Who still stand the test of time to become a Classic? So I was thinking earlier today about what books from the last few decades (in fantasy/scifi) might stand the test of time well enough to last not just decades, but maybe to move up and sit beside such greats as that Shakespear chap and others who's books are reprinted decade after decade after century (failing any massive world war 3 destroying everything). So I got to thinking and came up with: 1) Tolkien's Middle Earth - whilst some of the supporting works might well drift into only the serious collectors bookshelves I feel that The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion at least will stand the test of time. Not just because its held in a trust, but because his single work sparked not just a whole generation, but generation after generations worth of interest in fantasy. Consider that a vast majority of todays writers are directly or indirectly inspired/prompted by his works. I honestly think it would take a lot to push these works out of circulation. 2) Terry Pratchett's Discworld - immensely popular and insightful writing mixed with a good dose of wit. Although I've a feeling that, popular as they are, its yet to actually peek into being something as culturally recognised as LotR - although a lot of that might just come with time (LotR has had a lot longer to influence). I'd be very surprised if these are not still popular choices in many years to come and I would like to think that the collective works would retain a strong position 3) A Song of Ice and Fire - its big now and I'd argue one of the biggest of modern times (for fantasy). It also hits back in a generation so Tolkien Inspired with a heavy dose of realistic influences to mix with the fantasy. It also takes things away from that comforting adventure into a much more dynamic and dangerous (if you're a character) tale. Of course a big part of this is if it gets finished - though I'd be willing to argue that even if it were to not be finished it might well stand the test of time. After that things get a little more tricky, I've a feeling Pern might well last out, though (and this is just a personal feeling) the writing style might well hold it back compared to some of the listed above. Like Discworld its also a lot of books that cover the series and many have argued that it grew weaker nearer the end (esp as her son started to write them). Personally this series might well end up just favoured by the fantasy fanatics of the further edit -- darn it can't ---- change ---- title ---- gah!