Top 25 SFX Books

The greatest SF and fantasy novels ever, as voted for by you!

So, what are the greatest SF and fantasy novels ever, according to SFX readers? Would the Top 25 include classics like The Invisible Man, War Of The Worlds and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea? Or would there be a bias towards modern fantasy series? Would Terry Pratchett’s chances be scuppered because his fans have so many books from which to choose? We needed to know, so we asked you lot to vote for your top three novels. We had over 1,000 responses and here are the results. Enjoy:



Author: CS Lewis
Published: 1950

The first of CS Lewis’s Narnia novels to be published (though the second in Narnia internal chronology, after The Magician’s Nephew), The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is the tale of four children – Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie – who find a fantasy land inside a wardrobe. It’s a thinly disguised Christian allegory, but none of that really mattered when we were kids. We just loved Aslan, the talking beavers and Mr Tumnus the faun, and loved to hate Jadis, the evil witch Queen who is keeping Narnia in an eternal icy winter.