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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
7,403 2,859
Dune is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Dune Frank Herbert

2
8,396 2,246
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

3
6,890 1,601
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

4
4,753 1,448
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

5
4,118 2,039
Foundation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Foundation Isaac Asimov

6
4,124 1,738
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
5,551 1,350
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

8
6,414 1,995
Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

9
4,714 1,408
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

10
4,205 1,524
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
3,667 1,654
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
3,261 1,360
The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

13
3,506 1,641
Stranger in a Strange Land is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein

14
3,957 1,403
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
I, Robot Isaac Asimov

The Scariest Novels of All Time

15
4,262 1,213
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

16
3,352 1,606
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

17
3,397 1,346
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
3,289 1,428
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
2,918 1,735
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
3,969 1,673
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

21
3,427 1,688
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

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22
3,113 1,454
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

23
3,673 1,524
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

24
2,107 1,305
The Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Invisible Man H. G. Wells

25
1,930 1,587
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ringworld Larry Niven

26
1,683 1,579
Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke

27
1,769 1,673
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Neuromancer William Gibson

28
1,935 1,457
The Island of Doctor Moreau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

The 13 Best Dystopian Novels

29
2,396 1,092
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

30
1,367 1,620
Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Hyperion Dan Simmons

31
2,745 1,159
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
1,136 1,571
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
1,779 1,484
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
1,070 1,691
Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson

35
1,907 1,373
Contact is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Contact Carl Sagan

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

36
2,206 1,271
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
2,305 1,345
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Green Mile Stephen King

38
1,228 1,394
The Mote in God's Eye is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Mote in God's Eye Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

39
1,424 1,587
The Road is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Road Cormac McCarthy

40
2,119 1,213
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood

41
3,228 1,212
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
but chickens double d added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

42
1,524 1,303
Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

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

43
2,109 1,588
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
1,986 1,458
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
1,599 1,313
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
1,122 1,333
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
1,744 1,050
A Connecticut Yankee in King A... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

48
2,075 1,142
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
umpalumpa99 added The Giver Lois Lowry

49
1,732 1,008
Around the World in Eighty Day... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

50
2,403 1,102
Mockingjay is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
but chickens double d added Mockingjay Suzanne Collins