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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
    Up 259
    Down 84
    Douglas Adams More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 277
    Down 59

    the people's #1
    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    George Orwell More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 249
    Down 76

    most listed
    Dune

    Frank Herbert More
    100
  4. 4
    Up 179
    Down 31
    Isaac Asimov More
    97
  5. 5
    Up 143
    Down 41
    H. G. Wells, Leon E. Stover, Lennart Peterson More
    94
  6. 6
    Up 219
    Down 60
    Orson Scott Card More
    92
  7. 7
    Up 122
    Down 42

    often listed
    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley More
    91
  8. 8
    Up 145
    Down 43
    Arthur C. Clarke More
    91
  9. 9
    Up 144
    Down 31
    H. G. Wells More
    91
  10. 10
    Up 152
    Down 51
    Aldous Huxley More
    90
  11. 11
    Up 164
    Down 30

    ranked low on reranks
    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury More
    87
  12. 12
    Up 147
    Down 36
    Isaac Asimov More
    84
  13. 13
    Up 145
    Down 36
    Robert A. Heinlein More
    82
  14. 14
    Up 136
    Down 37
    Philip K. Dick More
    80
  15. 15
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    Down 31
    Ray Bradbury More
    79
  16. 16
    Up 100
    Down 25
    Jules Verne More
    79
  17. 17
    Up 88
    Down 29
    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis More
    77
  18. 18
    Up 85
    Down 40
    Anthony Burgess More
    77
  19. 19
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    Down 37
    Michael Crichton More
    75
  20. 20
    Up 73
    Down 38

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Neuromancer

    William Gibson More
    74
  21. 21
    Up 65
    Down 29
    H. G. Wells More
    73
  22. 22
    Up 79
    Down 27
    Larry Niven More
    73
  23. 23
    Up 79
    Down 34
    Arthur C. Clarke More
    73
  24. 24
    Up 104
    Down 41
    Robert A. Heinlein More
    73
  25. 25
    Up 75
    Down 22
    Robert A. Heinlein More
    72
  26. 26
    Up 110
    Down 40
    Kurt Vonnegut More
    72
  27. 27
    Up 90
    Down 27
    Madeleine L'Engle More
    71
  28. 28
    Up 79
    Down 36
    Daniel Keyes More
    70
  29. 29
    Up 51
    Down 22
    H. G. Wells More
    69
  30. 30
    Up 54
    Down 33
    Neal Stephenson More
    65
  31. 31
    Up 58
    Down 20
    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle More
    65
  32. 32
    Up 48
    Down 27
    Walter M. Miller, Jr. More
    63
  33. 33
    Up 59
    Down 26
    Stephen King More
    63
  34. 34
    Up 47
    Down 36

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Road

    Cormac McCarthy More
    62
  35. 35
    Up 56
    Down 25
    Kurt Vonnegut More
    62
  36. 36
    Up 33
    Down 11
    Robert Louis Stevenson More
    61
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  37. 37
    Up 51
    Down 24
    Philip K. Dick More
    61
  38. 38
    Up 44
    Down 19
    Stanisław Lem More
    60
  39. 39
    Up 52
    Down 22
    Carl Sagan More
    59
  40. 40
    Up 36
    Down 27

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Red Mars

    Kim Stanley Robinson More
    59
  41. 41
    Up 58
    Down 19
    Michael Crichton More
    59
  42. 42
    Up 59
    Down 19
    Arthur C. Clarke More
    59
  43. 43
    Up 52
    Down 21
    Kurt Vonnegut More
    58
  44. 44
    Up 73
    Down 24
    Joe Haldeman More
    58
  45. 45
    Up 58
    Down 29
    Dan Simmons More
    58
  46. 46
    Up 43
    Down 16
    Harry Harrison More
    56
  47. 47
    Up 26
    Down 11
    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle More
    54
  48. 48
    Up 44
    Down 22
    Margaret Atwood More
    54
  49. 49
    Up 23
    Down 19
    Stephen King More
    54
  50. 50
    Up 31
    Down 18
    Alfred Bester More
    53
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