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Post by Cable » 02 Aug 2011, 15:08

This is really hard to do, but you have to narrow this list of a few hundred classics down to just your top ten so National Public Radio can rank the greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy books of all time!Vote hereMy picks:Dune Chronicles by Frank HerbertLord of the Rings by JRR TolkienSilmarillion by JRR TolkienDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K DickA Scanner Darkly by Philip K DickUbik by Philip K DickVALIS by Philip K DickThe Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick1984 by George OrwellThrawn Trilogy by Timothy ZahnIt really pained me to not include the Legend of Drizzt series by Robert Salvatore!Animal Farm is also worth an honorable mention.



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Post by Kipe » 02 Aug 2011, 15:38

My picks were
 
Animal Farm (Orwell)
Brave New World (Huxley)
A Clockwork Orange (Burgess)
The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy (Adams)
The Left Hand of Darkness (LeGuin)
The Mists of Avalon (Bradley)
The Sandman Series (Gaiman)
A Scanner Darkly (Dick)
Wicked (Maguire)
1984 (Orwell)
 
There would've been more Phillip K. Dick I'm sure if I'd read more of him. I've read a few issues of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? but not the source material.
I wish The Godmakers by Frank Herbert or Ishmael by Daniel Quin had been on the list. Kipe2011-08-02 15:39:14

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Post by Gibbering Fool » 03 Aug 2011, 02:17

American Gods (Gaiman)Brave New World (Huxley)Dark tower Series (King)Dragonflight (Anne McCaffrey)Going Postal (Pratchett) - where were the other Pratchett books?The Legend of Drizzt Series (Salvatore)Lord of the Rings trilogy (Tolkein)The Stand (King)The Watchmen (Moore)Watership Down (Adams) bunnies!

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Post by Kipe » 03 Aug 2011, 04:09

Oh sh**t, Dark Tower series was on their and I didn't see it?

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Post by Cable » 03 Aug 2011, 05:44

Notice what wasn't on the list--Harry Potter 

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Post by Mastermind » 03 Aug 2011, 16:01

Yeah Hello Harry Potter All the way


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Post by medium13 » 03 Aug 2011, 16:14

What about Ender's Game?  Frankenstein (Yes, it's Sci Fi!)?
 
I think top award would go to Dune for me.
Mists of Avalon gets honorable mention.

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Post by Gibbering Fool » 04 Aug 2011, 06:58

Having not read many of the classics like 1984 or I, Robot I voter for what I had read, and enjoyed.

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Post by Spectral Knight » 04 Aug 2011, 08:26

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, for sure.

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Post by medium13 » 04 Aug 2011, 12:48

I considered I, Robot as well.

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Post by Milkshake08 » 04 Aug 2011, 14:47

It's unfortunate that there are no female authors represented there...
 
I wish the Prydain Chronicles were on there...maybe this doesn't count children's literature? That would explain the lack of Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Narnia, and the Prydain Chronicles.
 

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Post by EvilMonkeyPope » 04 Aug 2011, 16:45

There's a few women authors on the list.
I don't appreciate that they mashed sci-fi and fantasy books together on the same list. While there are quite a few titles that overlap both genres, this feels like they just lumped both needlessly into one vote when there could've been two separate ones. It's wreaking havoc with my indecissiveness.

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Post by Cable » 04 Aug 2011, 18:18

I'm glad horror apparently doesn't count as Dracula would have made this much harder (although the overrated Frankenstein did make the list? There is such a fine line between the genres) At least Lovecraft didn't write any actual books Lack of horror also explains why Twilight isn't on there of course

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Post by Mesmerizer » 04 Aug 2011, 18:32

My picks:Ubik (Dick)Watchmen (Moore)1984 (Orwell)Animal Farm (Orwell)Elric Chronicles (Moorcock)Dune Chronicles (Herbert)The Stand (King)Lord of the Rings (Tolkien)Brave New World (Huxley)Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury)

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Post by Milkshake08 » 05 Aug 2011, 15:03

[QUOTE=Cable]Lack of horror also explains why Twilight isn't on there of course[/QUOTE]
 
Or the fact that Twilight could and should never be considered "greatest" anything.

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Post by Cable » 06 Aug 2011, 17:44

[QUOTE=Milkshake08][QUOTE=Cable]Lack of horror also explains why Twilight isn't on there of course[/QUOTE]
 
Or the fact that Twilight could and should never be considered "greatest" anything.[/QUOTE]Lol thats true but I could say the same about Harry Potter. It's all subjective

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Post by Cable » 16 Aug 2011, 20:24

Apologies for the double post but wanted to note the results are in.#1 is a no-brainer, but Dune deserved a higher place. And only one Philip Dick book and all the way down at 21? Ridiculous!

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Post by Savant » 01 Sep 2011, 06:14

Decent results but it's a shame to see Vinge's The Snow Queen make the finalists list but not the top 100. And I'd rank Perdido Street Station higher, Mieville is brilliant.

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Post by das_boot » 01 Sep 2011, 07:03

YES, JIM BUTCHER! REPRESENT! *Ahem* I'm a little concerned at the poor show of Terry Pratchett love though.

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Post by Chazwinski » 04 Sep 2011, 22:57

I think Neuromancer by William Gibson was a very influential sci-fi book.

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Post by Charles » 15 Sep 2011, 11:05

I don't care if they consider it "young adult", the Narnia series is better than a third of those books.

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Post by Deathwish » 22 Aug 2012, 06:13

[QUOTE=Cable]

My picks:Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert



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 yes! the dune saga is amazing! it is by far the most complex SF or any other kind of book i have ever read  

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Post by A Former UXN Forumite » 06 Jan 2013, 18:53

It's shameful that George Stewart's "Earth Abides" and Theodore Sturgeon's "More than Human" were omitted.

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Post by A Former UXN Forumite » 06 Jan 2013, 18:56

For that matter, where is Gulliver's Travels?

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Post by Dr Nemesis » 04 Aug 2014, 08:28

A Former UXN Forumite wrote:It's shameful that George Stewart's "Earth Abides" and Theodore Sturgeon's "More than Human" were omitted.
Totally agree about Earth Abides, and possibly More than Human. There should be two lists, however.

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