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NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy books

I don't usually do these "bold the ones you have read" book list meme things, but in this case this is more of a list for me -- ones I want to read, that sort of thing.



Bold = have read. The original meme used underlines, strike-through, just about all the tags there are. I like to keep things simple.

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien --- It's been decades since I read these. If I had more time, I'd reread them at some point.
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams --- Same with this one.
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert --- Would like to read some day.
5. A Song of Ice and Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
--- Read in school, decades ago. Would like to reread.
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury --- Would like to read, feel like I should read, wish had read in school.
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley --- Sounds familiar, but I think I didn't read it.
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman --- Would like to read...
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman --- Same as above.
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan --- I know a lot of folks have read, but never had much interest in.
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell --- Read in school, loved, would like to reread.
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 --- No interest in reading, oddly(?).
22. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
23. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood --- Bought today!
24. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King --- Loved, including the ending.
25. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
26. The Stand, by Stephen King
27. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
28. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
29. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
30. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman --- Another "feel like I should read". I've read nothing by him, ever.
31. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams --- Another "read decades ago, would like to reread".
32. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein --- I think I saw the movie, does that count?
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 --- Might have read as a kid?
38. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keys --- LOVED. LOVED. Really should reread.
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 --- I think I read this as a teen.
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 --- Loved the movie, really should read book.
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 --- On my to-read list.
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 --- Saw the movie...
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 --- Zero interest in reading.
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--- Might have read as kid?
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 Gabaldon
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 --- Love this author to death.
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

So many authors who appear multiple times on this list that I've never read a book by (what a clunky sentence!). I'm tempted to say I should give up WoW so I can read more, but my eyes can't take much more reading than I currently do.
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