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I'm Number Two...

... for the whole twentieth century!

LOCUS says so, so it must be true. They did their once-every-decade-or-so megapoll for the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of All Time, and A GAME OF THRONES finished in the second place for the Best Fantasy Novel of the twentieth century, behind this guy named Tolkien. Tolkien was third as well, followed by Le Guin and Zelazny. You don't get into more rarified company than that.

(A STORM OF SWORDS and A CLASH OF KINGS showed up on the 20th century poll as well, further down).

I even made the Best Fantasy Novel of the Twenty-FIRST century top five, with A FEAST FOR CROWS in fifth.

((Actually, I tend to think that at least some of the people who voted for A GAME OF THRONES were voting for the entire series. Makes more sense that way. You will note that Tolkien's first place winner was LORD OF THE RINGS... they did not divide his novel into its three component volumes, but mine did get sliced into five separate entries, maybe because its unfinished as of yet.

Anyway... you have to take these kind of polls with a whole shaker of salt, but still, it's cool. Thanks to everyone who voted for me.

You can peruse the full results here:


(FWIW, Frank Herbert's DUNE finished first in SF and ENDER'S GAME was second, but my own top three would have been LORD OF LIGHT (Zelazny), THE STARS MY DESTINATION (Bester), and THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS (Le Guin).


Dec. 24th, 2012 11:37 am (UTC)
He's making a list...
Nice:Tyrion, boots with concealed lifts;Stannis,stress-buster squeeze ball;Arya,the ruby slippers; Hodor,teddy-bear;Sandor,shovel; Lord Manderly, weight-watchers membership;Jaime, 100 lines,"I must not lie to Tyrion'(good hand co-ordination); Asha, shell to hear the sea-tides; Mully, shampoo for greasy hair; Dany, 3 hoses & 3 fire-buckets; Rickon, dog brush; Bran, quick-grow tree compost; Jorah, full-body wax spa treat; Samwell, book - "Coping with An Over-Demanding Parent";Lord of Dorne, 2 pneumatic wheels; Coldhands, mittens; Brienne, sapphires of course; Jon, kibble. Naughty: Tywin Lannister, bottle of 'Syrup of Figs'; Cersei, 'Mein Kampf',Melisandre, Optrex Blood-Shot Eyes Drops/night vision glasses. And for Night Watch's Castle Black, which has not had its troubles to seek, an 'Extreme Makeover - Home Edition' with Ty, (a missing Lannister?), Dolorous Edd, Mully, Bowen Marsh etc. chanting, "Move that cart, move that cart!' Joking aside, thanks for all the stolen hours Ser Knight. May you & yours have a very happy Christmas & peaceful New Year.

Edited at 2012-12-24 11:48 am (UTC)


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