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
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels

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Contact is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Contact Carl Sagan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Battlefield Earth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Battlefield Earth L. Ron Hubbard

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

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The Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
The Sparrow Mary Doria Russell

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The Color of Distance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
The Color of Distance Amy Thomson

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Solaris Stanisław Lem

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Calculating God is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Calculating God Robert J. Sawyer

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Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Foreigner C. J. Cherryh

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The Host is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
The Host Stephenie Meyer

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Remnant Population is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Remnant Population Elizabeth Moon

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The Pride of Chanur is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
The Pride of Chanur C. J. Cherryh

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A Matter for Men is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
A Matter for Men David Gerrold

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Endless Blue is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alien Contact Novels
Endless Blue Wen Spencer

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