Book meme: sci-fi/fantasy

Top NPR 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

From the NPR annual reader survey. As per usual on these things, bold what you’ve read and italicize what read partially/did not finish. I didn’t do as well on this one as other lists, probably because some fantasy series get on my nerves…

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

16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov

17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss

19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

20. Frankenstein, by Mary 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, by 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 Heinlein

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey

34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein

35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller

36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells

37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne

38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys

39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells

40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings

42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley

43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson

44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven

45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin

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 God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

62. The Sword Of Truth, 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 Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks

68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard

69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb

70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

72. A 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 John Scalzi

75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson

76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey

78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin

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 M. 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 Gabaldan

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 Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony

100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

7 Responses to “Book meme: sci-fi/fantasy”

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  2. DJL says:

    Not a fan of Heinlein?

  3. scotchneat says:

    To be honest, don’t think I’ve tried. Do you recommend the series?

  4. DJL says:

    When I was (a lot) younger, I read just about everything published by Heinlein, Asimov, Herbert, and Clarke. And enjoyed almost all of it. But I’ve always been a little hesitant to recommend Heinlein to people. The ones on this list are fairly safe, for Heinlein. But some of his other stuff will annoy, alienate and perhaps even revolt some readers. It’s pretty obvious that one of Heinlein’s intentions was to force (and do I mean force) his readers to consider a lot of the social conventions and attitudes of the day. I won’t go into specifics, but some of the ways he does this, in some of the books that aren’t on this list, can be more than a little off putting – especially when it seems like he may be advocating (or may not, you can never be sure) for a certain position that many would find repelling.

  5. scotchneat says:

    Sort like an aggressive Ben Bova? I’ve enjoyed reading quite a few of his. I’m always willing to give a writer a try–especially ones that make me think.

    Let me know if you have one you’d recommend as a first read for Heinlein.

  6. DJL says:

    I wouldn’t think of Heinlein as an aggressive Ben Bova. Perhaps “force” wasn’t the right word, but he’s certainly not subtle either. For example, in “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” (one of his tamer adult books) some of the themes are: politics, government oppression and the rights of the individual; polyandry, group marriages, etc.; and capitalism vs. socialism. And you can’t really get through the book without giving at least some thought to all of those themes.

    The three on the above list are all Hugo winners, so I doubt you could go wrong with any of them. But if I had to guess, I’d think you’d enjoy “Stranger In A Strange Land” the most, followed by “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress”. Starship Troopers is military sci-fi, so I’m not sure how much you’d enjoy that. It was something truly original when first published; if you read it you’ll quickly realize plenty of other sci-fi authors and screenwriters have borrowed from Starship Troopers over the years.

    I think you’d probably also enjoy “Friday”, and “Glory Road”. Actually I’m kind of curious to see if you’d enjoy “Friday”; I know women who’ve really enjoyed it (the main character is a woman who can definitely kick ass), and others who didn’t enjoy it at all – for reasons I won’t reveal for fear of prejudicing you again the book :)

  7. scotchneat says:

    I’ve added a few to my neverending “books to read” list and will let you know what I think.

    I’m half-tempted to read “Friday” first – I’m intrigued.