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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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570 141
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

2
514 136
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

3
488 128
Dune is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Dune Chronicles Frank Herbert - 4

4
510 141
Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card - 3

5
380 93
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell - 6

6
326 77
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
I, Robot Isaac Asimov - 16

7
332 88
The foundation trilogy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Foundation Trilogy Isaac Asimov - 8

8
313 92
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury - 7

9
257 69
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Time Machine H. G. Wells - 36

10
287 85
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein - 31

11
277 81
The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Princess Bride William Goldman - 11

12
267 76
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

13
267 79
Stranger in a Strange Land is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein - 17

14
264 78
Dragonflight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Dragonflight Anne McCaffrey - 33

The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

15
252 72
The War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells - 59

16
264 80
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Brave New World Aldous Huxley - 9

17
369 144
A Song of Ice and Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
A Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin - 5

18
230 66
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke - 34

19
273 94
American Gods is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
American Gods Neil Gaiman - 10

20
263 94
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Animal Farm George Orwell

21
278 109
The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan - 12

The Scariest Novels of All Time

22
241 87
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Stand Stephen King - 25

23
200 64
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Ringworld Larry Niven - 44

24
210 71
20,000 leagues under the sea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne - 37

25
196 68
The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury - 27

26
208 76
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Belgariad David Eddings - 41

27
200 71
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Frankenstein Mary Shelley - 20

28
173 60
The Riftwar Saga is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Riftwar Saga Raymond E. Feist - 66

The Best Fantasy & Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Instant

29
202 79
Stardust is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Stardust Neil Gaiman - 52

30
208 84
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Watership Down Richard Adams - 32

31
218 94
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss - 18

32
185 73
Mistborn: The Final Empire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Mistborn Trilogy Brandon Sanderson - 43

33
188 78
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Neuromancer William Gibson - 14

34
216 99
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Dark Tower Series Stephen King - 23

35
171 69
Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

The Most Overrated Books of All Time

36
168 67
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

37
188 81
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut - 19

38
164 65
The Mists of Avalon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley - 42

39
160 63
Small Gods is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Small Gods Terry Pratchett - 57

40
159 64
The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Forever War Joe Haldeman - 56

41
200 96
The Silmarillion is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Silmarillion J. R. R. Tolkien - 46

42
149 61
Going Postal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Going Postal Terry Pratchett - 60

The Best Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Series

43
149 61
Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Conan the Barbarian Robert E. Howard - 68

44
153 64
Childhood's End is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke - 49

45
182 85
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood - 22

46
152 64
Neverwhere is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Neverwhere Neil Gaiman - 48

47
146 63
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Chronicles of Amber Roger Zelazny - 40

48
151 67
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein - 34

49
145 63
Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke - 76

50
145 63
The Left Hand of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin - 45