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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
5,629 1,986
Dune is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Dune Frank Herbert

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2
4,811 1,037
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
6,477 1,557
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

4
3,098 1,138
Foundation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Foundation Isaac Asimov

5
3,439 789
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
2,874 1,003
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
4,941 1,247
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
3,951 749
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

9
3,132 883
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

10
2,734 867
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke

11
3,073 871
War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
War of the Worlds H. G. Wells, Leon E. Stover, Lennart Peterson

12
2,609 847
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
2,945 693
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
I, Robot Isaac Asimov

14
2,564 807
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

15
2,290 692
The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

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16
2,882 651
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

17
2,452 681
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
2,160 781
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
2,651 895
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

20
2,117 962
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

21
2,241 759
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

22
2,793 1,002
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

23
2,480 902
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

24
1,439 785
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ringworld Larry Niven

25
1,223 775
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
1,367 829
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Neuromancer William Gibson

27
1,407 664
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
1,332 756
The Island of Doctor Moreau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

29
1,346 702
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein

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30
976 784
Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Hyperion Dan Simmons

31
834 748
A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr.

32
1,881 579
The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Andromeda Strain Michael Crichton

33
826 842
Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson

34
1,391 678
Contact is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Contact Carl Sagan

35
1,497 558
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

36
1,529 604
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
875 646
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
1,004 816
The Road is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Road Cormac McCarthy

39
1,433 747
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Green Mile Stephen King

40
1,097 594
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
1,169 600
The Call of Cthulhu and Other ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H. P. Lovecraft

42
1,484 751
Speaker for the Dead is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card

43
1,260 592
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood

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44
1,569 872
Ender's Shadow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ender's Shadow Orson Scott Card

45
749 598
The Left Hand of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin

46
1,779 689
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
but chickens double d added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

47
1,105 476
A Connecticut Yankee in King A... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

48
863 632
The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Forever War Joe Haldeman

49
916 642
A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick

50
1,336 541
American Gods is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
American Gods Neil Gaiman