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NPR's top 100 science fiction and fantasy


So, a lot of people are posting NPR's list of the 100 best science fiction and fantasy books.  The idea is to bold the ones that you've read, and, I guess, compare with everyone elseSpeculative fiction is definitely my field, so I might as well join in.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, 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 (only the first)
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
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert 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 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  (only the first)
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings (very good... for someone who is 11)
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley (awful)
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  (most of it)
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman (didn't much like it)
49. Childhood?s End, by Arthur C. Clarke  (as a kid, don't remember it)
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
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 (... and I regret it)
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 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 (This shouldn't be on the list.  Sorry, Brandon, it's the first book in a series projected for 10 books, and it's not that good.  The rest of the series may improve.)
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore (and oh boy do I regret it).
74. Old Man?s War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson  (Started, got bored)
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke (Loved it.  Yes, the beginning is slow.  Stick with it, well worth it.)
77. The Kushiel?s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
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 (The first 4 or 5.  The author's grasp of exposition is very shaky and did not sit well with me.  Good stories, but something about the narrative voice is just wrong for me.)
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 (Why this, and not the Dresden files for which he is better known?)
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 (This should be higher on the list, and also include A Deepness in the Sky)
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Tried it.  Hated it.)
96. Lucifer?s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis (For a book about future historians traveling through time to the middle ages to study history, it's surprisingly good).
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony (The first couple only).
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

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