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This list ranks the best science fiction novels ever written, as voted on by sci-fi readers. Anyone can add their picks to this list of sci-fi books, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the best science fiction books of all time by the people who live and breathe Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury, and Clarke.

Vote up the novels that you think best represent the greatest science fiction books ever written in order to determine the most popular science fiction books on the shelves. It doesn't much matter they're classic or modern, utopian or dystopian; if they're popular sci-fi books, this list is the place to rank them.

If you see a book that's missing, add it. Vote up your favorite literary slices of sci-fi. And for maximum impact, make your own list by reranking this one your own way, so that everyone can see whether your top rated sci-fi novels take place on Arrakis, Mars, or even Earth.
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1
6,530 2,482
Dune is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Dune Frank Herbert

2
5,969 1,360
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
7,481 1,957
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

4
3,596 1,695
Foundation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Foundation Isaac Asimov

5
4,097 1,202
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

6
3,562 1,421
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

7
5,696 1,691
Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

8
4,828 1,095
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

9
3,996 1,192
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

10
3,644 1,259
War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
War of the Worlds H. G. Wells, Leon E. Stover, Lennart Peterson

11
3,191 1,336
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke

12
3,073 1,327
Stranger in a Strange Land is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein

13
3,428 1,128
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
I, Robot Isaac Asimov

14
3,673 976
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

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15
2,778 1,097
The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

16
2,942 1,288
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

17
2,935 1,080
20,000 leagues under the sea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

18
2,778 1,155
Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

19
2,559 1,397
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

20
3,402 1,393
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

21
2,724 1,164
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

The 13 Best Dystopian Novels

22
3,004 1,371
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

23
3,142 1,262
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

24
1,665 1,259
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ringworld Larry Niven

25
1,429 1,255
Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke

26
1,546 1,318
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Neuromancer William Gibson

27
1,769 1,039
The Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Invisible Man H. G. Wells

28
1,663 1,159
The Island of Doctor Moreau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

12 Kinked Out Novels That Prove Sci-Fi Is The Sexiest Genre

29
1,153 1,273
Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Hyperion Dan Simmons

30
1,978 862
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

31
2,341 923
The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Andromeda Strain Michael Crichton

32
981 1,235
A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr.

33
1,573 1,171
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein

34
955 1,331
Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson

35
1,636 1,094
Contact is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Contact Carl Sagan

The Lamest Authors of All Time

36
1,864 1,004
The Martian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
pontus-söderlund added The Martian Andy Weir

37
1,049 1,086
The Mote in God's Eye is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Mote in God's Eye Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

38
1,909 1,093
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Green Mile Stephen King

39
1,228 1,262
The Road is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Road Cormac McCarthy

40
1,340 1,009
Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

41
1,743 945
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood

42
2,624 959
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
but chickens double d added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

The Funniest Coffee Table Books Money Can Buy

43
1,852 1,273
Ender's Shadow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ender's Shadow Orson Scott Card

44
1,748 1,156
Speaker for the Dead is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card

45
1,373 1,026
The Call of Cthulhu and Other ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H. P. Lovecraft

46
929 1,037
The Left Hand of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin

47
1,445 811
A Connecticut Yankee in King A... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

48
1,428 777
Around the World in Eighty Day... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

49
1,705 903
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
umpalumpa99 added The Giver Lois Lowry

50
1,019 1,055
The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Forever War Joe Haldeman