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.)
Long before Men In Black — before Space Balls — The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first a series of radio programs, and later books, set the standard in the relatively small genre of SciFi comedy.
Here's the premise: A Vogon Constructor fleet demolishes the Earth to make way for an intersteller bypass. The only survivors of this cataclysm are Arthur Dent (in the film played by Martin Freeman), a nebbish Brit, and his friend Ford Prefect (played by Mos Def), an alien in disguise stranded on the planet for several years. Together they team up with the ultra-flaky President of the Universe, his human girlfriend, and a depressed android, to embark on a series of comic adventures in search of the meaning of life, the universe and everything.
The executive producer of the movie and with the editor of the series' late author, Douglas Adams, talk about the new film, the legacy of the series and, of course, the answer to everything.
Robby Stamp, executive producer, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Peter Guzzardi, American editor of Douglas Adams, the late author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy