The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time Books
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The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

These are the best science fiction novels ever written, as ranked by the votes and lists of the crowd. Anyone can add their picks to this list of sci-fi books, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the best in the genre by the people who live and breathe Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury and Clarke. Vote for the books that you think best represent the greatest science fiction books ever written. If you see a book that's missing, add it. Vote for your faves. And for maximum impact, make your own list, ranked your own way, and add it to the crowd.
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  1. 1
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    Down 61

    the people's #1
    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    George Orwell More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 77

    most listed
    Dune

    Frank Herbert More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 261
    Down 87
    Douglas Adams More
    98
  4. 4
    Up 180
    Down 34
    Isaac Asimov More
    95
  5. 5
    Up 146
    Down 43
    H. G. Wells, Leon E. Stover, Lennart Peterson More
    92
  6. 6
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    Down 32
    H. G. Wells More
    91
  7. 7
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    Down 64
    Orson Scott Card More
    91
  8. 8
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    Down 52
    Aldous Huxley More
    90
  9. 9
    Up 123
    Down 44

    often listed
    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley More
    90
  10. 10
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    Down 44
    Arthur C. Clarke More
    89
  11. 11
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    Down 31
    Ray Bradbury More
    89
  12. 12
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    Isaac Asimov More
    83
  13. 13
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    Robert A. Heinlein More
    81
  14. 14
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    Philip K. Dick More
    79
  15. 15
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    Ray Bradbury More
    78
  16. 16
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    Jules Verne More
    78
  17. 17
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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis More
    76
  18. 18
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    Down 42
    Anthony Burgess More
    75
  19. 19
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    Down 30
    H. G. Wells More
    75
  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jurassic Park

    Michael Crichton More
    74
  21. 21
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    Down 40

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Neuromancer

    William Gibson More
    73
  22. 22
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    Down 42
    Robert A. Heinlein More
    72
  23. 23
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    Down 29
    Larry Niven More
    72
  24. 24
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    Down 36
    Arthur C. Clarke More
    71
  25. 25
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    Down 23
    Robert A. Heinlein More
    71
  26. 26
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    71
  27. 27
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    Madeleine L'Engle More
    70
  28. 28
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    Down 37
    Daniel Keyes More
    69
  29. 29
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    Down 24
    H. G. Wells More
    68
  30. 30
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    Down 28
    Walter M. Miller, Jr. More
    66
  31. 31
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    Down 12
    Robert Louis Stevenson More
    64
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  32. 32
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    Down 21
    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle More
    64
  33. 33
    Up 55
    Down 35
    Neal Stephenson More
    64
  34. 34
    Up 49
    Down 37

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Road

    Cormac McCarthy More
    62
  35. 35
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    Down 28
    Stephen King More
    62
  36. 36
    Up 56
    Down 27
    Kurt Vonnegut More
    61
  37. 37
    Up 52
    Down 26
    Philip K. Dick More
    60
  38. 38
    Up 45
    Down 21
    Stanisław Lem More
    59
  39. 39
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    ranked low on reranks
    Childhood's End

    Arthur C. Clarke More
    58
  40. 40
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    Down 24
    Carl Sagan More
    58
  41. 41
    Up 58
    Down 21
    Michael Crichton More
    58
  42. 42
    Up 36
    Down 29

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Red Mars

    Kim Stanley Robinson More
    58
  43. 43
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Forever War

    Joe Haldeman More
    57
  44. 44
    Up 52
    Down 23
    Kurt Vonnegut More
    57
  45. 45
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    Down 31
    Dan Simmons More
    57
  46. 46
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    Down 18
    Harry Harrison More
    55
  47. 47
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    Margaret Atwood More
    54
  48. 48
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    Down 12
    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle More
    54
  49. 49
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    Down 21

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Green Mile

    Stephen King More
    53
  50. 50
    Up 33
    Down 19
    Alfred Bester More
    52
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