Which Fantasy/SF Books will become Classics?

Jessica from On A Pale Star has posted a cool link to a couple of recent posts on the SF Signal.  They asked fantasy and science fiction authors to answer the question:

Which science fiction and fantasy books written in the last ten years will become classics?

This isn’t a poll or a literary critique; just what these authors think.  Some of the answers:

For fantasy – Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Jim Butcher’s Dresden and Codex Alera series, Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, and two series I love: the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs and the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.  Those are the books I’m familiar with but there are a number of others I’ll have to check out.

For science fiction, there weren’t too many I’m familiar with, but some of the authors noted include John Scalzi, Elizabeth Moon, Neal Stephenson, Vernor Vinge, Ursula Leguin, David Mitchell and Michael Chabon.

I like that there’s a real range of styles/genres among the books listed.

What do you think of the lists? Which books of the 2000’s will stand the test of time?

  1 comment for “Which Fantasy/SF Books will become Classics?

  1. August 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks for these links! I absolutely believe Strange & Norrell will be a classic

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