NPR’s Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

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The results of the NPR Science Fiction and Fantasy survey, as nominated by 60,000 participants and the NPR Science Fiction and Fantasy Panel.

Note: Many of these books are appropriate for late teens and young adults.

The Lord of the Rings TrilogyThe Lord of the Rings Trilogy
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The HitchhikerThe Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
by Douglas Adams

EnderEnder's Game
by Orson Scott Card

The Dune ChroniclesThe Dune Chronicles
by Frank Herbert

A Song Of Ice And Fire SeriesA Song Of Ice And Fire Series
by George R. R. Martin

19841984
by George Orwell
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 7-8

The Foundation TrilogyThe Foundation Trilogy
by Isaac Asimov

Brave New WorldBrave New World
by Aldous Huxley
Also: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

American GodsAmerican Gods
by Neil Gaiman

The Princess BrideThe Princess Bride
by William Goldman

The Wheel Of Time SeriesThe Wheel Of Time Series
by Robert Jordan

Animal FarmAnimal Farm
by George Orwell
Also: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

NeuromancerNeuromancer
by William Gibson

WatchmenWatchmen
by Alan Moore

I, RobotI, Robot
by Isaac Asimov

Stranger In A Strange LandStranger In A Strange Land
by Robert Heinlein

The Kingkiller ChroniclesThe Kingkiller Chronicles
by Patrick Rothfuss

Slaughterhouse-FiveSlaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut

FrankensteinFrankenstein
by Mary Shelley
Also: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 7-8

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick

The HandmaidThe Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood

The Dark Tower SeriesThe Dark Tower Series
by Stephen King

2001: A Space Odyssey2001: A Space Odyssey
by Arthur C. Clarke

The StandThe Stand
by Stephen King

Snow CrashSnow Crash
by Neal Stephenson

The Martian ChroniclesThe Martian Chronicles
by Ray Bradbury

CatCat's Cradle
by Kurt Vonnegut

The Sandman SeriesThe Sandman Series
by Neil Gaiman

A Clockwork OrangeA Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess

Starship TroopersStarship Troopers
by Robert Heinlein

Watership DownWatership Down
by Richard Adams
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime

DragonflightDragonflight
by Anne McCaffrey

The Moon Is A Harsh MistressThe Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
by Robert Heinlein

A Canticle For LeibowitzA Canticle For Leibowitz
by Walter M. Miller

The Time MachineThe Time Machine
by H.G. Wells

20,000 Leagues under the Sea20,000 Leagues under the Sea
by Jules Verne
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 7-8

Flowers For AlgernonFlowers For Algernon
by Daniel Keys

The War of the WorldsThe War of the Worlds
by H. G. Wells
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 7-8

The Chronicles Of AmberThe Chronicles Of Amber
by Roger Zelazny

The BelgariadThe Belgariad
by David Eddings

The Mists Of AvalonThe Mists Of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Mistborn SeriesThe Mistborn Series
by Brandon Sanderson

RingworldRingworld
by Larry Niven

The Left Hand Of DarknessThe Left Hand Of Darkness
by Ursula K. LeGuin

The SilmarillionThe Silmarillion
by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Once and Future KingThe Once and Future King
by T.H. White
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

NeverwhereNeverwhere
by Neil Gaiman

ChildhoodChildhood's End
by Arthur C. Clarke

ContactContact
by Carl Sagan

The Hyperion CantosThe Hyperion Cantos
by Dan Simmons

StardustStardust
by Neil Gaiman

CryptonomiconCryptonomicon
by Neal Stephenson

World War ZWorld War Z
by Max Brooks

The Last UnicornThe Last Unicorn
by Peter S. Beagle

The Forever WarThe Forever War
by Joe Haldeman

Small GodsSmall Gods
by Terry Pratchett

The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The UnbelieverThe Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever
by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Vorkosigan SagaThe Vorkosigan Saga
by Lois McMaster Bujold

Going PostalGoing Postal
by Terry Pratchett

The Mote In GodThe Mote In God's Eye
by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

The Sword Of TruthThe Sword Of Truth
by Terry Goodkind

The RoadThe Road
by Cormac McCarthy

Jonathan Strange & Mr NorrellJonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
by Susanna Clarke

I Am LegendI Am Legend
by Richard Matheson

The Riftwar SagaThe Riftwar Saga
by Raymond E. Feist

The Shannara TrilogyThe Shannara Trilogy
by Terry Brooks

The Conan The Barbarian SeriesThe Conan The Barbarian Series
by R.E. Howard

The Farseer TrilogyThe Farseer Trilogy
by Robin Hobb

The Time TravelerThe Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

The Way Of KingsThe Way Of Kings
by Brandon Sanderson

A Journey To The Center Of The EarthA Journey To The Center Of The Earth
by Jules Verne

The Legend Of Drizzt SeriesThe Legend Of Drizzt Series
by R.A. Salvatore

Old ManOld Man's War
by John Scalzi

The Diamond AgeThe Diamond Age
by Neil Stephenson

Rendezvous With RamaRendezvous With Rama
by Arthur C. Clarke

The KushielThe Kushiel's Legacy Series
by Jacqueline Carey

The DispossessedThe Dispossessed
by Ursula K. LeGuin

Something Wicked This Way ComesSomething Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury

WickedWicked
by Gregory Maguire

The Malazan Book Of The Fallen SeriesThe Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series
by Steven Erikson

The Eyre AffairThe Eyre Affair
by Jasper Fforde

The Culture SeriesThe Culture Series
by Iain M. Banks

The Crystal CaveThe Crystal Cave
by Mary Stewart

AnathemAnathem
by Neal Stephenson

The Codex Alera SeriesThe Codex Alera Series
by Jim Butcher

The Book Of The New SunThe Book Of The New Sun
by Gene Wolfe

The Thrawn TrilogyThe Thrawn Trilogy
by Timothy Zahn

The Outlander SeriesThe Outlander Series
by Diana Gabaldan

The Elric SagaThe Elric Saga
by Michael Moorcock

The Illustrated ManThe Illustrated Man
by Ray Bradbury

SunshineSunshine
by Robin McKinley

A Fire Upon The DeepA Fire Upon The Deep
by Vernor Vinge

The Caves Of SteelThe Caves Of Steel
by Isaac Asimov

The Mars TrilogyThe Mars Trilogy
by Kim Stanley Robinson

LuciferLucifer's Hammer
by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

Doomsday BookDoomsday Book
by Connie Willis

Perdido Street StationPerdido Street Station
by China Mieville

The Xanth SeriesThe Xanth Series
by Piers Anthony

The Space TrilogyThe Space Trilogy
by C.S. Lewis

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