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The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space  

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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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Chasm City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Alastair Reynolds
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Consider Phlebas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Iain Banks
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The Mote in God's Eye is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
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Ancillary Justice is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Ann Leckie
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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Richard K. Morgan
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The Boat of a Million Ye... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Poul Anderson
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Titan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added John Varley
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Leviathan Wakes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
James S. A. Corey
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The Human Division is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added John Scalzi
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Brightness Reef is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added David Brin
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Have Space Suit—Will Tra... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Robert A. Heinlein
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The Uplift War is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added David Brin
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Speaker for the Dead is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Orson Scott Card
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The Three-Body Problem ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
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Seveneves is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Neil Stephenson
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Downbelow Station is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added C. J. Cherryh
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Steel Beach is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added John Varley
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Barrayar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Lois McMaster Bujold
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Startide Rising is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added David Brin
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Pushing Ice is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Alastair Reynolds
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Beyond the Blue Event Ho... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Frederik Pohl
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The Stainless Steel Rat ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Harry Harrison
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The Pride of Chanur is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added C. J. Cherryh
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Heart of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added David Brin, Gregory Benford
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Cyteen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added C. J. Cherryh