NPR SF/F Top 100

On August 11, 2011, NPR published the results of a survey for the best 100 science-fiction and fantasy books. This list is in final voting order, with the most popular book first. NPR excluded young adult and horror books (by their panel's definitions).

Despite the list being introduced as books, many of the entries are entire series. In those cases, I've expanded the series into all of its constituent books as of the publication of the list in 2011, as is my standard practice for lists like this. There are no adjacent entries in the list by the same author, so all the cases of multiple books by the same author are the expansion of a series.

J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings 10 out of 10
Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 8 out of 10
Orson Scott Card Ender's Game 9 out of 10
Frank Herbert Dune 8 out of 10
Frank Herbert Dune Messiah 6 out of 10
Frank Herbert Children of Dune 6 out of 10
Frank Herbert God Emperor of Dune
Frank Herbert Heretics of Dune
Frank Herbert Chapterhouse: Dune
George R.R. Martin A Game of Thrones 7 out of 10
George R.R. Martin A Clash of Kings 6 out of 10
George R.R. Martin A Storm of Swords 7 out of 10
George R.R. Martin A Feast for Crows 5 out of 10
George R.R. Martin A Dance with Dragons
George Orwell 1984
Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 5 out of 10
Isaac Asimov Foundation 7 out of 10
Isaac Asimov Foundation and Empire 7 out of 10
Isaac Asimov Second Foundation 7 out of 10
Aldous Huxley Brave New World
Neil Gaiman American Gods 7 out of 10
William Goldman The Princess Bride
Robert Jordan The Eye of the World
Robert Jordan The Great Hunt
Robert Jordan The Dragon Reborn
Robert Jordan The Shadow Rising
Robert Jordan The Fires of Heaven
Robert Jordan Lord of Chaos
Robert Jordan A Crown of Swords
Robert Jordan The Path of Daggers
Robert Jordan Winter's Heart
Robert Jordan Crossroads of Twilight
Robert Jordan Knife of Dreams
Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson The Gathering Storm
Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson Towers of Midnight
Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson A Memory of Light
George Orwell Animal Farm 9 out of 10
William Gibson Neuromancer 7 out of 10
Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons Watchmen 10 out of 10
Isaac Asimov I, Robot 6 out of 10
Robert A. Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land 7 out of 10
Patrick Rothfuss The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss The Wise Man's Fear
Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-Five
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Frankenstein
Philip K. Dick Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale
Stephen King The Gunslinger
Stephen King The Drawing of the Three
Stephen King The Waste Lands
Stephen King Wizard and Glass
Stephen King Wolves of the Calla
Stephen King Song of Susannah
Stephen King The Dark Tower
Arthur C. Clarke 2001 7 out of 10
Stephen King The Stand
Neal Stephenson Snow Crash 9 out of 10
Ray Bradbury The Martian Chronicles
Kurt Vonnegut Cat's Cradle
Neil Gaiman, et al. Preludes and Nocturnes 7 out of 10
Neil Gaiman, et al. The Doll's House 7 out of 10
Neil Gaiman, et al. Dream Country 8 out of 10
Neil Gaiman, et al. Season of Mists 9 out of 10
Neil Gaiman, et al. A Game of You 10 out of 10
Neil Gaiman, et al. Fables and Reflections 7 out of 10
Neil Gaiman, et al. The Brief Lives 8 out of 10
Neil Gaiman, et al. World's End 7 out of 10
Neil Gaiman, et al. The Kindly Ones 7 out of 10
Neil Gaiman, et al. The Wake 7 out of 10
Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange
Robert A. Heinlein Starship Troopers 4 out of 10
Richard Adams Watership Down
Anne McCaffrey Dragonflight 7 out of 10
Robert A. Heinlein The Moon is a Harsh Mistress 6 out of 10
Walter M. Miller, Jr. A Canticle for Leibowitz 6 out of 10
H.G. Wells The Time Machine 6 out of 10
Jules Verne 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Daniel Keyes Flowers for Algernon 8 out of 10
H.G. Wells The War of the Worlds
Roger Zelazny Nine Princes in Amber 5 out of 10
Roger Zelazny The Guns of Avalon 6 out of 10
Roger Zelazny The Sign of the Unicorn 7 out of 10
Roger Zelazny The Hand of Oberon 7 out of 10
Roger Zelazny The Courts of Chaos 5 out of 10
Roger Zelazny Trumps of Doom
Roger Zelazny Blood of Amber
Roger Zelazny Sign of Chaos
Roger Zelazny Knight of Shadows
Roger Zelazny Prince of Chaos
David Eddings Pawn of Prophecy 5 out of 10
David Eddings Queen of Sorcery 6 out of 10
David Eddings Magician's Gambit 8 out of 10
David Eddings Castle of Wizardry 6 out of 10
David Eddings Enchanters' End Game 7 out of 10
Marion Zimmer Bradley The Mists of Avalon
Brandon Sanderson Misborn
Brandon Sanderson The Well of Ascension
Brandon Sanderson The Hero of Ages
Larry Niven Ringworld 7 out of 10
Ursula K. Le Guin The Left Hand of Darkness 8 out of 10
J.R.R. Tolkien The Silmarillion 7 out of 10
T.H. White The Once and Future King
Neil Gaiman Neverwhere 8 out of 10
Arthur C. Clarke Childhood's End 7 out of 10
Carl Sagan Contact
Dan Simmons Hyperion 10 out of 10
Dan Simmons The Fall of Hyperion 8 out of 10
Dan Simmons Endymion 7 out of 10
Dan Simmons The Rise of Endymion 9 out of 10
Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess Stardust 8 out of 10
Neal Stephenson Cryptonomicon 9 out of 10
Max Brooks World War Z
Peter S. Beagle The Last Unicorn 7 out of 10
Joe Haldeman The Forever War 7 out of 10
Terry Pratchett Small Gods 7 out of 10
Stephen R. Donaldson Lord Foul's Bane 5 out of 10
Stephen R. Donaldson The Illearth War 5 out of 10
Stephen R. Donaldson The Power That Preserves 5 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold Falling Free 7 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold Shards of Honor 4 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold Barrayar 6 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold The Warrior's Apprentice 7 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold The Vor Game 7 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold Cetaganda 7 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold Ethan of Athos 5 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold Borders of Infinity 6 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold Brothers in Arms 7 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold Mirror Dance 8 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold Memory 6 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold Komarr 9 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold A Civil Campaign 9 out of 10
Lois McMaster Bujold Diplomatic Immunity 8 out of 10
Terry Pratchett Going Postal
Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle The Mote in God's Eye 7 out of 10
Terry Goodkind Wizard's First Rule 7 out of 10
Terry Goodkind Stone of Tears 7 out of 10
Terry Goodkind Blood of the Fold 7 out of 10
Terry Goodkind Temple of the Winds 6 out of 10
Terry Goodkind Soul of the Fire 5 out of 10
Terry Goodkind Faith of the Fallen 4 out of 10
Terry Goodkind The Pillars of Creation
Terry Goodkind Naked Empire
Terry Goodkind Chainfire
Terry Goodkind Phantom
Terry Goodkind Confessor
Cormac McCarthy The Road
Susanna Clarke Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 8 out of 10
Richard Matheson I Am Legend
Raymond E. Feist Magician: Apprentice
Raymond E. Feist Magician: Master
Raymond E. Feist Silverthorn
Raymond E. Feist A Darkness at Sethanon
Raymond E. Feist Prince of the Blood
Raymond E. Feist The King's Buccaneer
Terry Brooks The Sword of Shannara
Terry Brooks The Elfstones of Shannara
Terry Brooks The Wishsong of Shannara
Robert E. Howard The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
Robert E. Howard The Bloody Crown of Conan
Robert E. Howard The Conquering Sword of Conan
Robin Hobb Assassin's Apprentice
Robin Hobb Royal Assassin
Robin Hobb Assassin's Quest
Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler's Wife 8 out of 10
Brandon Sanderson The Way of Kings
Jules Verne Journey to the Center of the Earth
R.A. Salvatore Homeland 4 out of 10
R.A. Salvatore Exile
R.A. Salvatore Sojourn
R.A. Salvatore The Crystal Shard
R.A. Salvatore Streams of Silver
R.A. Salvatore The Halfling's Gem
R.A. Salvatore The Legacy
R.A. Salvatore Starless Night
R.A. Salvatore Siege of Darkness
R.A. Salvatore Passage to Dawn
R.A. Salvatore The Silent Blade
R.A. Salvatore The Spine of the World
R.A. Salvatore Sea of Swords
John Scalzi Old Man's War 6 out of 10
Neal Stephenson The Diamond Age 7 out of 10
Arthur C. Clarke Rendezvous with Rama 3 out of 10
Jacqueline Carey Kushiel's Dart 9 out of 10
Jacqueline Carey Kushiel's Chosen 9 out of 10
Jacqueline Carey Kushiel's Avatar 10 out of 10
Ursula K. Le Guin The Dispossessed 8 out of 10
Ray Bradbury Something Wicked This Way Comes
Gregory Maguire Wicked
Steven Erikson Gardens of the Moon
Steven Erikson Deadhouse Gates
Steven Erikson Memories of Ice
Steven Erikson House of Chains
Steven Erikson Midnight Tides
Steven Erikson The Bonehunters
Steven Erikson Reaper's Gale
Steven Erikson Toll the Hounds
Steven Erikson Dust of Dreams
Steven Erikson The Crippled God
Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair
Iain M. Banks Consider Phlebas 7 out of 10
Iain M. Banks The Player of Games 9 out of 10
Iain M. Banks Use of Weapons 8 out of 10
Iain M. Banks The State of the Art 7 out of 10
Iain M. Banks Excession 8 out of 10
Iain M. Banks Inversions 6 out of 10
Iain M. Banks Look to Windward 7 out of 10
Iain M. Banks Matter 8 out of 10
Iain M. Banks Surface Detail
Mary Stewart The Crystal Cave
Neal Stephenson Anathem 9 out of 10
Jim Butcher Furies of Calderon
Jim Butcher Academ's Fury
Jim Butcher Cursor's Fury
Jim Butcher Captain's Fury
Jim Butcher Princeps' Fury
Jim Butcher First Lord's Fury
Gene Wolfe The Shadow of the Torturer 8 out of 10
Gene Wolfe The Claw of the Conciliator 8 out of 10
Gene Wolfe The Sword of the Lictor 7 out of 10
Gene Wolfe The Citadel of the Autarch 7 out of 10
Gene Wolfe The Urth of the New Sun 5 out of 10
Timothy Zahn Heir to the Empire 8 out of 10
Timothy Zahn Dark Force Rising 8 out of 10
Timothy Zahn The Last Command 8 out of 10
Diana Gabaldon Outlander
Diana Gabaldon Dragonfly in Amber
Diana Gabaldon Voyager
Diana Gabaldon The Drums of Autumn
Diana Gabaldon The Fiery Cross
Diana Gabaldon A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Diana Gabaldon An Echo in the Bone
Michael Moorcock Elric of Melniboné
Michael Moorcock The Sailor on the Seas of Fate
Michael Moorcock The Weird of the White Wolf
Michael Moorcock The Vanishing Tower
Michael Moorcock The Bane of the Black Sword
Michael Moorcock Stormbringer
Ray Bradbury The Illustrated Man
Robin McKinley Sunshine 9 out of 10
Vernor Vinge A Fire Upon the Deep 7 out of 10
Isaac Asimov The Caves of Steel 7 out of 10
Kim Stanley Robinson Red Mars 5 out of 10
Kim Stanley Robinson Green Mars 6 out of 10
Kim Stanley Robinson Blue Mars 5 out of 10
Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle Lucifer's Hammer 5 out of 10
Connie Willis Doomsday Book 8 out of 10
China Miéville Perdido Street Station 9 out of 10
Piers Anthony A Spell for Chameleon
Piers Anthony The Source of Magic
Piers Anthony Castle Roogna
Piers Anthony Centaur Aisle
Piers Anthony Ogre, Ogre
Piers Anthony Night Mare
Piers Anthony Dragon on a Pedestal
Piers Anthony Crewel Lye
Piers Anthony Golem in the Gears
Piers Anthony Vale of the Vole
Piers Anthony Heaven Cent
Piers Anthony Man from Mundania
Piers Anthony Isle of View
Piers Anthony Question Quest
Piers Anthony The Color of Her Panties
Piers Anthony Demons Don't Dream
Piers Anthony Harpy Thyme
Piers Anthony Geis of the Gargoyle
Piers Anthony Roc and a Hard Place
Piers Anthony Yon Ill Wind
Piers Anthony Faun and Games
Piers Anthony Zombie Lover
Piers Anthony Xone of Contention
Piers Anthony The Dastard
Piers Anthony Swell Foop
Piers Anthony Up in a Heaval
Piers Anthony Cube Route
Piers Anthony Currant Events
Piers Anthony Pet Peeve
Piers Anthony Stork Naked
Piers Anthony Air Apparent
Piers Anthony Two to the Fifth
Piers Anthony Jumper Cable
Piers Anthony Knot Gneiss
Piers Anthony Well-Tempered Clavicle
C.S. Lewis Out of the Silent Planet 7 out of 10
C.S. Lewis Perelandra 4 out of 10
C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength 6 out of 10

Ratings for books that don't have a review are based on my memory of the book. The rating may well change if I get a chance to read the book again.

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