Top 100 Sci-Fi, Fantasy Novels

NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels

Current total: 9/100

It is my goal to give at least 50 pages to each book (if by that time I don’t want to gouge out my eyes, I’ll keep reading), and complete the list. This page tracks my progress.

This list has a series count as one, rather than each individual book. Which is just fine, since if the book is any good at all, I’ll read the entire series. By series I mean one story in a series of books. This does not include books in one setting, such as Discworld or something of that nature.

Bold type indicates I have read the book, underscore that I have read part of the book.

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

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2 thoughts on “Top 100 Sci-Fi, Fantasy Novels

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  2. Christine Darrah

    Read:
    9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman ***AMAZING BOOK!!!
    11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
    12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan (Have read and own all but the final book which isn’t out yet – In fact I’m such a freak about this series I own them in Hardcover, Paperback and Kindle formats as well as the original version of New Spring -published in the Legends Anthology and the Hardcover expanded version AND the Coffee Table WoT book put out in the late 90s!)
    22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood ** Read in High school. Want to read it again.
    42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley *** One of my favourite books
    43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson *** My current favourite author and the series that hooked me. GREAT if you haven’t tried it yet
    48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman I heart Neil’s work.
    71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson ***I plan on owning all of these books in HC too, so I started my collection when it first came out. Can’t wait for more from this world, but he’s delayed by publishing the last of the WoT books he’s finishing after Robert Jordan died.

    Read part of the book or part of the series – All but one I am planning on finishing the book/series some day.
    1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
    2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
    5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
    20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
    23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
    89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan (did not like this book, will not read more)

    On my kindle, waiting to get to it but haven’t started it yet. (this also applies to most of the last group of books)
    4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
    25. The Stand, by Stephen King
    41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings (and the Maloreen, though I’ve finished the Elenium and the Tamuli)
    54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
    57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett (read one or two pages but don’t count this as partially read because I didn’t get far enough into it)
    60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett

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