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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 07:10 pm (UTC)
21 Century
I think once Jan 8 comes around the Fantasy list for the 21st Century will have to change since the late and great Robert Jordan's A Memory of Light will be released on that day.

It is funny, I might not have decided to buy A Game of Thrones all those years ago had it not been for that brief comment on the back written by none other than Robert Jordan. Either way, I have been blessed to have met both you and him (for some reason I will never understand, his last two book tours started in Warwick, Rhode Island- no ever cares about Rhode Island) and I was the first person in line for both of those. I intended to be the first in line for your Dance tour, but that was an hour and a half drive as opposed to a ten minute drive so I ended up as sixth.
Ray Feighery
Dec. 27th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
Re: 21 Century
Now Now...I grew up in Pawtucket (Which WAS the 2nd largest City until Warwick took over that spot ;)So I certainly care about RI.

When I was in college ('81-84) for some odd reason Steven King had several of his Movie adaptations premiere in of all places the Seekonk Mall Theater. No one could ever explain why but apparently he liked it as a cross section of viewers.


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