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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).


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Dec. 24th, 2012 05:39 am (UTC)
Shrewd to split your series across a century so you could nab two awards! Maybe there was some method to your release schedule after all.

p.s. Don't forget to refer to your career as "millennium-spanning".
Dec. 24th, 2012 05:46 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, I happen to think that Westeros is far more complex and interesting than Middle Earth, and that your series is infinitely superior to Tolkien's. I get why Tolkien is #1, and that he's the father of modern fantasy, yadda yadda yadda, but I'm never going to go back and reread those books probably (unless I have kids someday and read them with them), whereas I continue to go back to your books time and again.

I also think that you're right on the voting for AGoT as a means of voting for the entire series. I will say that A Storm of Swords is quite possibly my favorite book that I have ever read. Ever. In my life. It is absolutely perfect from start to finish, in my opinion.*

*Even though I threw the book across the room at one point the first time I read it. ;)
Dec. 24th, 2012 05:55 am (UTC)
Waitamunute... "Best 20th Century Fanatsy Novels" it says.
joseph ravlic
Dec. 24th, 2012 07:21 am (UTC)
yeah well, you're the #1 story teller of all time and if anyone disagrees i will just have to slap them wth a glove.
Dec. 24th, 2012 08:05 am (UTC)
Old Man's War
I don't get the love for Scalzi's Old Man's War. It was unoriginal, boring, and trite.

That said, you're up there with Tolkien and Zelazny. How cool is that!
Dec. 24th, 2012 08:30 am (UTC)
"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"

Possibly because it was written as a single book, not as a series? It was the editor who decided to split it into three, given that in post-war Britain the price of paper would have made a single volume way too expensive.

Max Sagan
Dec. 24th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
You're going to give me OCD with all those unclosed parentheses.
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)
Dec. 24th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the poll win, George. Number Two! Number Two!

You know that I'm totally with you on your SF top three -- especially the Zelazny and LeGuin. (Bester is brilliant, but sometimes very difficult to read due to a certain book character being a gigantic shitheel.) Not sure what I'd put in its place -- probably A Canticle For Leibowitz.

Edited at 2012-12-24 01:23 pm (UTC)
James Heeney
Dec. 24th, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and Thank You
I've wanted to write to you for years to express my gratitude for the many pleasures your books have given me. I can't wait until you finish the Song. After watching the recent Hobbit film, I couldn't help but think that much as I love Tolkien, his works have lost much of their relevance for me and in these times ASOIAF appears as a much clearer and sharper reflection of the human condition, especially from the perspective of an adult. So, I'd put you at number one for fantasy. For Sci-Fi, I love your picks, but would have to put Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun above all the rest. A final note - I highly recommend "The Autumn of the Middle Ages" by Huizinga. You'd find Huizinga's analysis of the psychology of the medieval mind fascinating. Thank you, George and Happy Holidays.
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.
Dec. 24th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
Congratulations Mr. Martin!

I do love A Feast for Crows, and I'm happy to see it in the top five as well.
Dec. 24th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
A well deserved accolade. Congratulations George!
Dec. 24th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
Glitter Text Maker

Makes up just a wee bit for how bad the Jets and Giants sucked yesterday.
Nick Berry
Dec. 24th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations George, the company is certainly illustrious at the top. A very well deserved finish.
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