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The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

Updated August 28, 2019 371.6k votes 25.9k voters 409.2k views179 items

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 sci-fi 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 good book that's missing, add it whether it be a lesser-known classic or a new sci-fi book fellow readers need to try. 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. Then, check out the best new science fiction books, many of which will become the next generation's classics.

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    Nineteen Eighty-Four, sometimes published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English author...  more

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to...  more

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    #21 of 57 The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time#4 of 20 20 Books That Deserve Much Better Adaptations Than They Got

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    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury
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    The Time Machine

    H. G. Wells
    The Time Machine is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, published in 1895. Wells is...  more

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    #35 of 61 Novels with the Best Love Stories#67 of 95 The Best Books With Time in the Title

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    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley
    Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley...  more

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    Ender's Game

    Orson Scott Card
    Ender's Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set...  more
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    Dune

    Frank Herbert
    Dune is a 1965 epic science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It won the Hugo Award in 1966, and...  more

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    I, Robot

    Isaac Asimov
    I, Robot is a collection of nine science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov. The stories...  more
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    The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells. It first...  more

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    #11 of 97 The Best Books With War in the Title#2 of 99 The Best Books With World in the Title

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    Foundation

    Isaac Asimov
    Foundation is the first novel in Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. Foundation is a collection...  more

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    #3 of 40 The Best Sci Fi Book Series#1 of 82 The Best Isaac Asimov Books

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    The Martian Chronicles is a 1950 science fiction short story collection by Ray Bradbury that...  more

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    #7 of 59 The Best Collections of Short Stories#8 of 65 The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space

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    Brave New World

    Aldous Huxley
    Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. Set in...  more

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    #29 of 117 The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written#10 of 98 The Best Sci Fi Novels for Smart People

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    Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction short story and subsequent novel written by Daniel...  more

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    #26 of 102 The Best Books for Teens#28 of 71 Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke
    2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke. It was developed...  more
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    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel by French writer...  more

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    Journey to the Center of the Earth is a classic 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The...  more
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    Stranger in a Strange Land

    Robert A. Heinlein
    Stranger in a Strange Land is a 1961 science fiction novel by American author Robert A....  more
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    Starship Troopers

    Robert A. Heinlein
    Starship Troopers is a military science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, first published...  more
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    The Andromeda Strain

    Michael Crichton
    The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton, is a techno-thriller novel documenting the efforts...  more
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    Jurassic Park

    Michael Crichton
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    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science fiction novel by American writer Philip K....  more

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    Slaughterhouse-Five

    Kurt Vonnegut
    Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a satirical novel...  more

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    #3 of 57 The Best Postmodern Novels#6 of 52 The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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    Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the...  more