This is NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy books.
Bold if you've read, italicize ones you fully intend to read, underline if it's a book/series you've read part but not all of. Strikethrough if you never plan to read. Add a * for the ones you recommend and ^ for books you've never even heard of.
1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
Probably wouldn't read them again though, too whimsical for me!
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card*
Apparently many people dislike Scott Card but I don't know anything about the author - I just absolutely loved the book. Wish I'd read it as a child.
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
I intend to read the first book, to see what the fuss is about.
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
Again, I've got the first book on my list of recommended sci-fi novels but not necessarily the whole series!
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury*
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
I've read the first book, but am not rushing to read the rest.
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley*
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
I think Neil Gaiman is a talented and interesting guy (I follow him on Twitter!) but I'm not such a huge fan of his work and I didn't really enjoy this book.
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
Oh god I hated this book.
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
The film was good.
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov*
Really like Asimov.
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
Apparently some people also don't like Heinlein, but I thought this book was excellent.
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
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
I've read one of the Sandman books and would definitely read more if they came my way. I think his graphic novels are better than his written works.
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
Loved the film!
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein*
Really enjoyed this, even more than Stranger.
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller*
This was on the reading list for the sci-fi course I took three years ago, and it was great.
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells*
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
Not read any Jules Verne. Need to rectify this.
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
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
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin*
BRILLIANT. Just indescribably brilliant.
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
(Sci-fi? It's history!)
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
I liked the film, probably should give the book a try!
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 Haldeman^
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
I'm not a big Terry Pratchett fan. *hides* He's another one who's too whimsical for my taste.
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson^
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Supposed to be good? Might give it a try one day.
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*
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK. One of my favourite ever novels - have re-read it half a dozen times. Never previously thought of it as sci-fi though.
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson^
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
See above re: need to read some Verne.
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
This was mentioned in the sci-fi exhibition so will definitely be reading it soon.
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
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson^
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
Didn't love this as much as expected, sadly. Am not keen on mystery novels which might explain it.
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^
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*
Really enjoyed this. I think it's what the film I, Robot was based on.
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson*
Yes, I have read the whole Mars trilogy! It took me about six months but it was worth it because now I am part of an elite group of people who have read the whole thing. Fascinating series and so well-written. The author is so knowledgeable. I did think that the first book is the best and most original.
96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle^
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony^
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis^