What are the best recommended science fiction and fantasy books by NPR?

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    #1The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is written by Douglas Adams. It depicts Arthur Dent's road trip with his alien friend Ford Prefect after his house and the Earth was demolished to create a way for a hyperspace express route. 


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    Luis Venegas
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "A book everybody has heard of but not everybody has taken the time to read, which is a shame because it is a classic. It doesn't get extremely deep and doesn't expand too much into depth of a storyline or characters, but what it does do, it does wonderfully. Short, satirical chapters that are so witty and clever you will be rolling only a few chapters in."
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    #2The Silmarillion

    The Silmarillion
    The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien is a mythopoeia, fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1977. This book follows the story of the lands of Valinor, Beleriand, Numenor, and Middle-Earth along with its inhabitants.

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    Helen Delgado
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is fantasy book writing at its best. It should definitely be at the top of recommended books for this genre. Tolkien is a master. "
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    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.


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    Miriam Espinosa
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book and I would completely recommend it for a great science fiction book."
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    Neuromancer is science fiction book written by William Gibson. Published on July 1, 1984 by Ace Books, Neuromancer is an award-winning book following the adventures of Case in a dangerous digital world.


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    Donald Howell
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I'm a big fan of science fiction books, so I checked out Neuromancer. I would say it definitely heightens the bar for the genre and definitely earned its awards. "
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    #5The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife is the debut novel of Audrey Niffenegger, which is about the story of married couple Clare and Henry who try to make their marriage work. It comes as they struggling with Henry's strange disorder of time traveling. 


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    Terry Woods
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "If you are wanting to read a science fiction and fantasy book, check out The Time Traveler's Wife. It was recently made into a movie but the book itself will keep you wanting to come back for more."
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    #6Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Matthew Long
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Avery comical book, but still not one of the best out there. I love the comedic aspects and fun but it's not going to ever be on the top of my list. "
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    #7American Gods

    American Gods

    American Gods is a multi-award-winning novel by the acclaimed British author, Neil Gaiman. It tells the story of Shadow and Mr. Wednesday as they travel around America to recruit American reincarnations of old deities to fight the new ones.


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    Kathleen Bennett
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This is without a doubt one of the classics in the science fiction genre, and I highly recommend it. I think even readers who don't think they're into fantasy would enjoy this because of how inventive and creatively written it is."
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    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 


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    Rosalba Reyna
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Frankenstein is a classic for a reason and is always a good recommendation for a good read. Original in ways that are still appreciated, it's definitely one every science fiction fan should check out."
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    #9Stranger in a Strange Land

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    Stranger in a Strange Land is a book by Robert Heinlein that tells the story of Valentine Smith. He is raised by Martians and as he arrived on Earth to live as a human the whole world will change because of him.


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    Nathan Peters
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I'm not totally sure if NPR has definitely recommended this book specifically, though it does look as if they have had at least some kind of feature or discussion regarding it. I would personally recommend every book by this author, who I think is exceptional in a number of ways, though I have to mention that perhaps this is not the best edition of this book. I think only a huge fan would really be that concerned about that kind of thing though. I personally recommend this author quite a bit, and this specific book as well, though perhaps slightly less strongly. "
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    #10Dune (Dune Chronicles)

    Dune (Dune Chronicles)
    Dune by Frank Herbert is the story of Paul Atreides who becomes Muad'Dib and embarks on a journey to avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, thus bringing to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

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    Stephen Andrews
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Man I loved these books as a kid. Brings back memories sitting in my bedroom reading these."
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    #11Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.


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    #12The Road

    The Road
    The Road is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a father and son walking through post-apocalyptic America to reach the coast. This is an ultimate story of survival in a desolate world.

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    Pamela Rivera
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A dark and somewhat depressing book but a good read anyhow. It really makes you think about the future and all of the possibilities."
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    #13The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness, the 4th book in Ursula K. Le Guin's Hainish Cycle series, is about a human ambassador sent to the planet Winter, where there is no sexual prejudice and inhabitants can change gender anytime.


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    Barbara Hall
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a fairly decent science fiction novel. Definitely not my favorite of the series, but it was still a decent read."
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    #14The War of the Worlds

    The War of the Worlds

    The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells. First published in 1898, this novel is considered as one of the best science-fiction novels of all time. The story revolves around the Martian attack on England.


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    Kyle Hawkins
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Not only does this book paint vivid illustrations of a dystopian past, but it creates very fantasy like atmosphere. guarunteed to capture the attention of sci fi fanatics,"


Best What are the best recommended science fiction and fantasy books by NPR
1The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBooks 39 Paid
2The SilmarillionBooks 35 Paid
31984Books 32 Paid
4NeuromancerBooks 31 Paid
5The Time Traveler's WifeBooks 29 Paid
6Animal FarmBooks 27 Paid
7American GodsBooks 23 Paid
8FrankensteinBooks 21 Paid
9Stranger in a Strange LandBooks 19 Paid
10Dune (Dune Chronicles) Books 19 Paid

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