Greatest Science Fiction Novel Tournament Results

According to Bureau 42 readers, the greatest science fiction novel of all time is Frank Herbert’s Dune. Join us again next year when we will be voting to determine the greatest science fiction hero of all time. Suggestions are welcome.

5 replies on “Greatest Science Fiction Novel Tournament Results”

  1. J_W_W says:

    Thanks for putting this tournament together.

    While the book I wanted and believed would win did, this tournament showed me that I have a lot of reading to catch up on.

  2. Jethro says:

    I don’t think you really needed a tournament to know this one… (;

    • zocalo says:

      It was definitely my odds-on favourite to win, but only one of several I thought might be in with a chance depending on how the brackets worked out. I think it’s pretty clear that some of the upsets played a part in the result too as they denied us (or saved us from) some incredibly tough choices – e.g. “Dune vs. Slaughterhouse Five” and led to others, e.g. “Dune vs. The Stars My Destination”, to pick two from the Dune branch. Also, Dune was actually the upset winner in the latter one, so with a different arrangement of the brackets a different result seems quite possible and, as noted below, Heinlein seems to have fared less well than might have been expected.

      All good fun though, so many thanks to Blaine for putting it together, and really looking forwards to next year’s contest!

  3. My wife would argue a lot against it. She was not a fan, and had multiple reasons but the incredible misogyny was highest among them.

    I enjoyed it, but I would rank some Heinlein higher.

    That said, I do think it is a great series, with many, many high points, and it’s a world universe that deserves a rich and effects-dense series to rival BSG, Stargate, or something like that. Not one giving us the Atreides’ story again, but something along side it.

    • Jethro says:

      > She was not a fan, and had multiple reasons but the incredible misogyny was highest among them.

      See, I don’t really get this about Dune. The series has many strong female characters, and one could argue that he Bene Gesserit were the ones running everything the entire time. They were certainly the most influential, and often the most powerful faction throughout the series, and to the extent that anyone “won”, it was them.

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