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
    + 1,740
    - 366


    Isaac Asimov

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  3. 3
    + 2,332
    - 391


    George Orwell

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  4. 4
    + 3,311
    - 781


    Douglas Adams

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  5. 5
    + 2,781
    - 524


    Orson Scott Card

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  6. 6
    + 1,666
    - 217


    H. G. Wells

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  7. 7
    + 1,353
    - 373


    Aldous Huxley

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  8. 8
    + 1,438
    - 266


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  9. 9
    + 1,856
    - 265


    Ray Bradbury

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  10. 10
    + 1,539
    - 321


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

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  11. 11
    + 1,437
    - 355


    Mary Shelley

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  12. 12
    + 1,343
    - 233


    Philip K. Dick

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  13. 13
    + 1,500
    - 195


    Isaac Asimov

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  14. 14
    + 1,123
    - 199


    Ray Bradbury

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  15. 15
    + 1,287
    - 259


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  16. 16
    + 1,155
    - 201


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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  17. 17
    + 1,292
    - 220


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  18. 18
    + 1,049
    - 340


    Anthony Burgess

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  19. 19
    + 1,424
    - 291


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  20. 20
    + 1,095
    - 254


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  21. 21
    + 1,317
    - 428


    Michael Crichton

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  22. 22
    + 898
    - 266


    Daniel Keyes

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  23. 23
    + 730
    - 223


    Larry Niven

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  24. 24
    + 717
    - 252


    William Gibson

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  25. 25
    + 1,055
    - 385


    Stephen King

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  26. 26
    + 687
    - 184


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  27. 27
    + 638
    - 194


    H. G. Wells

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  28. 28
    + 624
    - 234


    H. G. Wells

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  29. 29
    + 625
    - 214


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  30. 30
    + 454
    - 260


    Neal Stephenson

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  31. 31
    + 507
    - 225


    Dan Simmons

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  32. 32
    + 380
    - 211


    Walter M. Miller^! Jr.

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  33. 33
    + 687
    - 192

    ranked low on reranks
    Carl Sagan

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  34. 34
    + 433
    - 179


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  35. 35
    + 627
    - 156

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

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  36. 36
    + 481
    - 262

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cormac McCarthy

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  37. 37
    + 607
    - 182

    added by midnightq2
    Robert Louis Stevenson

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  38. 38
    + 540
    - 180


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  39. 39
    + 807
    - 200


    Michael Crichton

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  40. 40
    + 548
    - 261


    Stephen King

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    + 869
    - 372


    Orson Scott Card

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  42. 42
    + 483
    - 183


    Philip K. Dick

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  43. 43
    + 804
    - 277


    Orson Scott Card

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  44. 44
    + 557
    - 149


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  45. 45
    + 260
    - 179

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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  46. 46
    + 340
    - 131


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  47. 47
    + 314
    - 160


    Ursula K. Le Guin

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    + 501
    - 162

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    H. P. Lovecraft

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  49. 49
    + 452
    - 178


    Joe Haldeman

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  50. 50
    + 419
    - 180


    Margaret Atwood

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