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. 

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780765356154
Availability: New Item | Backordered
Published: Tor Books - August 1st, 2006

I Am Legend Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9780765357151
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Tor Books - October 30th, 2007

Magician: Apprentice (Riftwar Cycle: The Riftwar Saga #1) Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780553564945
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Spectra - December 1st, 1993

The Sword of Shannara Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9780345314253
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Del Rey - July 12th, 1983

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian: Book One (Conan the Barbarian #1) Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780345461513
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Del Rey - December 2nd, 2003

Assassin's Apprentice: The Farseer Trilogy Book 1 Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780553573398
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Spectra - March 1st, 1996

The Time Traveler's Wife Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9781476764832
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2014

The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780765365279
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Tor Fantasy - May 24th, 2011

Journey to the Center of the Earth (Dover Thrift Editions) Cover Image
$4.25
ISBN: 9780486440880
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Dover Publications - March 4th, 2005

The Crystal Shard (The Legend of Drizzt #4) Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780786942466
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Wizards of the Coast - January 9th, 2007

Old Man's War Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9780765348272
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Tor Science Fiction - January 15th, 2007

The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780553380965
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Spectra - May 2nd, 2000

Pre-Order Now Badge
Rendezvous with Rama Cover Image
By Arthur C. Clarke, Ken Liu (Introduction by)
$13.59
ISBN: 9780358380221
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2020

Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy #1) Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9781250759511
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Tor Fantasy - June 30th, 2020

The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle) Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9780061054884
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Harper Voyager - October 20th, 1994

Something Wicked This Way Comes: A Novel Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781501167713
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 24th, 2017

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years #1) Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780061350962
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Harper - September 25th, 2007

Gardens of the Moon: Book One of The Malazan Book of the Fallen Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780765348784
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Tor Fantasy - January 10th, 2005

The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780142001806
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Penguin Books - February 25th, 2003

Consider Phlebas (Culture) Cover Image
$14.44
ISBN: 9780316005388
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Orbit - March 26th, 2008

The Crystal Cave: Book One of the Arthurian Saga (The Merlin Series #1) Cover Image
$14.44
ISBN: 9780060548254
Availability: Warehouse, In Stock | Usually Ships in 1-5 Days | New
Published: Harper Voyager - May 6th, 2003

Pages