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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    - 1,092

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Frank Herbert

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  2. 2
    + 4,269
    - 959


    Douglas Adams

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  3. 3
    + 2,993
    - 464


    George Orwell

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  4. 4
    + 2,142
    - 470


    Isaac Asimov

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  5. 5
    + 3,500
    - 632


    Orson Scott Card

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  6. 6
    + 2,231
    - 289


    H. G. Wells

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  7. 7
    + 1,748
    - 468


    Aldous Huxley

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  8. 8
    + 1,891
    - 321


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  9. 9
    + 2,023
    - 416


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

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  10. 10
    + 2,406
    - 322


    Ray Bradbury

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  11. 11
    + 1,934
    - 457


    Mary Shelley

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  12. 12
    + 1,970
    - 240


    Isaac Asimov

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  13. 13
    + 1,482
    - 259


    Ray Bradbury

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  14. 14
    + 1,730
    - 287


    Philip K. Dick

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  15. 15
    + 1,728
    - 281


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  16. 16
    + 1,663
    - 324


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  17. 17
    + 1,589
    - 261


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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  18. 18
    + 1,201
    - 350


    Daniel Keyes

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  19. 19
    + 1,391
    - 436


    Anthony Burgess

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  20. 20
    + 1,865
    - 370


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  21. 21
    + 1,379
    - 327


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  22. 22
    + 1,785
    - 548


    Michael Crichton

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  23. 23
    + 927
    - 285


    Larry Niven

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  24. 24
    + 1,463
    - 510


    Stephen King

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  25. 25
    + 909
    - 321


    William Gibson

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  26. 26
    + 784
    - 271


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  27. 27
    + 882
    - 307


    H. G. Wells

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    + 865
    - 251


    H. G. Wells

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  29. 29
    + 853
    - 241


    Robert A. Heinlein

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    + 563
    - 330

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Neal Stephenson

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  31. 31
    + 925
    - 213

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    Andy Weir

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    + 632
    - 288

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Dan Simmons

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  33. 33
    + 486
    - 274

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

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  34. 34
    + 1,131
    - 247

    ranked low on reranks
    Michael Crichton

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  35. 35
    + 926
    - 239

    ranked low on reranks
    Carl Sagan

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  36. 36
    + 535
    - 236


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  37. 37
    + 875
    - 244

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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  38. 38
    + 643
    - 353


    Cormac McCarthy

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  39. 39
    + 686
    - 227


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  40. 40
    + 814
    - 366


    Stephen King

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  41. 41
    + 1,134
    - 438


    Orson Scott Card

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  42. 42
    + 631
    - 245


    Philip K. Dick

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    + 1,036
    - 344


    Orson Scott Card

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  44. 44
    + 736
    - 225

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    H. P. Lovecraft

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  45. 45
    + 593
    - 236


    Margaret Atwood

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  46. 46
    + 721
    - 196


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  47. 47
    + 351
    - 229

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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  48. 48
    + 617
    - 167
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    + 555
    - 223


    Joe Haldeman

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  50. 50
    + 771
    - 195


    Neil Gaiman

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