Hat tip to Dana for showing this.  The US National Public Radio has published the results of its poll for top 100 SF/Fantasy novels.  Below the break is the list, with those I have read in bold, with my comments.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien  (My Rating 9/10)

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (9/10)

3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (read 1, never saw the rest, not motivated to look 2/10)

4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert (Not read)

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin (Not read)

6. 1984, by George Orwell (Brilliant – 10/10)

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (Not read)

8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov (Not read)

9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (A good brother to 1984 – creepier than you think at first 10/10)

10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman (On the To Do list)

11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman (Must get round to this – film is a classic)

12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan (Not read)

13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell (Up there with 1984 – 10/10)

14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson (Genre defining, 8/10)

15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore (Another one on the Must get round to list)

16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov (Not read)

17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein (Odd to start. Bit too right wing 8/10)

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss (Not read)

19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut (Not read)

20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley (Not read)

21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick (Tried and failed)

22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (Not read)

23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King (Not read)

24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke (Classic, slow paced though 9/10)

25. The Stand, by Stephen King (Not read)

26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson (Not read)

27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury (Not read)

28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut (Not read)

29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman (Not read)

30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess (Found the first few pages too pretentious to continue)

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein (Never sure if RH means the extreme politics, or whether he is paroding – this is another. 8/10)

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams (Not read)

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey (8/10)

34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein (Not read)

35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller (Not read)

36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells (Not read)

37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne (Not read)

38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys (Not read)

39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells (Not read)

40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny (Not read)

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings (Wanna be LotR. Not enough originality 5/10)

42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Not read)

43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson (Not read)

44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven (Not read)

45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin (Not read)

46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Too dense)

47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White (On the shelf somewhere)

48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman (Not read)

49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke (Interesting take on the theme 8/10)

50. Contact, by Carl Sagan (Not read)

51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons (Not read)

52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman (Not read)

53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson (Not read)

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks (Not read)

55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle (Not read)

56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman (Not read)

57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett (Not his best 7/10)

58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson (Tried and failed)

59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Not read)

60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett (Deserves higher, especially given some of those above 9/10)

61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle (Too long ago to remember/rate)

62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind (Not read)

63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (Not read)

64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke (Good, probably would not read again 8/10)

65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson (Not read)

66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist (Not read)

67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks (Too derivative, 4/10)

68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard (Not read)

69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb (Not read)

70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (Must get round to)

71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson (Not read)

72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne (Not read)

73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore (Not read)

74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi (Not read)

75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson (Not read)

76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke (Good, if you don’t want too much resolution at the end 8/10)

77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey (Not read)

78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin (Not read)

79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury (Not read)

80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire (Not read)

81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson (Not read)

82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde (The whole series is a must read 9/10)

83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks (Read a couple – hard to get into, but interesting setting 7/10)

84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart (Not read)

85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson (Not read)

86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher (Not read)

87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe (Not read)

88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn (Its Star Wars in a book. The writer cheats to help Luke et al 6/10)

89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan (Not read)

90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock (A dark counterpoint to LotR – 9/10)

91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury (Not read)

92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley (Not read)

93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge (Not read)

94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov (Not read)

95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Not read)

96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle (Long time ago – think it had a silly “Humans win” resolution 6/10)

97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis (Not read)

98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville  (Not read)

99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony (Juvenile, but in the worst possible usage, with no juvenile humour. 3/10)

100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis (Deserves much higher – 7/10)

A number of books that I feel should be on here – Garth Nix ‘Keys to the Kingdom’ one of the best I have read in a long time, and more inventive than Rowling/Potter.  Less Pratchett, and not his best ones – no “Nightwatch” (The Pterry one), and no ‘Wizard of Earthsea’ one of the best kids books.  Yet there was still Shannara and teh Belgariad, fantasy-by-the-numbers.

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