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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 01:45 pm (UTC)
FWIW, These are the 10 I voted for in each category for the 20th Century:


1. Dune
2. Stranger in a Strange Land
3. The Mote in God's Eye
4. Ringworld
5. Lord of Light
6. Startide Rising
7. Ender's Game
8. The Foundation Trilogy
10. 1984


2. The Broken Sword (Poul Anderson)
3. A Game of Thrones
4. Nine Princes in Amber
5. Glory Road (Robert A. Heinlein)
6. The Dying Earth
7. The Dragon and the George (Gordon R. Dickson)
8. The Once and Future King (T.H. White)
9. The Princess Bride
10. The Last Unicorn

I supplied authors for those books I don't see discussed much anymore. The rules required that you vote for no more than 10 and it was very difficult to stop there. I hated leaving off Neuromancer, The Man in High Castle, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, The Forever War, The Martian Chronicles, Three Hearts and Three Lions, The Swords of Lankhmar, The Incomplete Enchanter, The Crystal Cave, The Narnia series, A Wrinkle in Time, and on and on and on. I only participated in the 20th Century categories as my reading became much more lmited in the 21st Century due to the demands of adulthood.

Anyway, it's my list. Your mileage may vary.


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