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BEST SERIES POLL AND CONTEST
Jun 02nd, 2010, 4:27am
 
Just for fun, I'm proposing a "field of 64" to determine the best sci-fi/fantasy/horror series of all time. Once the denizens of anotherealm identify 64 candidates, I will set up the brackets and we'll vote. I've started things off with these dozen candidates:

JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy
Isaac Asimov's Foundation series
Steven King's Dark Tower novels
Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas books
Mary Stewart's Hollow Hills Arturian romances
CE Lewis's Narnia novels
Edgar Rice Burroughs's Martian novels
Stephen Donaldsen's Thomas Covenant chronicles
Terry Brooks's Shannarah books
Lahaye and Jenkins Left Behind series
EE Doc Smith's Lensman serial
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time epic

Only two rules: sci fi/fantasy/horror only (no Conan Doyle); one author, one series (no Koontz Frankenstein series). I need 52 more, 'realmers (this should take a while). I plan to start the vote-off as soon as I get 64 or on Labor Day (whichever comes first). I think this might be fun. Let's see if you agree.
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Reply #1 - Jun 2nd, 2010, 5:44am
 
How about:

Ursula K. Le Guin's - Earthsea novels
David Eddings - Belgariad
Joel Rosenberg - Guardians of the Flame
L. Frank Baum - Oz series
L. Sprague De Camp - Viagens Interplanetarias series
Douglas Adams - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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Reply #2 - Jun 2nd, 2010, 5:48am
 
and for some cyberpunk: William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy  :)
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Reply #3 - Jun 2nd, 2010, 5:52am
 
Just two more:

Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter

okay, done... for now  ;)
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Reply #4 - Jun 2nd, 2010, 11:09am
 
Jeez, I could fill up your list just with science fiction series, but will try and show restraint.

But I do want to toss out two, Robert Heinlein's so-called Future History and Lois McMaster Bujold's Barrayar series.

I think Bujold's series might have the most Hugo awards of any series, but that would need to be checked.

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Reply #5 - Jun 2nd, 2010, 12:26pm
 
Definitely Heinlein.   Smiley

How about Frank Herbert's Dune saga,
and Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series.
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Reply #6 - Jun 2nd, 2010, 3:58pm
 
Ringworld should be on the list


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Reply #7 - Jun 2nd, 2010, 11:19pm
 
-Dan Simmons'  "Hyperion- Endymion"  famous  Sci- Fi  series;
-David  Gemmel's  "Waylander  Drenai"  famous  Fantasy  series;
-Raymond  E. Feist' s  "Riftwar"  famous  Fantasy series;
-Scott  Card's  "Ender" famous  Sci- Fi  series...;
-Robert  Heinlein's  "Future  History  series"...;
-Walter  Jon  Williams'   "Hardwired series"...;

And so on, many and  many  other  very  good  books  so  far...eh,eh Wink
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Reply #8 - Jun 2nd, 2010, 11:39pm
 
Gary A. Markette wrote on Jun 2nd, 2010, 4:27am:
... Only two rules: sci fi/fantasy/horror only (no Conan Doyle); one author, one series (no Koontz Frankenstein series). ...


Hmm, no Conan Doyle, but what about Conan?  And Elric...

I have to admit, there aren't really that many big Horror SERIES out there - maybe the Cthulu books?

And one more for the science fiction genre, Poul Anderson and the Dominic Flandry/David Falkayn future history - this has always been one of my favorites.

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Reply #9 - Jun 3rd, 2010, 8:42am
 
So now we've got 37--need 27 more for field of 64. I'll wait for more--please try not to duplicate.

JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy
Isaac Asimov's Foundation series
Steven King's Dark Tower novels
Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas books
Mary Stewart's Hollow Hills Arturian romances
CE Lewis's Narnia novels
Edgar Rice Burroughs's Martian novels
Stephen Donaldsen's Thomas Covenant chronicles
Terry Brooks's Shannarah books
Lahaye and Jenkins Left Behind series
EE Doc Smith's Lensman serial
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time epic
Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea novels
David Eddings  Belgariad
Joel Rosenberg Guardians of the Flame
L. Frank Baum Oz series
L. Sprague De Camp Viagens Interplanetarias series
Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Robert E. Howard's Conan series
Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone
Dan Simmons'  Hyperion- Endymion
David  Gemmel's  Waylander  Drenai
Raymond  E. Feist' s  Riftwar
Scott  Card's  Ender novels
Robert  Heinlein's  Future  History series
Walter  Jon  Williams'   Hardwired series
Larry Nivens Ringworld Novels
Frank Herbert's Dune saga
Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series
Lois McMaster Bujold's Barrayar
Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea novels
David Eddings Belgariad
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter
Robert Heinlein's Future History
William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy
HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos
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Reply #10 - Jun 3rd, 2010, 10:17pm
 
Probably, it  seems  to  me that  Robert Heinlein's Future History, Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea novels and  David Eddings Belgariad  have  already  been  put  in  twice...

Anyway, here  are some  good  series  to  add  on, in my  opinion...

-Samuel R. Delany's  "Return to Nevčr˙on series" ;
-Paul  McAuley's  "Four Hundred Billion Stars" Sci- Fi series;
-Alfred Elton van Vogt's  "The  Weapon  makers"  GREAT-GREAT-GREAT  Sci- Fi  series;
-Ian  Banks'  "the Culture"  wonderful  Sci-Fi  series;
-Joe  Haldeman's  "The Foerever (peace)" series;
-Tanith  Lee's " The Wars of Vis "  interesting  series;
-Frederik Pohl's  "Heechee" very  good  series;
-Ken MacLeod's  "Fall Revolution" recent  series;




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Reply #11 - Jun 4th, 2010, 3:17am
 
Thanks for the catch on the duplications, ente. Thanks, too, for the additional suggestions. The revised list now looks like this:

JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy
Isaac Asimov's Foundation series
Steven King's Dark Tower novels
Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas books
Mary Stewart's Hollow Hills Arturian romances
CE Lewis's Narnia novels
Edgar Rice Burroughs's Martian novels
Stephen Donaldsen's Thomas Covenant chronicles
Terry Brooks's Shannarah books
Lahaye and Jenkins Left Behind series
EE Doc Smith's Lensman serial
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time epic
Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea novels
Joel Rosenberg Guardians of the Flame
L. Frank Baum Oz series
L. Sprague De Camp Viagens Interplanetarias series
Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Robert E. Howard's Conan series
Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone
Dan Simmons'  Hyperion- Endymion
David  Gemmel's  Waylander  Drenai
Raymond  E. Feist' s  Riftwar
Scott  Card's  Ender novels
Robert  Heinlein's  Future  History series
Walter  Jon  Williams'   Hardwired series
Larry Nivens Ringworld Novels
Frank Herbert's Dune saga
Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series
Lois McMaster Bujold's Barrayar
David Eddings Belgariad
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter
William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy
HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos
Samuel R. Delany's  Return to Nevčr˙on
Paul  McAuley's  Four Hundred Billion Stars
A E van Vogt's  The  Weapon  Makers
Ian  Banks'  The Culture
Joe  Haldeman's  The Foerever (peace)
Tanith  Lee's  The Wars of Vis
Frederik Pohl's  Heechee
Ken MacLeod's  Fall Revolution

Got 42--need 22 more. Others?
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Reply #12 - Jun 5th, 2010, 9:23am
 

http://anotherealm.com/ftp/AR-series.xls
An excel file of the data above.

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Reply #13 - Jun 7th, 2010, 1:23am
 
Thanks webbie. I am expert with MSWord, PowerPoint, and Visio--but I'm just a beginner with XL. The list looks better and it'll probably be easier to set up brackets using the program. Still need some more series. Got till Labor day to gather them, if ncessary. Any others?
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Reply #14 - Jun 7th, 2010, 2:46am
 
I  suggest  the following  series, too.

-Michael  scott  Rohan's  "The Winter of the World" Fantasy  series;
-Greg  Bear's  " Queen of Angels " Sci- Fi series,
-David  Brin's  "The Uplift Storm "  series;
-Arthur C.  Clarke's  "Space  Odyssey"  most  famous  series;
-Robert  Silverberg's  "Majipoor Chronicles";
-L.R. Hubbard's  "Battlefield  Earth"  series;
-George  R.R.  Martin   "a  Song of Ice  and  Fire"  never ending  series...;
-China Mieville's"fictional world of Bas-Lag"  new  series;
-Sergey Lukyanenko's  "Night Watch" urban  Fantasy- Horror  series;
-Kristine Kathryn Rusch's  "The Fey"  very  spectacular  series;
-John Scalzi's  "Old Man's War"  series;

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Reply #15 - Jun 7th, 2010, 5:27am
 
Thanks again, ente. Sorry can't allow LR Hubbard. As far as I can tell, Battlefield Earth was a one-shot; not a series (source: Wikipedia). We have 55 now, as follows:

JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy
Isaac Asimov's Foundation series
Steven King's Dark Tower novels
Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas books
Mary Stewart's Hollow Hills Arturian romances
CE Lewis's Narnia novels
Edgar Rice Burroughs's Martian novels
Stephen Donaldsen's Thomas Covenant chronicles
Terry Brooks's Shannarah books
Lahaye and Jenkins Left Behind series
EE Doc Smith's Lensman serial
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time epic
Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea novels
Joel Rosenberg Guardians of the Flame
L. Frank Baum Oz series
L. Sprague De Camp Viagens Interplanetarias series
Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Robert E. Howard's Conan series
Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone
Dan Simmons'  Hyperion- Endymion
David  Gemmel's  Waylander  Drenai
Raymond  E. Feist' s  Riftwar
Scott  Card's  Ender novels
Robert  Heinlein's  Future  History series
Walter  Jon  Williams'   Hardwired series
Larry Nivens Ringworld Novels
Frank Herbert's Dune saga
Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series
Lois McMaster Bujold's Barrayar
David Eddings Belgariad
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter
William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy
HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos
Samuel R. Delany's  Return to Nevčr˙on
Paul  McAuley's  Four Hundred Billion Stars
A E van Vogt's  The  Weapon  Makers
Ian  Banks'  The Culture
Joe  Haldeman's  The Foerever (peace)
Tanith  Lee's  The Wars of Vis
Frederik Pohl's  Heechee
Ken MacLeod's  Fall Revolution
Michael  Scott  Rohan's  The Winter of the World
Greg  Bear's   Queen of Angels
David  Brin's  The Uplift Storm
Arthur C.  Clarke's  Space  Odyssey
Robert  Silverberg's  Majipoor Chronicles;
George  R.R.  Martin   a  Song of Ice  and  Fire
China Mieville'sfictional world of Bas-Lag
Sergey Lukyanenko's  Night Watch
Kristine Kathryn Rusch's  The Fey
John Scalzi's  Old Man's War

Need only 9 more . . .
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Reply #16 - Jun 7th, 2010, 9:36am
 
L. E. Modesitt, Jr. - The Saga of Recluce
Piers Anthony - Incarnations of Immortality (or Xanth, but I prefer the former)
Madeleine L'Engle - Kairos (which includes the Time Quartet)
C. J. Cherryh - Finisterre universe (maybe not her best, but it's what I've read of hers so far and I liked it a lot)
Roger Zelazny - The Chronicles of Amber



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Reply #17 - Jun 7th, 2010, 9:37am
 
Anne Rice - The Vampire Chronicles

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Reply #18 - Jun 8th, 2010, 6:01am
 
Our field of 64 is complete. Here's the list (in no particular order):

JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy
Isaac Asimov's Foundation series
Steven King's Dark Tower novels
Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas books
Mary Stewart's Hollow Hills Arturian romances
CE Lewis's Narnia novels
Edgar Rice Burroughs's Martian novels
Stephen Donaldsen's Thomas Covenant chronicles
Terry Brooks's Shannarah books
Lahaye and Jenkins Left Behind series
EE Doc Smith's Lensman serial
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time epic
Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea novels
Joel Rosenberg Guardians of the Flame
L. Frank Baum Oz series
L. Sprague De Camp Viagens Interplanetarias series
Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Robert E. Howard's Conan series
Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone
Dan Simmons'  Hyperion- Endymion
David  Gemmel's  Waylander  Drenai
Raymond  E. Feist' s  Riftwar
Scott  Card's  Ender novels
Robert  Heinlein's  Future  History series
Walter  Jon  Williams'   Hardwired series
Larry Nivens Ringworld Novels
Frank Herbert's Dune saga
Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series
Lois McMaster Bujold's Barrayar
David Eddings Belgariad
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter
William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy
HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos
Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson Peter Pan series
Samuel R. Delany's  Return to Nevčr˙on
Paul  McAuley's  Four Hundred Billion Stars
A E van Vogt's  The  Weapon  Makers
Ian  Banks'  The Culture
Joe  Haldeman's  The Foerever (peace)
Tanith  Lee's  The Wars of Vis
Frederik Pohl's  Heechee
Ken MacLeod's  Fall Revolution
Michael  Scott  Rohan's  The Winter of the World
Greg  Bear's   Queen of Angels
David  Brin's  The Uplift Storm
Arthur C.  Clarke's  Space  Odyssey
Robert  Silverberg's  Majipoor Chronicles;
George  R.R.  Martin   a  Song of Ice  and  Fire
China Mieville'sfictional world of Bas-Lag
Sergey Lukyanenko's  Night Watch
Kristine Kathryn Rusch's  The Fey
John Scalzi's  Old Man's War
L. E. Modesitt, Jr. - The Saga of Recluce
Piers Anthony - Incarnations of Immortality
Madeleine L'Engle - Kairos
C. J. Cherryh - Finisterre universe
Roger Zelazny - The Chronicles of Amber
Anne Rice - The Vampire Chronicles
Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake books
James Axler Deathlands series
Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir Destroyer potboilers
Walter B. Gibson's The Shadow
Ann McCaffery Dragonriders of Pern

The next step is to assign seedings for the brackets. The experts at anotherealm (ahem) will handle that. That means that the seedings will be arbitrary and should cause controversy, wailing, cursing, aspersions regarding our parentage, and possible death threats. I know, I know . . . sounds like fun--but the seedings will also take a while. Look back here sometime around the 4th of July for the brackets. Then, be prepared to vote for your faves. Grin
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