Welcome to November's Poll.
I know the word "vote" is probably giving you PTSD, and right now you're having a flashback of watching someone you tried really hard not to defriend through their whole "Chick Fil A Pride" phase post every single Liberal Logic 101 meme in the space of about five minutes. The fallacies are flying at you literally faster than you can point them out and the question of why in the Holy Flaming Pope Balls this person is even your friend is becoming more and more urgent as you hover over the "Defriend" button and think "This will make you the small minded cockbrain who couldn't stand another opinion." So you try to hold on, but the memes just keep coming...one after another. And in the end you break. You try to respect all opinions but you just can't keep respecting the empathetic love-spouting Christian who says "every liberal is totally stupid and ignorant and I hate them (except you guys)," and you finally crack, defriend them, go take a shower with steel wool and bleach, and cry.
Or...maybe that's just me. Either way, this should be a little less bitter and partisan than those polls.
What is the BEST SciFi/Fantasy series. I'll give everyone five votes so that you can blow a couple confirming the sky-is-blue fact that The Song of Ice and Fire and Lord of the Rings are totally badass. (Also apparently the trick to writing a really beloved book series is to have two R's for your middle names. That's why I'm legally changing my middle name to Really Reginald, so that I can be C.R.R. Brecheen.)
This is about books and the quality of those books, not about movies or HBO shows. BOOKS! Please don't vote for Harry Potter if you thought the series made for eight awesome films and watching those gawky kids grow into blistering hotties was the highlight of your post Patriot Act existence, but you never really could get past Rowling's prose in Order of the Phoenix after her actual-veto-power editors were all replaced with yes-people proofreaders who knew that they were one release away from making more money in the first five minutes than most other authors--even bestsellers--would bring in ever. However, what criteria you use to determine what the "best" books are is up to you. Foundational? Well written? Good characters? Made you act like Chris Farley when he interviews someone? ("That was....that was AWESOME!") Screw the lit snobs. If you want to love a trashy page turner, you fight the power!
If you do not see the best series here, add it down below in the comments. Maybe if I get enough additions, I'll do a second poll and have the champions of each proceed to a final Awesome-Off. Just remember, I'm asking for the best--not anything you can think of off the top of your head that wasn't awful. I'm sure you can impress and dazzle the interwebs with your extensive knowledge of the genre, but a fifty choice poll is not feasible. If you think Asimov's Foundation series is one the best, please add it, but if you just thought it was okay, kind of a classic, and noticed it wasn't on the list, it's okay to leave it off. And don't forget, Chris LOVES when you explain your answers.
But even if you put some answers in comments, you should still vote on THIS poll. So at least we know which ones will advance to the final round.
The poll closes on Nov 30th. I would say "at midnight," but that's past my bedtime. It'll actually be the first thing I do when I wake up on Dec 1st. (After I take a few potshots off the clock tower at writers running towards HarperCollins with their NaNo "novels, of course.) So vote before then or be left t
The poll itself is down on the left, right under that cheeky bio.