What Would You Put on a List of the 100 Best Scifi/Fantasy Books?

Every few months I get invites from my friends to participate in this meme.  Perhaps you’ve seen it – it’s a list of 100 books (or series) attributed to various sources, and which of them have you read?

It’s kind of arbritary, but one thing to note is that scifi/fantasy books are more or less left off, with only a few titles that everyone has heard of making the list (things like Harry Potter, Dune, Lord of the Rings…)

So, I ask you, what books would you put on a list of 100 scifi/fantasy books?  Aside from the well-known big ones, which gems do you wish more people knew about and would read?

14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jen M on 2010/11/22 at 2:17 PM

    ‘The Name of the Wind’ by Patrick Rothfuss


    • That one’s been on my To Read list, but it always seems to be checked out from the library when I go looking for it. Some day, book, some day.


  2. Posted by Sarah on 2010/11/22 at 2:23 PM

    Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
    Firebird by Kathy Tyers
    Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
    The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
    Fortress in the Eye of Time by CJ Cherryh
    Wrinkle in Time by Madelaine L’Engle
    First Test by Tamora Pierce
    Dark Glory War by Michael Stackpole
    Storm Front by Jim Butcher
    Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
    Graceling by Kristen Cashore
    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
    The Grimm Legacy by Polly Schulman
    Candor by Pam Bachorz
    Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
    Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
    Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Old Magic by Marianne Curley


  3. Name of the Wind for sure, and I like a lot of Sarah’s recommedations, Ender’s Game, Eye of the World, Wrinkle in Time. I’d also add

    The Scar, by China Mieville
    Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
    The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers
    Dune, by Frank Herbert
    Assassin’s Apprentice, by Robin Hobb
    Accelerando, by Charles Stross
    In Viriconium, by M John Harrison


  4. The Last Herald-Mage trilogy, Mercedes Lackey
    Memory, Lois McMaster Bujold (any and all Miles, but especially Memory.)
    The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (everyone knows LOTR. Some ppl think Hobbit less important.)
    The Beastmaster, Andre Norton
    The Crystal Gryphon, Andre Norton
    On Basilisk Station, David Weber
    Rimrunners, C.J. Cherryh
    Knight Errant, KD Sarge >_>


  5. Posted by merrih on 2010/11/22 at 8:31 PM

    The Council Wars (series 4 books), John Ringo
    The Empire of Man (series 4 books, John Ringo

    If you are including futuristic space books, The Lost Fleet (6 books), Jack Campbell


  6. Posted by beaconsbright on 2010/11/22 at 10:03 PM

    Aw, man! Someone else mentioned Knight Errant by KD Sarge before I could. 😉

    Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold is awesome, but I’d also include Cordelia’s Honor and A Civil Campaign. Or just the whole Vorkosigan saga.
    Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls, also by LMB.

    I know I’ve read more than 2 good scifi/fantasy authors. I’ll be back when I think of more.


  7. Posted by idunno on 2010/11/22 at 10:23 PM

    The Hyperion / Endymion quadrology (?) by Dan Simmons
    Startide Rising by David Brin (actually, all of the Uplift universe books)

    I’ve read tons more sci-fi, but nothing else is coming to mind just now.


  8. From my friend Chris on Facebook:
    1) Dune – Frank Herbert
    2) Foundation (original 3) – Asimov
    3) 2001 – Clarke
    4) Neuromancer – Gibson
    5) Beggars in Spain – Kress
    6) The Lord of the Rings – Tolkien
    7) The Hobbit – Tolkien
    8) Earthsea – Ursula K. LeGuinn
    9) The Belgariad – Eddings


  9. Posted by Chris High on 2010/12/03 at 1:41 PM

    House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
    The first trilogy from the Kushiel’s Legacy series (haven’t read the rest) – Jacqueline Carey
    Banewreaker and Godslayer (The Sundering duology) – Jacqueline Carey (I particularly like these books. Intentionally blatantly similar to LotR and the Silmarillion, emphasizing how good and evil may be a matter of perspective. Extremely intriguing read.)
    American Gods – Neil Gaiman
    A Song of Ice and Fire series so far – George R. R. Martin
    The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury
    Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk (OK, so it fits SF/F a bit sketchily…but it kinda is and it’s really good!)

    And I was going to leave Goodkind off this list because his series got kinda “meh” and preachy after a while and the dude’s kind of a prick, but those first two books, Wizard’s First Rule and Stone of Tears, were just killer.


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