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Lord of the Rings - JRRT

Dune - Frank Herbert

Hyperion - Dan Simmons

The Long Price Quartet - Daniel Abraham

ASoIaF - GRRM

Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan

The Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb

Lions of Al'Rassan - GG Kay

Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

Prince of Nothing - R. Scott Bakker

The First Law Trilogy - Joe Abercrombie

Use of Weapons - Iain M. Banks

Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe

Black Man (13) - Richard Morgan

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

Night Watch - Terry Pratchett

Perdido Street Station - China Mieville

Liveship Traders Trilogy - Robin Hobb

The Hobbit - JRRT

The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch

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The Lord of the Rings - JRRT

The Silmarillion - JRRT

The Hobbit - JRRT

The Fiction - HP Lovecraft

A Song of Ice and Fire - GRRM

Dracula - Bram Stoker

The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty

Songs of a Dead Dreamer - Thomas Ligotti

Earthsea Trilogy - Ursula K. Le Guin

Ghost and Horror Stories - Ambrose Bierce

Ghost Story - Peter Straub

The Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb

I Am Legend - Richard Matheson

Imago Sequence & Other Stories - Laird Barron

We Are All Legends - Darrell Schweitzer

Perdido Street Station - China Mieville

Fevre Dream - GRRM

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

Pet Sematary - Stephen King

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A Storm of Swords - George RR Martin

Hyperion - Dan Simmons

The Prince of Nothing Trilogy - R Scott Bakker

Black Man/Thirteen - Richard Morgan

Best Served Cold (not sure if this counts as an entry for the First law as well?) - Joe Abercrombie

Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

Ash: A Secret History - Mary Gentle

Iron Council (Bas-Lag) - China Mieville

Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan

Dune - Frank Herbert

1984 - George Orwell

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn - Tad Williams

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

Deadhouse Gates - Steven Erikson

The Warlord Trilogy - Bernard Cornwall

Lions of Al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay

The Kencyrath Chronicles - P.C. Hodgell

Neuromancer - William Gibson

The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan

Discworld - Terry Pratchett

ETA; Doing this has made me realise I don't read as much fantasy or sci-fi as I thought.

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

The Sandman - Neil Gaiman

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

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie

The Dark Tower - Stephen King

The Princess Bride - William Goldman

The Lions of Al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay

Lord of Emperors - Guy Gavriel Kay

The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

The Lies of Locke Lamora - Stephen Lynch

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - Alan Moore

The Prince of Nothing - R. Scott Bakker

Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Dreamsongs - George R.R. Martin

Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

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I've clearly not read enough of the older fantasy works that pop up here, but this is my four + eight + eight cents:

The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

The Wizard Knight - Gene Wolfe

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

The Seperation - Christopher Priest

The Tooth Fairy - Graham Joyce

The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch

The Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie

ASoIAF - GRRM

Deadhouse Gates - Steven Erikson

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - D. Adams

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

Watchmen - Alan Moore

The Gone-Away World - Nick Harkaway

Planetary - Warren Ellis & John Cassaday

Sleeper - Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips

Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep? - Phillip K. Dick

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

Y: The Last Man - Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra

The Affirmation - Christopher Priest

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

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The Liveship Traders trilogy - Robin Hobb

ASOIAF - GRRM

Empire Trilogy - Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn - Tad Williams

Lions of Al-Rassan - G.G. Kay

Elantris - Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn trilogy- Brandon Sanderson

Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch

LOTR - JRR Tolkien

Black Ships - Jo Graham

Bridge of Birds - Barry Hughart

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis

Tailchaser's Song - Tad Williams

Apprentice Adept (1-3 only) - Piers Anthony

WOT - Robert Jordan

Before They are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie

Temeraire - Naomi Novik

Elenium - David Eddings (I know, I know...)

Sarantine Mosaic - G.G Kay

Riftwar trilogy - Raymond Feist

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A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb

Benighted by Kit Whitfield

Firethorn by Sarah Micklem

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

People of the Lakes by Kathleen & Michael Gear

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Wow, that was hard. I'm giving fewer than 20 because I've come back to fantasy as an adult fairly recently, so I haven't read all that many amazing (as opposed to just entertaining) books in the genre yet. Hence, my inclusion of a few excellent YAs and a couple books whose inclusion in the genre is questionable. :) I'm counting on the fact that my ballot is only one among many to sort that out, and am looking forward to reading a lot of the things other people have listed.

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ASoIAF by GRRM

The Long Price by Daniel Abraham

Sandman by Neil Gaiman

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

The Prince of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker

The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce

The Prestige by Christopher Priest

The Separation by Christopher Priest

The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers

Watership Down by Richard Adams

The Orphan's Tales by Catherynne Valente

The Facts of Life by Graham Joyce

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

The Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

The Joe Pitt Casebooks by Charlie Huston

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

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I'll add in my favorites. Don't mock me too much. :P

ASoIaF by G.R.R. Martin

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Dune by Frank Herbert

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

Vellum by Hal Duncan

Prince of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker

Thirteen/Black Man by Richard Morgan

Sandman by Neil Gaiman

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

The Scar by China Mieville

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

Watchmen by Alan Moore

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

The Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell

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I think I understand. Perhaps somewhat similar to my reservations about people who know enough to catch the Del reference, but not quite enough to spell his handle right.

No one cares about bad 90's rappers. :D

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A Game of Thrones - George RR Martin

A Storm of Swords - George RR Martin

The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

A Clash of Kings - George RR Martin

Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie

The Silmarillion - JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

Deadhouse Gates - Steven Erikson

A Feast for Crows - George RR Martin

The Sandman - Neil Gaiman

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn - Tad Williams

Kingdom of Thorn and Bone - Grey Keyes

The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch

Eye of the World - Robert Jordan

Gardens of the Moon - Steven Eriksson

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The Love We Share Without Knowing by Christopher Barzak

Last Call by Tim Powers

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe

The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll

Watchmen by Alan Moore

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge

Territory by Emma Bull

1984 by George Orwell

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

King Rat by China Miéville

Replay by Ken Grimwood

Requiem by Graham Joyce

To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

Edit: Dangit, I keep forgetting books.

Yeah, well... Putting not one, but two manga series in there might seem too much, but I'll stand by my choice, as these are two of the best genre pieces I've ever read. (as graphic novels are ok, I assumed other forms of sequential art would be ok too)

Solid choices though. I prefer fantasy manga to sci-fi, but in terms of science fiction I can't think of any better manga than those two.

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objecting to inclusion of classical epics and the like

i guess i'm like BoG to the extent that the line must drawn somewhere; i didn't include any ancient classics (including religious scripture) simply for the fact that the list would be completely consumed by them otherwise.

the interesting thing about this so far is how folks have bolded items. narcissists, like me, have bolded the top two items on their list, indicating that they believe that the items that most affected them are also top tier texts. more humble persons herein have bolded items within various tiers, in acknowledgement that even though the bolded works are special to the lister in question, the lister is nevertheless not the center of the universe, and therefore those works may still not be top tier.

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Solid choices though. I prefer fantasy manga to sci-fi, but in terms of science fiction I can't think of any better manga than those two.

Thanks ! I always saw Nausicaä as borderline fantasy in fact, because of the setting. As for best SF manga, I think that people could argue about Akira, Gunnm/Battle Angel Alita or Blame! , but I agree with you of course.

I've already seen two or three books / series that could have gone to my list and that I forgot, that's really fustrating. Well, I'll update it if we ever do the GRRM/JRRT-less 2nd round.

the interesting thing about this so far is how folks have bolded items. narcissists, like me, have bolded the top two items on their list, indicating that they believe that the items that most affected them are also top tier texts. more humble persons herein have bolded items within various tiers, in acknowledgement that even though the bolded works are special to the lister in question, the lister is nevertheless not the center of the universe, and therefore those works may still not be top tier.

That's funny, I did that but for the exact opposite reason : the books in the top tier are special to me, while I consider the bolded works as better in a kind of objective way.

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An Edge of the Forest, Agnes Smith

Till We Have Faces, C. S. Lewis

Shardik, Richard Adams

Little, Big, John Crowley

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

Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay

Earth Abides, George R. Stewart

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

A Trio for Lute, R. A. MacAvoy

Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake

Mordant's Need, Stephen R. Donaldson

Dune, Frank Herbert

The Unlikely Ones, Mary Brown

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum

The Mabinogian Tetralogy, Evangeline Walton

The Blue Star, Fletcher Pratt

Hyperion Cantos, Dan Simmons

The Last Unicorn, Peter Beagle

The Once and Future King, T. H. White

The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

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The Lord of the Rings - Tolkien

Dune - Frank Herbert

Gormenghast Trilogy - Mervyn Peake

The Affirmation - Christopher Priest

Watership Down - Richard Adams

The Engineer Trilogy - K J Parker

The Silmarillion - Tolkien

ASOIAF - Martin

The Scar - China Mieville

Air - Geoff Ryman

Things That Never Happen - M J Harrison

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Left Hand of Darkness - Le Guin

Winter's Tale - Mark Helprin

Blindness - Jose Saramago

The Terror - Dan Simmons

Neuromancer - William Gibson

The Baroque Cycle - Neal Stephenson

The Limits of Enchantment - Graham Joyce

Winterlong - Elizabeth Hand

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A Game of Thrones - George RR Martin

A Storm of Swords - George RR Martin

Slynt,

You can combine all the multiple works from the same series into a single entry if you like. This would give you space to include more works in your list.

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