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Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

Aug 11, 2011

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More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. The winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey are an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles. Over on NPR's pop culture blog, Monkey See, you can find one fan's thoughts on how the list shaped up, get our experts' take, and have the chance to share your own.

A quick word about what's here, and what's not: Our panel of experts reviewed hundreds of the most popular nominations and tossed out those that didn't fit the survey's criteria (after — we assure you — much passionate, thoughtful, gleefully nerdy discussion). You'll notice there are no young adult or horror books on this list, but sit tight, dear reader, we're saving those genres for summers yet to come.

So, at last, here are your favorite science-fiction and fantasy novels. (And a printable version, to take with you to the bookstore.)

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'Lost' Literature: Not Just For Desert Islands

by Jen Chaney
Jan 13, 2009 (All Things Considered)

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I am a Lost addict.

I think constantly about the ABC drama: when I'm in the shower, walking my dog, even when I'm watching other TV shows.

I also frequently visit my local library to dig up copies of the books that have appeared on the show. Hold up, you say. There's literature on Lost?

Oh, yes, there is. Lost may center around a mystical island, but it's also about larger themes like religious faith and the importance of community — the stuff of memorable novels. Happily, the show's writers weave in so many literary references that each installment also opens up a world of transcendent reading. Here are three books I re-fell in love with courtesy of Lost.

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'Watership Down'

Watership Down, by Richard Adams, paperback, 496 pages

'Slaughterhouse-Five'

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, paperback, 288 pages

'The Turn Of The Screw'

The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, paperback, 386 pages

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