NPR’s voted-on list of Top 100 Top Science Fiction/Fantasy Books

I saw this on The Elloitt Review and thought we should do it.  NPR’s voted-on list of Top 100 Top Science Fiction/Fantasy Books. Sadly enough, I haven’t read as many of them as I would like. It’s kind of sad…

What about you? How many of these have you read?? Which is your favorite? What do you think should’ve made the list? Any recommendations for me?

Purple = Lisa has read this title

blue = David had read this title

Red = We have both read this title

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

4. The Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert

5. A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
6. 1984 by George Orwell

7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

8. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

10. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

11. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

12. The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan 

13. Animal Farm by George Orwell

14. Neuromancer by William Gibson

15. Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
16. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

22. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

23. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

25. The Stand by Stephen King

26. Snow Crash Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
32. Watership Down by Richard Adams

33. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

34. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
35. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
36. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

38. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

39. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
40. The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad by David Eddings
42. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

43. Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

44. Ringworld by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
46. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
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
51. The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
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
58. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote in Gods Eye by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

62. The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind

63. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan the Barbarian Series by Robert E. Howard & Mark Schultz
69. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

70. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way of the Kings by Brandon Sanderson

72. 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 Jon Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
76. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series by Iain Banks
84. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher
87. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon 
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
98. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
99. The Xanath Series by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

I was surprised by some of these!  How many have you read?

2 thoughts on “NPR’s voted-on list of Top 100 Top Science Fiction/Fantasy Books

  1. At first when I saw this post, I was sure I hadn’t read any of these books. I am not really big on science fiction. I was surprised to see The Road on the list! I loved that book! I actually bought a copy for one of my friends and my grandma for Christmas last year. Some of the titles were hard to read on this post if they were in blue or purple print.

  2. I’ve read 20 on the list. There are some books here that I wouldn’t class as science fiction myself, but it’s still a good list. It’s reminded me that I need to read Ender’s Game – seems like everybody has but me!

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