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What are the top 100 science-fiction and fantasy books ever written? This is an argument that will go on until the end of time with buffs of both these genres. NPR came up with their list of the Best 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books. So, do you agree with the choices? Was there a book left off? Vote for the scifi and fantasy books that you believe are the absolute best. Add any shows that you believe deserve votes, and of course, feel free to re-rank this list of books in the order you think is correct.

Many of the books listed here are classics. Most people can agree that The Lord of the Rings, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, 1984, Fahrenheit 451 and A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire are amazing works of literature and considered not only some of  the best science fiction books, but maybe the best books ever.

Here is your chance to vote for your favorite science fiction and fantasy book and you can rerank these books as feel you deem to be correct. There are plenty of great options to choose from so vote and rerank to go along with your own opinion.
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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy J. R. R. Tolkien - 1

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Dune Chronicles Frank Herbert - 4

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The foundation trilogy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Foundation Trilogy Isaac Asimov - 8

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

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Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card - 3

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury - 7

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell - 6

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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
I, Robot Isaac Asimov - 16

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A Song of Ice and Fire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
A Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin - 5

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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Brave New World Aldous Huxley - 9

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Stranger in a Strange Land is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein - 17

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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein - 31

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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Animal Farm George Orwell

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke - 34

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Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Watership Down Richard Adams - 32

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20,000 leagues under the sea is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne - 37

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The War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells - 59

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The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss - 18

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The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury - 27

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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
American Gods Neil Gaiman - 10

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Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

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Stardust is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Stardust Neil Gaiman - 52

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Princess Bride William Goldman - 11

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The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Forever War Joe Haldeman - 56

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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Time Machine H. G. Wells - 36

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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Stand Stephen King - 25

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut - 19

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Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Ringworld Larry Niven - 44

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The Left Hand of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin - 45

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Frankenstein Mary Shelley - 20

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess - 30

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The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Chronicles of Amber Roger Zelazny - 40

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Watchmen Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore - 15

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Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut - 28

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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein - 34

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Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes - 38

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The Sandman Series is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Sandman Series Neil Gaiman - 29

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Dragonflight is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Dragonflight Anne McCaffrey - 33

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A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr. - 35

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The Way of Kings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Way of Kings Brandon Sanderson - 71

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The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Dark Tower Series Stephen King - 23

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Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Conan the Barbarian Robert E. Howard - 68

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Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke - 76

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The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Belgariad David Eddings - 41

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Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Neuromancer William Gibson - 14

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The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan - 12

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Childhood's End is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke - 49

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Something Wicked This Way Come... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

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Hyperion Cantos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Hyperion Cantos Dan Simmons - 51

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The Caves of Steel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Caves of Steel Isaac Asimov - 94