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NPR's Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books.



1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (and the sequels. I still prefer So long, and thanks for all the fish

3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert - read the first one, back around the time the film came out (and despite not having seen the film yet), but no the rest.

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin

6. 1984, by George Orwell - at least, I'm pretty sure I've read it all the way through once.

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov - never properly read it, although I sort of dabbled with it in secondary school when the books were in the school library. I'd like to give it a proper read at some point.

9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman - I've seen the movie, if that counts..?

12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan - no, but Sarah has.

13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell - as with 1984, I'm pretty sure I've read it all the way through, but couldn't quite put my finger on exactly when.

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

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

23. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

24. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King

25. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke - and I still swear the book makes perfect sense. The film, on the other hand...

26. The Stand, by Stephen King

27. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

28. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

29. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

30. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman

31. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

32. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams - don't think I've ever finished it, despite having a copy of the book since probably before the film came out. As I'd have been about seven at the time, maybe that was the problem? It's definitely not a children's book.

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey - no, but again, ask Sarah. She has a fair few Pern novels.

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 - I've a vague memory of reading this.

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

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings

42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley - no, but I think Sarah's got a copy.

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 - it's quite a chore, IMHO.

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 - no, although I keep meaning to. Also, I've got the film but have never properly watched it, despite it having Jodie Foster in it.

51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons

52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman - no, but Sarah and I saw the film together, and she's got the novel.

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 - why isn't there more Pratchett on this list?

58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson - read the first one, wasn't particularly inspired to read any of the rest.

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

63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke - rather heavygoing in places, but worth sticking with.

65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist

67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks - as with Donaldson's Thomas Covenant books, I read the first one, and felt no deep desire to read the others.

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

78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin

79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire - no, but this is in my pile of books to be read, having really enjoyed the musical back in January.

81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson

82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde - no, but Fforde is an author I intend to check out at some time.

83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks - ditto, really.

84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart - again, I think Sarah's got a copy of this.

85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson

86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher - no, but I'd like to try his Dresden Files books.

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

88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn - is a good reason why Star Wars works best in a visual medium, IMHO.

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 - I've read one of her books, but I don't think it was this one.

98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville

99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony - I borrowed one from a friend. Didn't think that much of it, I'm afraid...

100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis - I read one of them (Perelandra, I think), but, erm, yeah. Bored me.

So...a few I've read - I make it 18, including ones where I've read one of a series but not the remainder, which isn't bad, but I've not read as much sci-fi/fantasy as I could. Although there are several I'd like to try (really, any of the Asimov/Wells/Verne that I've not read, I'd like to). I think I'll definitely be able to add a couple (Wicked and Stardust) to the list by the end of the year, and it'd be nice to check out Jasper Fforde's work too.
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