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All the cool kids are doing it!

 So, since both Tam and Jay did this, I figure it's perfectly acceptable to jump on the Cool Kids bandwagon, and see how my sci-fi cred measures up.  The list is courtesy of NPR, and the ones in Bold are the ones I have read. 

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien (meh)
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (1st three rock, could have done without the next two).
3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (rocked)
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell (must read)
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury(see 1984)
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov (classic hard sci-fi)
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (regret not reading it)
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman (ashamed to admit this)
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell (very neat story)
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore (the movie isn't THAT bad)
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov (better, and shorter than The Foundation Trilogy)
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein (uhm...it's Heinlein)
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley (not a bad book)
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick (different(and not as exciting) as Blade Runner)
22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (on my list)
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King (Doesn't seem fair to put this on the list as a series, but the kept they are consistent with that policy.)
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King (kick ass...ties with Lucifer's Hammer for best TEOTWAWKI)
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury (semi-strange)
28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein (READ IT!!!!!!)
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams (read it after the movie made me sad)
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein (THE Heinlein book to introduce people to Heinlein)
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells (ashamed on both 35 and 36)
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne (a classic)
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks (what a horrible dry spell there...Ringworld is the only one on my want to get to list)
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle (great book...up with The Foundation as a Hard Sci-Fi story)
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (DEPRESSING...stay away unless you have a clown to cheer you up)
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson (the movies are not bad...the book is better)
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore (neat stories, but on this list?)
74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire (want to)
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan (my wife did...she says it shouldn't be on this list)
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle (BEST TEOTWAWKI novel)
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony (Incarnations of Immortality is better)
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis  

Wow...only 28...that's a serious hit on my geek cred.  I had a hard time moving past the classics(Jules Verne, Bradbury, Matheson, Asimov and Heinlein) and have not read a lot of stuff from the 80's and 90's.

I really think the list could use some work.  In my opinion, I have read like 50 of the Top 100 Sci-Fi books...they just didn't put the other 22 of them on their list....I mean, there are only 3 Heinlein books on there...

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