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NPR’s Top 100 Sci-Fi Books

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1. The Lord Of The Rings 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

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

13. Animal Farm by George Orwell

14. Neuromancer by William Gibson

15. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

16. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

17. Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. 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

22. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

23. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

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 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 bt Roger Zelazny

41. The Belgariad by David Eddings

42. The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

43. Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

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

52. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

53. Cyrptonomicon 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 ad Jerry Pournelle

62. The Sword Of Truth Series 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 Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks

68. The Conan The Barbarian Series by Robert E. Howard and Mark Schultz

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. 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

75. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

76. Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series by Jacqueline Carey

78. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

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 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

94. The Caves Of Steel by Isaac Asimov

95. The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

96. Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and 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

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