Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books : NPR

Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books : NPR.

Back around the first of August NPR asked readers to vote on their favorite science fiction and fantasy novels (or series). The results are in.

I’m not a big fan of science fiction and fantasy, so when I finished counting I was surprised to find that I had read 22 of the books on this list:

  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. 1984 by George Orwell
  5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  7. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  8. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  9. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  11. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  12. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  13. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  14. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  15. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  16. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey NIffenegger
  17. A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  18. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  19. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  20. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  21. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
  22. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

Of course a lot of these (Bradbury, Orwell, Vonnegut, Heinlein, Verne) are classics that I read many years ago, and I remember how disappointed I was in  Stranger in a Strange Land.  But still. . . .

How about you? How many of the works on this list have you read?

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