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An Interactive Guide to NPR's List of Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

An Interactive Guide to NPR's List of Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books
Where do you want to start? Do you like Cyberpunk? Are you going to be upset when you don't find Harry Potter? Gritty Noir, Neo-Victorian or Samurai? Ready to blast into space? Are you new to the fantasy genre? Are you a war buff? Don't you mean underground? Sure! Like the Arthurian legend? Who shall we fight? What kind of Aliens would you like? A galaxy far, far away? Politics, Religion or Philosophy? Ah, Mars...what would you like to see from the Red Planet? Which character do you like best? Looking for modern-day settings? Are you having a laugh? What's your interest? Pick your poison! Sure do. God or people under the streets? Are you a fan of westerns? Kind of professorial, aren't we? Sure do. Are animals more your thing? What are you studying? Do you have time for a series? What's your ideal pet? How about some alternate history? Short stories it is then! Romance or warring magicians? Ready to dive into a series? Does the series have to be finished? With pirates or without? What's your pleasure? We won't tell.

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