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Best of 1999: Barnes & Noble

Among the Best of 1999 lists compiled by Barnes & Noble editors is this one for Science Fiction & Fantasy. The titles are listed in this order but are not numbered.

  • Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
  • Neil Gaiman, Stardust
  • Robert J. Sawyer, Flashforward
  • Michael Crichton, Timeline
  • Orson Scott Card, Ender's Shadow
  • Elizabeth Haydon, Rhapsody
  • Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, Dune: House Atreides
  • Brian Jacques, Marlfox: A Tale from Redwall
  • L.E. Modesitt Jr., Gravity Dreams
  • Guy Gavriel Kay, Sailing to Sarantium
  • George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
  • Vernor Vinge, A Deepness in the Sky
  • Richard Bowes, Minions of the Moon
  • Elizabeth Hand, Black Light
  • Frank M. Robinson, Waiting
  • Terry Goodkind, Soul of the Fire
  • Ken MacLeod, The Cassini Division
  • Brendan DuBois, Resurrection Day
  • Ben Bova, Return to Mars
  • Sean McMullen, Souls in the Great Machine
  • Thomas Harlan, The Shadow of Ararat
Horror editor Douglas Clegg chose the following Horror and Suspense titles.
  • Thomas Harris, Hannibal
  • Boston Teran, God Is a Bullet
  • Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis
  • Stephen King, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
  • Thomas M. Disch, The Sub: A Study in Witchcraft
  • Andrew Klavan, Hunting Down Amanda
  • Peter Straub, Mr. X
  • Bentley Little, The House
  • Elizabeth Engstrom & Alan Clark, The Alchemy of Love
  • Tess Gerritsen, Gravity
  • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Communion Blood
  • Christopher Golden, Strangewood
  • Patrick Redmond, Something Dangerous
  • Jonathan Carroll, The Marriage of Sticks

B&N's fiction and literature list includes Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn. There isn't a children's fiction category, and despite the Millennial lists (see below), J.K. Rowling's book doesn't appear on any of B&N's various Best of 1999 lists.

Barnes & Noble has posted 'Millennium Countdown' lists that identify one 'significant' book and musical work from each year from 1900 through 1999. Quite a few of the books are of SF/F/H genre interest, including this year's.

1999: J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
1984: William Gibson, Neuromancer
1977: Stephen King, The Shining
1976: Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire
1975: E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime
1973: Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
1969: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
1965: Frank Herbert, Dune
1959: William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch
1954: William Golding, Lord of the Flies
1953: Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
1950: C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
1945: George Orwell, Animal Farm
1943: Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
1938: J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
1932: Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
1914: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes
1908: Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
1904: J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

(Thu 2 Dec 1999)


  • Barnes & Noble Best of 1999
  • Best of 1999


  • Event Horizon hiatus
  • Amazon Best Best SF of 1999; Millennial Poll
  • SFC Best San Francisco Chronicle's Best of 1999, and Best of the West readers poll
  • Obits Howard Browne, Walt Willis
  • People Ray Bradbury, Greg Bear, King & Straub, Scott Edelman
  • WFAs World Fantasy Awards winners; PW's Best Books of 1999

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