Best SFF Novels of the Decade Readers Poll

Best SFF Novels of the Decade Poll Update 01/14

We’ve tallied your votes from 1393 comments so far in the Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels of the Decade Poll and we’ve got another jump into the Top 20. We’ve also updated the other 27 title we listed yesterday. Check the list out below the cut.

We present the Top 20 47 voted novels as of 3:02 PM EST on Friday, January 14th.

  1. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi – 293 votes
  2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman – 262 votes
  3. Blindsight by Peter Watts – 218 votes
  4. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – 217 votes
  5. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke – 163 votes
  6. Anathem by Neal Stephenson – 143 votes
  7. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin – 139 votes
  8. Perdido Street Station by China Miéville – 133 votes
  9. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – 130 votes
  10. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – 110 votes

Following them…

  1. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson – 95 votes / Night Watch by Terry Pratchett – 95 votes [TIE]
  2. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold – 93 votes
  3. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan – 87 votes
  4. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – 83 votes
  5. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – 76 votes / Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey – 76 votes [TIE]
  6. Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson – 72 votes
  7. Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan – 69 votes / The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – 69 votes [TIE]

In the Top 10 we’ve got Blindsight and The Name of the Wind wrestling for third. (We’ll bet the positions have changed and then changed back and then maybe changed again since we tallied this a few hours ago.) Perdido Street Station continues its steady progression upwards, besting The Way of Kings today.

The Curse of Chalion echoes the same progressions in the Top 20 but it’s under threat from Kushiel’s Dart, which saw a huge surge of votes after Jacqueline Carey notified her fans of this poll over Facebook last night. Currently it’s dancing with Harry Potter, but we expect it will leave Deathly Hallows behind once all is said and tallied.

Oddly enough, Knife of Dreams and The Hunger Games were tied yesterday, as well. Those two need to hug it out. (Rand al’Thor and Katniss Everdeen are known for that, right?)

In the trailing 27:

  1. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi – 67 votes
  2. Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson – 65 votes
  3. The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson – 63 votes
  4. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds – 56 votes
  5. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – 52 votes
  6. The Scar by China Mieville – 49 votes
  7. His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik – 48 votes
  8. Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold – 47 votes
  9. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow – 45 votes
  10. The City & the City by China Miéville – 38 votes
  11. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett – 38 votes
  12. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie – 38 votes
  13. Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson – 38 votes
  14. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – 36 votes
  15. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon – 36 votes
  16. Sunshine by Robin McKinley – 31 votes
  17. River of Gods, Ian McDonald – 31 votes
  18. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N. K. Jemisin – 31 votes
  19. The Magicians, Lev Grossman – 29 votes
  20. A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin – 29 votes
  21. The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi – 28 votes
  22. Pandora’s Star, by Peter F. Hamilton – 28 votes
  23. The Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham – 27 votes
  24. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – 27 votes
  25. Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds – 26 votes
  26. Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge – 26 votes
  27. Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay – 22 votes

Not too much movement there, aside from Going Postal, Deadhouse Gates, and His Majesty’s Dragon.

Only a few hours ago until we stop counting! This is definitely not the final count, as we’ll be doing a total tally, then a recount. We’ll also be making a decision on whether to bunch votes on series in or keep them separate.

Until then, have a great weekend and, once more, with feeling…

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