You have only to turn on the TV ( Game of Thrones, True Blood) or check out the movie box office standings (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) to see that the sci-fi/fantasy genre is experiencing an explosion in popularity.
Several months ago, NPR asked it’s readers to nominate their favorite books for inclusion on it’s list of Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time. Over 5,000 readers submitted nominations and over 60,000 readers voted. The result was a very interesting mix of classic and contemporary novels. The awesome crew at SF Signal went one better and developed a flowchart to help you “follow your tastes, provide context, and fulfill (indeed exceed!) any need for pithy commentary you might harbor.” After using the flowchart several times, making different decisions each time, I was given Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Brandon Sanderson‘s The Mistborn Trilogy, Patrick Rothfuss‘ The Kingkiller Chronicles, and Iain M. banks‘ The Culture Series. I have already read several of these books, but I do plan on picking up The Mistborn Trilogy from the library this week. This flowchart is a very impressive tool, both intuitive and funny. The amount of work involved in developing it was considerable; it was obviously a labor of love. Kudos, SF Signal! You now have another loyal reader.
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