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The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space 

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Updated November 21, 2019 1.8k votes 283 voters 6.6k views 65 items

While we await the technology to fly humanity to Mars, there's always one way to travel the vast, mysterious depths of the great unknown: books! This is a list of the greatest sci-fi novels about outer space, from Starship Troopers to The Martian, ranked by user votes. The best space novels come in many forms. Some great novels about space are travel tales while other good space science fiction novels are about alien life forms. Many of the best sci fi novels about space have even been adapted into award-winning films.

What books will you find on this best space novels list? Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has to be at the top. The first book in the series of the same name finds Arthur Dent avoiding the apocalypse by hopping on a space ship and traveling across the universe. Arthur C. Clarke's incredibly riveting novel, 2001: A Space Odyssey is another great space novel.

Dune, by Frank Herbert, was famously adapted into a film by the incomparable director, David Lynch. Other interesting works featured on this top space novels list include Ender's Game, The Martian Chronicles, and The Forever War.

Which sci-fi book about outer space is your favorite? Give the best novels a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Frank Herbert
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The Hitchhiker's Guide t... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
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Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Orson Scott Card
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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Arthur C. Clarke
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Foundation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Isaac Asimov
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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Robert A. Heinlein
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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Andy Weir
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The Martian Chronicles ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Ray Bradbury
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Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Arthur C. Clarke
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Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Dan Simmons
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Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Larry Niven
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The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Joe Haldeman
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2010: Odyssey Two is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
john-michael-schuster added Arthur C. Clarke
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Red Mars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Kim Stanley Robinson
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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Stanisław Lem
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Revelation Space is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Alastair Reynolds
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Caliban's War is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added James S. A. Corey
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Old Man's War is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
John Scalzi
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The Fall of Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Dan Simmons
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The Moon Is a Harsh Mist... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Amy Boal added Robert A. Heinlein
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Eon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Greg Bear
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The Mote in God's Eye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
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Gateway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Frederik Pohl
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The Forge of God is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Greg Bear
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Leviathan Wakes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
James S. A. Corey