100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels to Geek Out Over

If your answer to every question is 42.  If you can quote the three laws of Robotics.  If you want to say “my precious” every time you see a gold band. Then this list is for you.  We asked our 3,000 bibliomaniacs what their favorite SciFi/Fantasy novels were, and here are their top 100 answers.

(1) Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (2) A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (3) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (4) The Two Towers, (5) The Return of the King, (6) The Fellowship of the Ring and (7) The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (8) Neuromancer by William Gibson (9) Hyperion by Dan Simmons (10) Dune by Frank Herbert (11) The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (12) Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (13) 1984 by George Orwell (14) Ubik by Phillip K. Dick (15) A Storm of Swords by George R. R.Martin (16) The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury (17) Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr. (18) Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (19) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein (20) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (21) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (22) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (23) The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (24) Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (25) Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury


(26) Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (27) The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick (28) The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov (29) Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (30) I Will Fear No Evil by Robert A. Heinlein (31) Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind (32) A Princess of Mars by E. R. Burroughs (33) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (34) Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey (35) The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (36) The Once and Future King by T.H. White (37) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (38) Foundation by Isaac Asimov (39) Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman (40) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick (41) Anathem by Neal Stephenson (42) The Black Company by Glen Cook (43) The Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn (44) Magic of Recluse by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (45) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (46) The Legacy of Heorot by Larry Niven, Stever Barnes and Jerry Pournelle (47) Dark is the Sun by Philip Jose Farmer (48) Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber (49) Dying Inside by Robert Siverberg (50) A Watch on the Rhine by John Ringo

(51) The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers (52) Dies the Fire by S. M. Strilling (53) Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (54) The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers (55) The Eye of the Pyramid by Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson (56) The Electric Church by Jeff Sommers (57) Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (58) Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake (59) Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner (60) Mort by Terry Pratchett (61) Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susana Clarke (62) Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny (63) Ladyhawke by Joan D. Vinge (64) I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (65) Armor by John Steakly (66) Lathe of Heaven, (67) Earthsea Chronicles and (68) Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin (69) The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey (70) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (71) War With the Newts by Karel Capek (72) Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (73) To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (74) Stardust by Neil Gaiman (75) Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link


(76) The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (77) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (78) Mockingbird by Walter Tevis (79) This is the Way the World Ends by James Morrow (80) Battle Cry by Jack McKinney (81) Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marrillier (82) Resurrection by Arwen Elys Dayton (83) Parable of the Sower and (84) Kindred by Octavia Butler (85) The Subtle Knife and (86) The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman (87) Grass by Sheri Tepper (88) Three Days to Never by Tim Powers (89) Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany (90) The Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis (91) Logan’s Run by William Nolan & George Clayton Johnson (92) White Mountains by John Christopher (93) Fantastic Voyage by Isaac Asimov (94) Mister Monday by Garth Nix (95) Ringworld by Larry Niven (96) The Misenchanted Sword by Lawrence Watt-Evans (97) Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson(98) The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (99) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (100) The Giver by Lois Lowry

Now, Dune has been on my reading list for a while, but I am definitely going to have to read Ender’s Game.  The Hyperion series and The Looking Glass Wars just made it onto my reading list as well.  What about you?  See anything to add to your reading list?  

You can find these books and more at your local Half Price Books. Stop in today, and our Sci-Fi-Lovin’ Bibliomaniacs will help you find your book.

— Julie

24 thoughts on “100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels to Geek Out Over

  1. Are these in order as to best being # 1 ? If so, I do not agree with Enders Game being first, LOTR and Dune are far superior as are many others on this list. Randy Jones from Store 024 in Clear Lake,TX

  2. Surprised The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson was not on this list..It is right up there with LOTR and The Shannara Series…Randy from Store 024…

  3. Any chance of getting this list in an easily downloadable and printable format, such as PDF or DOC? I'd love to take this with me next time I'm at HPB.

    • What she and others have asked fir many times in the last years.
      Don’t just make a list that is hard fir your customer to shop with.

      Khylea
      AUGUST 22, 2012 AT 6:29 AM
      Any chance of getting this list in an easily downloadable and printable format, such as PDF or DOC? I’d love to take this with me next time I’m at HPB

  4. I really liked the Old Man's War series…. I've only read 32 of the books listed… I'm surprised more Larry Niven didn't end up on the list…. I'll be making my future shopping lists from this list though. I need some new to me books.

  5. @Randy Jones… OMG! The Thomas Covenant series was amazeballs! Every time I mention it to someone they've never heard of it. Granted it took me forever to get through the first half of the first book but after that I couldn't put them down.

  6. I was surprised to see that Lynn Flewelling, Tanya Huf, Mercedes Lackey, Robin Hobb and Lois McMaster Bujold didn't make the list. These are the power women of sci-fi and fantasy in my library. Going to the old "if you were stuck on a deserted island" concept, as long as I got these gals new books as they came out I would live a happy literary life. I normally wait to buy books until they come to Half Price Books, but these ladies sometimes send me out to the full price stores on the day they get released. Jason store 091 Westerville, Ohio

  7. Two of my favorite authors did not make this list: Alastair Reynolds and David Gemmel. Both are amazing, Also Ben Bova is great too. I'm not really a big fan of lumping Sci-Fi together with fantasy because to me Sci-Fi is all about what is possible, wheras Fantasy is purely imaginative. Both have their merits but should be separated.

  8. Kathryn, I had the same concern about a printable list So I made one. I am going to enclose it in an email to HPB. If anyone would like it I have it saved in an Open Office document.

  9. HPB.com100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels to Geek Out Overposted by Julie in Fiction, Staff Picks August 21, 2012(1) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card(2) A Game of Thrones byGeorge R. R. Martin(3) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury(4) The Two Towers,(5) The Return of the King,(6) The Fellowship of the Ring and(7) The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien(8) Neuromancer by William Gibson(9) Hyperion by Dan Simmons(10) Dune by Frank Herbert(11) The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (12) Stranger in a Strange Land byRobert Heinlein(13)1984 by George Orwell(14) Ubik by Phillip K. Dick(15) A Storm of Swords byGeorge R. R.Martin(16) The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury(17) Who Goes There? byJohn W. Campbell, Jr.(18) Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss(19) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress byRobert A. Heinlein(20)The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde(21) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline LEngle(22)The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe byC.S. Lewis(23) The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle(24) Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson(25) Something Wicked This Way Comes byRay Bradbury(26) Eye of the World by Robert Jordan(27) The Man in the High Castle byPhillip K. Dick(28) The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov(29) Elantris by Brandon Sanderson(30) I Will Fear No Evil by Robert A. HeinleinHPB.com100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels to Geek Out Overposted by Julie in Fiction, Staff Picks August 21, 2012(31) Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind(32) A Princess of Mars by E. R. Burroughs(33) The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams(34) Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey(36) The Once and Future King by T.H. White (37) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley(38) Foundation by Isaac Asimov(39) Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman(40) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick(41) Anathem by Neal Stephenson(42) The Black Company by Glen Cook(43) The Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn(44) Magic of Recluse by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.(45) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll(46) The Legacy of Heorot by Larry Niven, Stever Barnes and Jerry Pournelle(47) Dark is the Sun by Philip Jose Farmer(48) Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber (49) Dying Inside by Robert Siverberg(50) A Watch on the Rhine by John Ringo(51) The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers(52) Dies the Fire by S. M. Strilling(53) Old Mans War by John Scalzi(54) The City of Dreaming Books byWalter Moers(55) The Eye of the Pyramid by Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson(56) The Electric Church by Jeff Sommers(57) Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (58) Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake(59) Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner(60) Mort by Terry Pratchett(61) Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susana ClarkeHPB.com100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels to Geek Out Overposted by Julie in Fiction, Staff Picks August 21, 2012(62) Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny(63) Ladyhawke by Joan D. Vinge(64) I, Robot by Isaac Asimov(65) Armor by John Steakly(66) Lathe of Heaven,(67) Earthsea Chronicles and(68) Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin(69) The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey (70) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell(71) War With the Newts by Karel Capek(72) Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan(73) To Say Nothing of the Dog byConnie Willis(74) Stardust by Neil Gaiman(75) Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link(76) The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (77) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon(78) Mockingbird by Walter Tevis(79) This is the Way the World Ends byJames Morrow(80) Battle Cry by Jack McKinney(81) Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marrillier (82) Resurrection by Arwen Elys Dayton(83) Parable of the Sower and(84) Kindred by Octavia Butler(85) The Subtle Knife and(86) The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman (87) Grass by Sheri Tepper(88) Three Days to Never by Tim Powers(89) Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany(90) The Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis(91) Logans Run by William Nolan &George Clayton Johnson(92) White Mountains by John Christopher(93) Fantastic Voyage by Isaac Asimov(94) Mister Monday by Garth Nix(95) Ringworld by Larry Niven(96) The Misenchanted Sword byLawrence Watt-Evans(97) Robopacalypse by Daniel H. Wilson(98) The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (99) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman(100) The Giver by Lois LowryHPB.com100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels to Geek Out Overposted by Julie in Fiction, Staff Picks August 21, 2012

  10. It seems you have missed several authors that deserve inclusion in this list, at least in my opinion. The most startling omission is The Book Of The New Sun by Gene Wolfe, this shows up in almost every list I have ever seen. I would add the seemingly underestimated Riverworld series by Philip Jose Farmer, and any of the work by Julian May.

  11. Thanks so much for putting this list together. I've bookmarked for future reference next time I'm looking for a good scifi read. My best scifi recommendation right now would be Casualties of War by Bennett R. Coles. I'm becoming a big fan Coles work now and I would suggest Casualties of War to anyone looking for a great sci fi story with strong characters. It's simply impossible to put this book down and I really can't wait for the next one. Casualties of War gets my highest recommendation this year for sure. http://www.bennettrcoles.com/works/casualties-of-war

  12. The same old usual suspects. Full of hippy dippy bull and stuff written before word processors. Did anyone compiling this list read a book in the last 20 years? Where's Iain M Banks or Peter F Hamilton?

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