NPR Releases Book Fans’ Top 100 Science Fiction And Fantasy List

Posted Sunday, August 14th, 2011 03:00 pm GMT -4 by

NPR has just released a list of your favorite Top 100 science fiction and fantasy books. More than five thousand books were nominated with more than 60,000 fans voting for their favorite book. What the list didn’t include (after a lengthy geek debate) is young adult or horror books.

The list did have some interesting choices, but most were classics from the most prolific science fiction writers out there. It was interesting to see Neil Gaiman have a very large number of books included on the list right up there with authors such as Neal Stephenson, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. Although, I was surprised to only see one book each from Frank Herbert and Philip K. Dick. Take a look at the list and let me know if you agree with most of the choices or if you see glaring omissions.

Source: NPR
1. The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert
5. A Song of Ice And Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
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
13. Animal Farm by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer by William Gibson
15. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
16. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
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
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 A. Heinlein
32. Watership Down by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
36. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
39. The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells
40. The Amber Chronicles bt Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
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. Cyrptonomicon 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
60. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God’s Eye by Larry Niven ad Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series by Robert E. Howard and Mark Schultz
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. 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 Neal Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book OF The Fallen Series by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series by Iain Banks
84. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
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
94. The Caves Of Steel by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

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  • Lvmaggot

    Where was Nightfall by Isaac Asimov? Plus all of Terry Pratchett are both hilarious and insightful. Sad he has Alzheimers.

  • Ken

    Why do you mix Science Fiction with Fantasy.  They are two totally different genres and should NEVER be commingled!. 

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  • KraftyOne

    I’ve read about half of the top 20…maybe a third of the full list,
    but looking at the full list, (in my opinion) they put both the Riftwar
    Saga and the Farseer Trilogy way too far down the list and they missed
    Simon R. Green’s “Shadows Fall” entirely.

    Otherwise, there are some books in there I should probably pick up!

  • John Wao

    I don’t understand why horror was excluded from the list. That leaves out Stoker’s Dracula, and the works of Poe and Lovecraft.

    I also would have put the Conan stories at #2 right behind the LOTR.

  • Ze

    Keep in mind….they initially had over 5,000 books on the list. 60,000 people voted on their favorites and this is what the final tally came up with. So we’re supposedly looking at the fan’s perception of the top 100 favorites.  I’m sure those books you guys mentioned were on the initial 5000 books list, they just didn’t get enough votes to get into the top 100.

  • I love Ursula Le Guin!  This is a great list…going to try and read more sci-