Total Nerd 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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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 to the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space

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54 20
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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47 15
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Robert A. Heinlein

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45 14
The Martian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Andy Weir

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42 12
Foundation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Isaac Asimov

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43 14
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Arthur C. Clarke

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30 11
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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28 10
Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Dan Simmons

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30 14
Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Arthur C. Clarke

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24 9
The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Joe Haldeman

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21 11
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Larry Niven

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10 4
Caliban's War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added James S. A. Corey

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The Fall of Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Dan Simmons

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Gateway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Frederik Pohl

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9 4
Eon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Greg Bear

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15 10
The Mote in God's Eye is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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15 11
Solaris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Stanisław Lem

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13 9
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Amy Boal added Robert A. Heinlein

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Titan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added John Varley

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Red Mars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Kim Stanley Robinson

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9 6
The Forge of God is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Greg Bear

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The Boat of a Million Years is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Poul Anderson

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10 8
Revelation Space is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Alastair Reynolds

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2010: Odyssey Two is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
john-michael-schuster added Arthur C. Clarke

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The Uplift War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added David Brin

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Richard K. Morgan

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Steel Beach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added John Varley

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Heart of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added David Brin, Gregory Benford

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The Fringe Worlds is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Yahtz Altemeier added T.R. Harris

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Old Man's War is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
John Scalzi

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9 8
Leviathan Wakes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
James S. A. Corey

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8 7
Speaker for the Dead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Orson Scott Card

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Ancillary Justice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Ann Leckie

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6 5
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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6 5
Downbelow Station is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added C. J. Cherryh

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4 3
The Human Division is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added John Scalzi

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7 7
Have Space Suit—Will Travel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
Robert A. Heinlein

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5 5
Consider Phlebas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Iain Banks

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5 5
Startide Rising is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added David Brin

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5 5
Beyond the Blue Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Frederik Pohl

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5 5
Ancillary Sword is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Anne Leckie

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Seeker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Jack McDevitt

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4 4
Chasm City is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Alastair Reynolds

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The Three-Body Problem is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space

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6 7
Seveneves is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Neil Stephenson

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4 5
The Pride of Chanur is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added C. J. Cherryh

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4 5
The Stainless Steel Rat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Harry Harrison

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4 5
Rogue Moon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Algis Budrys

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4 5
Great Sky River is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Novels About Outer Space
NickKing added Gregory Benford