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
    + 3,148
    - 851

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Frank Herbert

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  2. 2
    + 1,680
    - 331


    Isaac Asimov

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  3. 3
    + 2,267
    - 364


    George Orwell

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  4. 4
    + 3,202
    - 762


    Douglas Adams

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  5. 5
    + 2,693
    - 497


    Orson Scott Card

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  6. 6
    + 1,317
    - 339


    Aldous Huxley

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  7. 7
    + 1,601
    - 203


    H. G. Wells

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  8. 8
    + 1,796
    - 243


    Ray Bradbury

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  9. 9
    + 1,385
    - 247


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  10. 10
    + 1,482
    - 303


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

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  11. 11
    + 1,378
    - 338


    Mary Shelley

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  12. 12
    + 1,302
    - 210


    Philip K. Dick

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  13. 13
    + 1,075
    - 181


    Ray Bradbury

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  14. 14
    + 1,426
    - 182


    Isaac Asimov

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  15. 15
    + 1,245
    - 235


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  16. 16
    + 1,107
    - 186


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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  17. 17
    + 1,244
    - 203


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  18. 18
    + 1,001
    - 328


    Anthony Burgess

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  19. 19
    + 1,370
    - 276


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  20. 20
    + 1,061
    - 232


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  21. 21
    + 859
    - 250


    Daniel Keyes

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  22. 22
    + 697
    - 231


    William Gibson

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  23. 23
    + 701
    - 206


    Larry Niven

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  24. 24
    + 1,250
    - 412


    Michael Crichton

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  25. 25
    + 613
    - 178


    H. G. Wells

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  26. 26
    + 661
    - 164


    Robert A. Heinlein

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  27. 27
    + 442
    - 241


    Neal Stephenson

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  28. 28
    + 604
    - 197


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  29. 29
    + 485
    - 208


    Dan Simmons

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  30. 30
    + 999
    - 368


    Stephen King

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  31. 31
    + 599
    - 223


    H. G. Wells

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  32. 32
    + 365
    - 192

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

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  33. 33
    + 662
    - 180


    Carl Sagan

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  34. 34
    + 586
    - 139

    added by pontus-söderlund
    Andy Weir

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  35. 35
    + 461
    - 240

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cormac McCarthy

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  36. 36
    + 524
    - 161


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  37. 37
    + 587
    - 172

    added by midnightq2
    Robert Louis Stevenson

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  38. 38
    + 418
    - 161


    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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  39. 39
    + 769
    - 188


    Michael Crichton

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  40. 40
    + 838
    - 351


    Orson Scott Card

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  41. 41
    + 518
    - 246


    Stephen King

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  42. 42
    + 464
    - 167


    Philip K. Dick

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  43. 43
    + 778
    - 253


    Orson Scott Card

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  44. 44
    + 246
    - 166

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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  45. 45
    + 537
    - 133


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  46. 46
    + 297
    - 141


    Ursula K. Le Guin

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  47. 47
    + 398
    - 162


    Margaret Atwood

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  48. 48
    + 428
    - 162


    Joe Haldeman

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  49. 49
    + 432
    - 108
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  50. 50
    + 367
    - 139


    Philip K. Dick

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