Mars – the Red Planet, time travel, faster-than-light travel, gargantuan space battles, magic swords, spells.
These are only a few of the many, many science fiction and fantasy tropes familiar to science fiction and fantasy literature readers.
However, many, many readers make the mistake of confusing science fiction and fantasy movies with literature. Certainly, there have been many wonderful science fiction and fantasy movies. It’s often very hard task to film the classic works of both genres. Classics that are the literature of the mind vs. epic, special effects-laden blockbuster movies.
NPR asked their listeners to vote on their favorite science fiction and fantasy novels of all time.
The top 10 novels/series on the list include:
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
1984 by George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
American Gods by Neil Gaiman