Remember the list that NPR published earlier this year? Titled “Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books“, the list has caught the attention of every science fiction and fantasy enthusiast in the planet. And then some.
If memory serves me correctly, there was even a question (or poll) going around on Facebook asking people to indicate how many of the books they have read. Or maybe that was another list.
In any case, NPR’s best fantasy and science fiction books list is quite impressive, and I have to admit that I have a long way to go – both in terms of science fiction and fantasy. I do, however, recognize a vast majority of the titles and authors, so much so that I have an idea as to what book I might be interested in or what book I should not even think about opening. Now if you are new to science fiction and fantasy or you are only now discovering the wonders of these genres, then you might have been a wee bit overwhelmed with the list that NPR released.
Don’t be embarrassed to admit it. A hundred books seemingly randomly presented with only a brief description – anyone would be confused where to start!
You can thank the guys at SF Signal instead. They have taken a humongous task upon themselves and came up with an awesome flowchart that serves as a guide to NPR’s best fantasy and science fiction books. The cool thing about the flowchart is that it does what a flowchart is supposed to do – guide you step by step so that you will eventually reach an endpoint, which in this case is deciding on which book to read. It starts with asking you whether you want to read a fantasy story or a science fiction story. What better place to start, yes? You can even find a book if you can’t make your mind up!
Here’s a peek – the chart is too big to be seen on this page, so please click for the full size.
So tell me, which book is next on your reading list after seeing the flowchart for NPR’s best fantasy and science fiction books?