NPR’s Top Science Fiction & Fantasy Books!

Recently I have gotten back into reading a lot (duh Ashley! Why else would you have a book blog) I have been expanding my tastes and exploring new genres and some of what I really want to get more into is adult sci-fi and fantasy! I have heard some people talking about this list and looked over it and really want to read more from this list since I have sadly only read two and am currently reading another. I don’t have any set date, number or anything for when I hope to read them by, but I just really want to dive into this genre(s) more!

Have you read any of these books/series? What do you think of them?What should I read first?


Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

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 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

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 Isaac Asimov

17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

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

30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey

34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein

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

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

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

50. Contact, by Carl Sagan

51. The Hyperion Cantos, 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 Haldeman

57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett

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

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

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

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 Neil Stephenson

76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

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

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

95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson

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


17 thoughts on “NPR’s Top Science Fiction & Fantasy Books!

  1. I agree a lot with this list. While I enjoyed the Hitchhiker’s Guide movie I really did NOT like the book. You should read Enders Game, that one was fantastic 🙂

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  2. So many great titles on this list! A lot of them are still on my TBR list, but of those I’ve read my favorites would be in no particular order: 1984, Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, American Gods, The Kingkiller Chronicles, The Road, The Lord Of The Rings. All are definitely recommendable! I might have missed a few because the list is quite long. 😉

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  3. I know the feeling! It took me months to pick up both of these titles as well… I’ve only just read Fahrenheit 451 this November after months of posponing it for not apparent reason; I absolutely loved it!


  4. The Outlander series is sooo good! You should definitely read at least the first one. Also, Stardust is my favorite Neil Gaiman book that I have read so far.


  5. I’ve been on such a Ray Bradbury kick this year it has been ridiculous- he is definitely one of the most notable sci fi authors!


  6. I saw so many familiar books that I had to actually tally it up… I’ve read 19 of these, two of them were DNFs,and I’ve easily got 7 others on my current TBR list. Let me know which ones you’re thinking of picking up beyond 1984, which is a goodie!


  7. SO MANY! Haha. I need to get around to Lord of the Rings, Song of Fire and Ice and Kingkiller Chronicles. I really want to start the Dark Tower Series and would like to read some Kurt Vonnegut! I do not know why I haven’t started the Misborn trilogy! I would love to pick up some stuff by Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb and Terry Brooks. I have been told I should read The Road and would like to dabble in the Outlander series! So basically all the books!

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  8. Ender’s Game was my first SF read so I suggest that’s a great way to get into the SF part… as for fantasy… Mistborn, everytime. But I heard Robin Hobb is a good starting point too.


  9. I’ve been listening to SOIAF since summer, about to finish the third book. Highly highly recommend the audio! I love SK, but haven’t read the Dark Tower series yet. Mistborn is on my TBR short list!! I’ve been told by my scifi/fantasy book club that Neverwhere is Gaiman’s best work.

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  10. I haven’t read many on this list but the few that I have are amazing — specifically The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and 1984.
    Love the idea for doing this! Have you looked at their Young Adult List? That one also has great books on it — and you’ve probably read a lot more of them already. I have a tally on my blog — I think I’m up to 40! ~Gwen

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