There’s a new list of the Top 100 Sci-fi/Fantasy books that you should check out
NPR has released it’s list of the top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy books as voted on by readers who happened to have known about the vote. It’s a great list, and I have few problems with it. It’s slightly skewed toward current large fan bases I think, as Neil Gaiman has three entries in the top 50 and four overall. I love Neil, as you know, but Neverwhere is not the 48th best Sci-fi/Fantasy novel of all time. Sorry.
I also would have ranked both The Road and Something Wicked This Way Comes much higher than their current positions on the list. The Road is one of the best books I’ve ever read period. So I would easily put that in my top 10 on this list. Beyond that, it looks pretty good. I don’t know about having Dune or Ender’s Game in the top 5, though I know they’re both very popular.
And let’s face it, this is pretty much a popularity contest anyway. Although that speaks well of all you Sci-fi/Fantasy readers, because for the most part the list is made up of really good books (not that I’ve read them all). So at least in this genre, quality actually counts for something.