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Subject: NPR Top 100 SciFi/Fantasy Books
Date Posted: 8/12/2011 11:09 AM ET
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http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139085843/your-picks-top-100-science-fiction-fantasy-books

-RD

Subject: I voted
Date Posted: 8/12/2011 10:38 PM ET
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I'm one of the 60,000 people who voted. It was extremely difficult to whittle down to my personal top ten. I ended up cutting out a lot of really good choices and going with core classics like Dune, Ender's Game, and Fahrenheit 451. All ten of my choices survived into the 100. -Tom Hl.

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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 8/14/2011 8:41 AM ET
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I voted as well, and it was very tough.  As can be expected it seems like the list is skewed toward well-known and popular works.  The only ones I voted for that didn't make it are Alfred Bester's two early novels, The Demolished Man and The Stars My Destination.

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Date Posted: 8/15/2011 9:56 AM ET
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Matt - I really shouldn't be asking this, since my list of books to read is approaching 250 (not even counting more than 1 book in a series), but what books were you thinking of that aren't by well known authors and/or aren't popular works?  Since I'm fairly new to reading Sci-Fi I've just been trying to get to popular ones so far, but I'm curious.  Fantasy books I'd take as well.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 8/15/2011 6:17 PM ET
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Well, Alfred Bester is probably the only author I think is a real genius that didn't make the list, and maybe John Varley for his short stories.  More to the point, I think a number of the books would be further down the list, or absent if it weren't for TV/movies.  And as I have said many times, I feel Douglas Adams is overrated...a pop-culture icon for people who aren't science fiction fans.  I am a little surprised more of the "golden age" authors didn't turn up, like Poul Anderson, Fritz Leiber, jack Williamson an their like.

Brad -
Date Posted: 8/16/2011 9:15 AM ET
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I was thinking the same thing; that the movies brought up some of the ones on the list, but as I said I'm new to Sci-Fi reading.  I really liked the 1st and 2nd of Adams Hitchhikers but didn't like it after that.

I had Varley on my list to read, but I'll check out the rest.

Thanks!  yes

Date Posted: 8/16/2011 12:39 PM ET
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The Hitchhiker's series definitely declines as it progresses, although even Adams acknoweldged that to some degree, and he wasn't at all pleased with the way he ended things in Mostly Harmless. That having been said, I don't think it's an overrated series, I just think it's miscategorized: as sci-fi, it could be considered overrated, but as comedy it's brilliant. I always tend to view it as a comedy series, so I wouldn't have even included it on this list.

I was surprised by the lack of classic authors as well, though the list did seem to touch upon a lot of milestones in the history of the genre. I'm quite proud to have done enough research to have tracked down and acquired a large portion of this list, at least in terms of older books. More recent works (the past 20 years or so) inhabit an area as of yet unexplored in my literary trevails. I suppose I should catch up eventually, but with so many classic works on my TBR It'll probably be another 10 years before I get there lol