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. 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780345404473
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Published: Del Rey - May 28th, 1996

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The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

2001: a Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey Series) Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9780451457998
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Published: Ace - September 1st, 2000

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The Stand Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307947307
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Published: Anchor - August 7th, 2012

Snow Crash: A Novel Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780553380958
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Published: Del Rey - May 2nd, 2000

The Martian Chronicles Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9781451678192
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 17th, 2012

Cat's Cradle: A Novel Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780385333481
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

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The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes 30th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781401284770
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Published: Vertigo - October 30th, 2018

A Clockwork Orange Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393341768
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 21st, 2019

Starship Troopers Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780441783588
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Published: Ace - May 15th, 1987

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Watership Down: A Novel Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780743277709
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Published: Scribner - November 1st, 2005

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Dragonflight: Volume I in The Dragonriders of Pern Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345335463
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Published: Del Rey - May 12th, 1986

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Cover Image
$15.30
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ISBN: 9780440001355
Published: Ace - July 31st, 2018

A Canticle for Leibowitz Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780553273816
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Published: Spectra -

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The Time Machine (Dover Thrift Editions) Cover Image
$3.00
ISBN: 9780486284729
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Published: Dover Publications - April 3rd, 1995

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Dover Thrift Editions) Cover Image
$5.10
ISBN: 9780486448497
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Published: Dover Publications - April 28th, 2006

Flowers for Algernon: Student Edition Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780156030083
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Published: Mariner Books - June 14th, 2004

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The War of the Worlds Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9780553213386
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Published: Bantam Classics - November 1st, 1988

The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 Cover Image
$22.94
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ISBN: 9780380809066
Published: Harper Voyager - March 30th, 2010

The Mists of Avalon: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345350497
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 12th, 1987

Mistborn: The Final Empire Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780765377135
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Published: Tor Teen - May 13th, 2014

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