I've loved reading science fiction and fantasy books since I was very young, and so has the rest of my family. I see it as an expression of our inquiring and creative natures, and the desire to be exposed to new ideas!
I was excited to find this list of the Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books as chosen by listeners to NPR (National Public Radio) for the summer readers survey in August 2011. According to NPR, 5000 people nominated their favorites, and more than 60,000 people voted. It's fascinating to see the mix of classics with newer books on the list.
NOTE: This list doesn't include young adult books, such as the Harry Potter or Twilight series, and no horror books. NPR assures us that these categories of books will be voted on during another summer readers survey (2012)!