gbsteve (gbsteve) wrote,

Black Gate's top 50 SF/Fantasy series

The Black Gate, in response the NPR's top 100 SF/Fantasy has posted its top 50. I've read 36 of these (at least in part) and don't feel particularly tempted to check out the other 14, except for Jonathan Strange which is somewhere around the house.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Dune, Frank Herbert
. Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
4. The Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis
5. The Glass Bead Game, Hermann Hesse
6. Watership Down, Richard Adams
7. The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper
8. The Secret Books of Paradys, Tanith Lee
9. The Sprawl Trilogy, William Gibson
10. The Cthulhu Mythos, HP Lovecraft
11. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, jr.
12. The Discworld Saga, Terry Pratchett
13. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
14. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
15. Conan the Barbarian Saga, Robert Howard
16. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detection Agency, Douglas Adams
17. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice

18. The Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury

19. The Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C. Clarke
20. The Ender Saga, Orson Scott Card

21. The Chronicles of Prydain, Lloyd Alexander
22. Tunnel in the Sky, Robert Heinlein

23. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
4. The Magic of Xanth, Piers Anthony
25. The Hyperion Cantos, Dan Simmons
26. The Harper Hall trilogy, Ann McCaffrey

27. The Snow Queen, Joan D. Vinge
28. The Hitchhiker’s trilogy, Douglas Adams
29. Cryptonomicon, Neil Stephenson

30. Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke

31. Animal Farm, George Orwell
32. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
33. Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein
34. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Stephen Donaldson
35. Saga of the Pliocene Exile, Julian May
36. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
37. The Dragonflight trilogy, Ann McCaffrey

38. A Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin
39. The Amber Chronicles, Roger Zelazny
40. The VALIS trilogy, Philip K. Dick
41. Sandman, Neil Gaiman
42. The Diamond Age, Neil Stephenson

43. The Black Company, Glen Cook
44. The Giant’s Novels, James P. Hogan
45. Dragonlance Legends, Margeret Weis and Tracy Hickman

46. The Culture Series, Iain Banks
47. The Belgariad, David Eddings
48. The Hound and the Falcon + Alamut, Judith Tarr
49. The Atrocity Archives, Charles Stross
50. The Illuminatus Trilogy, Robert Anton Wilson


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