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The Hyper Hundred... SFcrowsnest Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction Books Chart.

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These are the top one hundred SFF novels of 2010 as voted for by's readers (aka the Hyper Hundred). If you want to vote for a specific book, just find the novel's review and click on the voting button at the bottom of the page.

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1) - Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

2) - Coraline by Neil Gaiman

3) - Kraken by China Mieville

4) - Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds

5) - Hidden Empire audio book by Orson Scott Card

6) - Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn Trilogy book 1) by Brandon Sanderson

7) - The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

8) - Regenesis by C.J. Cherryh

9) - Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent

10) - Desolation Road by Ian McDonald

11) - Changes (The Dresden Files book 12) by Jim Butcher

12) - Blonde Bombshell by Tom Holt

13) - The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross

14) - A Pleasure To Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Stories by Ray Bradbury

15) - The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon

16) - No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon

17) - The Restoration Game by Ken Macleod

18) - The Light Of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter

19) - Splinter by Adam Roberts

20) - Tales Of The Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

21) - Orphaned Worlds by Michael Cobley

22) - The Stars Like Dust by Isaac Asimov

23) - The Rise Of The Iron Moon by Stephen Hunt

24) - Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb

25) - The Passage by Justin Cronin

26) - Up The Bright River by Philip Jose Farmer

27) - Angelglass by David Barnett

28) - Boneshaker by Cheri Priest

29) - The Summoning (The Darkest Powers book 1) by Kelley Armstrong

30) - Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey

31) - Necropath by Eric Brown

32) - The Winds Of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

33) - A Mighty Fortress by David Weber

34) - Starship: Flagship by Mike Resnick

35) - Dragon Age: The Calling by David Gaider

36) - Marked by PC and Kristen Cast

37) - Elric: In The Dream Realms by Michael Moorcock and illustrated by Michael Wm. Kaluta

38) - Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 21

39) - Brian Lumley's Necroscope: The Plague-Bearers by Brian Lumley

40) - Havemercy by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett

41) - The Osiris Ritual (A Newbury And Hobbes Investigation) by George Mann

42) - The Thingummy by Danny Danziger and Mark McCrum

43) - The Terminal State by Jeff Somers

44) - The Kosher Guide To Imaginary Animals by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer

45) - The Nemesis List by R.J. Firth

46) - Necroscope: Harry And The Pirates by Brian Lumley

47) - Small Miracles by Edward M. Lerner

48) - Zendegi by Greg Egan

49) - Metal Swarm by Kevin J. Anderson

50) - The Superman Guide To Life boxset

51) - The Best Of H.P. Lovecraft

52) - Clementine by Cherie Priest

53) - Nights Of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton

54) - Orcs Bad Blood 2: Army Of Shadows by Stan Nicholls

55) - The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas

56) - The Edge Chronicles: Clash Of The Sky Galleons by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

57) - Hawkmoon: The Mad God's Amulet by Michael Moorcock

58) - Eternal Vigilance III: Bound In Blood

59) - Fun With Rainbows by Gareth Owens

60) - Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro

61) - Hard-Luck Diggings: The Early Jack Vance

62) - Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson

63) - We, Robots edited by Allan Kaster

64) - The Palace At Midnight by Robert Silverberg

65) - Guardians Of Paradise by Jaine Fenn

66) - Writers Of The Future: The First 25 Years

67) - Engineman by Eric Brown

68) - Bitter Angels by C.L. Anderson

69) - Catacombs by Anne McCaffrey

70) - The Superman Handbook by Scott Beatty

71) - The Machinery Of Light by David J. Williams

72) - Freedom by Daniel Suarez

73) - Grave Secret (Harper Connelly series book 4) by Charlaine Harris

74) - In His Majesty's Service (Three Novels of Temeraire) by Naomi Novik

75) - Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin

76) - Drood by Dan Simmons

77) - A Mighty Fortress audio book by David Weber

78) - Superman: Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski

79) - The Boys Are Back In Town by Christopher Golden

80) - Sherlock Holmes: The Seventh Bullet

81) - Icons: The DC And Wildstorm Art Of Jim Lee

82) - The Devil's Playground by Jenna Black

83) - The War Of The Dwarves by Markus Heitz

84) - New Model Army by Adam Roberts

85) - The Book On Fire by Keith Miller

86) - Seeds Of Earth (Book One of Humanity's Fire) by Michael Cobley

87) - The Gabble And Other Stories by Neal Asher

88) - The Sweet Scent Of Blood: by Suzanne McLeod

89) - Out Of The Dark by David Webber

90) - Not Less Than Gods by Kage Baker

91) - Crimson Shadows: The Best Of Robert E. Howard Volume One

92) - The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

93) - Black Glass by John Shirley

94) - Burning Shadows by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

95) - Lift Off by Scott Robertson

96) - All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

97) - Elves Once Walked With Gods by James Barclay

98) - Swiftly by Adam Roberts

99) - In The Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente

100) - Werewolves Of Montpellier by Jason

A note on reviews and how the charts are compiled.

1. Counting the Charts

The Hyper Hundred charts are compiled from votes made by readers from SFcrowsnest review pages. Click on the little red thumb's up icon at the bottom of the review to vote for a specific book.

The chart year – 2010, 2011 etc – refers to the year when the review ran, rather than when the book was first published.

E.g. if we get sent a 2009-published novel to review by the publisher in October 2009, and our review is published in January 2010, then the book will only appear in the 2010 chart. The books we review are sent to us by publishers, and include re-issues of classics, paperback versions of hardbacks, compilations of multiple volumes of prior works, illustrated editions, audio-books, small press limited editions etc. We don't discount any books from a particular year's chart. If it's a new edition and not just a second printing of an existing ISBN, it's eligible for inclusion in the charts for that year.

What this means is that if Penguin do a new science fiction classics line and reissue an old Arthur C Clarke novel this year and twice as many readers vote for it than the current Twilight novel, Arthur gets a better chart position than the twinkle-twinkle vampires, even though he's dead and his book first appeared in 1957. This is no different from the music charts, where every time one of The Beatles dies, their entire back catalogue gets re-issued, then suddenly half the charts are singles from Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

If, in 2011, you're voting for a 2006 book where SFcrowsnest published the review in 2007, then bear in mind you're not making any impact on the annual 2011 chart (although you might be helping your favourite author for any best of decade/century charts we do!). It has to be a review published by us in 2011 to count towards the 2011 chart.

2. Reviewing the Books

To be voted on, a physical book has to be sent to us to review. Normally it's the publisher that does this, sometimes it is the author (one of our existing reviewers might even buy the book themselves and submit a review). Once a book is received, it's offered out to our list of over a hundred fans to review on a first-come first-served basis. Reviewers will tend to pick books they like, or at least, think they might like if they haven't read anything by that particular author before.

To get on this list of reviewers you have to earn your spurs first by submitting a range of well-written reviews to our editor, Geoff. Please bear in mind not all books received are reviewed, however (too many books, too few reviewers, too little time in the day). Not all reviews received are run, also… if they're too biased, illiterate, from a publicist pretending to be a reader etc.

If your favourite author/book didn't get featured on SFcrowsnest, remember that we can only review what we're sent. Moan at the PR function in the author's publishing house, then write decent reviews yourself to send to us!

If you are an author and your book gets a bad review from a reviewer, try not to take it to heart. Any review is always one person's opinion, and opinions are like arseholes… everyone's got one. Even the same person's tastes can change over time regarding what they enjoy or dislike.

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