Jaquandor posted the Top 100 Science Fiction Books, according to an NPR poll, and bolded the ones he’s read, italicized the ones he wants to read and commented on some of them. I don’t usually take the time to do these lists but I’m interested in this one. I’m just going to bold the ones I’ve read. Of the rest, while I am more interested in some than in others, I don’t really want to distinguish between “want to read” and “not interested.”
*1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien – I haven’t read the entire trilogy, only the first book. I didn’t care for it. Too much walking through the woods being mysterious and mystical.
*2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams – I’ve read at least part of it but I can’t remember if I finished it.
3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card – It seems everyone has a strong opinion about this book. Either it’s one of the greatest classics of science fiction or the author is too despicable to even consider reading one of his books. I read it and found it fairly interesting but nothing special.
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert – The original trilogy was fantastic beyond words but the later books were a waste of time.
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 – Okay but not really my cup of tea.
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
*12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan – Only the first book. It was okay but very slow moving. I don’t know if I’ll try to slog through any more or not.
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson – Didn’t care for it at all.
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
*17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein – Can’t remember if this is one I’ve read or not. Most of the few Heinlein novels I’ve read seem all alike to me.
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 – Not sure. I think I did read this one. There was one SK novel I read that I didn’t care for but I can’t remember the title for certain.
*26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson – not yet, but soon
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 – It surprises me a bit to see this on a sci-fi list but I suppose it is fantasy of a sort. Anyway, I liked it.
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey – Some of my favorite books ever! I’ve read the original trilogy and the Harper Hall Trilogy at least a dozen times. The later books in the series are not nearly as good and I’ve sort of lost interest in McCaffrey in general in the last decade.
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein – The only Heinlein book I’ve ever liked.
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 – Excellent.
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 – Mixed on this one. I like the idea of a ringworld much better than I like the story and characters.
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin – Interesting idea; dull story.
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 – Not one of my top favorites but definitely very original and thought provoking.
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson – I didn’t think of this one as science fiction but it was very entertaining. I enjoyed it a lot.
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 – I read two (or maybe only one and half) of these books and found them dreary, dull and annoying.
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 – I liked this fairly well. I always like Niven and Pournelle better than Niven alone.
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 – I read a couple of these a long time ago. Liked it fairly well.
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 – I was disappointed in this, probably as a result of having seen too many “Journey to the Center of the Earth” cartoons as a kid. When I finally got around to reading the book I thought, “Huh. That’s all there is to it?”
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke – Very interesting.
77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin – Strangely, this was fairly interesting in spite of the fact that I did not care for any of the characters. I think I probably did not get out of it what the author was hoping readers would get out of it.
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 – Interesting and fun. For the most part I liked it.
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
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 – Awesome! Very original.
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson – Pretty interesting. Parts of it were too political/soap opera for my taste.
96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle – one of the most interesting from this team
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville – Extremely weird. Loved it and immediately became a Mieville fan for life.
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis