[bookshare-discuss] Re: NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

aww, that's so cute.
Jackie

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On Mar 24, 2012, at 12:20, "Lori Castner" <loralee.castner@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> When my niece and nephew were around seven and five respectively, they saw 
> the cartoon version of Watership Down.  That night they gathered all their 
> stuffed rabbits together on their  beds and slept with them all.
>  
> Lori C.
>  
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> Books
> 
> Boy am I late to this party, but I just have to add ...
> 
> The first public showing of the movie Watership Down was at the World Science 
> Fiction Convention in Phoenix, Arizona in 1978 (the official premiere was in 
> London in October, but this was in early September).  We were only told that 
> this would be the first showing of a very important movie.  I'm sure, this 
> being the year after Star Wars came out, we were expecting something like 
> that.  I'm also pretty sure that my first reaction was, why would these movie 
> people think a talking animal fairy tale would be a big event at a science 
> fiction convention.  By the end of the movie, though, almost everyone I 
> talked with thought it was a very good movie.  I read the book afterwards so 
> my view of that would be distorted by having seen the movie first.  
> 
> One of the most interesting things to me is how many of the items on the list 
> are series.
> 
> I am pleased by how many relatively recent books by current writers like Neal 
> Stephenson and John Scalzi are listed, but I'm disappointed that my current 
> all-time favorite--Anathem by Neal Stephenson--is only number 85.  I guess 
> there just aren't enough other people who are charmed by the thought of 
> mathematicians as monks and puzzling out the language of a book as a 
> character in the book himself is puzzling out that language.
> 
> Misha
> 
> On 3/22/2012 8:39 PM, Judy s. wrote:
>> 
>> NPR does an annual survey of readers' favorite science fiction and fantasy 
>> books.  Here's their list of the top 100, in order from top to bottom, 
>> according to the 60,000 ballots that were cast by NPR readers. I wonder how 
>> many of these we have on Bookshare? I'd look it up if I had something faster 
>> than my poky dial-up connection. smile
>> 
>> I noticed that Watership Down is in the list.  It never struck me as part of 
>> the fantasy genre, but hey, what do I know of how it's decided where a book 
>> lies, especially in the science fiction and fantasy genres? grin.
>> 
>> I'll paste the list below.
>> 
>> Judy s.
>> 
>> 
>> 1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
>> 2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
>> 3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
>> 4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
>> 5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
>> 6. 1984, by George Orwell
>> 7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
>> 8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
>> 9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
>> 10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
>> 11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
>> 12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
>> 13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
>> 14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
>> 15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
>> 16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
>> 17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
>> 18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
>> 19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
>> 20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
>> 21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
>> 22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
>> 23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
>> 24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
>> 25. The Stand, by Stephen King
>> 26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
>> 27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
>> 28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
>> 29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
>> 30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
>> 31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
>> 32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
>> 33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
>> 34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
>> 35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
>> 36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
>> 37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
>> 38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
>> 39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
>> 40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
>> 41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
>> 42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
>> 43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
>> 44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
>> 45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
>> 46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
>> 47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
>> 48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
>> 49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
>> 50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
>> 51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
>> 52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
>> 53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
>> 54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
>> 55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
>> 56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
>> 57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
>> 58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. 
>> Donaldson
>> 59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
>> 60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
>> 61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
>> 62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
>> 63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
>> 64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
>> 65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
>> 66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
>> 67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
>> 68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
>> 69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
>> 70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
>> 71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
>> 72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
>> 73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
>> 74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
>> 75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
>> 76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
>> 77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
>> 78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
>> 79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
>> 80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
>> 81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
>> 82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
>> 83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
>> 84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
>> 85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
>> 86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
>> 87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
>> 88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
>> 89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
>> 90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
>> 91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
>> 92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
>> 93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
>> 94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
>> 95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
>> 96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
>> 97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
>> 98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
>> 99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
>> 100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis
>> 
>> Source of information: 
>> http://www.npr.org/2011/08/09/139248590/top-100-science-fiction-fantasy-books
> 

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