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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Didn’t find one of my favorites in there, “The Lathe of Heaven”.
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,”
My fave isn’t in there.
“A Winter’s Tale”
Aren’t those actually horror novels? :-)
Earth in the Balance
Only one Philip K Dick book made the top 100? I’m a little surprised by that.
No “The Stars my Destination”????
Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance is not on the list.
Heh! Good one!
Dreams from My Father
Those are fantasy books, but not science fiction books.
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.
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.
Agh, sorry about that. Nothing came up in search.
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”.
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Zathras knows which is favorite but only tell Zathras
Only the NPR crowd would put Margaret Atwood on that list.
You knew that an NPR list would never include "The Man in the High Castle."
I didn’t see “Macroscope” by Piers Anthony...this list is BS!
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.
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
nething by Heinlein, I Still feel hopeless, though, thanks, Robert
Glad to see that Robert E. Howard made the list for his Conan stories. I also admire his Solomon Kane stories.
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?
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.
Just a guess: Nightwings. Robert Silverberg
Thats it! Thanks!
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.
I loved Hal Clements books!
I checked just to make sure that “Stranger In a Strange Land” was on the list.
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.
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.