A few weeks back I pointed out NPR’s reader poll of the top 100 science fiction and fantasy titles. Well, after more than 60,000 votes, the results are now in – here’s the top ten as voted by the public:
- The Lord Of The Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
- Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
- The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
- A Song Of Ice And Fire series, by George R.R. Martin
- 1984: A Novel, by George Orwell
- Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
- The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
- American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Not a lot of surprises at the top of the list, although I was rather shocked that one of my personal picks, The Day of the Triffids, didn’t even make the top 100. Any other notable inclusions or omissions that caught your eye (remembering that Young Adult and horror were left out, as they will get their own poll…so, no Harry Potter by default)?
Also at NPR: Parsing the results.