Top Science Fiction and Fantasy

Recommendation List - Top Science Fiction and Fantasy

Recommendation List

In 2011, NPR used their annual summer readers' survey to generate a comprehensive list of the best science fiction and fantasy books ever written. In 2021, they updated the list to reflect readers' evolving tastes and a number of newer writers. 

The complete list has 150 books on it - we'll be glad to share it with you on your next visit, just ask! 

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Dune: Deluxe Edition

Dune: Deluxe Edition Frank Herbert
9780593099322
$34.95
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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
9781555977887
$14.95
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Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic Silvia Moreno-Garcia
9780525620808
$15.95
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Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower Octavia E. Butler
9781538732182
$14.95
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Dhalgren

Dhalgren Samuel R. Delany
9780375706684
$19.95
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The Sparrow: A Novel (The Sparrow Series #1)

The Sparrow: A Novel (The Sparrow Series #1) Mary Doria Russell
9780449912553
$16.95
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Magic's Pawn (Last Herald-Mage #1)

Magic's Pawn (Last Herald-Mage #1) Mercedes Lackey
9780886773526
$7.99
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We

We Yevgeny Zamyatin, Mirra Ginsburg
9780380633135
$7.99
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Foreigner: 10th Anniversary Edition

Foreigner: 10th Anniversary Edition C. J. Cherryh
9780756402518
$9.99
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Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1)

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) Ann Leckie
9780316246620
$14.95
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A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe #1)

A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe #1) P. Djèlí Clark
9781250267689
$24.95
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A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1)

A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1) Joe Abercrombie
9780316187176
$14.95
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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1)

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) James S. A. Corey
9780316129084
$14.95
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A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1)

A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1) Arkady Martine
9781250186447
$16.95
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Thessaly: The Complete Trilogy (The Just City, The Philosopher Kings, Necessity)

Thessaly: The Complete Trilogy (The Just City, The Philosopher Kings, Necessity) Jo Walton
9780765399007
$26.95
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A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1)

A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) V. E. Schwab
9780765376466
$15.29
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City of Stairs: A Novel (The Divine Cities #1)

City of Stairs: A Novel (The Divine Cities #1) Robert Jackson Bennett
9780804137171
$15.95
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Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy #1)

Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy #1) Tade Thompson
9780316449052
$14.95
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Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky)

Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky) Rebecca Roanhorse
9781534437685
$14.95
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Piranesi

Piranesi Susanna Clarke
9781635577808
$15.95
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Circe

Circe Madeline Miller
9780316556323
$14.95
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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Ken Liu
9781481424363
$15.95
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Spinning Silver: A Novel

Spinning Silver: A Novel Naomi Novik
9780399180996
$15.95
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Exhalation

Exhalation Ted Chiang
9781101972083
$15.95
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A Stranger in Olondria

A Stranger in Olondria Sofia Samatar
9781931520768
$14.95
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The Buried Giant (Vintage International)

The Buried Giant (Vintage International) Kazuo Ishiguro
9780307455796
$15.95
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Radiance: A Novel

Radiance: A Novel Catherynne M. Valente
9780765335302
$26.95
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The Changeling: A Novel

The Changeling: A Novel Victor LaValle
9780812985870
$16.95
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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) Becky Chambers
9780062444134
$15.95
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Binti

Binti Nnedi Okorafor
9780765385253
$9.99
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The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel

The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel Mary Robinette Kowal
9780765378385
$15.95
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Children of Time

Children of Time Adrian Tchaikovsky
9780316452502
$16.95
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Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) Seanan McGuire
9780765385505
$16.95
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The Space Between Worlds

The Space Between Worlds Micaiah Johnson
9780593156919
$15.95
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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Marlon James
9780735220188
$16.95
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Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #1)

Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #1) Jeff VanderMeer
9780374104092
$13.95
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The Echo Wife

The Echo Wife Sarah Gailey
9781250174666
$23.95
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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #1)

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #1) Tamsyn Muir
9781250313188
$16.95
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