Sunday, August 14, 2011

BW33: F is for Fantasy and Science Fiction

Josephine Wall's Lady of the Lake

Fantasy and science fiction genre books have always been my very first real book true love.  I couldn't get enough of it back in the 70's and 80's and I go back to it time and again.   NPR recently polled their readers and the result "Your Picks:  Top 100 Science Fiction Fantasy Books"   No, I didn't vote because I found about it after the fact, but found the list very interesting.

I highlighted the ones I've read and surprisingly it's almost half the 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. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin (only 1st one so far)
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
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 (only 1st book so far)
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
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick  (in my TBR pile)
22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King (only 1st one so far)
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
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
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
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
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
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
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
74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi  (on my TBR pile)
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 Gabaldan (only 1st one so far, 2nd book in  TBR pile)
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

How many of the books on the list have you read? (if any)

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  1. I've only read 7 from the list, and one of them I'm not really sure should be on there: Flowers for Algernon. I wouldn't classify that as Sci-Fi or fantasy. There are several on there that I want to read though. And I am shocked that The Chronicles of Narnia aren't on the list! It's one of the best examples of fantasy!

  2. I think I have read at least 15 - some others I have seen the movies and I have read all of the Xanth series to date - there are 34 of them.

  3. I'm with Jessica Narnia should be on the list and Flowers for Algernon? I must have missed something.

    I think I've missed a couple of Xanth books but others have been read more than once. ;-)

    I did a quick look at the list and I think I'm at a quarter of it but that's counting a couple of movies. I also own a bunch more that I haven't gotten to yet.

    I finished quite a few reviews this week so I'll link to my blog. I read but didn't review Secrets of a Christmas Box. Not quite what I expected but I can see reading it as a family every year.

  4. I've read a lot of those! I'll post a similar list, I think. Fun!

    I have not posted for a few weeks, but I'm back, baby! See my blog for excuses. :)

  5. I love sci-fi and fantasy also. Actually, I would say I love fantasy and only sort of love sci fi. I've read about 10 on the list- probably the ones more fantasy than sci fi. :-)

  6. I'm with you, Leah. I much prefer fantasy, but I enjoy a good sci-fi as well.

  7. I thought I didn't like Sci Fi/fantasy, but I've read 10 on the list! Mind you, I read all of them quite a while ago.

    Annie Kate

  8. Fantasy is my favorite genre and I have read 15 of the titles on the list. however, I have read ALL of the Shannara books as well as his Magic Kingdom of Landover and his Demons series. I'm surprise Anne McCaffery wasn't on the list with her "Dragons of Pern" series.

  9. Thanks for the list! I personally really liked 1984 and The Time Traveler's Wife.

  10. 8 for me from this list... I thought it would be more.


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