NPR reader's survey for science fiction and fantasy books generated 60,000 ballots, but was reduced into a top 100 list. While this isn't my top 100 list, I think it merits itself as a to-do reading list.

This flow chart from SF Signal is fun. Click on it for a version you can read.



1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien--My husband has read this trilogy. In fact, he read it out lout to the kids for bedtime stories. Alas, I've only watched the movies.

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams--Fun, fun, fun. Everyone in the family has read some of these books. Okay, my husband read the whole series to my kids, out loud, as bedtime stories. I've only read the first few. Nevertheless, we all know about 42 and towels.

3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card--I loved Ender's Game, but I actually liked Speaker of the Dead better. My family doesn't get it, but I like the idea of honesty about the dead. I have more respect and understanding of my grandma when I know the bad along with the good.

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--I read this in junior high, a few years before 1984. I was glad the actual year wasn't as bad. Or was it?

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov--Harry Seldon became the basis of my password for about ten years. (Don't bother trying it now. That was ages ago.)

9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley--I read this in junior high, and I liked it. I didn't understand why anyone would take soma then. Now, man, give me soma. Back then I was wigged out about making humans into alphas, betas, ... Now, I still am.

10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman--A friend recommended Neil Gaiman to me, but she suggested that I NOT start with this book. So, of course, I started with this book. This wasn't on purpose, mind you. It's just the first one that came in from the library. I LOVED it. My favorite part: Jesus had better hitchhiking results in the middle east than in the US.

11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman--Fun, fun, fun. I must say, however, that I actually liked the movie better.

12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan

13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell--I think I didn't read this until high school. I should probably read it again. I'd get more. Maybe I'll have my ten-year old read it and see what she makes of it.

14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson--I read Neuromancer in the summer of 1989. I shall never read Gibson again, and it probably is not his fault. I had the worst depression of my life that summer and it took me the full summer to read Neuromancer and an Ursuala LeGuin book. I haven't read either of them since. I suspect the authors are good and it's just bad memories for me.

15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore--It's on my husband's side of the bed. I've scanned some of the pictures but haven't had a chance to actually *read* it yet.

16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov--I loved these short stories. Dr. Susan Calvin was totally cool and Il iked the robot gaining consciousness.

17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein--I read this book in college, so it had the perfect timing for me. I think it made me more generous, and I'm okay with standing on the grass now. I'm still grossed out by Mike-soup, but I almost grok it.

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss

19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley--I enjoyed this book as a kid. I read it in junior high. My husband tried reading it to my kids as a bedtime story, and they didn't make it through the introductory letters.

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--Okay, I had to read it twice to get it, but it eventually sunk in. Maybe I was too young the first time I read it.

25. The Stand, by Stephen King--I love a good apocolypse book. I lived in Boulder when I read it, so it was extra cool.

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--The kids and I listened to this as a book on tape, and I totally loved the fact that the dragons had been genetically engineered.

34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein--Women should totally be in charge of marriages, and are you worth the air you breathe?

35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller

36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells--I don't remember a lot of The Time Machine, but I did read it once. My daughter recently read it and so much came back to me. I think it's time to re-read it.

37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne--Fun. It's a must read if you want to "get" a lot of bad science fiction movies.

38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys

39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells--I pretty much had the same experience with War of the Worlds as I did with The Time Machine.

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--I want to be a Protector and have leather skin.

45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin--See Neuromancer.

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--This book made me think about it for days after I finished it. I read it when I was thinking about religion a lot.

50. Contact, by Carl Sagan--This was my frist wormhole book. 

51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons

52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks--I tried to read this. I made it half way through. I just couldn't get into it. The journalism style with the different interviews wasn't cohesive for me. I did, however, love the movie. Isn't that crazy?

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--My husband and I both read this and liked it. I know he liked it because he read it in under a week, and Leon's a slow fiction reader. (He just can't block out the video games and stuff like that.)

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--This was my first Scalzi book and it's the only book I remember the first line of--that's how awesome it was. And, I want a BrainPal.

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--Ugh. I have tried twice to read this book and couldn't make it past the third chapter each time. The play was slightly more tolerable. Strangely, my husband loved it and read it quickly. Go figure.

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 -- I love the Dresden Files series, but I haven't read this series yet.

87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe

88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn

89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan

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--This was my first Asimov book and it was great. I love that Daneel Olivaw remained in the background and showed up in Asimov's last book.

95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson

96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis--This was my frist Connie Willis book and I enjoyed it, but it did take me a while to finsih. That's not surprising considering how big the book is. But, it was worth it.

98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville

99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony--Okay, these were fun as a kiddo, but I stopped after about the tenth book. The coolest magical power? Urinating different colors.

100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis