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Best of 1999:'s editor's picks of science fiction and fantasy books from 1999 are:

  1. Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon (Avon)
  2. Neil Gaiman, Stardust (Avon)
  3. Gene Wolfe, On Blue's Waters (Tor)
  4. William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties (Putnam)
  5. Paul J. McAuley, Ancients of Days (Avon Eos)
  6. Greg Bear, Darwin's Radio (Del Rey)
  7. Elizabeth Haydon, Rhapsody (Tor)
  8. Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents (Seven Stories)
  9. Orson Scott Card, Ender's Shadow (Tor)
  10. Robert Silverberg, ed., Far Horizons (Avon Eos)

The horror selections are numbered but said to be ''in no particular order''.

  1. Ann Arensberg, Incubus
  2. Stewart O'Nan, A Prayer for the Dying
  3. J.G. Passarella, Wither
  4. Graham Joyce, Dark Sister
  5. Stephen King, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
  6. Anne Rice, Vottorio the Vampire
  7. Al Sarrantonio, ed., 999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense
  8. Thomas M. Disch, The Sub: A Study in Witchcraft
  9. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Communion Blood
  10. Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds., The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twelfth Annual Collection
  11. James Herbert, Others

The children's books list includes J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 4th place.

The online merchant invited customers to vote for their favorite book, film, and music of the millennium, in response to Amazon's own Best of the Century lists. The Millennium Poll Winners include the following titles among the top 50 ranked books:

1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
5. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
6. Stephen King, The Stand
8. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
10. George Orwell, 1984
12. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
14. Frank Herbert, Dune
19. Tim F. Lahaye & Jerry B. Jenkins, Left Behind
24. Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
25. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
30. Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire
31. Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
32. Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
34. Stephen King, It
36. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
39. George Orwell, Animal Farm
48. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
Among films, Star Wars is ranked first, 2001: A Space Odyssey is 11th, and The Wizard of Oz is 12th. (Complete Video Top 100)

(Tue 23 Nov 1999)


  • San Francisco Chronicle's Best of 1999, and Best of the West readers poll results

    NOVEMBER page 1

  • World Fantasy Awards winners
  • PW's Best Books of 1999

    OCTOBER page 2

  • Stephen King's forthcoming audiobook
  • Caleb Carr serial in Time magazine

    OCTOBER page 1

  • Writer's Digest 100 Best Writers of the Century
  •'s Best Books of the Century
  • Aurora Awards
  • Spectrum Awards
  • Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire

    SEPTEMBER page 3

  • Marion Zimmer Bradley, 1930 - 1999
  • HarperCollins restructures, cuts jobs
  • British Fantasy Awards
  • David Karp, 1922 - 1999

    SEPTEMBER page 2

  • Other Awards winners: Ditmar, Seiun, Sidewise, Prometheus, Golden Duck, Big Heart

    SEPTEMBER page 1

  • Hugo Awards winners

    AUGUST page 2

  • James White, 1928 - 1999
  • World Fantasy Awards final ballot

    AUGUST page 1

  • Mythopoeic Awards winners

    JULY page 3

  • Alison Spedding imprisoned
  • George ''Lan'' Laskowski dies
  • Stephen King recovering
  • Odyssey folds
  • Alan Dean Foster's motorcycle scrape
  • Ellen Datlow CoA
  • SF University degree

    JULY page 2

  • Campbell, Sturgeon Awards winners

    JULY page 1

  • Locus Awards winners

    JUNE page 3

  • Clifton Fadiman dies
  • Stephen King injured, hospitalized
  • Mythopoeic Awards nominations
  • Avon and Morrow sold

    JUNE page 2

  • Bram Stoker Awards winners
  • Prix Tour Eiffel
  • Robert Sobel dies
  • Spectrum Awards finalists

    JUNE page 1

  • Barnes & Noble acquisition of Ingram cancelled
  • Bradbury and Silverberg to enter Hall of Fame
  • Sturgeon Award finalists

    MAY page 3

  • Random House reorganizes
  • Harlan Ellison wins Audie Awards
  • Tricia Sullivan wins Clarke Award
  • Online price wars
  • Millennial books
  • Kurd Lasswitz Awards
  • Conventions reports (links)

    MAY page 2

  • Italia Awards winners
  • Analog and Asimov's Readers Awards
  • HOMer Awards
  • Sidewise nominations

    MAY page 1

  • Nebula Awards winners

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