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The ISFDB Top 100 Books (Balanced List)

The Internet Speculative Fiction Database has composed this list from novels which have been nominated for an award scored based on the number of award wins and nominations. The results are then sorted by score. The list is not an attempt to list the best works in the genre, just those which won the most awards. Since the proliferation of genre-related awards is a fairly recent phenomenon, the list tends to favor more recent works.

See the ISFDB website for more details: http://www.isfdb.org/top100.html.


 1. (1984)
 2. (2001)
 3. (1974)
 4. (1996)
 5. (1981)
 6. (1981)
 7. (2000)
 8. (1981)
 9. (1995)
 10. (1992)
 11. (1999)
 12. (1977)
 13. (1969)
 14. (1983)
 15. (1972)
 16. (1993)
 17. (1980)
 18. (1974)
 19. (1966)
 20. (1970)
 21. (1965)
 22. (1961)
 23. (1990)
 24. (1983)
 25. (1996)
 26. (1978)
 27. (1994)
 28. (2000)
 29. (1986)
 30. (1980)
 31. (1985)
 32. (1983)
 33. (2002)
 34. (1992)
 35. (1994)
 36. (1991)
 37. (1989)
 38. (1987)
 39. (1991)
 40. (1979)
 41. (1978)
 42. (1985)
 43. (1993)
 44. (1980)
 45. (1994)
 46. (1954)
 47. (1972)
 48. (1993)
 49. (1996)
 50. (1985)
 51. (1993)
 52. (1979)
 53. (1999)
 54. (2001)
 55. (1992)
 56. (1996)
 57. (1991)
 58. (2000)
 59. (1998)
 60. (1991)
 61. (1983)
 62. (1988)
 63. (2001)
 64. (1989)
 65. (1980)
 66. (1978)
 67. (1979)
 68. (1988)
 69. (1994)
 70. (1994)
 71. (1968)
 72. (1978)
 73. (1997)
 74. (1995)
 75. (1990)
 76. (1988)
 77. (2001)
 78. (1990)
 79. (2001)
 80. (1982)
 81. (1984)
 82. (1995)
 83. (1991)
 84. (1990)
 85. (1982)
 86. (1993)
 87. (1973)
 88. (1984)
 89. (1991)
 90. (1976)
 91. (1986)
 92. (1979)
 93. (1999)
 94. (1999)
 95. (1991)
 96. (1982)
 97. (1998)
 98. (2003)
 99. (1980)
 100. (2001)
  

  

  

  


The ISFDB Top 100 Books in Blogs

  • Best Novels of 20th and 21st Century - Tor.com
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  • Me on the ISFDb | Failure Ahoy!
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  • Some thoughts on John Carter | It Doesn't Have To Be Right...
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  • SciFiGuy.ca: Guest Author - Teal Ceagh (aka Tracy Cooper-Posey)
    Some species may have come out, and some remain hidden ? Harris did this for some of her creatures throughout the early parts of her Sookie Stackhouse books. The timing of the revelation that has an impact on the ... Nearly 100 years after their last dance together, Eva's long lost love, Edward makes contact again. .... This has been one of the most hellish months on wheels for me: four books (and book tours) and the Romantic Times Convention thrown in on top.
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    (all indices, except where noted, from ISFDB:) .... The average quality of the fiction here perhaps just a skosh better than in the Haining. .... As a result, of course, it slights a Lot of the best work from the magazine, but is part of a series of short short story and vignette anthologies from its editors and publisher, and is (if I remember correctly) the only one where all the contents were ... xvii ? Introduction (100 Wild Little Weird Tales) ? (1994) ? essay by Stefan Dziemianowicz.
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