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20th and 21st All-Centuries Polls Results

5 January 2013: Final Corrected Tallies

Posted results for novels have been updated to combine votes across centuries -- titles voted for SF or fantasy novel in both 20th and 21st century categories. Votes have been combined in SF categories, and in fantasy categories, and then assigned for ranking to the century where each title got the most initial votes (analogous to the procedure used to compile short fiction votes). There are now 2480 unique novel category/title combinations, reduced from the earlier total of 2569.

Most adjustments made no difference to the top rankings, except in 21st century fantasy novel, where the adjustments made a difference as high as 5th place, since Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows got some votes in the 20th century fantasy novel category. In other categories, there are no changes higher than 49th place in 20th century SF novel, 83rd place in 20th century fantasy novel, and 30th place in 21st century fantasy novel.

Again, I have left votes for books voted in SF vs fantasy categories alone, nor have I adjusted for series votes vs votes for individual novels.

On this home page, I have extended the listings of 20th century novel rankings to 75.

Finally, a correction to the editing of short fiction titles resulted in a novelette by Cory Doctorow moving from 27th to 22nd place, with other ranks adjusted accordingly.

--Mark R. Kelly


29 December 2012:

In November 2012 Locus Online hosted a set of polls for the best science fiction and fantasy novels and short fiction of the 20th and 21st (so far) centuries, with five categories in each century: SF novel, fantasy novel, novella, novelette, and short story. For 20th century categories, up to 10 votes in each category were allowed; for 21st century categories, 5 items in each were allowed. Results depend on rank of votes within each category, using algorithms that reward a 1st place vote twice as many points as a 5th or 10th place vote, but not 5 times or 10 times as many.

A total of 625 valid ballots were received, three-quarters of them in the last four days of November. Results for novels were posted on 21 December, below.

Here are results of Locus Online's 20th and 21st centuries polls in short fiction categories -- novella, novelette, and short story. Complete results are posted on the following pages; the first of these includes details about how the votes were compiled.

--Mark R. Kelly

20th Century Novella:
RankAuthor : Title (Year)PointsVotes
1Chiang, Ted : Story of Your Life (1998)97863
2Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Word for World Is Forest (1972)66645
3Tiptree, James, Jr. : Houston, Houston, Do You Read? (1976)59239
4Campbell, John W. : Who Goes There? (1938)56839
5Varley, John : The Persistence of Vision (1978)56139
6Wolfe, Gene : The Fifth Head of Cerberus (1972)51034
7Leiber, Fritz : Ill Met in Lankhmar (1970)50936
8Heinlein, Robert A. : The Man Who Sold the Moon (1950)50834
9Kress, Nancy : Beggars in Spain (1991)45633
10Moore, C. L. (& Henry Kuttner) : Vintage Season (1946)42429
11Bujold, Lois McMaster : The Mountains of Mourning (1989)41629
12Martin, George R. R. : A Song for Lya (1974)40127
13Lovecraft, H. P. : The Shadow Over Innsmouth (1942)37225
14Heinlein, Robert A. : By His Bootstraps32522
15Simak, Clifford D. : The Big Front Yard (1958)32323
16Sturgeon, Theodore : Baby Is Three (1952)32222
17*Moorcock, Michael : Behold the Man (1966)32123
17*Varley, John : PRESS ENTER[] (1984)32123
19Willis, Connie : The Last of the Winnebagos (1988)30922
20Vinge, Vernor : True Names (1981)30722
21Vance, Jack : The Last Castle (1966)28721
22*Crowley, John : Great Work of Time (1989)28319
22*Zelazny, Roger : 24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai (1985)28318
24*Vance, Jack : The Dragon Masters (1962)28221
24*Vance, Jack : The Moon Moth (1961)28219
26Heinlein, Robert A. : The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag (1942)28118
27Longyear, Barry B. : Enemy Mine (1979)25620
28Asimov, Isaac : The Martian Way (1952)25318
29Farmer, Philip Jose : Riders of the Purple Wage (1967)24819
30Zelazny, Roger : He Who Shapes (1965)23117
31Chiang, Ted : Seventy-two Letters (2000)22516
32Shepard, Lucius : R&R (1986)22416
33Wolfe, Gene : The Death of Doctor Island (1973)22217
34Delany, Samuel R. : The Star Pit (1967)20114
35McCaffrey, Anne : Dragonrider (1967)20014
36Resnick, Mike : Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge (1994)19515
37Heinlein, Robert A. : Universe (1941)18813
38McCaffrey, Anne : Weyr Search (1967)18613
39Silverberg, Robert : Nightwings (1968)17713
40Anderson, Poul : The Queen of Air and Darkness (1971)17613
41Lovecraft, H. P. : The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward17012
42*Howard, Robert E. : Red Nails (1936)16512
42*Silverberg, Robert : Sailing to Byzantium (1985)16512
44Brin, David : The Postman (1982)16212
45Bear, Greg : Hardfought (1983)16011
46Russell, Eric Frank : ...And Then There Were None15711
47Zelazny, Roger : Home Is the Hangman (1975)15510
48*Haldeman, Joe : The Hemingway Hoax (1990)15212
48*Wolfe, Gene : Seven American Nights (1978)15210
50Lovecraft, H. P. : The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath (1943)14610
20th Century Novelette:
RankAuthor : Title (Year)PointsVotes
1Keyes, Daniel : Flowers for Algernon (1959)1646108
2Asimov, Isaac : Nightfall (1941)101264
3Zelazny, Roger : A Rose for Ecclesiastes (1963)75449
4Asimov, Isaac : The Bicentennial Man (1976)66044
5Martin, George R. R. : Sandkings (1979)60142
6Bester, Alfred : Fondly Fahrenheit (1954)55437
7Ellison, Harlan : A Boy and His Dog (1969)51636
8Bear, Greg : Blood Music (1983)48034
9Butler, Octavia E. : Bloodchild (1984)45830
10Godwin, Tom : The Cold Equations (1954)45031
11Tiptree, James, Jr. : The Women Men Don't See (1973)42629
12Tiptree, James, Jr. : The Girl Who Was Plugged In41629
13Card, Orson Scott : Ender's Game (1977)40028
14Chiang, Ted : Tower of Babylon (1990)37826
15Weinbaum, Stanley G. : A Martian Odyssey (1934)35725
16Delany, Samuel R. : Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones (1968)35523
17Dick, Philip K. : We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (1966)35224
18Gibson, William : Burning Chrome (1982)34724
19Lovecraft, H. P. : The Call of Cthulhu (1928)31923
20Brown, Fredric : Arena (1944)30223
21Blish, James : Surface Tension (1952)29822
22Willis, Connie : Fire Watch (1982)29721
23Ellison, Harlan : The Deathbird29019
24Miller, Walter M., Jr. : A Canticle for Leibowitz (1955)27218
25Zelazny, Roger : The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth (1965)27119
26*Smith, Cordwainer : The Ballad of Lost C'Mell (1962)27020
26*Niven, Larry : Inconstant Moon (1971)27019
28Kuttner, Henry [Lewis Padgett] : Mimsy Were the Borogoves (1943)24619
29Niven, Larry : Neutron Star (1966)23718
30Kelly, James Patrick : Think Like a Dinosaur (1995)22717
31Zelazny, Roger : For a Breath I Tarry (1966)22615
32Sturgeon, Theodore : Microcosmic God22317
33McCaffrey, Anne : The Ship Who Sang (1961)22017
34Asimov, Isaac : Foundation (1942)21715
35*Dick, Philip K. : Second Variety (1953)21416
35*Smith, Cordwainer : Scanners Live in Vain (1950)21415
37Shepard, Lucius : The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule (1984)21016
38Heinlein, Robert A. : --And He Built a Crooked House (1941)19514
39Leinster, Murray : First Contact (1945)19114
40Kornbluth, C. M. : The Little Black Bag18914
41*Aldiss, Brian W. : Hothouse (1961)18614
41*Heinlein, Robert A. : The Roads Must Roll (1940)18613
43Kornbluth, C. M. : The Marching Morons17812
44Sterling, Bruce : Swarm (1982)17513
45Lovecraft, H. P. : The Dunwich Horror (1929)17112
46Asimov, Isaac : The Ugly Little Boy (1958)17012
47Zelazny, Roger : The Keys to December (1966)15611
48Leiber, Fritz : Gonna Roll the Bones (1967)15511
49Chiang, Ted : Understand (1991)15010
50*Waldrop, Howard : The Ugly Chickens14711
50*Le Guin, Ursula K. : Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come out Tonight14710
20th Century Short Story:
RankAuthor : Title (Year)PointsVotes
1Clarke, Arthur C. : The Nine Billion Names of God (1953)93262
2Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (1973)79752
3Ellison, Harlan : 'Repent, Harlequin!' said the Ticktockman (1965)76752
4Ellison, Harlan : I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (1967)71749
5Clarke, Arthur C. : The Star (1955)60740
6Bradbury, Ray : A Sound of Thunder (1952)50434
7Heinlein, Robert A. : All You Zombies-- (1959)44232
8Gibson, William : Johnny Mnemonic (1981)42830
9Tiptree, James, Jr. : The Screwfly Solution (1977)42530
10Jackson, Shirley : The Lottery (1948)42128
11Bradbury, Ray : There Will Come Soft Rains (1950)40729
12Asimov, Isaac : The Last Question (1956)38125
13Shaw, Bob : Light of Other Days (1966)37126
14Vonnegut, Kurt : Harrison Bergeron (1961)36427
15Heinlein, Robert A. : The Green Hills of Earth (1947)36226
16Smith, Cordwainer : The Game of Rat and Dragon (1955)29022
17Pohl, Frederik : Day Million (1966)28921
18Ellison, Harlan : Jeffty Is Five (1977)27519
19Clarke, Arthur C. : The Sentinel (1951)27319
20Russ, Joanna : When It Changed25918
21Tiptree, James, Jr. : Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death (1973)24817
22Delany, Samuel R. : Aye, and Gomorrah24319
23Bixby, Jerome : It's a Good Life (1953)23216
24Bradbury, Ray : The Veldt (1950)23017
25Varley, John : Air Raid (1977)20616
26Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Day Before the Revolution (1974)20014
27Bisson, Terry : Bears Discover Fire (1990)19614
28Butler, Octavia E. : Speech Sounds18113
29Asimov, Isaac : Robbie (1940)17712
30*Bradbury, Ray : The Million Year Picnic (1946)16713
30*Willis, Connie : Even the Queen (1992)16713
30*Sturgeon, Theodore : The Man Who Lost the Sea (1959)16710
33Leiber, Fritz : A Pail of Air (1951)15311
34Sturgeon, Theodore : Saucer of Loneliness (1953)15110
35*Davidson, Avram : Or All the Seas with Oysters (1958)14410
35*Russell, Eric Frank : Allamagoosa (1955)14410
37Card, Orson Scott : Unaccompanied Sonata (1979)14310
38Martin, George R. R. : With Morning Comes Mistfall (1973)14010
39Gaiman, Neil : A Midsummer Night's Dream (1990)13210
40Bester, Alfred : The Men Who Murdered Mohammed (1958)13110
41Asimov, Isaac : Liar! (1941)1308
42Egan, Greg : Learning to Be Me (1990)1259
43Gaiman, Neil : Troll Bridge (1993)1238
44Wolfe, Gene : The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories1218
45*Leiber, Fritz : Coming Attraction1209
45*Silverberg, Robert : Passengers1209
47Ballard, J. G. : The Terminal Beach1158
48Bradbury, Ray : All Summer in a Day (1954)1148
49Knight, Damon : The Country of the Kind (1956)1129
50Sturgeon, Theodore : Thunder and Roses (1947)1098
21st Century Novella:
RankAuthor : Title (Year)PointsVotes
1Link, Kelly : Magic for Beginners (2005)20531
2Stross, Charles : Palimpsest (2009)10818
3MacLeod, Ian R. : New Light on the Drake Equation (2001)10615
4Chiang, Ted : Liking What You See: A Documentary (2002)10517
5Vinge, Vernor : Fast Times at Fairmont High9514
6Reynolds, Alastair : Diamond Dogs (2001)8715
7Willis, Connie : Inside Job7713
8Stross, Charles : The Concrete Jungle (2004)7412
9Baker, Kage : The Empress of Mars (2003)7211
10Scalzi, John : The God Engines (2009)719
11*Gaiman, Neil : Coraline6910
11*Vinge, Vernor : The Cookie Monster (2003)699
13Swirsky, Rachel : The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window6511
14Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Finder (2001)619
15McDonald, Ian : The Little Goddess (2005)609
16Stross, Charles : Missile Gap (2006)5810
17Chiang, Ted : The Lifecycle of Software Objects568
18Kelly, James Patrick : Burn (2005)558
19*Kress, Nancy : The Erdmann Nexus (2008)5310
19*Chwedyk, Richard : Bronte's Egg (2002)538
21st Century Novelette:
RankAuthor : Title (Year)PointsVotes
1Chiang, Ted : Hell Is the Absence of God (2001)29343
2Chiang, Ted : The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate (2007)23235
3Gaiman, Neil : A Study in Emerald (2003)22432
4Bacigalupi, Paolo : The Calorie Man (2005)12420
5*Link, Kelly : The Faery Handbag (2004)11018
5*Bacigalupi, Paolo : The People of Sand and Slag (2004)11016
7Ford, Jeffrey : The Empire of Ice Cream (2003)10417
8Stross, Charles : Lobsters (2001)10216
9*Mieville, China : Reports of Certain Events in London (2004)8715
9*Watts, Peter : The Island8713
11Reynolds, Alastair : Beyond the Aquila Rift (2005)7813
12Doctorow, Cory : When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth (2006)7213
13*Bacigalupi, Paolo : Yellow Card Man (2006)6711
13*Bacigalupi, Paolo : The Fluted Girl (2003)6710
15Gregory, Daryl : Second Person, Present Tense (2005)6611
16*Bacigalupi, Paolo : Pump Six (2008)6510
16*Egan, Greg : Dark Integers6510
18Beagle, Peter S. : Two Hearts (2005)619
19Gardner, James Alan : The Ray-Gun: A Love Story559
20Swirsky, Rachel : Eros, Philia, Agape498
21st Century Short Story:
RankAuthor : Title (Year)PointsVotes
1Chiang, Ted : Exhalation (2008)30647
2Lanagan, Margo : Singing My Sister Down (2004)14722
3Gaiman, Neil : How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2006)12118
4Watts, Peter : The Things (2010)9314
5*Swanwick, Michael : The Dog Said Bow-Wow (2001)8914
5*Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Bones of the Earth (2001)8913
7Johnson, Kij : 26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss7811
8Abraham, Daniel : The Cambist and Lord Iron (2007)7712
9*Johnson, Kij : Spar (2009)6912
9*Reynolds, Alastair : Zima Blue (2005)6911
11Liu, Ken : The Paper Menagerie (2011)649
12Gaiman, Neil : October in the Chair (2002)599
13Resnick, Mike : Travels with My Cats (2004)546
14Ford, Jeffrey : Creation (2002)538
15Bear, Elizabeth : Tideline (2007)529
16Stross, Charles : Rogue Farm (2003)457
17McIntosh, Will : Bridesicle416
18Ellison, Harlan : How Interesting: A Tiny Man (2010)406
19Johnson, Kij : Ponies (2010)396
20*Fowler, Karen Joy : The Pelican Bar386
20*Fowler, Karen Joy : What I Didn't See (2002)385

Update 26 December 2012:

Corrections made, which moves Gaiman & Pratchett's Good Omens into 8th place for 20th century fantasy novel, and Joe Abercrombie's The Blade Itself into 13th place for 21st century fantasy novel.

Update 24 December 2012:

A few corrections to the posted results are forthcoming, especially the combining of votes for Good Omens, tallied both as by Pratchett/Gaiman and by Gaiman/Pratchett, which will raise its rank considerably. One or two other fixes will also affect the rankings displayed below. These updates will be posted later this week...

21 December 2012:

In November 2012 Locus Online hosted a set of polls for the best novels and short fiction of the 20th and 21st centuries, with five categories in each century: SF novel, fantasy novel, novella, novelette, and short story. For 20th century categories, up to 10 votes in each category were allowed; for 21st century categories, 5 items in each were allowed. Results depend on rank of votes within each category, using algorithms that reward a 1st place vote twice as many points as a 5th or 10th place vote, but not 5 times or 10 times as many.

A total of 625 valid ballots were received, three-quarters of them in the last four days of November.

Since all votes were write-in, the task of compiling results was more arduous than it is for the annual Locus Polls. As of today only results in the novel categories have been completed, and are as follows. An * indicates a tie.

20th Century SF Novel:
RankAuthor : Title (Year)PointsVotes
1Herbert, Frank : Dune (1965)3930256
2Card, Orson Scott : Ender's Game (1985)2235154
3Asimov, Isaac : The Foundation Trilogy (1953)2054143
4Simmons, Dan : Hyperion (1989)1843132
5Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)1750120
6Adams, Douglas : The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)1639114
7Orwell, George : Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)1493105
8Gibson, William : Neuromancer (1984)1384100
9Bester, Alfred : The Stars My Destination (1957)131191
10Bradbury, Ray : Fahrenheit 451 (1953)127591
11Heinlein, Robert A. : Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)112175
12Heinlein, Robert A. : The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966)110776
13Haldeman, Joe : The Forever War (1974)109583
14Clarke, Arthur C. : Childhood's End (1953)98770
15Niven, Larry : Ringworld (1970)95574
16Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Dispossessed (1974)90762
17Bradbury, Ray : The Martian Chronicles (1950)90263
18Stephenson, Neal : Snow Crash (1992)77960
19Miller, Walter M. , Jr. : A Canticle for Leibowitz (1959)77656
20Pohl, Frederik : Gateway (1977)75958
21Heinlein, Robert A. : Starship Troopers (1959)74453
22Dick, Philip K. : The Man in the High Castle (1962)72854
23Zelazny, Roger : Lord of Light (1967)72750
24Wolfe, Gene : The Book of the New Sun (1983)70343
25Lem, Stanislaw : Solaris (1970)63847
26Dick, Philip K. : Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)63247
27Vinge, Vernor : A Fire Upon The Deep (1992)62048
28Clarke, Arthur C. : Rendezvous with Rama (1973)58844
29Huxley, Aldous : Brave New World (1932)58142
30Clarke, Arthur C. : 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)56939
31Vonnegut, Kurt : Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)54339
32Strugatsky, Arkady & Boris : Roadside Picnic (1972)51836
33Card, Orson Scott : Speaker for the Dead (1986)44831
34Brunner, John : Stand on Zanzibar (1968)44333
35Robinson, Kim Stanley : Red Mars (1992)44135
36Niven, Larry (& Pournelle, Jerry) : The Mote in God's Eye (1974)43732
37Willis, Connie : Doomsday Book (1992)43333
38Atwood, Margaret : The Handmaid's Tale (1985)42232
39Sturgeon, Theodore : More Than Human (1953)40829
40Simak, Clifford D. : City (1952)40128
41Brin, David : Startide Rising (1983)39329
42Asimov, Isaac : Foundation (1950)36024
43Farmer, Philip Jose : To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971)35625
44Dick, Philip K. : Ubik (1969)35525
45Vonnegut, Kurt : Cat's Cradle (1963)31824
46Vinge, Vernor : A Deepness in the Sky (1999)31522
47Simak, Clifford D. : Way Station (1963)30824
48Wyndham, John : The Day of the Triffids (1951)30224
49Stephenson, Neal : Cryptonomicon (1999)30024
50*Delany, Samuel R. : Dhalgren (1975)29719
50*Keyes, Daniel : Flowers for Algernon (1966)29723
52Bester, Alfred : The Demolished Man (1953)29121
53Stephenson, Neal : The Diamond Age (1995)27521
54Russell, Mary Doria : The Sparrow (1996)26220
55Dick, Philip K. : A Scanner Darkly (1977)26018
56*Asimov, Isaac : The Caves of Steel (1954)25920
56*Banks, Iain M. : Use of Weapons (1990)25919
58Strugatsky, Arkady & Boris : Hard to Be a God (1964)25817
59Delany, Samuel R. : Nova (1968)25219
60Crichton, Michael : Jurassic Park (1990)24519
61Heinlein, Robert A. : The Door Into Summer (1957)23817
62L'Engle, Madeleine : A Wrinkle in Time (1962)21518
63*Clarke, Arthur C. : The City and the Stars (1956)21015
63*Banks, Iain M. : The Player of Games (1988)21015
65Bujold, Lois McMaster : Memory (1996)20715
66Asimov, Isaac : The End of Eternity (1955)20515
67Stewart, George R. : Earth Abides (1949)20414
68*Heinlein, Robert A. : Double Star (1956)20314
68*Burgess, Anthony : A Clockwork Orange (1962)20316
70Bujold, Lois McMaster : Barrayar (1991)20214
71*Stapledon, Olaf : Last and First Men (1930)19314
71*McHugh, Maureen F. : China Mountain Zhang (1992)19316
73Cherryh, C. J. : Cyteen (1988)19214
74McCaffrey, Anne : Dragonflight (1968)19115
75Heinlein, Robert A. : Citizen of the Galaxy (1957)18814
20th Century Fantasy Novel:
RankAuthor : Title (Year)PointsVotes
1Tolkien, J. R. R. : The Lord of the Rings (1955)5675340
2Martin, George R. R. : A Game of Thrones (1996)2200152
3Tolkien, J. R. R. : The Hobbit (1937)2040138
4Le Guin, Ursula K. : A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)1613113
5Zelazny, Roger : Nine Princes in Amber (1970)97170
6Mieville, China : Perdido Street Station (2000)82764
7Lewis, C. S. : The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)82158
8Gaiman/Pratchett : Good Omens (1990)70151
9Rowling, J. K. : Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)66550
10Crowley, John : Little, Big (1981)64541
11Adams, Richard : Watership Down (1972)63246
12Martin, George R. R. : A Storm of Swords (2000)62647
13Goldman, William : The Princess Bride (1973)61047
14Beagle, Peter S. : The Last Unicorn (1968)59745
15White, T. H. : The Once and Future King (1958)58946
16Kay, Guy Gavriel : Tigana (1990)52238
17Gaiman, Neil : Neverwhere (1996)50938
18Wolfe, Gene : The Book of the New Sun (1983)49435
19Vance, Jack : The Dying Earth (1950)45731
20Bulgakov, Mikhail : The Master and Margarita (1967)44229
21Rowling, J. K. : Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)44033
22Tolkien, J. R. R. : The Silmarillion (1977)43332
23Leiber, Fritz : The Swords of Lankhmar (1968)42530
24Jordan, Robert : The Eye of the World (1990)42329
25Rowling, J. K. : Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)41834
26Donaldson, Stephen R. : Lord Foul's Bane (1977)41632
27Bradbury, Ray : Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962)41130
28Peake, Mervyn : Gormenghast (1950)41029
29Powers, Tim : The Anubis Gates (1983)40329
30Martin, George R. R. : A Clash of Kings (1998)38126
31Bradley, Marion Zimmer : The Mists of Avalon (1983)36828
32Hobb, Robin : Assassin's Apprentice (1995)36727
33Pratchett, Terry : The Colour of Magic (1983)36328
34Holdstock, Robert : Mythago Wood (1984)32625
35King, Stephen : The Stand (1978)31622
36*L'Engle, Madeleine : A Wrinkle in Time (1962)31023
36*Pratchett, Terry : Small Gods (1992)31023
38Howard, Robert E. : Conan the Barbarian (1950)29721
39Ende, Michael : The Neverending Story (1983)29123
40Peake, Mervyn : Titus Groan (1946)28720
41McCaffrey, Anne : Dragonflight (1968)28122
42Feist, Raymond E. : Magician (1982)28022
43Orwell : George : Animal Farm (1945)27920
44Silverberg, Robert : Lord Valentine's Castle (1980)26120
45Lovecraft, H. P. : At the Mountains of Madness (1936)24920
46Swanwick, Michael : The Iron Dragon's Daughter (1993)24718
47King, Stephen : The Shining (1977)23818
48Garcia Marquez, Gabriel : One Hundred Years of Solitude (1970)22316
49Saint-Exupery, Antoine de : The Little Prince (1943)21716
50Hughart, Barry : Bridge of Birds (1984)21316
51*Rice, Anne : Interview with the Vampire (1976)21118
51*King, Stephen : It (1986)21116
53Stewart, Mary : The Crystal Cave (1970)20814
54Mirrlees, Hope : Lud-In-The-Mist (1926)20615
55Anthony, Piers : A Spell for Chameleon (1977)19716
56Pullman, Philip : The Amber Spyglass (2000)19415
57McKillip, Patricia A. : The Riddle-Master of Hed (1976)19314
58Jackson, Shirley : The Haunting of Hill House (1959)19014
59Brooks, Terry : The Sword of Shannara (1977)18414
60Heinlein, Robert A. : Glory Road (1963)18213
61Eddison, E. R. : The Worm Ouroboros (1922)18112
62Le Guin, Ursula K. : Tehanu (1990)17512
63Eddings, David : Pawn of Prophecy (1982)17414
64Grimwood, Ken : Replay (1987)16911
65Zelazny, Roger : Lord of Light (1967)16811
66Grahame, Kenneth : The Wind in the Willows (1908)16612
67Anderson, Poul : The Broken Sword (1954)16311
68Kay, Guy Gavriel : The Lions of Al-Rassan (1995)16111
69Barker, Clive : Imagica (1991)15810
70Jones, Dianna Wynne : Howl's Moving Castle (1986)14911
71*Donaldson, Stephen R. : The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant1469
71*Burroughs, Edgar Rice : A Princess of Mars (1917)14610
73*Leiber, Fritz : Our Lady of Darkness (1977)14510
73*Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Earthsea Trilogy14510
75Priest, Christopher : The Prestige (1995)14311
21st Century SF Novel:
RankAuthor : Title (Year)PointsVotes
1Scalzi, John : Old Man's War (2005)734105
2Stephenson, Neal : Anathem (2008)43263
3Bacigalupi, Paolo : The Windup Girl (2009)36758
4Wilson, Robert Charles : Spin (2005)30549
5Morgan, Richard : Altered Carbon (2002)25638
6Watts, Peter : Blindsight (2006)25137
7Collins, Suzanne : The Hunger Games (2008)21033
8Gibson, William : Pattern Recognition (2003)19730
9Mieville, China : The City & the City (2009)19329
10Stross, Charles : Accelerando (2005)18731
11Mitchell, David : Cloud Atlas (2004)18530
12McDonald, Ian : River of Gods (2004)18129
13Simmons, Dan : Ilium (2003)15524
14McCarthy, Cormac : The Road (2006)15123
15Harrison, M. John : Light (2002)14722
16*Willis, Connie : Black Out/All Clear (2010)14220
16*Chabon, Michael : The Yiddish Policemen's Union (2007)14223
18Niffenegger, Audrey : The Time Traveler's Wife (2003)13723
19*Ishiguro, Kazuo : Never Let Me Go (2005)12520
19*Doctorow, Cory : Little Brother (200812522
21McDonald, Ian : The Dervish House (2010)12121
22Vinge, Vernor : Rainbows End (2006)12021
23Stephenson, Neal : The Baroque Cycle: The Confusion; The System of the World (2004)11919
24Robinson, Kim Stanley : The Years of Rice and Salt (2002)11517
25Mieville, China : Embassytown (2011)9714
21st Century Fantasy Novel:
RankAuthor : Title (Year)PointsVotes
1Gaiman, Neil : American Gods (2001)807116
2Clarke, Susanna : Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2004)61995
3Rothfuss, Patrick : The Name of the Wind (2007)42264
4Mieville, China : The Scar (2002)23834
5Rowling, J. K. : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)22334
6Martin, George R. R. : A Feast for Crows (2005)21334
7Bujold, Lois McMaster : The Curse of Chalion (2001)19228
8Mieville, China : The City & the City (2009)17028
9Fforde, Jasper : The Eyre Affair (2001)16027
10Gaiman, Neil : Coraline (2002)15625
11Wolfe, Gene : The Wizard Knight (2004)15324
12*Bujold, Lois McMaster : Paladin of Souls (2003)15022
12*Pratchett, Terry : Going Postal (2004)15024
12*Pratchett, Terry : Night Watch (2002)15026
15Lynch, Scott : The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006)14624
16Abercrombie, Joe : The Blade Itself (2006)14124
17Gaiman, Neil : The Graveyard Book (2008)13622
18Jemisin, N. K. : The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (2010)12421
19Le Guin, Ursula K. : Lavinia (2008)12318
20Sanderson, Brandon : Mistborn (2006)12218
21Rowling, J. K. : Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)11718
22Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Other Wind (2001)10416
23Gaiman, Neil : Anansi Boys (2005)9216
24*Novik, Naomi : His Majesty's Dragon (2006)8916
24*Kay, Guy Gavriel : Under Heaven (2010)8914

As promised in Roundtable blog comments about the poll, complete results, by category/rank and alphabetically by author, are also available. The first link includes details of the compilation process.

Short fiction results will be available as soon as possible.



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