NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction Novels

  1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy 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 Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin
  6. 1984 by George Orwell
  7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  8. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaav 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
  16. I, Robot by Isaav Asimov
  17. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  18. The Kingkiller Chronicle 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 Miller, Jr.
  36. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  37. Twenty Thousand 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 Chronicle by Roger Zelazny
  41. The Belgariad by David Eddings
  42. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  43. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
  44. Ringworld by Larry Niven
  45. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  46. The Simarillion 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 Sagen
  51. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  52. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  53. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  54. World War Z by Max Brooks
  55. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  56. The Forever War by Joe Holdeman
  57. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
  58. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson
  59. Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
  60. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
  61. The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
  62. The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
  63. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  64. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  65. I Am Legend by Robert Matheson
  66. The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
  67. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks
  68. Conan the Barbarian series by Robert Howard
  69. 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
  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. Kushiel’s Dart 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. Gardens of the Moon 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 of Alera series by Jim Butcher
  87. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolff
  88. Thrawn Trilogy
  89. Outlander by Diana Galbaldon
  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 Vingle
  94. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
  95. Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley
  96. Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
  97. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  98. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
  99. A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
  100. The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
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