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26 of 100

NPR published a list of 100 best sci-fi books. Meme stolen from earlgreytea68, amongst others.



Bold for read it
Underline for planning to read it
Strike-through for never ever reading

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien [The books themselves were boring as anything; the movies took the quality stuff and actually made it palatable]
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams [Best thing ever. I've read the series like 80x and have the audiobooks too, which I listen to all the time. I quote from this all the time as well and can practially recite the first book word for word]


3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card [Good, amazing even, but the rest of the series leaves something to be desired. Though the end of Shadow of the Giant is possibly the best 2 pages ever written]


4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert [Makes no sense until the very end; love the idea, but, like LotR, it leaves something to be desired in the presentation. And The Bulterian Jihad is perhaps the worst book, save Eragon, I've ever read].

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin


6. 1984, by George Orwell


7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury [Started it once, couldn't get into it]


8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov [Read all the Foundation books he wrote, and have the rest written by others on my list to read. I think my OMG at the end of the final book in the trilogy could be heard for miles]


9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley [The end of this is one of the best things ever]

10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman


11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman [Movie was better than the book. The movie was quirky. The book was just kinda, huh]

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 [I enjoyed, though it took me three tries to actually read it through - it was given to me by a friend for my 14th birthday and I don't think I read it until I was 19 or 20. Good, but not as good as Moon is a Harsh Mistress or Starship Troopers]

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss


19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut [Cat's Cradle is my favourite by him, but, gods, was this a good book.]


20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley [I don't read classics]

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 [Favourite movie ever, and a pretty good book. 2010 was brilliant as well, but the others... I never did finish them]

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 [As I said, best book ever. Second fav syfy book on my list, after Hitchhicker's Guide]

29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman


30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess


31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein [Favourite Heinlein book.]


32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams [How is this SyFy? Or This is #3 on my most hated books ever. I mean, it's about bunnies who lose their home and then find a new one. I mean, come on.]

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey


34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein [Oh, this book. Oh, the ending.]

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 [Hard read; I understand it's better on audiobook, but I've never been able to find it online]


47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White [Hic iacet Arturus... good, but that quote is my fav bit of it.]


48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman


49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke [Hated it; Clarke's one of those hit-or-miss authors, really]

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 [Gods was this a bad series. Possibly the worst thing, after Eragon, I've ever read. I know I say that a lot, but, gods, was this bad. Though the last 4 paragraphs of the last book weren't so bad]

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 [Oh, my favourite series ever - when Drizzt and Catti'brie finally got together, I was estatic for ages. The books after that sucked majorly though, but the ones before are just brilliant. After his latest in the series, I vowed not to read any more he might publish in the series]

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 [Good, but there's only so much sex anyone can read... Or maybe that's just me]

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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