Best 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy

In 2011, NPR used their annual summer readers' survey to generate a comprehensive list of the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books ever written. Since this is a list curated by booklovers (not by critics or academics) it is an amazingly accurate list of favorites.

A note about formatting on this page: the books are listed below in order from most favorite to least according to the NPR survey. We have flagged our staff favorites (along with a note that says which of us liked the book). Also, in every possible case where the book on the list is a series, we have listed the first book in the series so that you know where to start. We've also done our best to select the cheapest available editions for this page, but if you want a more collectible hardcover or an easy to read large print version, let us know! We are happy to do special orders for our customers. If you enjoy this booklist try Staff Recommendations from Sandman Books, or check out our Florida Stories booklist. 

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Dune: Deluxe Edition Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780593099322
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Published: Ace - October 1st, 2019

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780525620808
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Published: Del Rey Books - June 15th, 2021

Parable of the Sower Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

Dhalgren Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780375706684
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Published: Vintage - May 15th, 2001

The Sparrow: A Novel (The Sparrow Series #1) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780449912553
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 1997

Magic's Pawn (Last Herald-Mage #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780886773526
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Published: DAW - June 6th, 1989

We Cover Image
By Yevgeny Zamyatin, Mirra Ginsburg (Translated by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780380633135
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 1st, 1983

Foreigner: 10th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780756402518
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Published: DAW - December 7th, 2004

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780316246620
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Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2013

A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe #1) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781250267689
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Published: Tordotcom - May 11th, 2021

A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780316187176
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Published: Orbit - August 25th, 2020

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780316440882
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Published: Orbit - June 26th, 2018

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780316129084
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Published: Orbit - June 15th, 2011

The City of Brass: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780062678119
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 3rd, 2018

A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781250186447
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Published: Tor Books - February 25th, 2020

Thessaly: The Complete Trilogy (The Just City, The Philosopher Kings, Necessity) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780765399007
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Published: Tor Books - September 12th, 2017

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A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

City of Stairs: A Novel (The Divine Cities #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780804137171
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Published: Crown - September 9th, 2014

Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780316449052
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Published: Orbit - September 18th, 2018

Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781534437685
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - June 29th, 2021

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