The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space

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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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    Frank Herbert

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    Orson Scott Card

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    Arthur C. Clarke

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    Robert A. Heinlein

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    Joe Haldeman

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    Larry Niven

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    Frederik Pohl

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    Kim Stanley Robinson

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    Arthur C. Clarke

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    Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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    Lois McMaster Bujold

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