Friday, September 30, 2011

It Came Fourth

More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. The winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey are an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.

I am a nut for anything DUNE related. I love the whole concept and how the story was executed over the first four novels. You can see the complete list HERE. Did your favorite make the top ten?

The Dune Chronicles
by Frank Herbert

Follows the adventures of Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny.


D.I. Felipe González said...

I have only read six of the first ten listed. And I get worse after 30. Interesting list.

TS Hendrik said...

There are some good ones on the list. A bit surprised not to see an Harlan Ellison. My favorites were not represented though.

Okay so one of my favorite fantasy series obviously is a little obscure for the list (song of albion), but no Harry Harrison, no Robert L Asprin, and some authors doubled up? Bah!

I mean, Stephen King's Dark Tower Series? the first four books fantastic, the other 3, crap. The Stand, yes, but DT, no.

Of course, and here's the interesting one, my all time favorite sci-fi writer, isn't on the list, and I would say, he doesn't deserve to be. Fredric Brown is my absolute favorite, but as a short story writer. His novels, are entertaining but little more than pulp reads. I owned a copy of his complete short stories works though, and he's hands down of the best ever in that field.

Sorry if I went on too long. I was on a roll.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Never complain about writing too much. I am glad my post inspired any comments at all. The list does seem to be very mainstream. I agree with you that no author should have so many in the list. As much as I like Neil Gaiman I had trouble with some of his work on the list - isn't STARDUST more fantasy than science fiction?

TS Hendrik said...

The list was for both so it qualifies. There were books that definitely didn't deserve to be there. World War Z? Please. The Time Traveler's Wife? Why? But I guess that's what happens when you let anyone vote.

M. D. Jackson said...

I've read 47 of the 100.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

But idiot voters need the MOST love, TS.

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