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. 

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9781501143519
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2016

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Five Novels in One Outrageous Volume Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345453747
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Published: Del Rey - April 30th, 2002

The Lord of the Rings Cover Image
$23.80
ISBN: 9780618640157
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Published: Mariner Books - October 12th, 2005

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812550702
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Published: Tor Science Fiction - July 15th, 1994

Dune Cover Image
$9.34
ISBN: 9780441172719
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Published: Ace - September 1st, 1990


1984 Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451524935
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Published: Signet -

Fahrenheit 451: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781451673319
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

Foundation Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780553293357
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Published: Spectra - October 1st, 1991

Brave New World Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780060850524
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - October 17th, 2006

American Gods [TV Tie-In]: A Novel Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780062572110
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Published: William Morrow - March 28th, 2017

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure Cover Image
$9.34
ISBN: 9780156035217
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Published: Mariner Books - October 8th, 2007

The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time Cover Image
$9.34
ISBN: 9781250251466
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Published: Tor Fantasy - October 29th, 2019

Animal Farm: 75th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By George Orwell, Russell Baker (Preface by), Tea Obreht (Introduction by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451526342
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Published: Signet - April 6th, 2004

Neuromancer (Sprawl Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9780441569595
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Published: Ace - August 15th, 1986

Watchmen (2019 Edition) Cover Image
By Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (Illustrator)
$21.24
ISBN: 9781779501127
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Published: DC Comics - May 20th, 2019

I, Robot (The Robot Series #1) Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780553382563
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Published: Del Rey - April 29th, 2008

Stranger in a Strange Land Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984802781
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Published: Ace - July 31st, 2018

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
$9.34
ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780385333849
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - January 12th, 1999

Frankenstein Cover Image
$7.00
ISBN: 9780062870667
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 4th, 2018

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