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While we await the technology to fly humanity to Mars, there's always one way to travel the vast, mysterious depths of the great unknown: books! This is a list of the greatest sci-fi novels about outer space, from Starship Troopers to The Martian, ranked by user votes. The best space novels come in many forms. Some great novels about space are travel tales while other good space science fiction novels are about alien life forms. Many of the best sci fi novels about space have even been adapted into award-winning films.

What books will you find on this best space novels list? Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has to be at the top. The first book in the series of the same name finds Arthur Dent avoiding the apocalypse by hopping on a space ship and traveling across the universe. Arthur C. Clarke's incredibly riveting novel, 2001: A Space Odyssey is another great space novel.

Dune, by Frank Herbert, was famously adapted into a film by the incomparable director, David Lynch. Other interesting works featured on this top space novels list include Ender's Game, The Martian Chronicles, and The Forever War.

Which sci-fi book about outer space is your favorite? Give the best novels a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Dune Frank Herbert

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space

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Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

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Foundation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Foundation Isaac Asimov

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke

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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
The Martian Andy Weir

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Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke

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Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Ringworld Larry Niven

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Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Hyperion Dan Simmons

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The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
The Forever War Joe Haldeman

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The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

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Gateway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Gateway Frederik Pohl

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Caliban's War is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Caliban's War James S. A. Corey

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Solaris Stanisław Lem

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Red Mars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson

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The Mote in God's Eye is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
The Mote in God's Eye Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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Revelation Space is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Revelation Space Alastair Reynolds

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The Uplift War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
The Uplift War David Brin

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Eon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Eon Greg Bear

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Ancillary Sword is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Ancillary Sword Anne Leckie

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The Fall of Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
The Fall of Hyperion Dan Simmons

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2010: Odyssey Two is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
2010: Odyssey Two Arthur C. Clarke

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The Forge of God is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
The Forge of God Greg Bear

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Titan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Titan John Varley

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Brightness Reef is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Brightness Reef David Brin

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Beyond the Blue Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space

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Little Fuzzy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Little Fuzzy H. Beam Piper

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The Boat of a Million Years is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space

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Startide Rising is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Startide Rising David Brin

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Seveneves is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Seveneves Neil Stephenson

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Ancillary Justice is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie

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Seeker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Seeker Jack McDevitt

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Rogue Moon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Rogue Moon Algis Budrys

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Downbelow Station is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Downbelow Station C. J. Cherryh

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Beggars in Spain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Beggars in Spain Nancy Kress

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Steel Beach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Steel Beach John Varley

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Heart of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Heart of the Comet David Brin, Gregory Benford

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The Human Division is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
The Human Division John Scalzi

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Consider Phlebas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Consider Phlebas Iain Banks

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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein

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Leviathan Wakes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Leviathan Wakes James S. A. Corey

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Speaker for the Dead is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card

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Raft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Raft Stephen Baxter

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Existence is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Existence David Brin

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Barrayar is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Barrayar Lois McMaster Bujold

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Great Sky River is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Great Sky River Gregory Benford

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The Vor Game is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
The Vor Game Lois McMaster Bujold

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The Stainless Steel Rat is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
The Stainless Steel Rat Harry Harrison

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The Pride of Chanur is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
The Pride of Chanur C. J. Cherryh