NPR’s Top 100 SFF Books

hobbit_freemanAs a lifelong reader of science fiction and fantasy, I was most happy when I stumbled upon a web article concerning what National Public Radio considers to be the very best 100 books within the SFF genre.  Because of my appreciation of the genre, in 2015, I will undertake the reading of the complete list, which is composed of the following books:

  1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    1. The Fellowship of the Ring
    2. The Two Towers
    3. The Return of the King
  2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  4. The Dune Sextet by Frank Herbert
    1. Dune
    2. Dune Messiah
    3. Children of Dune
    4. God Emperor of Dune
    5. Heretics of Dune
    6. Chapterhouse: Dune
  5. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
    1. A Game of Thrones
    2. A Clash of Kings
    3. A Storm of Swords
    4. A Feast for Crows
    5. A Dance with Dragons
  6. Nineteen Eighty Four by George orwell
  7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  8. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
    1. Foundation
    2. Foundation and Empire
    3. Second Foundation
  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 and Brandon Sanderson
    1. New Spring (prequel)
    2. The Eye of the World
    3. The Great Hunt
    4. The Dragon Reborn
    5. The Shadow Rising
    6. The Fires of Heaven
    7. Lord of Chaos
    8. A Crown of Swords
    9. The Path of Daggers
    10. Winter’s Heart
    11. Crossroads of Twilight
    12. Knife of Dreams
    13. The Gathering Storm
    14. Towers of Midnight
    15. A Memory of Night
  13. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  14. Neuromancer  by William Gibson
  15. Watchmen by Alan Moore and John Higgins
  16. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  17. Stanger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  18. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
    1. The Name of the Wind
    2. The Wise Man’s Fear
  19. Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  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
    1. The Gunslinger
    2. The Drawing of the Three
    3. The Waste Lands
    4. Wizard and Glass
    5. Wolves of the Calla
    6. Song of Susannah
    7. The Dark Tower
    8. The Wind Through the Keyhole
  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, Jr.
  29. The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman
    1. Preludes and Nocturnes
    2. The Doll’s House
    3. Dream Country
    4. Season of Mists
    5. A Game of You
    6. Fables and Reflections
    7. Brief Lives
    8. World’s End
    9. The Kindly Ones
    10. The Wake
  30. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  31. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
  32. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  33. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
  34. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
  35. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  36. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  37. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  38. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel keyes
  39. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  40. The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny
    1. Nine Princes in Amber
    2. The Guns of Avalon
    3. Sign of the Unicorn
    4. The Hand of Oberon
    5. The Courts of Chaos
    6. The Merlin Cycle
    7. Trumps of Doom
    8. Blood of Amber
    9. Sign of Chaos
    10. Knight of Shadows
    11. Prince of Chaos
  41. The Belgariad by David Eddings
    1. Pawn of Prophecy
    2. Queen of Sorcery
    3. Magician’s Gambit
    4. Castle of Wizardry
    5. Enchanter’s End Game
  42. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  43. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
    1. The Final Empire
    2. TheWell of Ascension
    3. The Hero of Ages
  44. Ringworld by Larry Niven
  45. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  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
    1. Hyperion
    2. The Fall of Hyperion
    3. Endymion
    4. The Rise of Endymion
  52. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  53. Cryptonomicron by Neal Stephenson
  54. World War Z by Max Brooks
  55. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  56. The Forever War by Joe Halderman
  57. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
  58. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson
    1. Lord Foul’s Bane
    2. The Illearth War
    3. The Power that Preserves
    4. The Wounded Land
    5. The One Tree
    6. White Gold Wielder
    7. The Runes of the Earth
    8. Fatal Revenant
    9. Against All Things Ending
    10. The Last Dark
  59. Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
    1. “Dreamweaver’s Dilemna” (short story)
    2. Falling Free
    3. Shards of Honor
    4. “Aftermaths” (short story)
    5. Barrayar
    6. The Warrior’s Apprentice
    7. “Mountains of Mourning” (short story)
    8. The Vor Game
    9. Cetaganda
    10. Ethan of Athos
    11. “Labyrinth” (novella)
    12. “Borders of Infinity” (novella)
    13. Brothers in Arms
    14. Mirror Dance
    15. Memory
    16. Komarr
    17. A Civil Campaign
    18. “Winterfair Gifts” (novella)
    19. Diplomatic Immunity
    20. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance
    21. Crysburn
  60. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
  61. The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven
  62. The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind
    1. Wizard’s First Rule
    2. Stone of Tears
    3. Blood of the Fold
    4. Temple of the Winds
    5. Soul of the Fire
    6. Faith of the Fallen
    7. The Pillars of Creation
    8. Naked Empire
    9. Chamfire
    10. Phantom
    11. Confessor
    12. “Debt of Bones” (short story)
    13. The First Confessor; the Legend of Magda Searus (eBook)
  63. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  64. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke
  65. I Am Legend by Richard Matteson
  66. The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
    1. Magacian
    2. Silverthorn
    3. A Darkness at Sethanon
  67. The Sword of Shannnara Trilogy by Terry Brookos
    1. The Sword of Shannara
    2. The Elfstones of Shannara
    3. The Wishsong of Shannara
  68. Conan the Barbarian Series by Robert Howard
  69. Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
    1. Assassin’s Apprentice
    2. Royal Assassin
    3. Assassin’s Quest
  70. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  71. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
    1. The Way of King’s
    2. Words of Radiance
  72. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  73. The Legend of Drizzt Series by R.A. Salvatore
    1. Homeland
    2. Exile
    3. Sojourner
    4. The Crystal Shard
    5. Streams of Silver
    6. The Halfling’s Gem
    7. The Legacy
    8. Starless Night
    9. Siege of Darkness
    10. Passage to Dawn
    11. The Silent Blade
    12. The Spine of the World
    13. Sea of Swords
    14. The Thousand Orcs
    15. The Lone Prow
    16. The Two Swords
    17. The Orc King
    18. The Pirate King
    19. The Ghost King
    20. Gauntegrym
    21. Neverwinter
    22. Charon’s Claw
    23. The Last Threshhold
    24. The Companions
    25. Night of the Hunter
  74. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  75. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  76. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
  77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series by J. Carey
    1. Kushiel’s Dart
    2. Kushiel’s Chosen
    3. Kushiel’s Avatar
    4. Kushiel’s Scion
    5. Kushiel’s Justice
    6. Kushiel’s Mercy
    7. Naamah’s Kiss
    8. Naamah’s Curse
    9. Naamah’s Blessing
  78. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  79. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  80. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  81. Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
    1. Gardens of the Moon
    2. Deadhouse Gates
    3. Memories of Ice
    4. House of Chains
    5. Midnight Tides
    6. The Bonehunters
    7. Reaper’s Gale
    8. Toll the Hounds
    9. Dust of Dreams
    10. The Crippled God
  82. Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde
    1. The Eyre Affair
    2. Lost in a Good Book
    3. The Well of Lost Plots
    4. Something Rotten
    5. First Among Sequels
    6. One of Our Thursdays Is Missing
    7. The Woman Who Died a Lot
  83. The Culture Series by Iain Banks
    1. Consider Phlebas
    2. The Player of Games
    3. Use of Weapons
    4. The State of the Art
    5. Excession
    6. Inversions
    7. Look to Windward
    8. Matter
    9. Surface Detail
    10. The Hydrogen Sonata
  84. The Merlin Saga by Mary Stewart
    1. The Crystal Cave
    2. The Hollow Hills
    3. The Last Enchantment
    4. The Wicked Day
    5. The Prince and the Pilgrim
  85. Anathem by Neil Stephenson
  86. The Codex of Alera Series by Jim Butcher
    1. Furies of Calderon
    2. Academe’s Fury
    3. Cursor’s Fury
    4. Captain’s Fury
    5. Princep’s Fury
    6. First Lord’s Fury
  87. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
  88. The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
    1. Heir to the Empire
    2. Dark Forces Rising
    3. The Last Command
  89. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
    1. Outlander
    2. Dragonfly in Amber
    3. Voyager
    4. Drums of Autumn
    5. The Fiery Cross
    6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
    7. An Echo in the Bone
  90. The Elric Saga by Nichael Moorcock
    1. Elric of Menibone
    2. The Fortress of the Pearl
    3. The Sailor on the Seas of Fate
    4. The Weird of the White Wolf
    5. The Sleeping Sorceress
    6. The Revenge of the Rose
    7. The Bane of the Black Sword
    8. Stormbringer
    9. The Dreamthief’s Daughter
    10. The White Wolf’s Son
  91. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  92. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
  93. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
  94. The Coves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
  95. The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
    1. Red Mars
    2. Green Mars
    3. Blue Mars
    4. The Martians
  96. Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven
  97. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  98. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
  99. The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony
    1. A Spell for Chameleon
    2. The Source of Magic
    3. Castle Roogna
    4. Centaur Aisle
    5. Ogre Ogre
    6. Night Mare
    7. Dragon on a Pedestal
    8. Crewel Lye
    9. Golem in the Gears
    10. Vale of the Vole
    11. Heaven Cent
    12. Man from Mundania
    13. Isle of View
    14. Question Quest
    15. The Color of Her Panties
    16. Demons Don’t Dream
    17. Harpy Thyme
    18. Geis of the Gargoyle
    19. Roc and a hard place
    20. Yon Ill Wind
    21. Faun and Games
    22. Zombie Lover
    23. Xone of Contention
    24. The Dastard
    25. Swell Fop
    26. Up in a Heaval
    27. Cube Route
    28. Currant Events
    29. Pet Peeve
    30. Stork Naked
    31. Air Apparent
    32. Two to the Fifth
    33. Jumper Cable
    34. Knot Gneiss
    35. Well-tempered Clavicle
    36. Luck of the Draw
    37. Esrever Doom
    38. Board Stiff
    39. Five Portraits
    40. Isis Orb
  100. The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
    1. Out of the Silent Planet
    2. Perelandra
    3. That Hideous Strength

Happy Reading,
Joseph

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