Total Nerd 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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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Dune Frank Herbert

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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Foundation Isaac Asimov

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Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

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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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The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

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Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke

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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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Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Ringworld Larry Niven

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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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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Solaris Stanisław Lem

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Red Mars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson

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Caliban's War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Caliban's War James S. A. Corey

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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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The Uplift War is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added The Uplift War David Brin

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2010: Odyssey Two is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
john-michael-schuster added 2010: Odyssey Two Arthur C. Clarke

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The Fall of Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added The Fall of Hyperion Dan Simmons

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Revelation Space is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Revelation Space Alastair Reynolds

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Ancillary Justice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie

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Seveneves is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Seveneves Neil Stephenson

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Downbelow Station is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Downbelow Station C. J. Cherryh

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Ancillary Sword is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Ancillary Sword Anne Leckie

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Eon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Eon Greg Bear

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Brightness Reef is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Brightness Reef David Brin

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Titan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Titan John Varley

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The Forge of God is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added The Forge of God Greg Bear

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Beyond the Blue Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Beyond the Blue Event Horizon Frederik Pohl

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Startide Rising is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Startide Rising David Brin

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Seeker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Seeker Jack McDevitt

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Rogue Moon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Rogue Moon Algis Budrys

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Cyteen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Cyteen C. J. Cherryh

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Little Fuzzy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Little Fuzzy H. Beam Piper

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The Pride of Chanur is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added The Pride of Chanur C. J. Cherryh

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The Boat of a Million Years is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added The Boat of a Million Years Poul Anderson

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Beggars in Spain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Beggars in Spain Nancy Kress

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Consider Phlebas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Consider Phlebas Iain Banks

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Heart of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Heart of the Comet David Brin, Gregory Benford

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Steel Beach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Steel Beach John Varley

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The Human Division is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added The Human Division John Scalzi

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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Amy Boal added The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein

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Leviathan Wakes is listed (or ranked) 44 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) 45 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card

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Existence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Existence David Brin

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Raft is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Raft Stephen Baxter

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

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Of Fire and Night: The Saga of... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Of Fire and Night: The Saga of Seven Suns # 5 Kevin J. Anderson

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The Stainless Steel Rat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added The Stainless Steel Rat Harry Harrison