Modern Library, 100 Best Novels - the reader's list


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Results of an open reader poll, hosted by Modern Library, in response to its board's list of 100 Best Novels. Fully half of the selections were SF, fantasy, or horror, and are compiled here. Block voting by fans of L. Ron Hubbard (3 titles), Charles de Lint (8 titles), and Robert A. Heinlein (7 titles), among others, is evident.

Ranked: Yes

Titles Cited: 50

Publication: http://www.randomhouse.com/modernlibrary/100bestnovels.html, 1998

  1. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (Random House , 1957)
  2. Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead ( Bobbs Merrill, 1943)
  3. L. Ron Hubbard, Battlefield Earth (St. Martin's, 1982)
  4. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (series, 1954-1955)
  5. George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (Secker & Warburg, 1949)
  6. Ayn Rand, Anthem (Cassell , 1938)
  7. L. Ron Hubbard, Mission Earth (1985-1987)
  8. L. Ron Hubbard, Fear (Gnome, 1951)
  9. Frank Herbert, Dune (Chilton, 1965)
  10. Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (Putnam, 1966)
  11. Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (Putnam, 1961)
  12. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (Chatto & Windus, 1932)
  13. George Orwell, Animal Farm (Secker & Warburg , 1945)
  14. Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow (Viking , 1973)
  15. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five (Delacorte, 1969)
  16. William Golding, Lord of the Flies (Faber and Faber, 1954)
  17. Stephen King, The Stand (Doubleday, 1978)
  18. Toni Morrison, Beloved (Knopf, 1987)
  19. E. R. Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros (Jonathan Cape, 1922)
  20. Charles de Lint, Moonheart (Ace , 1984)
  21. Charles de Lint, Someplace to be Flying (Tor, 1998)
  22. Charles de Lint, Yarrow (Ace , 1986)
  23. H. P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness (Astounding, 1936)
  24. Charles de Lint, Memory & Dream (Tor , 1994)
  25. Charles de Lint, Trader (Tor, 1997)
  26. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Pan, 1979)
  27. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (McClelland and Stewart, 1985)
  28. Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (Heinemann , 1962)
  29. Nevil Shute, On the Beach (Heinemann , 1957)
  30. Charles de Lint, Greenmantle (Ace, 1988)
  31. Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game (Tor, 1985)
  32. Charles de Lint, The Little Country (Morrow, 1991)
  33. Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers (Putnam, 1959)
  34. Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes (Simon & Schuster, 1962)
  35. Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (Viking, 1959)
  36. Terri Windling, The Wood Wife (Tor, 1996)
  37. John Fowles, The Magus (Little, Brown, 1965)
  38. Robert A. Heinlein, The Door Into Summer (Doubleday, 1957)
  39. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (Ballantine, 1953)
  40. Richard Adams, Watership Down (Rex Collings, 1972)
  41. William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch (Olympia Press , 1959)
  42. Laurell K. Hamilton, Guilty Pleasures (Ace, 1993)
  43. Robert A. Heinlein, The Puppet Masters (Doubleday, 1951)
  44. Stephen King, It (Viking, 1986)
  45. Thomas Pynchon, V. (Lippincott, 1963)
  46. Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star (Doubleday, 1956)
  47. Robert A. Heinlein, Citizen of the Galaxy (Scribners, 1957)
  48. Charles de Lint, Mulengro (Ace , 1985)
  49. Robert Holdstock, Mythago Wood (Gollancz, 1984)

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