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NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. The winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey are an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles. Over on NPR's pop culture blog, Monkey See, you can find one fan's thoughts on how the list shaped up, get our experts' take, and have the chance to share your own.
A quick word about what's here, and what's not: Our panel of experts reviewed hundreds of the most popular nominations and tossed out those that didn't fit the survey's criteria (after — we assure you — much passionate, thoughtful, gleefully nerdy discussion). You'll notice there are no young adult or horror books on this list, but sit tight, dear reader, we're saving those genres for summers yet to come.
So, at last, here are your favorite science-fiction and fantasy novels.
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from npr.org · made by Eli Dragen
avg. score: 26 of 100 (26%)
required scores: 1, 11, 18, 27, 39 

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
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Ender's Game
Ender's Game
4
The Dune Chronicles
The Dune Chronicles
5
A Song of Ice and Fire Series
A Song of Ice and Fire Series
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
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The Foundation Trilogy
The Foundation Trilogy
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
10
American Gods
American Gods
11
The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride
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The Wheel of Time Series
The Wheel of Time Series
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13
Animal Farm
Animal Farm
14
Neuromancer (William Gibson)
Neuromancer (William Gibson)
15
Watchmen
Watchmen
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I, Robot (Isaac Asimov)
I, Robot (Isaac Asimov)
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Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
18
The Kingkiller Chronicle (Series)
The Kingkiller Chronicle (Series)
19
Slaughter House Five
Slaughter House Five
20
Frankenstein
Frankenstein
21
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
23
The Dark Tower Series
The Dark Tower Series
24
2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
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25
The Stand
The Stand
26
Snow Crash
Snow Crash
27
The Martian Chronicles
The Martian Chronicles
28
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
29
The Sandman Series
The Sandman Series
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A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
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Starship Troopers (Robert A. Heinlein)
Starship Troopers (Robert A. Heinlein)
32
Watership Down
Watership Down
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Dragonflight
Dragonflight
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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
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A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
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The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
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37
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
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Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon
39
The War of the Worlds
The War of the Worlds
40
The Amber Chronicles
The Amber Chronicles
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