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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    - 1,288

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Frank Herbert

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  2. 2
    + 3,289
    - 555


    George Orwell

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  3. 3
    + 4,729
    - 1,059


    Douglas Adams

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  4. 4
    + 2,340
    - 550


    Isaac Asimov

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  5. 5
    + 2,458
    - 347


    H. G. Wells

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  6. 6
    + 3,776
    - 737


    Orson Scott Card

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  7. 7
    + 2,680
    - 379


    Ray Bradbury

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  8. 8
    + 1,947
    - 531


    Aldous Huxley

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  9. 9
    + 2,063
    - 374


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  10. 10
    + 2,219
    - 464


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

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  11. 11
    + 2,135
    - 512


    Mary Shelley

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  12. 12
    + 2,186
    - 280


    Isaac Asimov

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  13. 13
    + 1,906
    - 339


    Philip K. Dick

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  14. 14
    + 1,854
    - 377


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  15. 15
    + 1,648
    - 298


    Ray Bradbury

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  16. 16
    + 1,744
    - 305


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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  17. 17
    + 1,906
    - 332


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  18. 18
    + 1,519
    - 505


    Anthony Burgess

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  19. 19
    + 1,350
    - 406


    Daniel Keyes

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  20. 20
    + 2,044
    - 423


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  21. 21
    + 1,539
    - 373


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  22. 22
    + 1,986
    - 609


    Michael Crichton

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  23. 23
    + 1,022
    - 366


    William Gibson

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  24. 24
    + 1,032
    - 329


    Larry Niven

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  25. 25
    + 896
    - 315


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  26. 26
    + 1,670
    - 556


    Stephen King

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  27. 27
    + 948
    - 363


    H. G. Wells

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  28. 28
    + 962
    - 294


    H. G. Wells

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  29. 29
    + 952
    - 285


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  30. 30
    + 705
    - 337

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Dan Simmons

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  31. 31
    + 622
    - 389

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Neal Stephenson

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  32. 32
    + 1,271
    - 283


    Michael Crichton

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  33. 33
    + 1,055
    - 256

    added by pontus-söderlund
    Andy Weir

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  34. 34
    + 1,024
    - 282

    ranked low on reranks
    Carl Sagan

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  35. 35
    + 570
    - 316


    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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  36. 36
    + 967
    - 279

    added by midnightq2
    Robert Louis Stevenson

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  37. 37
    + 704
    - 422


    Cormac McCarthy

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  38. 38
    + 607
    - 270


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  39. 39
    + 763
    - 266


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  40. 40
    + 826
    - 261

    added by midnightq2
    H. P. Lovecraft

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  41. 41
    + 910
    - 417


    Stephen King

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  42. 42
    + 1,210
    - 498


    Orson Scott Card

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  43. 43
    + 492
    - 244


    Ursula K. Le Guin

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  44. 44
    + 620
    - 259


    Joe Haldeman

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  45. 45
    + 702
    - 278


    Philip K. Dick

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  46. 46
    + 1,112
    - 394


    Orson Scott Card

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  47. 47
    + 698
    - 271


    Margaret Atwood

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  48. 48
    + 835
    - 221


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  49. 49
    + 609
    - 226


    Philip K. Dick

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  50. 50
    + 684
    - 205
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