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About Zelany & his works > Zelazny rankings on new All-Time Locus Poll for best novels

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message 1: by ckovacs (new)

ckovacs | 142 comments Locus magazine recently did a web-based survey in which votes were cast for all-time best novels in four categories: 20th century sf, 20th century fantasy, 21st century sf, and 21st century fantasy.

Complete results are here:

Several Zelazny novels placed within the 20th century categories.

LORD OF LIGHT ranked 23rd as SF novel and 66th as fantasy novel. Rather fitting to see it rank highly in both categories since Zelazny intended it to straddle the boundaries of sf and fantasy. If the votes were combined into one category it would have ranked much higher.

NINE PRINCES IN AMBER placed 5th as fantasy novel and 221st as sf novel. It's remarkable to see what it ranked above in the fantasy category.

THIS IMMORTAL ranked 102nd as SF novel.

CHRONICLES OF AMBER placed 89th as fantasy novel, although voters were instructed to vote for individual novels and not series. If these votes were combined with the individual votes for NINE PRINCES IN AMBER, the rank would still be 5th overall for NINE PRINCES.

JACK OF SHADOWS placed 119th as fantasy novel.

A NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER placed 166th as fantasy novel.

ISLE OF THE DEAD placed 338th as sf novel.


message 2: by Jim, Keeper of the Pattern (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 975 comments Interesting lists. Looks like Heinlein had the most entries on the SF list.It was interesting to see what some folks even put on the list, much less where they rated.

message 3: by Ions (new)

Ions | 6 comments my vote is for Zelazny all the way!

message 4: by ckovacs (new)

ckovacs | 142 comments The short fiction results have also been released. Zelazny did really well in the 20th century novella and novelette categories:

#24 – 24 Views of Mt. Fuhi, by Hokusai
#30 – He Who Shapes
#47 – Home Is the Hangman

#3 – A Rose for Ecclesiastes
#25 – The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth
#31 – For a Breath I Tarry
#40 – The Keys to December
#55 – Unicorn Variation
#96 – The Last Defender of Camelot
#119 – This Moment of the Storm

Once the ranking gets to around #100, there are only a few voters for each item.

The main results are shown at this link:


message 5: by David Sean (new)

David Sean Hamilton (kingcobra) | 1 comments Unicorn Variation should have ranked higher, but I didn't vote in this poll.

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