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Aug 3 2011 2:09pm

Vote in NPR’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Poll!

With the help of Facebook polling, a panel of SFF experts and a survey on their own website, NPR recently gathered the best 100 science fiction and fantasy titles ever published in an effort to figure out what the most beloved titles of the genre truly are.

Now, they’re narrowing it down to the top ten and they need your votes! The list is extraordinarily comprehensive and we definitely had a rough time picking only ten, ourselves. What will make your list? Will you stick to the Asimov and Bradbury classics? Or mix it up with some Octavia Butler and China Miéville?

Go here to vote. NPR says they’ll announce the results in about ten days. When that happens, we’ll let you know which books won, but also what some of the Tor.com staff chose for their top ten, too. Happy voting!


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10 comments
Thomas Jeffries
1. thomstel
When trying to find the "most beloved", I think it's safe to assume we're looking at a popularity contest. And yet there are some decently obvious omissions from this list, in favor of things like "Eyes of the Dragon" by King, when the "Dark Tower Series" is elsewhere in the list. I mean, it was a cool read, but "most beloved"? Hmm.

I picked my favorites, but sharing a little of the finalization criteria would have not gone amiss.
John Ginsberg-Stevens
2. eruditeogre
Actually, this is going to be a Top 100 list, not a Top 10; the current field is a list of nominations culled from the readers' suggestions and shaped in some manner by the panel. I have some misgivings about it, but I will be curious to see what the results are.
Steven Halter
3. stevenhalter
That's a really good list of titles. My 10 selections were:

The Black Company Series, by Glen Cook
The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
Lord Of Light, by Roger Zelazny
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
Neuromancer, by William Gibson
Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
Stand On Zanzibar, by John Brunner
The Vlad Taltos Series, by Steven Brust

There aare a lot of books I really like a great deal on the list, but those were my picks at that point in time.
One choice I found difficult was that if Dune had been listed singly, I would have included it in my list of 10. Since it was lumped with all its sequels, it got knocked out of my top ten.
As eruditeogre says, the final result will be a top 100 list.
davhahn
4. davhahn
I mostly like the books they included especially the few PKD books that were on the list, but the omission of Princess of Mars is strange. It's a cornerstone book of the genre and much beloved (enough at least to turn it into a Disney movie). There were others that were missed, but I think that's the most glaring.
John Ginsberg-Stevens
5. eruditeogre
Oh, and my list:

The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe,
The City And The City, by China Mieville
The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin (even though reading Delany's critique in THE JEWEL-HINGED JAW has changed my perspective on it)
The Faded Sun Trilogy, by C.J. Cherryh
The Female Man, by Joanna Russ
Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End of The World, by Haruki Murakami Kindred, by Octavia Butler
The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
Lud-in-the-Mist, by Hope Mirrlees
We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

I didn't vote for DHALGREN because it's not one of my favorite Delany books, and the same went for the Ellison selection. I was disappointed to not see Tom Disch or James Tiptree on the list, but in the end it is a popular poll and I the choices (including series that are still in progress or whose latest installments have just come out) reflect that.
davhahn
6. Dana E.
I'm surprised--no C.S. Lewis?
Brook Freeman
7. longstrider
I still haven't managed to pare my list down to 10. I've been banging my head on it for a couple of days now.
davhahn
8. Kvon
I counted 237 books/series listed, of which I've read 169, for a 71% comprehensiveness. The criteria are fairly vague--does favorite mean my favorite one to reread, the on that's changed my thinking the most, the best written? Time to start musing.
davhahn
9. Laraine Anne Barker
I'm not voting because there are too many authors whose names should be on the list but aren't.
Aquila G
10. Aquila1nz
I realised when I started thinking about what to vote for, that my favorite sff book is always the one I get to read next.

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