All-time best SF & fantasy novels & stories

Locus is going to do a poll to find out what science fiction and fantasy novels and stories are the all-time best (they’ve done this a few times before but not in years). The categories are science fiction novel, fantasy novel, novella, novelette, and short story. They’re also diving the poll into 20th century (10 in each category) and 21st century (5 in each category). Here is the announcement.

And here are my first thoughts on my votes…

1901 – 2000

SF novel

  1. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  2. The Demolished Man – Alfred Bester
  3. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  4. The City and the Stars – Arthur C. Clarke
  5. The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  7. A Door Into Ocean – Joan Slonczewski
  8. Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
  9. A Fire Upon the Deep – Vernor Vinge
  10. Darwinia – Robert Charles Wilson

Fantasy novel

  1. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  2. Seventh Son – Orson Scott Card
  3. Someplace to Be Flying – Charles de Lint
  4. Tigana – Guy Gavriel Kay
  5. A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
  7. The Book of Knights – Yves Meynard
  8. The Witching Hour – Anne Rice
  9. The Initiate Brother – Sean Russell
  10. Nobody’s Son – Sean Stewart

novella

  1. Eye for Eye – Orson Scott Card
  2. Story of Your Life – Ted Chiang
  3. A Meeting with Medusa – Arthur C. Clarke
  4. A Boy and His Dog – Harlan Ellison
  5. Ill Met in Lankhmar – Fritz Leiber
  6. Stardance – Spider & Jeanne Robinson
  7. …And Then There Were None – Eric Frank Russell
  8. The Big Front Yard – Clifford D. Simak
  9. The Last of the Winnebagos – Connie Willis
  10. Spice Pogrom – Connie Willis

novelette

  1. Tower of Babylon – Ted Chiang
  2. The Minority Report – Philip K. Dick
  3. Changeling – Barbara Hambly
  4. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  5. Mountain Ways – Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. Sandkings – George R. R. Martin
  7. City – Clifford D. Simak
  8. The Moon Moth – Jack Vance
  9. Tableau – James White
  10. Bluesberry Jam – Gene Wolfe

short story

  1. Nightfall – Isaac Asimov
  2. Fondly Fahrenheit – Alfred Bester
  3. The Million Year Picnic – Ray Bradbury
  4. Unaccompanied Sonata – Orson Scott Card
  5. Expedition to Earth (aka History Lesson) – Arthur C. Clarke
  6. Mythological Beast – Stephen R. Donaldson
  7. ‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman – Harlan Ellison
  8. Muffin Explains Teleology to the World at Large – James Alan Gardner
  9. The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas – Ursula K. Le Guin
  10. Just Like Old Times – Robert J. Sawyer

2001 – 2010

SF novel

  1. Evolution – Stephen Baxter
  2. Warchild – Karin Lowachee
  3. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  4. Hominids – Robert J. Sawyer
  5. Passage – Connie Willis

Fantasy novel

  1. The Crystal City – Orson Scott Card
  2. Magic Street – Orson Scott Card
  3. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
  4. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova
  5. The Other Wind – Ursula K. Le Guin

novella

  1. Atlantis – Orson Scott Card
  2. The Lifecycle of Software Objects – Ted Chiang
  3. Thousandth Night – Alastair Reynolds
  4. Identity Theft – Robert J. Sawyer
  5. A Piece of the Great World – Robert Silverberg

novelette

  1. Hell is the Absence of God – Ted Chiang
  2. The Trial of Edgar Allan Poe – Hugh Cook
  3. I, Robot – Cory Doctorow
  4. Counting Tadpoles – Uncle River
  5. Abigail & Chang – Harvey Welles & Philip Raines

short story

  1. Benedice Te – Jay Lake
  2. Faller – Will McIntosh
  3. The Anabe Girls – A. R. Morlan
  4. Shed Skin – Robert J. Sawyer
  5. An End to All Things – Karina Sumner-Smith

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