Skip to comments.Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books
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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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.
Poul Anderson Guardians of Time
L Sprague deCamp Lest Darkness Falls
Mary Gentle Ash: A Secret History
Newt Gingrich & William R. Forstchen 1945
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.
I guess that is why “The Cross Time Engineer” didn’t make it.
True. And John Birmingham.
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.
A Princess of Mars should be required reading in school.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent book. Just finished reading it tonight.
“16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov”
Too high. It has not aged well. I’d guess the high ranking came from those who read it way back when it was fresh. I re-read it recently, and while some of the notions were kinda neat, so much of the technology involved is developing far different than expected, rendering the result way off course.
I also wonder if some would have made the list had they not been made into movies (i.e. Mists of Avalon, Omega Man). I'm not saying they don't belong on the list, but I think the movie versions may have propelled them into the popular conscience which helped get them there.