NPR Looking for Top Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels

Got a favorite genre novel?  NPR wants to hear about it.

The news broadcaster is looking to compile a list of nominees that can be whittled down into the best examples of the genres.

Here's the guidelines for nominating:

1. Limit yourself to five titles per post. Don't hesitate to nominate a book that someone else has already listed; your entry will count as a vote in favor of that title progressing to the next round.

2. No young-adult or children's titles, please. We plan to devote a poll to YA next summer. (It's also no fun if Harry Potter wins every year.)

3. Horror and paranormal romance are also out, which disqualifies most of Stephen King (also a big winner in previous polls), Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer. Once again, we'll cover horror in a future poll.

4. Feel free to nominate a series — such as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings or Asimov's Foundation — as a single, collective work rather than listing individual books.

5. That said, there are series and series: To qualify as a collective work, the books in a series must be written consistently by the same originating author or authors. For example, you can't nominate the whole Star Wars franchise, though you can nominate individual Star Wars novels.

If you've got nominees or just want to see what others are saying (and possibly find a title or two to read this summer, you can do so HERE.


  1. Stephen Perigo says

    I would like to nominate these:
    1. Neuromancer by William Gibson (SF)
    2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick (SF)
    3. The Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint (F)
    4. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (F)
    5. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (SF)

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