Locus Magazine, Best All-Time Fantasy Novel


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The 1998 all-time best novel polls restricted votes to book published before 1990, on the grounds that recent titles could not be fairly evaluated without the passage of some time. Fantasy results are listed below; SF results are on the previous page. Results were published in the August 1998 issue of Locus Magazine.

Ranked: Yes

Titles Cited: 36

Publication: Locus, 1998

  1. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (series, 1954-1955)
  2. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit (Allen & Unwin , 1937)
  3. Gene Wolfe, The Book of the New Sun (1980-1983)
  4. Ursula K. Le Guin, Earthsea (series, 1971-2001)
  5. Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Macmillan, 1865)
  6. Mervyn Peake, The Gormenghast Trilogy (series, 1946-1959)
  7. T. H. White, The Once and Future King (Collins , 1958)
  8. John Crowley, Little, Big (Bantam, 1981)
  9. Roger Zelazny, Nine Princes in Amber (Doubleday, 1970)
  10. Stephen R. Donaldson, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever (series, 1977)
  11. Anne McCaffrey, Dragonflight (Ballantine, 1968)
  12. David Eddings, The Belgariad (series, 1982-1984)
  13. C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia (series, 1950-1956)
  14. Tim Powers, The Anubis Gates (Ace, 1983)
  15. Jack Vance, The Dying Earth (series, 1950-1984)
  16. L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (George Hill , 1900)
  17. Bram Stoker, Dracula (Constable , 1897)
  18. Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn (Viking, 1968)
  19. Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon (Knopf, 1983)
  20. Stephen King, The Stand (Doubleday, 1978)
  21. Richard Adams, Watership Down (Rex Collings, 1972)
  22. Patricia A. McKillip, The Riddle-Master of Hed (Atheneum, 1976)
  23. E. R. Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros (Jonathan Cape, 1922)
  24. Robert A. Heinlein, Glory Road (Putnam, 1963)
  25. Robert Holdstock, Mythago Wood (Gollancz, 1984)
  26. Orson Scott Card, The Tales of Alvin Maker (series, 1987-2003)
  27. Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time (Farrar Straus Cudahy, 1962)
  28. Andre Norton, Witch World (Ace , 1963)
  29. Guy Gavriel Kay, The Fionavar Tapestry (series, 1984-1986)
  30. Katherine Kurtz, Deryni Rising (Ballantine, 1970)
  31. Terry Pratchett, Discworld (series, 1983-)
  32. Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes (Simon & Schuster, 1962)
  33. Ken Grimwood, Replay (Arbor House, 1987)
  34. Michael Moorcock, Elric (series, 1963-2005)
  35. L. Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt, The Incomplete Enchanter (Henry Holt, 1941)
  36. Fritz Leiber, Fafhrd and Grey Mouser (series, 1957-1991)

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