + 669
    - 378


    Cormac McCarthy

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  37. 37
    + 908
    - 256

    added by midnightq2
    Robert Louis Stevenson

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  38. 38
    + 563
    - 248


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  39. 39
    + 717
    - 240


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  40. 40
    + 853
    - 384


    Stephen King

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  41. 41
    + 772
    - 240

    added by midnightq2
    H. P. Lovecraft

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  42. 42
    + 1,174
    - 461


    Orson Scott Card

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  43. 43
    + 667
    - 255


    Philip K. Dick

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  44. 44
    + 575
    - 235


    Joe Haldeman

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  45. 45
    + 1,070
    - 364


    Orson Scott Card

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  46. 46
    + 625
    - 249


    Margaret Atwood

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  47. 47
    + 760
    - 206


    Arthur C. Clarke

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    + 648
    - 180
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    + 361
    - 243

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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  50. 50
    + 826
    - 207


    Neil Gaiman

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