Skip to comments.Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy books
Posted on 08/11/2011 5:46:33 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith
More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. The winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey are an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.
A quick word about what's here, and what's not: Our panel of experts reviewed hundreds of the most popular nominations and tossed out those that didn't fit the survey's criteria (after we assure you much passionate, thoughtful, gleefully nerdy discussion). You'll notice there are no young adult or horror books on this list, but sit tight, dear reader, we're saving those genres for summers yet to come.
So, at last, here are your favorite science-fiction and fantasy novels. (And a printable version, to take with you to the bookstore.)
I heard of that one long ago but only now read it. HA! Thanks.
He has links to a vanity publisher where you can order a print copy. I like real books too, but I like having my library on my phone too, and ebooks, especially Baen’s earcs (advance reader copy) are available almost a year before the print books, and I just can’t wait :-)
I liked his “Tool of the Trade” a lot. Soviet sleeper in the US working as a psychology professor for twenty years inadvertently discovers an audible tone that will put most people into a hypnotic state and do whatever he tells them.
I re-read I, Robot of late. It has not aged well.
Watchmen will age well because it was written as retro-history to begin with.
Starship Troopers the movie was based on the back cover of a novel by Robert Heinlein.
YES! FREEPERS RULE!
Canticle is worth the read. Very good; probably my intro to “heavy” sci fi in high school.
Other than LoTR, I just can’t get into the Fantasy novels. I prefer the harder sci-fi stuff...
John Ringo’s series - definitely and I would have liked to see the John Carter series by Edgar Rice Burroughs as well. Not sure if everyone would agree but it was one of my early favorites.
It actually was one that I remembered from my teenage years!
(Good Lord .. A Long Time Ago!) LOL
Awesome Book but I always thought SCIFI was about the "possible future" and Fantasy was about the "impossible past". Crypto is a Historical Novel with a present day plot line as well using technology that is nothing out of the ordinary.
Only three Heinlein books in the top 100 and one in the top 20?
I wasn't. His understanding of freedom comes from having once believed in the other side's values and then thought about that belief system. Someone who has never been a socialist would not have as deep an understanding of its flaws as a convert.
Wonderful story. Apocalyptic and a bit dark though...
Pretty good sci-fi...at least I thought.
That was one of the few I liked.
Sad. The Stars My Destination was epic and one of my favorites.
I looked all over fsand.com and couldn’t find the vanity publisher link you mention. Could you point it out ?
B.S. Meter just pegged into the Red!
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