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
    + 1,726
    - 351


    Isaac Asimov

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  3. 3
    + 2,310
    - 379


    George Orwell

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  4. 4
    + 3,273
    - 774


    Douglas Adams

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  5. 5
    + 2,754
    - 512
    Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time


    Orson Scott Card

  6. 6
    + 1,636
    - 210


    H. G. Wells

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  7. 7
    + 1,340
    - 355


    Aldous Huxley

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  8. 8
    + 1,418
    - 255
    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time


    Arthur C. Clarke

  9. 9
    + 1,834
    - 254


    Ray Bradbury

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  10. 10
    + 1,514
    - 312


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

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  11. 11
    + 1,412
    - 350


    Mary Shelley

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  12. 12
    + 1,330
    - 217


    Philip K. Dick

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  13. 13
    + 1,103
    - 190


    Ray Bradbury

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  14. 14
    + 1,474
    - 188


    Isaac Asimov

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  15. 15
    + 1,275
    - 247


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  16. 16
    + 1,134
    - 192


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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  17. 17
    + 1,273
    - 212


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  18. 18
    + 1,033
    - 330


    Anthony Burgess

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  19. 19
    + 1,401
    - 283


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  20. 20
    + 1,083
    - 241


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  21. 21
    + 1,291
    - 421


    Michael Crichton

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  22. 22
    + 886
    - 257


    Daniel Keyes

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  23. 23
    + 719
    - 212


    Larry Niven

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  24. 24
    + 709
    - 241


    William Gibson

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  25. 25
    + 628
    - 184


    H. G. Wells

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  26. 26
    + 1,036
    - 376


    Stephen King

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  27. 27
    + 680
    - 171


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  28. 28
    + 610
    - 227


    H. G. Wells

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  29. 29
    + 449
    - 249


    Neal Stephenson

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  30. 30
    + 617
    - 203


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  31. 31
    + 501
    - 214


    Dan Simmons

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  32. 32
    + 372
    - 199


    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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  33. 33
    + 431
    - 166


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  34. 34
    + 674
    - 184


    Carl Sagan

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  35. 35
    + 614
    - 147
    The Martian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

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

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    + 472
    - 251

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cormac McCarthy

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    + 531
    - 167


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  38. 38
    + 598
    - 175

    added by midnightq2
    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    + 794
    - 191


    Michael Crichton

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  40. 40
    + 534
    - 250


    Stephen King

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  41. 41
    + 859
    - 358


    Orson Scott Card

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  42. 42
    + 475
    - 172
    A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time


    Philip K. Dick

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    + 798
    - 263


    Orson Scott Card

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  44. 44
    + 255
    - 168

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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  45. 45
    + 548
    - 138


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  46. 46
    + 334
    - 122


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  47. 47
    + 309
    - 147


    Ursula K. Le Guin

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  48. 48
    + 445
    - 167


    Joe Haldeman

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  49. 49
    + 493
    - 153

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    H. P. Lovecraft

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  50. 50
    + 410
    - 170


    Margaret Atwood

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