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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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587 146
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
531 139
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

3
498 134
Dune is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Dune Chronicles Frank Herbert - 4

4
522 148
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
390 96
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
332 82
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
I, Robot Isaac Asimov - 16

7
335 94
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
317 99
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury - 7

9
285 85
The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Princess Bride William Goldman - 11

10
275 80
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

11
293 90
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein - 31

12
262 75
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Time Machine H. G. Wells - 36

13
259 74
The War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells - 59

14
267 83
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
382 147
A Song of Ice and Fire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
A Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin - 5

16
270 86
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
269 86
Stranger in a Strange Land is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein - 17

18
283 95
American Gods is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
American Gods Neil Gaiman - 10

19
233 70
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke - 34

20
270 95
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Animal Farm George Orwell

21
254 88
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Stand Stephen King - 25

The Best Free eBooks

22
283 114
The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan - 12

23
213 73
20,000 leagues under the sea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne - 37

24
203 69
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Ringworld Larry Niven - 44

25
204 75
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Frankenstein Mary Shelley - 20

26
198 72
The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury - 27

27
211 81
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Belgariad David Eddings - 41

28
208 80
Stardust is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Stardust Neil Gaiman - 52

The Best Space Movies

29
212 89
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Watership Down Richard Adams - 32

30
174 65
The Riftwar Saga is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Riftwar Saga Raymond E. Feist - 66

31
188 78
Mistborn: The Final Empire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Mistborn Trilogy Brandon Sanderson - 43

32
220 100
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss - 18

33
193 82
Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Neuromancer William Gibson - 14

34
168 66
The Mists of Avalon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley - 42

35
193 84
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut - 19

The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

36
220 103
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Dark Tower Series Stephen King - 23

37
172 70
Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes - 38

38
175 74
Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

39
162 67
Small Gods is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Small Gods Terry Pratchett - 57

40
187 87
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood - 22

41
160 68
The Forever War is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Forever War Joe Haldeman - 56

42
151 63
The Once and Future King is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Once and Future King T. H. White - 47

The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

43
152 65
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
156 68
Neverwhere is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Neverwhere Neil Gaiman - 48

45
202 102
The Silmarillion is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Silmarillion J. R. R. Tolkien - 46

46
150 66
Going Postal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Going Postal Terry Pratchett - 60

47
154 70
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

48
153 71
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
147 67
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
The Chronicles of Amber Roger Zelazny - 40

50
146 67
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