August 5 2011

The NPR Science Fiction & Fantasy Poll

NPR is conducting a poll on the top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy books/series. To be more precise, it is to select the top 100 out of a list of around 250 works that they had culled from 5000 responses to an earlier free form poll. You get to select 10 entries out of the list and submit those as your favorites. They will then gather the results for the top 100. They leave the criteria for selection up to you. Here’s my process–I went through the list clicking works I really liked. When I had ten, and arrived at a new title that I also really liked (there are really a lot of very good works on the list) I would briefly decide if I liked it better than prior works. I think the key is to have fun and not agonize about it.
Here are the works I selected:

The Black Company Series, by Glen Cook
The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
Lord Of Light, by Roger Zelazny
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
Neuromancer, by William Gibson
Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
Stand On Zanzibar, by John Brunner
The Vlad Taltos Series, by Steven Brust

They are in the same order they were in the NPR list — alphabetical by title. If I went back and did it again, I might get slightly different results but I think these are a pretty good sample and represent my taste in books pretty well.