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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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6,233 2,293
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
5,586 1,236
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
7,139 1,794
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

4
3,422 1,479
Foundation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Foundation Isaac Asimov

5
3,858 1,052
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
3,314 1,266
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
5,433 1,533
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
4,540 955
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

9
3,702 1,080
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

10
3,034 1,167
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
3,430 1,119
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
2,926 1,146
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
3,261 964
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
I, Robot Isaac Asimov

14
2,611 942
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
3,405 849
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

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16
2,813 1,108
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

17
2,762 937
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
2,567 1,013
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
2,406 1,232
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
2,869 1,196
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

21
2,553 1,012
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

22
3,175 1,260
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

23
2,901 1,131
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

24
1,591 1,074
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ringworld Larry Niven

25
1,362 1,072
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
1,482 1,126
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Neuromancer William Gibson

27
1,631 899
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
1,537 1,004
The Island of Doctor Moreau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

29
1,088 1,079
Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Hyperion Dan Simmons

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30
2,199 779
The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Andromeda Strain Michael Crichton

31
1,495 988
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein

32
927 1,041
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
1,801 741
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
908 1,134
Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson

35
1,543 937
Contact is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Contact Carl Sagan

36
1,745 844
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
992 911
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
1,147 1,087
The Road is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Road Cormac McCarthy

39
1,736 964
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
1,240 846
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
1,578 798
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
2,340 849
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

43
1,748 1,119
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
1,656 1,000
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
1,289 861
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
856 862
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
1,330 673
A Connecticut Yankee in King A... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

48
962 883
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
1,314 647
Around the World in Eighty Day... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

50
1,553 758
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
umpalumpa99 added The Giver Lois Lowry