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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Frank Herbert

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  2. 2
    + 1,707
    - 338


    Isaac Asimov

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  3. 3
    + 2,289
    - 370


    George Orwell

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  4. 4
    + 3,231
    - 770


    Douglas Adams

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  5. 5
    + 2,727
    - 505


    Orson Scott Card

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  6. 6
    + 1,617
    - 205


    H. G. Wells

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  7. 7
    + 1,327
    - 345


    Aldous Huxley

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  8. 8
    + 1,401
    - 251


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  9. 9
    + 1,813
    - 247


    Ray Bradbury

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  10. 10
    + 1,492
    - 307


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

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  11. 11
    + 1,394
    - 342


    Mary Shelley

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  12. 12
    + 1,314
    - 211


    Philip K. Dick

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  13. 13
    + 1,086
    - 183


    Ray Bradbury

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  14. 14
    + 1,447
    - 185


    Isaac Asimov

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  15. 15
    + 1,262
    - 241


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  16. 16
    + 1,113
    - 190


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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  17. 17
    + 1,255
    - 207


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  18. 18
    + 1,013
    - 330


    Anthony Burgess

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  19. 19
    + 1,385
    - 281


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  20. 20
    + 1,067
    - 235


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  21. 21
    + 1,264
    - 416


    Michael Crichton

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  22. 22
    + 873
    - 251


    Daniel Keyes

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  23. 23
    + 710
    - 207


    Larry Niven

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  24. 24
    + 702
    - 235


    William Gibson

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  25. 25
    + 619
    - 180


    H. G. Wells

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  26. 26
    + 673
    - 166


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  27. 27
    + 1,011
    - 373


    Stephen King

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  28. 28
    + 603
    - 224


    H. G. Wells

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  29. 29
    + 444
    - 243


    Neal Stephenson

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  30. 30
    + 612
    - 198


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  31. 31
    + 497
    - 209


    Dan Simmons

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    + 367
    - 194


    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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  33. 33
    + 426
    - 161


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  34. 34
    + 666
    - 181


    Carl Sagan

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    + 600
    - 143

    ranked low on reranks & added by pontus-söderlund
    Andy Weir

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    + 466
    - 245

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cormac McCarthy

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  37. 37
    + 527
    - 162


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  38. 38
    + 592
    - 173

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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  39. 39
    + 778
    - 189


    Michael Crichton

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  40. 40
    + 848
    - 355


    Orson Scott Card

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  41. 41
    + 521
    - 249


    Stephen King

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  42. 42
    + 470
    - 167


    Philip K. Dick

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  43. 43
    + 790
    - 258


    Orson Scott Card

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    + 250
    - 167

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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  45. 45
    + 546
    - 135


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  46. 46
    + 331
    - 119


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  47. 47
    + 307
    - 142


    Ursula K. Le Guin

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    + 489
    - 146

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    H. P. Lovecraft

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    + 438
    - 164


    Joe Haldeman

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  50. 50
    + 405
    - 165


    Margaret Atwood

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