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We - Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Silmarillion - JRR Tolkien

Master and Margarita - Bulgakov

1984 - George Orwell

Rendezvous with Rama - Arthur C Clarke

A Song of Ice and Fire - GRRM

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

Iron Council - Mieville

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick

Brave New World - Huxley

The Night's Dawn Trilogy - Peter F Hamilton

Dune - Herbert

I, Robot - Asimov

Perdido Street Station - Mieville

The Fountains of Paradise - Arthur C Clarke

The Gods Themselves - Arthur C Clarke

Deadhouse Gates - Erikson

The Time Machine - H G Wells

Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said - Philip K Dick

Forever War - Haldeman

Edit: I'm liking the number of votes that Master and Margarita is getting.

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The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

Prince of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker

The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie

The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

1984 by George Orwell

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

It by Stephen King

The Once and Future King by TH White

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy by Tad Williams

Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Call of Cthulhu by HP Lovecraft

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It is quite hard to come up with a list here, particularly deciding what goes in the last group and what misses out - I've changed the last group several times although the higher groups have stayed fairly constant.

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

Use of Weapons by Iain M Banks

The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

A Deepness in the Sky / A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge *

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson **

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

The Night’s Dawn Trilogy by Peter F Hamilton

Watchmen by Alan Moore

The First Law by Joe Abercrombie

The Commonwealth Saga by Peter F Hamilton

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson)

Declare by Tim Powers

River of Gods by Ian McDonald

Servant of the Empire by Raymond E Feist & Janny Wurts

The Sarantine Mosaic by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Dragon Waiting by John M Ford

* - Originally I listed A Deepness In The Sky and A Fire Upon The Deep separately, but I suppose since aDitS was partially a prequel to aFUtD they should maybe be considered the same series? I think someone listed The Culture series as a single nomination, and by comparison with that aDitS and aFUtD are closer to being a single story since they are two parts of the life story of a character whereas the Culture books have no common characters. I'm not sure if there's actually a formal name for the series, if it is a series, although I've heard the name Zones of Thought mentioned in the past.

** - If we were allowed multiple books in the same series I'd probably put Memories of Ice somewhere as well, but the rest of the series wouldn't make it on to the list.

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So far, the top authors are looking like Tolkien, Martin and Wolfe. No great surprise there, although the strength of support for Wolfe was rather larger than I expected.

On an entirely different plane of popularity, we've got Herbert, Kay, Marquez, Saramago, Pratchett, Donaldson, Crowley, Card, Zelazny, Bakker, Erikson, Mieville, Banks, Rushdie, Vance and Burgess. Of those, Herbert is half as popular as Wolfe, and less than 1/3rd the popularity of Tolkien.

I'm thinking that since those three top authors are so immensely popular (together they take up 1/5th of the total points so far), it might make sense, once everything's been finalised and calculated (and assuming that things stay the same), to ask those who voted for them (or at least for Tolkien and Martin, which is almost everybody) to recast those votes for other people. Hopefully, without that huge chunk of votes locked up we'll get more interesting and inclusive results.

To clarify:

1. all the top authors will have the places they attain on this first round of voting.

2. don't stop voting for those authors

3. don't edit your ballots

If I decide to do this, it will be by asking for changes at the end of the process, which means I can just add the appropriate votes, rather than having to edit literally every single ballot by hand.


What do people think about this?

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Several of these will not be novels:

Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciónes

Gabriel García Márquez, OHYS

J.G. Ballard, The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Part Two:

Jeff VanderMeer, City of Saints and Madmen

Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed

M. John Harrison, Viriconium (omnibus)

China Miéville, The Scar

Vladmir Nabokov, Pale Fire

Thomas Ligotti, Teatro Grottesco

Gene Wolfe, The Book of the New Sun (series)

Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast novels

Third Set:

Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist

Robert Holdstock, Mythago Wood

Octavia Butler, Lilith's Brood (omnibus)

Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum

Angela Carter, The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr. Hoffman

Frank Herbert, Dune

Edward Whittemore, Jerusalem Quartet (series)

Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

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lamb: the gospel according to biff, christ's childhood pal, chris moore


the lies of locke lamorra, scott lynch

transmetropolitan, warren ellis and darrick robertson

altered carbon, richard k. morgan

slaughterhouse 5, kurt vonnegut

survivor, chuck palahniuk

the darkness that comes before, r. scott bakker

consider phlebas, iain m. banks

preacher, garth ennis

1984, george orwell

death note, ohba tsugumi and obata takeshi

a dirty job, chris moore

all star superman, grant morrison and frank quietly

the apprentice adept trilogy, piers anthony

the name of the wind, patrick rothfuss

perdido street station, china mieville

crooked little vein, warren ellis

nine princes in amber, roger zelazney

phonogram, kieron gillen and jamie mckelvie

it is obvious that i'm not as well read as most of you. i based this solely on how much i enjoyed these books. kay, someone who is very high on my to do list, is absent. also, i read tolkien at a point in life when brett ellis, chris moore and chuck palahniuk were my required reading. as such, my opinion of his work is definitely skewed...probably time for a re-read.

i notice, as well, that my list is comics heavy, especially in the latter tiers. i'm unashamed of this :P

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My list is deliberately shorter then possible, mostly because I couldn't think of anything I'd read that I could put on the list that wouldn't just feel like filler to take up space. I'm happy enough with the grouping into 3 to let it be for now.:

Prince of Nothing R Scott Bakker

A Song of Ice and Fire George RR Martin

The Book of the New Sun Gene Wolfe

The Long Price Quartet Daniel Abraham

Watchmen Alan Moore

The Scar China Mieville

The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan

The First Law Joe Abercrombie

The Iron Dragon's Daughter Michael Swanwick

The Gunslinger Stephen King

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke

Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

Midnight Tides - Steven Erikson

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A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin

The Long Price Quartet, Daniel Abraham

I am Legend, Richard Matheson

The Prestige, Christopher Priest

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

Watership Down, Richard Adams

The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle

Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay

Hyperion, Dan Simmons

Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

The Orphan’s Tales, Catherynne Valente

A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge

The Monarchies of God, Paul Kearney

Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe

Dune, Frank Herbert

The Faded Sun, CJ Cherryh

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

Watchmen, Alan Moore

Fevre Dream, George R.R. Martin

Damn, it was hard limiting this to just twenty books. There's so many I've enjoyed that it's hard to leave them off. Not to mention where to put the books here in relation to each other. This is my list now though it would probably change if you asked me tomorrow.

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A Song of Ice and Fire - GRRM

The Silmarillion - JRR Tolkien

Prince of Nothing - R. Scott Bakker

The First Law Trilogy - Joe Abercrombie

Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan

Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie

Liveship Traders - Robin Hobb

The Gone-Away World - Nick Harkaway

The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle

The Dark Tower - Steven King

The Ten Thousand - Paul Kearney

The Engineer Trilogy - KJ Parker

Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb

Escape From Hell! - Hal Duncan

Deadhouse Gates - Steven Erikson

Thunderer - Felix Gilman

I need to read so much more.

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First time I've made a list like this, it was a lot hard than I thought.

Only Forward - Michael Marshall Smith

A Song of Ice and Fire - George R.R Martin

Books of New Sun - Gene Wolfe

The Reality Dysfunction - Peter F. Hamilton

Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie

The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester

Use of Weapons - Ian M. Banks

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

Imajica - Clive Barker

The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly

Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny

The Prince of Nothing - R. Scott Bakker

Perdido Street Station - China Mieville

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

Dune - Frank Herbert

Lord of the Rings - J.R.R Tolkien

The Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb

I am Legend - Richard Matheson

Already Dead - Charlie Huston

Spin - Robert Chalies Wilson

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Prince of Nothing - R. Scott Bakker


The Gap - Stephen R Donaldson

Transmetropolitan - Warren Ellis/Darick Robertson

Acts of Caine - Matthew Stover

Market Forces - Richard K Morgan

Iron Council - China Mieville

The Player of Games - Iain M Banks

Doctrine of Labyrinths - Sarah Monette

Crooked Little Vein - Warren Ellis

Starship Troopers - Robert A Heinlein

The Forever War - Joe Haldeman

Hyperion - Dan Simmons

Kushiel's Legacy - Jacqueline Carey

Malazan Book of the Fallen (Deadhouse Gates) - Steven Erikson

The Nightly News - Jonathan Hickman (is this really SF? Fuck it, I'm saying it is)

Sleeper - Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips

Iron Man: Hypervelocity - Adam Warren/Brian Denham (bet no one else lists this :P)

Fallen Angel - Peter David/various

The Black Sun's Daughter - Daniel Abraham MLN Hanover

I really want to put Ennis' Punisher MAX in there, but I don't think it's actually SF, although Born is. Assuming Frank's not just completely batshit. I suspect I'll like the Long Price Quartet more than I do The Black Sun's Daughter but, well, I haven't gotten around to the quartet yet. Also, I was torn between Hypervelocity and Empowered, so I flipped a coin.

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1984 - George Orwell

Solaris - Stanislaw Lem

Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin

The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

The Road - Cormac McCarthy

The Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb

The Dark Tower - Stephen King

Fevre Dream - George R.R. Martin

Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut

Night Watch - Terry Pratchett

A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess

The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R Tolkien

His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman

The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone - Greg Keyes

The Scar - China Mieville

The Liveship Traders Trilogy - Robin Hobb

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Last Call - Tim Powers

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The first We! I was waiting for it.

I stumbled upon it purely by accident in a bargain bin. As a book that had such an influence on 1984, yet is still unique and terrifying in its own right, it's a shame it's not more widely known.

This thread really needs to be unstickied if you want to get more votes.

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OK, here goes nothing ...

Master and Margarita, Michail Bulgakov

Silmarillion, JRR Tolkien

A Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin

The Lions of Al-Rassan, Guy Gavriel Kay

Sword of Shadow, JV Jones

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

The Fencer Trilogy, KJ Parker

The Scar, China Mieville

Fevre Dream, George RR Martin

Earthsea, Ursula K LeGuin

Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson

Prince of Nothing, R Scott Bakker

Lyonesse Trilogy, Jack Vance

First Law Trilogy, Joe Abercrombie

Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner

Chronicles of the Black Company, Glen Cook

Hitch Hiker, Douglas Adams

Iliad, Homer

Brothers Lionheart, Astrid Lindgren

Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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Lord of the Rings - Tolkien

Song of Ice and Fire - Martin

Fionavar Tapestry - GG Kay

Inda- Sherwood Smith

Nine princes in Amber - Zelazny

Lamplighter - D.M. Cornish

Speaker for the dead - Orson Scott Card

The Farseer-books- Robin Hobb

Entire and the Rose - Kay Kenyon

Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan

Cavern of Black Ice - JV Jones

Tschai - Jack Vance

Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - Donaldson

Otherland - Tad Williams

The Demonprinces - Jack Vance

Transformation -Carol Berg

Malazan Book of the Fallen - Erikson

Crown of Stars series - Kate Elliot

Cugels's saga - Jack Vance

Lyonesse -Jack Vance

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