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The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

These are the best science fiction novels ever written, as ranked by the votes and lists of the crowd. Anyone can add their picks to this list of sci-fi books, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the best in the genre by the people who live and breathe Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury and Clarke. Vote for the books that you think best represent the greatest science fiction books ever written. If you see a book that's missing, add it. Vote for your faves. And for maximum impact, make your own list, ranked your own way, and add it to the crowd.
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    most listed Frank Herbert

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    the people's #1 George Orwell

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    Douglas Adams

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    Isaac Asimov

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

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    H. G. Wells

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    Orson Scott Card

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    Aldous Huxley

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    often listed Mary Shelley

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    Arthur C. Clarke

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    Ray Bradbury

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    Isaac Asimov

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    Robert A. Heinlein

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    Philip K. Dick

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    Ray Bradbury

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    Jules Verne

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Anthony Burgess

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    H. G. Wells

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    Michael Crichton

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks William Gibson

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    Arthur C. Clarke

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    Robert A. Heinlein

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    Larry Niven

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    Robert A. Heinlein

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Madeleine L'Engle

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    Daniel Keyes

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    H. G. Wells

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    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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    added by midnightq2 Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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    Neal Stephenson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Cormac McCarthy

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    Stephen King

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Philip K. Dick

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    ranked low on reranks Arthur C. Clarke

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    Stanisław Lem

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    Carl Sagan

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    Michael Crichton

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Kim Stanley Robinson

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    ranked low on reranks Joe Haldeman

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Dan Simmons

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    Harry Harrison

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    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Stephen King

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    Margaret Atwood

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    Alfred Bester

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