NPR’s Top 100 Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Bold titles are books I have read (I also own most of these)
A single asterisk denotes books on my personal reading lists
Double asterisks denote books I own, and obviously plan to read


The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert*

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin**

1984 by George Orwell

Farenhiet 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov*

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Neuromancer by William Gibson*

Watchmen by Alan Moore**

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov*

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfus

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick*

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King*

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

The Stand by Stephen King*

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury*

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut*

The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman**

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess*

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

Watership Down by Richard Adams*

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne*

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny

The Belgariad by David Eddings

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley*

Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson*

Ringworld by Larry Niven

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin*

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien**

The Once and Future King by T.H. White**

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

Contact by Carl Sagan

The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stehenson

World War Z by Max Brooks**

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle*

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett*

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett*

The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrelby Susanna Clarke**

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks*

The Conan the Barbarian series by Robert E. Howard and Mark Schultz

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger**

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson*

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne*

The Legend of Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi*

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

The Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury**

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

The Malayan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Culture series by Ian Banks

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

Anathem by Neal Stephenson

The Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher*

The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury*

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony

The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis*

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