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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
5,863 2,084
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
5,091 1,114
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
6,746 1,627
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

4
3,222 1,248
Foundation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Foundation Isaac Asimov

5
3,599 877
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
3,034 1,087
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
5,133 1,347
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
4,159 822
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

9
3,343 952
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

10
2,849 970
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
3,207 960
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
2,742 946
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
3,064 786
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
I, Robot Isaac Asimov

14
2,412 773
The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

15
2,662 910
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

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16
3,085 718
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
2,566 774
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
2,317 858
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
2,234 1,057
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
2,738 1,000
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

21
2,354 845
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

22
2,946 1,083
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

23
2,635 982
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

24
1,497 886
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ringworld Larry Niven

25
1,272 882
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
1,415 932
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Neuromancer William Gibson

27
1,491 744
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
1,406 843
The Island of Doctor Moreau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

29
1,406 802
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
1,012 885
Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Hyperion Dan Simmons

31
870 845
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
2,005 647
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
1,614 618
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

34
858 940
Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson

35
1,452 766
Contact is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Contact Carl Sagan

36
1,608 683
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
912 737
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
1,051 912
The Road is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Road Cormac McCarthy

39
1,552 820
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
1,146 676
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
1,381 669
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
1,555 827
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
1,637 950
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

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44
1,213 687
The Call of Cthulhu and Other ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H. P. Lovecraft

45
1,979 738
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
but chickens double d added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

46
784 688
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
1,180 544
A Connecticut Yankee in King A... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

48
895 715
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
1,152 525
Around the World in Eighty Day... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

50
1,421 611
American Gods is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
American Gods Neil Gaiman