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Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books
NPR ^ | 8/11/11 | n/a

Posted on 08/12/2011 5:20:40 PM PDT by DemforBush

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...

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TOPICS: Books/Literature; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: fantasy; novels; scifi
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I found the list of selections quite interesting. Many of the choices are spot-on, IMHO. A few are definitely not (also IMHO). Thought it would be kind of fun to see what everyone thinks of the choices.
1 posted on 08/12/2011 5:20:46 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: DemforBush

BTW, for the printer-friendly version of the listing, you can go to this link:

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/09/139248590/top-100-science-fiction-fantasy-books


2 posted on 08/12/2011 5:22:01 PM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!)
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To: DemforBush

Didn’t find one of my favorites in there, “The Lathe of Heaven”.


3 posted on 08/12/2011 5:24:11 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: DemforBush
Another one not in there: "The Nitrogen Fix"


4 posted on 08/12/2011 5:25:40 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: DemforBush
Audacity of Hope
Dreams from My Father
5 posted on 08/12/2011 5:26:18 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: DemforBush

I’m not going to look at the list again, but I think that “The Mote In God’s Eye” ranked in the 60s. Too low IMO. If Spielberg were smart, he’d make movies of this. It would appeal to the young and old, as did :Star Wars,”


6 posted on 08/12/2011 5:26:38 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: DemforBush

My fave isn’t in there.

“A Winter’s Tale”


7 posted on 08/12/2011 5:27:28 PM PDT by MeganC (Are you better off than you were four years ago?)
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To: SERKIT

Aren’t those actually horror novels? :-)


8 posted on 08/12/2011 5:27:59 PM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!)
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To: SERKIT

Earth in the Balance


9 posted on 08/12/2011 5:28:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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10 posted on 08/12/2011 5:28:46 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: DemforBush

Only one Philip K Dick book made the top 100? I’m a little surprised by that.


11 posted on 08/12/2011 5:29:29 PM PDT by Kleon
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To: DemforBush

No “The Stars my Destination”????


12 posted on 08/12/2011 5:29:29 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: DemforBush

Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance is not on the list.


13 posted on 08/12/2011 5:30:11 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: dfwgator

Heh! Good one!


14 posted on 08/12/2011 5:30:14 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: SERKIT
Audacity of Hope

Dreams from My Father

Those are fantasy books, but not science fiction books.

15 posted on 08/12/2011 5:33:05 PM PDT by paudio (The 0bama Downgrade Two (a possible sequel to the current horror movie))
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To: DemforBush
NEED HELP WITH BOOK TITLE

I read a sci-fi book about 20+ years ago (book was probably older than that though) about earths future where there are all different guilds. One guild was low in numbers and the need for them was apparently ending (or so people thought). They were the watchers who kept a vigil for an invasion. The main character was one of these final watchers who, to the best of my memory, pushed a hot dog cart looking thing around that he later used to signal the invasion was coming from tear dropped shaped ships. (I think he may have made a false alarm at one point before the real invasion) Thats about all I can remember. Hope it rings a bell with some sci-fi types.

16 posted on 08/12/2011 5:34:10 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: DemforBush

As you said, an interesting list. I have been reading Science Fiction (and to a lesser extent, Fantasy) since I was about 12; I am now in my 70s, and still enjoy a good yarn.


17 posted on 08/12/2011 5:36:54 PM PDT by ixtl (You live and learn. Or you don't live long.)
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To: DemforBush

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2762444/posts


18 posted on 08/12/2011 5:37:34 PM PDT by endthematrix (The Name of the Game is BAILOUT.)
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To: endthematrix

Agh, sorry about that. Nothing came up in search.


19 posted on 08/12/2011 5:39:19 PM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!)
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To: DemforBush

btt


20 posted on 08/12/2011 5:40:24 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: DemforBush

Glad to see “Old Man’s War”, by John Scalzi, made the list. This book got me going as a big Scalzi fan. My faviorite of his, not on the list, is “The Android’s Dream”. “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, by Philip Dick, did make the list. “Android’s Dream” is a nod to the Philip Dick original as a particular variety of sheep in the story (it gets pretty strange) is called “The Android’s Dream”.


21 posted on 08/12/2011 5:45:07 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: mnehring
United States Federal Budget 2010

United States Federal Budget 2011

22 posted on 08/12/2011 5:45:27 PM PDT by Thom Pain (ABO)
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To: Thom Pain

23 posted on 08/12/2011 5:51:25 PM PDT by Baynative (If the government was in charge of the desert , we'd soon have a shortage of sand.)
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To: DemforBush

Zathras knows which is favorite but only tell Zathras


24 posted on 08/12/2011 5:53:32 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: DemforBush

Only the NPR crowd would put Margaret Atwood on that list.


25 posted on 08/12/2011 6:00:52 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Kleon
Only one Philip K Dick book made the top 100? I’m a little surprised by that.

You knew that an NPR list would never include "The Man in the High Castle."

26 posted on 08/12/2011 6:03:41 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: DemforBush

I didn’t see “Macroscope” by Piers Anthony...this list is BS!


27 posted on 08/12/2011 6:22:04 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: buccaneer81

Yeah, that’s definitely one that didn’t make my personal list. Absurd political agenda aside, the book just wasn’t all that well written. Wouldn’t make my top 200, much less the top 25.


28 posted on 08/12/2011 6:23:16 PM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!)
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To: COBOL2Java

17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

nething by Heinlein, I Still feel hopeless, though, thanks, Robert


29 posted on 08/12/2011 6:31:23 PM PDT by corbe (mystified)
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To: DemforBush

Glad to see that Robert E. Howard made the list for his Conan stories. I also admire his Solomon Kane stories.


30 posted on 08/12/2011 6:47:57 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: DemforBush

The Passage.


31 posted on 08/12/2011 6:51:14 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: DemforBush
#38 Flowers for Algernon is the best short story ever written. You can read it here here and judge for yourself.
32 posted on 08/12/2011 6:54:23 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: Kleon
Only one Philip K Dick book made the top 100? I’m a little surprised by that.

No kidding, Kleon. Where is The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich? -- one of the most entertaining novels ever written in any genre.

Almost anything by Phillip K. Dick, Roger Zelazny, Harlan Ellison or Fredrick Poul beats the daylights out of most of the pap in this list. It IS NPR, so whad'ya expect?

33 posted on 08/12/2011 6:57:59 PM PDT by ARepublicanForAllReasons (The world will be a better place when humanity learns not to try to make it a perfect place)
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To: DemforBush

I’ve read most of these books, amazingly.

I heartily recommend #26 - Snow Crash. Fun read.

The War of the Worlds deserves much higher billing than #39.


34 posted on 08/12/2011 7:03:46 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: icwhatudo

Just a guess: Nightwings. Robert Silverberg

http://www.amazon.com/Nightwings-Robert-Silverberg/dp/0743444744


35 posted on 08/12/2011 7:13:10 PM PDT by clockwise
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To: clockwise

Thats it! Thanks!


36 posted on 08/12/2011 7:59:06 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: clockwise

The Forge of God is not on the list.

Glad to see The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, but it should be higher. There should be more Heinlein on there, some of his Boy’s Life books rather than Stranger.

Childhood’s End should be higher.

The Mars Trilogy is an enviro-whacko’s dream.

I hated the Hitchhiker’s Guide, thought is was stupid dreck.

Ender’s Game should be at 1 or 2.


37 posted on 08/12/2011 8:08:36 PM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: COBOL2Java

I loved Hal Clements books!


38 posted on 08/12/2011 8:09:26 PM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: DemforBush

I checked just to make sure that “Stranger In a Strange Land” was on the list.


39 posted on 08/12/2011 8:12:34 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: COBOL2Java

No Hal Clement. Also no Poul Anderson, no Leigh Brackett, no L Sprague DeCamp, no Gordon Dickson, no Mary Gentle, no Elizabeth Moon, no Edgar Pangborn, no Cordwainer Smith, no David Weber, no John Wyndam.


40 posted on 08/12/2011 8:19:50 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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41 posted on 08/12/2011 8:29:58 PM PDT by RedMDer (Abolish FReepathons. Be a monthly donor.)
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Best 3:

Starship Trooper, Ender’s Game, and Dorsai!.

Someone else can pick the order, although given current events, I am leaning towards Troopers. google “The Battle of Athens” for historical precedent.

42 posted on 08/12/2011 8:30:11 PM PDT by redlegplanner ( No Representation without Taxation)
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To: buccaneer81
You knew that an NPR list would never include "The Man in the High Castle."

Other Ommisions

Poul Anderson Guardians of Time

L Sprague deCamp Lest Darkness Falls

Mary Gentle Ash: A Secret History

Newt Gingrich & William R. Forstchen 1945

Werner KlempererFatherland

Ward Moore Bring the Jubilee

Keith Roberts Pavane

James Thurber If Grant had been drinking at Appomattox

and most of Harry Turtledove

Conclusions: Progressives to not like Alternate History, it troubles their vision of a shiny inevitable fuyure.

43 posted on 08/12/2011 9:03:28 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: Oztrich Boy

I guess that is why “The Cross Time Engineer” didn’t make it.


44 posted on 08/12/2011 9:33:19 PM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: Oztrich Boy
and most of Harry Turtledove

True. And John Birmingham.


45 posted on 08/12/2011 9:33:40 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: DemforBush

Not too bad of list, though there are some ones that would not be on there if it wasn’t NPR listeners polled, and a couple more that are trendy now but won’t stand the test of time.


46 posted on 08/12/2011 9:35:46 PM PDT by LexBaird (Tyrannosaurus Lex, unapologetic carnivore)
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To: DemforBush
Number 1 should be the Mar series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is not even listed, so there are a bunch or illiterate people out there.

A Princess of Mars should be required reading in school.

47 posted on 08/12/2011 10:46:56 PM PDT by where's_the_Outrage?
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To: redlegplanner

I’ve always loved Starship Troopers (the novel, not that wretched movie), and remember enjoying Dorsai!, but I must admit I’ve never gotten around to reading Ender’s Game. I’m told it is quite good.

My personal favorites on the list are (in no particular order): Neuromancer, A Canticle for Leibowitz, and the Elric saga.


48 posted on 08/12/2011 10:47:37 PM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!)
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To: LexBaird

I tend to agree. As I mentioned in a previous post, Handmaiden’s Tale wouldn’t make my top 200, much less top 30 or so. Most of its buzz comes from the fact that it plays into leftist fantasies about social conservatism and religion.


49 posted on 08/12/2011 10:53:11 PM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!)
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To: DemforBush

David Weber’s Honor Harrinton series didn’t make the list?

Nothing by CJ Cherryh?

Glad to see Foundation on there and The Ender Series belongs on there also.


50 posted on 08/13/2011 7:27:15 AM PDT by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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