The Top 100

So NPR did a “top 100 fantasy and sci-fi” book list as voted on by their audience.  It was picked up as a meme by a chunk of the blogosphere, including here.  At almost every site the complaint was the same – “They picked that? There’s no mention of (x)!”

So here’s your opportunity.  In the comments, leave your top 10 favorite fantasy and/or sci-fi novels or series.  They don’t need to be in order.  Assuming this draws enough response, I’ll try to combine all the responses into a real “top 100.”  I think the TSM audience is a much better population sample for something like this.

I’ll go first.

1.  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein

2.  Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein

3.  Dune – Frank Herbert

4.  The General series – David Drake, S.M. Stirling – the original quintilogy, not the three follow-ons.

5.  The Vorkosigan saga – Lois McMaster Bujold

6.  The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. I – this is cheating, but it is a book I re-read, and I went to a lot of effort to get a copy when one I loaned out never came back.  This is where I first read Flowers for Algernon, and it is by far not the best story in that anthology.

7.  The Hammer’s Slammers series – David Drake

8.  The Ring of Fire series – Eric Flint & others.  I also enjoy the Dies the Fire flip-side of this universe.

9.  The Nantucket series – S.M. Stirling

10.  The Past Through Tomorrow:  A Future History – Robert A. Heinlein.  Another anthology, but this one is all Heinlein.

I discovered Sci-Fi at about age 11 – Heinlein’s juveniles.  When I was 13 or so, I found The Science Fiction Hall of Fame in the school library.  That was it.  I was hooked for life.  Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and everything else Heinlein wrote followed.  Also Azimov, Clark, etc., though honestly I like Azimov’s nonfiction better than his fiction.  While Larry Niven and Jerry Pournell are not represented on this list, I do love their stuff. The Mote in God’s Eye and Footfall are favorites, I just don’t find myself re-reading them.

This list represents the books that I re-read on a relatively regular basis – books I’ve literally worn out and had to replace.  I read a lot of other stuff, both fiction and non-fiction, but Sci-Fi is my preferred genre.  SF can be anything, from pulp to high literature, bodice-ripper to deepest, darkest horror.  Science Fiction is the ultimate “what-if?”

One more:

11.  Empire of the East – Fred Saberhagen.

So, what are yours?

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