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  Series: Most Noteworthy 
 
  Among the hundreds of SF&F series out there, a few stand out of the crowd, either for their sheer size or because of their popularity.

 
 
   Biggest Series and Universes    
 
  For people looking for 'heavy' reading.
  1. James Axler's Deathlands + Outlander (80+ books)
  2. Terry Pratchett's Discworld (26 books)
  3. Piers Anthony's Xanth (26 books)
  4. John Norman's Gor (25 books)
  5. Robert Adams' Horseclans (20 books)
Some shared worlds also fattened to dozens of books over time:
 
 
    Most Prolific Authors    
 
 
  1. C.J. Cherryh (17 series)
  2. Tanith Lee (15 series)
  3. Poul Anderson (13 series)
  4. Anne McCaffrey (13 series)
  5. Jack L. Chalker (12 series)
  6. Mike Resnick (10 series)
  7. Robert E. Vardeman (10 series)
  8. Piers Anthony (9 series)
  9. Jack Vance (9 series)
  10. Sharon Green (8 series)
  11. Larry Niven (7 series)
 
 
    Most Awarded Series    
 
 

These books taken individually are not necessarily among the most awarded novels or written by the most awarded authors, but as a whole they were awarded again and again:

 
 
   Most Classic Series   
 
  According to our Classics listings based on multiple lists, books from these series are praised both by critics and fans.

 
 
   Most Popular Series   
 
  If we just listen to fans who contribute to the Internet 100 Top SF/Fantasy, we get a different result. The ranking is based on an average note which is not impacted by how many people voted for the series, so this list reflects a mix in popularity and quality. Here are their votes for whole series, as of July 2001 (individual books get rankings as well but we won't get into that level of detail here).

  1. JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
  2. George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire
  3. Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series
  4. Terry Pratchett's Discworld
  5. Dan Simmons' Hyperion
  6. Elizabeth Moon's Deed of Paksenarrion
  7. Daniel Keys Moran's Tales of the Continuing Time
  8. Glen Cook's Black Company
  9. C.S. Friedman's The Coldfire Trilogy
  10. Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorns
  11. Roger Zelazny's First Chronicles Of Amber
  12. Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos
  13. Isaac Asimov's Foundation
  14. Gene Wolfe's Book Of The New Sun
  15. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time
  16. Mercedes Lackey's Arrows
  17. Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry
 
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