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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
7,595 2,935
Dune is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Dune Frank Herbert

2
8,565 2,336
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

3
7,060 1,661
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
4,268 2,072
Foundation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Foundation Isaac Asimov

5
4,847 1,494
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
4,228 1,766
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
6,570 2,051
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
5,685 1,378
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

9
4,799 1,451
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

10
4,286 1,547
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
3,754 1,678
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
3,337 1,383
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
3,595 1,687
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
4,056 1,420
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
3,444 1,635
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

16
4,330 1,259
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
3,463 1,368
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
3,366 1,452
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
2,988 1,764
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
4,039 1,713
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

21
3,195 1,482
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

The Best Batman Comics

22
3,496 1,714
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

23
3,741 1,559
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

24
2,147 1,329
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
1,739 1,607
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
1,989 1,610
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ringworld Larry Niven

27
1,442 1,648
Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Hyperion Dan Simmons

28
1,820 1,704
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Neuromancer William Gibson

The Best Space Movies

29
1,968 1,488
The Island of Doctor Moreau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

30
1,189 1,590
A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr.

31
2,437 1,117
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

32
2,798 1,185
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
1,838 1,498
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
1,108 1,718
Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson

35
2,284 1,298
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

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

36
1,951 1,398
Contact is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Contact Carl Sagan

37
2,347 1,389
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
1,463 1,621
The Road is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Road Cormac McCarthy

39
3,275 1,273
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
but chickens double d added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

40
1,270 1,415
The Mote in God's Eye is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Mote in God's Eye Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

41
2,176 1,251
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
1,558 1,321
Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

The 13 Best Dystopian Novels

43
1,764 1,034
Around the World in Eighty Day... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

44
2,324 1,114
Catching Fire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
but chickens double d added Catching Fire Suzanne Collins

45
1,636 1,341
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
2,151 1,622
Ender's Shadow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ender's Shadow Orson Scott Card

47
1,180 1,346
The Left Hand of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin

48
2,042 1,489
Speaker for the Dead is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card

49
1,787 1,072
A Connecticut Yankee in King A... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

50
2,108 1,170
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
umpalumpa99 added The Giver Lois Lowry