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August 15th, 2011 by Annette

Top 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels – per NPR voters

Stolen gleefully from Measi 🙂

According to NPR’s summer reader survey, these are the top 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels.

I was one of the 60,000 voters and I’m pleased to say a number of my picks made the final list!

Bold = ones I’ve completed
Italics = ones I’ve attempted/partially finished
** = ones I do plan to read in the future  (my own addition)

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien** (I know, I know….)

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams ** (yeah, another classic I’ve missed)

3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert (I read the first, probably won’t read beyond that one, though)

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin** (I’ve read the first paragraph of the first book, but figured italics would be exaggerating my progress.  It’s on the Kindle,)

6. 1984, by George Orwell

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov

9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan (Thru book…7, I think.)

13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson

15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore  (My first graphic novel!)

16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov

17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss (Need to reread the first before I dive into the second.  LOVE this series!)

19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick

22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King** (I have the first one….)

24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

25. The Stand, by Stephen King

26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman

30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey

34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein

35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller

36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells

37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne

38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys

39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells

40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny (I’ve read most of these…)

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings

42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley

43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson

44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven

45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin

46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien

47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White

48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke

50. Contact, by Carl Sagan

51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons

52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks

55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman

57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett

58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson

59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold**  (Have the first couple..)

60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett

61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind (Read most of this series – all but the last two?)

63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke (OMG.  I *hated* this but I did finish it!!)

65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist

67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks

68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard

69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb

70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne

73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore

74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi

75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson

76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey (Read the first two, have all the others)

78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin

79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury (My favorite Bradbury!)

80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire (OMG, another *hated* it, but finished)

81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson** (On the “to read” list)

82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde

83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks

84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart

85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson

86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher (Read the first three, have the rest)

87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe

88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn

89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan

90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock

91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley

93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge

94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov

95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson

96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis

98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville

99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony (I’ve read the first six, my kids have both read beyond that.  I quit reading Mr. Anthony when he wrote that he didn’t have time for fans.  This was in an Author’s Note on his Incarnations of Immortality series…. I guess I have no time for you, Mr. Anthony.)

100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

Obviously, I’m more of a fantasy reader than Sci-Fi.  A few of my other pics didn’t make the list (Black Jewels!!  Dresden Files!!) but other than the two entries that I struggled through (64, 80) not a bad list.

Though I still need to get some reading done….


10 Responses to “Top 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels – per NPR voters”
  1. I’m afraid to play because I’ve read so few! Only 9, I think, though I did read one that you didn’t (Contact, number 50). There were like 3 others that I’ve started but never made it through very far (including Tolkien).

  2. kielrain says

    I have read quite a few on that list. And reading that list I think I need to add a few more.

    You should read the Malzan book, those were fantastic. 🙂

  3. I’ve read 30 on that list. There are quite a few that I’m surprised didn’t make it. Only one of Anne McCaffrey’s? None of C.J. Cherryh’s. Two of the most pivotal female writers of the genre.

  4. I’m a little skeptical of a list of fantasy books coming from NPR listeners (no offense to NPR listeners…I listen to it occasionally, but I would expect a lot more “social agenda” SF/Fantasy books to come up on this list than pure fantasy…no Narnia books??!?!) However, I’m going to put a bunch of these on my list!

    I less HATED Wicked than was shocked and horrified by it. I LOVE the musical, but had some plot questions, so I read the book. Um, VERY different, and I ALWAYS tell people with kids that if they go see the show, DON’T let the kids read the book (unless they’re over 18 or really comfortable with their kids reading about bestiality).

    Read Lord of the Rings NOW!! 😉 Um, wait, no…read Hitchhiker’s Guide NOW! OK, read them both!! (Hmm, reading those simultaneously might give you stylistic whiplash, but might be good when LOTR gets too “heavy”.)

  5. I’m not a Sci-Fi reader but was pleased to see the CS Lewis trilogy at the bottom – loved the first two, hated the third and will never read it again.

  6. The list was sure interesting. There are some pretty notable exceptions I think, and it is really heavy on the sci-fi. But at least it has given me some ideas about what I need to read. I went through it and marked things up like you did, and posted it on my non-stitchy blog.

  7. I’m totally not a sci-fi /fantasy reader. In fact I would have told you I never read it. I was surprised I’d read 11 on the list! But they’re almost all in the top 20.

  8. There’s a lot there I haven’t read either, like you more of a fantasy girl.

  9. C in DC says

    I read a lot of fantasy, so find this list fun. I’m a bit annoyed that McCaffrey gets “Dragonflight”, when most of the male authors get “… series”.

  10. Put Stranger in a Strange Land on your to read list. It’s a great story.