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So I'll Just Follow the Pack



Stolen from everyone.

This is that meme based on NPR's list of the 100 best SF/Fantasy novels. Bold what you've read, italicize what you intend to read, and underline what you've partially read and explain why.

NPR's 100 Greatest SF/Fantasy Novels

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams I've just never gotten around to reading the last one (or maybe two) -- have read the first four.

3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert The first four or five, I think -- it's been years.

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 Vaguely wanted to for a while, but have recently really become a fan so I really must.

11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman YEARS before the movie, even.

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 Issue by issue, as it was released originally.

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 I only recently decided I needed to read this, because I always have this knee-jerk reaction when I hear someone wants to ban a book. Oddly, a new edition just appeared at Costco.

20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick

22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood (and am now fearing it happening, if some of the Republican candidates actually take office...)

23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King I just haven't gotten back to the later books; I believe I read the first two, and think it's King's best work.

24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

25. The Stand, by Stephen King For a list with no horror, there's a lot of horror here.

26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

29. Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman Again -- and we have this in the house 'cause Barb got the complete series for a present

30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey I liked the early books.

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

35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller I read this a million years ago and remember I loved it, but couldn't tell you a thing about it.

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 At least the Corwin Cycle, although it's been long enough about all I remember is the Pattern

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 I started it, got a few chapters in, and HATED the main character so much I never went further. How many fantastic things have to happen before you stop moping, already?!?

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 One of my favorite books of all time. My computer here is named Jonathan Strange. This book awes me.

65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist

67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks This crap made the list?!? I thought it was stupid and derivative even at 19, when I'd read just about anything.

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 Okay, this may have been about a guy who time traveled, but it was really just thinly veiled "Bestseller" mainstream fiction masquerading as genre, including the lame, limp-wristed ending. (But it was well written, I have to admit, even though it bugged me.)

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 I really ought to; I have two copies of the movie (bought the second one by accident... anyone need the DVD?)

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 Most of it, anyway.

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

Surprised no David Brin novels made it (thinking largely of Startide Rising). I'm able to say I've read a number of these because of my quest in college to read every SF book they had in the U of A Library, but alas it was a small and very old collection (why I read a lot of old Heinlein and David Gerrold).

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evil_little_dog
Aug. 13th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
I hated Thomas Covenant, if it's the one I'm thinking of.

How disappointed am I that no Tanith Lee is on this list? I don't think I saw any Andre Norton, either.
wildrider
Aug. 13th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, a lot of my friends have been complaining about the lack of representation of women writers. Some other favorites got left off because of a stricture against young adult and horror (so go figure "Frankenstein" and "The Stand").

evil_little_dog
Aug. 13th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
Well, Frankenstein is kind of SF. So is The Stand. Well, dark fantasy, at least.

I dunno, I always wonder how they pick these things (novels).
wildrider
Aug. 13th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
From what I understand, it was a listener's poll -- I haven't been listening regularly so I missed it on the radio.

evil_little_dog
Aug. 13th, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense then.
nutmeg3
Aug. 13th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
Any fan-voted list is always going to be odd, but this one seemed especially so. And I love the idea of you trying to read ever SF book in the uni library.
wildrider
Aug. 13th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
Well, one does have to have goals. :)

sillymagpie
Aug. 13th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
You've never read "Flowers for Algernon"?
wildrider
Aug. 13th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
Nope. Saw the play at least once, though. :)

sillymagpie
Aug. 13th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
OMG. You must read the short story. It is incredible.
rahirah
Aug. 13th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
A lot of the stuff on this list strikes me as popcorn reading - there are a lot of classics that aren't on the list at all. And I can't take any 'best of' list that includes Piers Anthony on it seriously.

Edited at 2011-08-13 11:28 pm (UTC)
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