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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
5,535 1,937
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
4,677 1,004
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
6,363 1,518
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

4
3,045 1,076
Foundation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Foundation Isaac Asimov

5
3,357 750
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
2,781 967
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
4,856 1,200
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
3,851 717
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

9
2,685 817
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
3,033 857
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

11
3,009 828
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
2,891 642
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
I, Robot Isaac Asimov

13
2,548 804
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
2,517 753
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

15
2,234 652
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
2,801 620
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
2,386 648
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
2,082 753
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
2,622 841
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

20
2,062 925
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
2,180 726
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

22
2,742 963
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

23
2,423 861
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

24
1,406 735
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Ringworld Larry Niven

25
1,193 728
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
1,342 777
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Neuromancer William Gibson

27
1,362 626
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
1,302 707
The Island of Doctor Moreau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

29
1,325 654
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
949 735
Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Hyperion Dan Simmons

31
813 700
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
1,831 546
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
1,365 630
Contact is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Contact Carl Sagan

34
807 789
Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson

35
1,487 567
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
1,442 531
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

37
850 607
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
972 781
The Road is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Road Cormac McCarthy

39
1,383 714
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
1,063 561
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
1,150 562
The Call of Cthulhu and Other ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
midnightq2 added The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H. P. Lovecraft

42
1,450 714
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
1,545 831
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
1,208 563
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood

45
730 562
The Left Hand of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin

46
1,707 661
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
but chickens double d added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

47
849 594
The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
The Forever War Joe Haldeman

48
1,064 452
A Connecticut Yankee in King A... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

49
1,309 511
American Gods is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
American Gods Neil Gaiman

50
895 609
A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time
A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick