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. 

Anathem Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780061474101
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Published: Harper - August 25th, 2009

Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780441012688
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Published: Ace - June 28th, 2005

Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312890179
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Published: Orb Books - October 15th, 1994

Heir to the Empire: Star Wars Legends (The Thrawn Trilogy) (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy - Legends #1) Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780553296129
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Published: Del Rey - May 1st, 1992

Outlander: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440212560
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Published: Dell - June 2nd, 1992

The Illustrated Man Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9781451678185
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 17th, 2012

Sunshine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780515138818
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Published: Berkley - November 30th, 2004

A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812515282
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Published: Tor Science Fiction - February 15th, 1993

The Caves of Steel (The Robot Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553293401
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Published: Spectra - November 1st, 1991

Red Mars (Mars Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9780553560732
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Published: Spectra - October 1st, 1993

Lucifer's Hammer: A Novel Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9780449208137
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Published: Del Rey - May 12th, 1985

Doomsday Book: A Novel (Oxford Time Travel) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553562736
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Published: Spectra - August 1st, 1993

Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345443021
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Published: Del Rey - February 27th, 2001

A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345347534
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Published: Del Rey - March 12th, 1987

Out of the Silent Planet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743234900
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Published: Scribner - March 11th, 2003

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