NPR’s 2011 “Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books” Results

NPR: Your Picks: Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

NPR: Your Picks: Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

Back in 2011, National Public Radio published on NPR.org their user generated list of “NPR: Your Picks: Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books.”

Lately, I have been rather taken up with the subject of “best” lists, or “must read” lists. Part of it is returning to school to finish my MFA in fiction, and part of it is an interest in broadening my knowledge of literature in general, and part of it is about embarking on my 2nd 10,000 hours, as Malcolm Gladwell would put it.

I have also been thinking of putting together my own “Must Read Before You Die” list, as I have not yet found a reading list that was entirely satisfactory to me.

Whatever the motivation, I always find it fascinating to see the holes in my understanding of any particular genre. Granted, I tend to read an author in chronological order, sans whatever novel brought me to them in the first place. So I can honestly claim complete check-marks on authors such as Agatha Christie; Albert Camus, Arthur Hailey, Cao Xueqin, Charles Dickens, Douglas Adams, E.B. White, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gabriel García Márquez, George Orwell, Ian Fleming, Irving Wallace, Isaac Asimov, J. R. R. Tolkien (95% anyway), John Grisham, Leo Tolstoy, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Vladimir Nabokov, and William Shakespeare.

By the way, if you feel the need to say “obsessive” at this point, I promise I will only smile back and say, “Yes, just what was you point? Did ya nay see the word “Infinity” at the top of the blog?”

So I will take these 100, even the one I don’t like much, as my foundation 100. If you wonder why I’m leaving in the ones I don’t like, I offer you this: “You can learn a great deal move about yourself as a writer from a book you don’t like, than you can from a book you love.” No doubt, some will argue that, but that’s my rational. I have so often found it to be true.

So, being mindful of Francis Sutton-Grove’s excellent observation upon the character of Gilbert Norrell; “He hardly ever spoke of magic, and when he did it was like a history lesson and no one could bear to listen to him,” I shall get on with it.
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Greek gods of Mythology and Their Scions

I have no idea where this graph image came from. I lifted it off of my Friend-Cousin-Son’s Godfather Eli Levine. Where he found it Heaven only knows, and I haven’t asked. Even so, it more then aptly sums up my novel “The Revelation of Mick and Keith, by Dr. Fukayna.”

Greek Myths and Zeus Pants

“Sometimes it really sucks to have a god for a mother,” Qdot said.

“Yeah?” Mayghin asked. “You ever tried living with a Dragon? She just doesn’t phone up the head mistress to complain. Very hard on bullies my mom was.”

“At least your mother didn’t know your grades as soon as they were written down,” Hat said. “She showed up one time to give me Hell over a spelling test and we hadn’t even passed it forward yet. Talk about jumping the gun a bit.”

“Still,” Qdot said.

“Yeah,” Mayghin agreed.

“Hmm,” Hat hmmed. “I did like what your mom did when that St. Mary’s girl swiped your leg with that hockey stick. I never would have thought a bus could blow that high in the sky.”

“We slaughtered them after that,” Qdot gloated. “101 to 27. Came from dead last in the state to wipe out the national champions. Just goes to show you it does good to have a Dragon on the PTA Steering Committee.”

“Hey, I spent seven weeks in a plaster cast because of that wench,” Mayghin said. “I thought she should have blown it up when they were in it.”

“Remind me never to break your leg,” Hat said.