The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time Books

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. 1
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    - 848

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Frank Herbert

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  2. 2
    + 1674
    - 330


    Isaac Asimov

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  3. 3
    + 2260
    - 364


    George Orwell

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  4. 4
    + 3192
    - 761


    Douglas Adams

    ;
  5. 5
    + 2687
    - 495


    Orson Scott Card

    ;
  6. 6
    + 1315
    - 337


    Aldous Huxley

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  7. 7
    + 1596
    - 202


    H. G. Wells

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  8. 8
    + 1792
    - 242


    Ray Bradbury

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  9. 9
    + 1381
    - 246


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  10. 10
    + 1478
    - 302


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

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  11. 11
    + 1373
    - 337


    Mary Shelley

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  12. 12
    + 1296
    - 209


    Philip K. Dick

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  13. 13
    + 1073
    - 180


    Ray Bradbury

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  14. 14
    + 1422
    - 181


    Isaac Asimov

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  15. 15
    + 1243
    - 232


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  16. 16
    + 1103
    - 186


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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  17. 17
    + 1242
    - 200


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  18. 18
    + 995
    - 327


    Anthony Burgess

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  19. 19
    + 1364
    - 275


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  20. 20
    + 1061
    - 229


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  21. 21
    + 857
    - 248


    Daniel Keyes

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  22. 22
    + 696
    - 228


    William Gibson

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  23. 23
    + 1248
    - 409


    Michael Crichton

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  24. 24
    + 698
    - 204


    Larry Niven

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  25. 25
    + 612
    - 176


    H. G. Wells

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  26. 26
    + 659
    - 162


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  27. 27
    + 438
    - 239

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Neal Stephenson

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  28. 28
    + 600
    - 195


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  29. 29
    + 484
    - 205


    Dan Simmons

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  30. 30
    + 997
    - 366


    Stephen King

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  31. 31
    + 364
    - 190

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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  32. 32
    + 595
    - 223


    H. G. Wells

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  33. 33
    + 661
    - 177


    Carl Sagan

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  34. 34
    + 583
    - 137

    added by pontus-söderlund
    Andy Weir

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  35. 35
    + 459
    - 237

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cormac McCarthy

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  36. 36
    + 524
    - 158


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  37. 37
    + 584
    - 171

    added by midnightq2
    Robert Louis Stevenson

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  38. 38
    + 416
    - 159


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  39. 39
    + 768
    - 187


    Michael Crichton

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  40. 40
    + 835
    - 349


    Orson Scott Card

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  41. 41
    + 516
    - 243


    Stephen King

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  42. 42
    + 464
    - 164


    Philip K. Dick

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  43. 43
    + 775
    - 251


    Orson Scott Card

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  44. 44
    + 246
    - 164

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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  45. 45
    + 537
    - 131


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  46. 46
    + 295
    - 140


    Ursula K. Le Guin

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  47. 47
    + 398
    - 161


    Margaret Atwood

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  48. 48
    + 426
    - 160


    Joe Haldeman

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  49. 49
    + 431
    - 107
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  50. 50
    + 363
    - 138


    Philip K. Dick

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