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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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4,908 1,652
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
3,859 821
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
5,655 1,267
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

4
2,742 728
Foundation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Foundation Isaac Asimov

5
2,879 497
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
2,308 698
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
4,361 938
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
3,194 532
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

9
2,383 507
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke

10
2,609 569
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
2,477 638
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

12
2,572 364
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
I, Robot Isaac Asimov

13
2,228 514
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
2,278 444
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

15
1,920 384
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
2,018 413
20,000 leagues under the sea is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

17
2,231 447
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

18
2,397 535
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

19
1,624 528
Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

20
1,770 653
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
1,819 496
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

22
2,349 735
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

23
1,246 434
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ringworld Larry Niven

24
1,080 420
Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke

25
1,995 676
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

26
1,214 479
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Neuromancer William Gibson

27
1,171 368
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein

28
703 401
A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr.

29
1,112 387
The Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Invisible Man H. G. Wells

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30
850 438
Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Hyperion Dan Simmons

31
741 491
Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson

32
1,096 460
The Island of Doctor Moreau is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

33
1,192 378
Contact is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Contact Carl Sagan

34
1,516 347
The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Andromeda Strain Michael Crichton

35
1,286 337
The Martian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
pontus-söderlund added The Martian Andy Weir

36
750 348
The Mote in God's Eye is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Mote in God's Eye Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

37
1,146 353
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

38
831 535
The Road is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Road Cormac McCarthy

39
905 333
Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

40
1,001 338
The Call of Cthulhu and Other ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H. P. Lovecraft

41
1,094 517
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Green Mile Stephen King

42
1,285 491
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
623 317
The Left Hand of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin

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1,371 611
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
773 334
The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Forever War Joe Haldeman

46
825 355
A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick

47
892 363
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood

48
992 292
Childhood's End is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke

49
769 297
The Man in the High Castle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

50
506 91
The foundation trilogy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The foundation trilogy Isaac Asimov