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Science Fiction & Fantasy Series Posted at 7:05 AM by Dave Post

Dave Post

SF/F Series

Most Science Fiction and Fantasy fans like a good series. Once we find a book we like we want to return to that universe time and again for more great adventures with the characters and settings we already know. Of course, Science Fiction and Fantasy authors and publishers are only too happy to indulge our obsession. Indeed, single stand-alone books are becoming a thing of the past with trilogies or better being the norm. More is more these days.

Our new list of Science Fiction & Fantasy Series contains all of the series in the WWEnd database for your easy perusal. So whether you’re looking for a trilogy, tetralogy, pentalogy, hexalogy, heptalogy, octalogy, ennealogy or decalogy you’ve come to the right place. We’ve even got a trigintoctology for you serious gluttons.

Of course, if you’re a WWEnd Member you’ll be able to use BookTrackr™ to monitor your progress with the series you’re reading and tag those that you want to read later. Check it out and let us know what you think of the list. What series have we missed that you’d recommend to your friends? Which series are your favorites? Full points if you can tell me how many books make up a trigintoctology and the name of the series we’re referring to. Enjoy!


Emil   |   10 Aug 2011 @ 02:41

Now this will drive me over the edge! Awesome invention, and futile exercise to try and read them all *gasp*. I thought my collection of series (selfishly called "the best the genre has to offer") was representable, but now appears to fall miserably short *sulk*. Nice one, guys.

daneyvette   |   10 Aug 2011 @ 09:38

I love this site. This is simply a brilliant idea and a wonderfully implemented feature. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I opened the web page and saw this new list. I am so happy today. This must have taken a huge effort. Thank you!

Dave Post   |   10 Aug 2011 @ 10:15

Glad you guys like the new list! It’s the same data we already had just presented in a new way that lends itself to browsing. I often go looking for a series to start and this list makes it easy to find one. We’ll be adding links for connected series soon so you can get to all 3 of Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant series that fall under different letters in the alphabet.

daneyvette   |   10 Aug 2011 @ 10:50

"We’ll be adding links for connected series soon so you can get to all 3 of Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant series that fall under different letters in the alphabet," Another great addition! I have already noticed the need for it while browsing the list.

Rico Simpkins   |   11 Aug 2011 @ 01:23

Yes, that has been an interesting challenge for us. Do we count Covenant as two trilogies and a tetralogy, or do we combine them all and call it a decalogy? The former makes more sense, at the moment, since that is how they are marketed. Still, if Donaldson re-releases them in all one boxed set and calls it a decalogy, we’ll be a serious quandry. Do we organize classically, as they originally came out, or do we go with the new organization. How do we avoid confusion? Stay tuned, same bat-time, same-bat channel to find out! (Hint: When we figure it out, it’ll be news to us, too.)

Emil   |   11 Aug 2011 @ 03:19

LOL @Rico – I must still start that series, so to me it makes little difference *wink* However, what does bother me is that Blackout and All Clear is listed as a series where it really should be one novel, only split because of publishing woes, I believe. Or publisher’s greed. Who knows! Anyway, this list is certainly showing up all the erudite gaps in my sf/f experience. WWEnd is directly responsible for me attempting the The Wheel of Time series and sadly I’m already bored after almost completing the first book. I doubt I’ll continue. Saying that, I’m ready to start the Malazan. I guess a much more sane approach would be to read recent series rather than trying to play catch-up. But, I am having tremendous fun reading Barsoom and rekindling a profound appreciation of pulp. Perhaps the real series boffins out there can suggest which series from this list is an absolute must!

Emil   |   11 Aug 2011 @ 03:23

Oh, in addition, of course anything, as in anything, from Gene Wolfe is of course a must *smile* so the boffins needs not mention his various series *smile*

gallyangel   |   11 Aug 2011 @ 04:10

Trigintoctology must refer to the longest series you list, which is 38 books long: Discworld. Way to go Pratchett. The first book was published in 83. Now that’s production.And thank you for doubling my reading list. Now I know what I’m reading for the next five years.The mars trilogy: any specific reason you didn’t add The Martians? It’s clearly an addendum or epilog to the series.Under Mission Earth by Hubbard you list only one book, but I know that series is ten books long.With the Lensman saga, Masters of the Vortex is the seventh book, not the sixth. You’ve flipped it with Children of the Lens.I see you haven’t added the sixth book to the Hitchhiker series yet.And Dirk Gently would be a good two-some to add.There was only one book listed under Norton’s witch world as well.Lastly, Star Wars? Really? I mean, Really? Interesting chooses as well for what got put in since you have 6? 10? other series to choose from. If anything the novelizations for the six movies should be put in. And if you do that, Equal Time, Equal Number for Star Trek. Come on. That’s fair.

gallyangel   |   11 Aug 2011 @ 04:35

If anything, I’d like to see the Elora Danan saga included in the database. It starts with Willow and then continues with the three books by Lucas and Claremont: Shadow Moon, Shadow Dawn, and Shadow Star. Very good high fantasy.

Dave Post   |   11 Aug 2011 @ 08:30

@Rico: These series can be such a pain. Different names for the same series, series of series that later become combined under a different name, omnibus editions of series works and there is often confusion about series order to contend with: sort by publication date, chronological or author preferred… It’s a bit of a mess but we can work it all out now that we can see what we’ve got. @Emil: Happy to hear you’re reading Barsoom! One of my favorite series of all time. I just discovered a wonderful podcast called The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs that you should check out. Really great readings from actor David Stifel, "That Burroughs Guy." He’s going to do readings of the entire Barsoom series and so far has the first book and most of the second complete. Check it out in the Resources section.

Dave Post   |   11 Aug 2011 @ 08:55

@gallyangel: Discworld is the right answer! Good on ya’. One of the best things about the series list is that it shows us where we’re missing content. You’ll note I never claimed that all the series were complete ;). There is a world of difference between looking at the cover galleries and seeing what’s missing and trying to pore through the database to find the holes. We can easily see what’s missing now and we’ll be filling in as fast as we can. What we need help with is series order – which is not always obvious. If you see we’ve got some stuff out of order like Lensman that is great info we need to know so please post the details in the forum where we can always get at it. As far as Star Wars goes, we had a member request to add some so I grabbed a couple trilogies out of the hundreds of books out there. I have heard the Zahn books are some of the best. The original series is well known through the movies so I skipped them. Plus the the last 3 movies were so God-awful I couldn’t bring myself to put them in the database. You want some Trek? I can dig it. Post the series you think are the best in the forum and I’ll endeavor to add them.

kvizac   |   16 Aug 2011 @ 08:07

I have burned my eyes out today going trough this list, brilliant job I say, aside all little flaws there might be. What worries me the most is that I figured out that I am short a lifetime needing to read all I crave for. Once again – nice job!!

Dave Post   |   16 Aug 2011 @ 09:30

@kvizac: Thank you kindly. I have to tell you it only gets worse from here. I’ve got 150 more series books queued for when I get back from Reno and that’s just scratching the surface. Choose wisely, my friend.

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