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. 

Ringworld: A Novel Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780345333926
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Published: Del Rey - September 12th, 1985

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The Left Hand of Darkness: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Ursula K. Le Guin, David Mitchell (Foreword by), Charlie Jane Anders (Afterword by)
$7.49
ISBN: 9780441478125
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Published: Ace - March 15th, 1987

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The Silmarillion (Pre-Lord of the Rings) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780345325815
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Published: Del Rey - January 12th, 1985

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The Once and Future King Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780441627400
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Published: Ace - July 15th, 1987

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Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text Cover Image
$8.49
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ISBN: 9780062476371
Published: William Morrow - November 29th, 2016

Childhood's End: A Novel Cover Image
$6.79
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ISBN: 9780345347954
Published: Del Rey - May 12th, 1987

Contact: A Novel Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781501197987
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Published: Gallery Books - February 26th, 2019

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780553283686
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Published: Spectra - February 1st, 1990

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Stardust Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780061689246
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Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

Cryptonomicon Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9780060512804
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Published: Avon - November 5th, 2002

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780307346612
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Published: Del Rey - October 16th, 2007

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The Last Unicorn Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780451450524
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Published: Ace - January 1st, 1991

The Forever War Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780312536633
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 17th, 2009

Small Gods: A Novel of Discworld Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780062237378
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Published: Harper - October 29th, 2013

Lord Foul's Bane (The First Chronicles: Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever #1) Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9780345348654
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Published: Del Rey - June 12th, 1987

Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga #2) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781476781105
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Published: Baen - November 3rd, 2015

Going Postal: A Novel of Discworld Cover Image
$8.49
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ISBN: 9780062334978
Published: Harper - October 28th, 2014

The Mote in God's Eye Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780671741921
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Published: Pocket Books - March 1st, 1991

Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth #1) Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780812548051
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Published: Tor Fantasy - July 15th, 1997

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The Road (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9780307387899
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2007

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel Cover Image
$16.15
ISBN: 9781635576726
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 11th, 2020

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