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All-Time Novel Results, 2012

You can find more details on the results and the procedure here; but feel free to comment here.

20th Century SF Novel:

Rank Author : Title (Year) Points Votes
1 Herbert, Frank : Dune (1965) 3930 256
2 Card, Orson Scott : Ender’s Game (1985) 2235 154
3 Asimov, Isaac : The Foundation Trilogy (1953) 2054 143
4 Simmons, Dan : Hyperion (1989) 1836 131
5 Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) 1750 120
6 Adams, Douglas : The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979) 1631 113
7 Orwell, George : Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) 1493 105
8 Gibson, William : Neuromancer (1984) 1384 100
9 Bester, Alfred : The Stars My Destination (1957) 1311 91
10 Bradbury, Ray : Fahrenheit 451 (1953) 1275 91
11 Heinlein, Robert A. : Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) 1121 75
12 Heinlein, Robert A. : The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966) 1107 76
13 Haldeman, Joe : The Forever War (1974) 1090 82
14 Clarke, Arthur C. : Childhood’s End (1953) 987 70
15 Niven, Larry : Ringworld (1970) 955 74
20th Century Fantasy Novel:
Rank Author : Title (Year) Points Votes
1 Tolkien, J. R. R. : The Lord of the Rings (1955) 5675 340
2 Martin, George R. R. : A Game of Thrones (1996) 2182 149
3 Tolkien, J. R. R. : The Hobbit (1937) 2040 138
4 Le Guin, Ursula K. : A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) 1613 113
5 Zelazny, Roger : Nine Princes in Amber (1970) 971 70
6 Lewis, C. S. : The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) 821 58
7 Mieville, China : Perdido Street Station (2000) 757 54
8 Rowling, J. K. : Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) 657 49
9 Crowley, John : Little, Big (1981) 645 41
10 Adams, Richard : Watership Down (1972) 632 46
11 Goldman, William : The Princess Bride (1973) 604 46
12 Martin, George R. R. : A Storm of Swords (2000) 602 43
13 Beagle, Peter S. : The Last Unicorn (1968) 597 45
14 White, T. H. : The Once and Future King (1958) 589 46
15 Pratchett, Terry (& Gaiman, Neil) : Good Omens (1990) 523 38
21st Century SF Novel:
Rank Author : Title (Year) Points Votes
1 Scalzi, John : Old Man’s War (2005) 674 101
2 Stephenson, Neal : Anathem (2008) 432 63
3 Bacigalupi, Paolo : The Windup Girl (2009) 367 58
4 Wilson, Robert Charles : Spin (2005) 305 49
5 Watts, Peter : Blindsight (2006) 251 37
6 Morgan, Richard : Altered Carbon (2002) 238 37
7 Collins, Suzanne : The Hunger Games (2008) 199 32
8 Gibson, William : Pattern Recognition (2003) 197 30
9 Mieville, China : The City & the City (2009) 193 29
10 Stross, Charles : Accelerando (2005) 187 31
11 Mitchell, David : Cloud Atlas (2004) 185 30
12 McDonald, Ian : River of Gods (2004) 181 29
13 McCarthy, Cormac : The Road (2006) 151 23
14 Harrison, M. John : Light (2002) 147 22
15* Willis, Connie : Black Out/All Clear (2010) 142 20
15* Chabon, Michael : The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (2007) 142 23
21st Century Fantasy Novel:
Rank Author : Title (Year) Points Votes
1 Gaiman, Neil : American Gods (2001) 721 109
2 Clarke, Susanna : Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2004) 609 94
3 Rothfuss, Patrick : The Name of the Wind (2007) 422 64
4 Mieville, China : The Scar (2002) 221 33
5 Martin, George R. R. : A Feast for Crows (2005) 213 34
6 Rowling, J. K. : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007) 211 33
7 Bujold, Lois McMaster : The Curse of Chalion (2001) 177 27
8 Mieville, China : The City & the City (2009) 170 28
9 Fforde, Jasper : The Eyre Affair (2001) 160 27
10* Bujold, Lois McMaster : Paladin of Souls (2003) 150 22
10* Pratchett, Terry : Night Watch (2002) 150 26
12 Gaiman, Neil : Coraline (2002) 144 24
13 Wolfe, Gene : The Wizard Knight (2004) 141 23
14 Pratchett, Terry : Going Postal (2004) 137 23
15* Gaiman, Neil : The Graveyard Book (2008) 136 22
15* Lynch, Scott : The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006) 136 23

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