Total Nerd The Best Alien Contact Novels  

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Humanity has long been fascinated with the idea of life on other planets. What would happen if extraterrestrials got close enough to Earth that we could communicate with them? This is a list of popular novels about alien contact, from Solaris to Battlefield Earth, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best alien novels come in many forms. Some great books that speculate about alien contact feature character who travel to distant planets while other extraterrestrial novels are about an attack on the planet earth. Many of the best sci fi novels about alien contact have even been adapted into award-winning films.

What books will you find on this best alien contact novels list? 2001:A Space Odyssey is one of the best. The book was written by Arthur C. Clarke who was simultaneously penning the screenplay of the same name. The recurring appearance of the monolith alludes to contact with extraterrestrials. Starship Troopers is another exciting novel about alien contact.

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells finds alien life forms attempting to overtake earth. Other good books featured on this top alien contact novels list include The Martian Chronicles, The Host, and A Fire Upon the Deep.

Which alien contact book do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good extraterrestrial novels we may have missed.

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The War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
H. G. Wells

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31 13
Contact is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Carl Sagan

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30 17
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels

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23 13
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Arthur C. Clarke

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25 15
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Robert A. Heinlein

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19 10
The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Michael Crichton

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16 10
The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Ray Bradbury

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12 10
Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Arthur C. Clarke

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12 11
Childhood's End is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Arthur C. Clarke

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9 10
The Gods Themselves is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Isaac Asimov

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8 10
The Mote in God's Eye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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5 9
The Day of the Triffids is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels

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4 9
The Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Mary Doria Russell

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3 9
A Fire Upon the Deep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Vernor Vinge

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4 13
Solaris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Stanisław Lem

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5 15
Battlefield Earth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
L. Ron Hubbard

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2 10
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
C. J. Cherryh

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5 18
The Host is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Stephenie Meyer

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2 11
Calculating God is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Robert J. Sawyer

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1 8
The Color of Distance is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Amy Thomson

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1 10
Endless Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Wen Spencer

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1 10
Remnant Population is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Elizabeth Moon

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1 11
The Pride of Chanur is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
C. J. Cherryh

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0 10
A Matter for Men is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
David Gerrold

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0 10
Blindsight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Peter Watts