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message 1: by Veronica, Supreme Sword (new)

Veronica Belmont (veronicabelmont) | 1656 comments Mod
This is a hard one, but let's try to list our all-time favorite authors. Here are my five (in no particular order):

Robin Hobb
Tad Williams
George R.R. Martin
Laurie R. King
David Eddings


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message 5: by Veronica, Supreme Sword (new)

Veronica Belmont (veronicabelmont) | 1656 comments Mod
Vance wrote: "In SF, I would say:

Guy Gavriel Kay
GRR Martin
Robin Hobb

Non-SF

PG Wodehouse
Ken Follett
Patrick O'Brian
Ellis Peters

(Don't know how to make them links!)"


Just above the comment box, there's a link that says "add book/author". Just search for the person or title, and it will add it automatically!


message 6: by Vance (new)

Vance | 362 comments Ah, thanks, V. I will go back and edit it.


message 7: by Rick (new)

Rick Pasley (hikr3) | 71 comments Ever the toughest question for me!

William Gibson
Neil Gaiman
Christopher Moore
China Mieville
Scott Lynch

I guess that is a start. There are just so many to choose from!


message 8: by Bill (new)

Bill (billymac) This is tough, as every year I keep discovering new
favorites. But I'm game:

Sci-Fi/Fantasy:

Arthur C. Clarke
Dan Simmons
David Gerrold
Iain M. Banks
George Alec Effinger

Man, I wish David Gerrold would finish the War Against
the Chtorr series. Been, what? Only 17 years I've been waiting?
This is why I'm waiting for GRRM's series to finish before I start into it.


Non-SF/Fantasy:

Stephen King
Khaled Hosseini
Greg Iles
Dennis Lehane
Val McDermid


message 9: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (new)

Jlawrence | 960 comments Mod
Tough one! May change when I follow up on some of the authors whose short stories I really liked in the The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction anthology, but:

SF/Fantasy:
Gene Wolfe
Neil Gaiman
George R.R. Martin
Ursula K. Le Guin
Frank Herbert

My non-SF/Fantasy favorite author list is in flux - I've found my opinion can be quite different when I've re-read someone who used to be a favorite 'conventional fiction' author. I'm sure that can be true of SF/fantasy as well, but I still seem to like Earthsea wizards and sandworms, for instance. ;)


message 10: by Rick (new)

Rick Pasley (hikr3) | 71 comments Rick wrote: "Ever the toughest question for me!

William Gibson
Neil Gaiman
Christopher Moore
China Mieville
Scott Lynch

I ..."


And Douglas Adams, I can't believe I forgot him!


message 11: by Neal (new)

Neal (akanthos) | 1 comments Tom wrote: "In no particular order:

Neal Stephenson
Daniel Suarez
William Gibson
Neil Gaiman"


Hmm. Pretty much ditto.

Thanks, by the way, for recommending Daemon. Fantastic!


message 12: by Erik Batson (new)

Erik Batson | 5 comments George R.R. Martin
Frank Herbert
Arthur C. Clarke

Non-SF and Fantasy

Kurt Vonnegut (best author, any genre)
Stephen King


message 13: by Vance (new)

Vance | 362 comments Dagnabbit, forgot two essentials!

Douglas Adams
Terry Pratchett

Both in the SF genre.


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message 16: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Iverson (otherworld) | 13 comments My favorite SF and Fantasy authors in no particular order are:

Tad Williams
Brent Weeks
Jim Butcher
R.A. Salvatore
Terry Brooks

A couple of authors (one who writes as a duo) outside the genre of SF/Fantasy are:
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
James Rollins


message 18: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Guzman (zeotrope) | 12 comments Definitely a tough one but the first five that come to mind are:

Neil Gaiman
Jacqueline Carey
John Scalzi
Patrick Rothfuss
William Gibson


message 19: by John (new)

John (jacor) Gene Wolfe
J. R. R. Tolkien
William Gibson
Robert Heinlein

The fifth is a tie between too many authors to list.


message 20: by Kev (new)

Kev (sporadicreviews) | 637 comments In no particular order, just as I think of them:

James Rollins
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Isaac Asimov
Ben Bova
F. Paul Wilson
E. E. Knight
Derek Gilbert
Sharon Gilbert
Jack McDevitt


message 22: by Michael (new)

Michael Minutillo (wolfbyte) In no particular order

Feist Raymond E
Pratchett/Terry
Terry Brooks
George R. R. Martin
Tad Williams
Robert Jordan
Stephen King

I could happily pick up any book written by any of them and start reading it right now. Even if it's in the middle of the series It's all very fantasy-heavy.


message 23: by Jimmy (new)

Jimmy | 1 comments i'm sorry, i really tried to get my list down to 5 but the best i can do is 7.

David Eddings
He opened the door to fantasy books for me.
The Belgariad and The Malloreon has been lying on the floor next to my bed for ages. when ever i don't have anything to read, Eddings comes to the rescue.

Terry Pratchett
Can't live with out his books.
Every night when i go to bed i put on a Pratchett audiobook. been doing that for a few years now, strange but true.

Robert Jordan
i think i've read WOT 7-8 times.
and I'm shamed to say i still haven't picked up the last book yet.

Stephen R. Donaldson
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever is one hell of a series, Mordant's Need isn't to shabby either.

Margaret Weis/Tracy Hickman
Dragonlance, The Death Gate Cycle, love em.

Douglas Adams
No words necessary. Well maybe, Don't panic :-)

Katharine Kerr
Her Deverry series is right up my alley.


message 24: by Nathanael (new)

Nathanael Tripp | 4 comments Here are my top 5 in Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Fiction in no particular order. I know most of my Sci-Fi writers are typically known as "Star Wars" writers but I would suggest reading anything by them. And in my opinion Max Brooks is THE premier Zombie writer (with J.L. Bourne slowly catching him).

Sci-Fi/Fantasy:
Aaron Allston
George R.R. Martin
Timothy Zahn
Karen Traviss
Orson Scott Card

"General" Fiction:
Max Brooks
Dan Brown
Stephanie Meyer
Daniel Suarez
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child


message 25: by Curt (new)

Curt Taylor (meegeek) | 107 comments Wow, this is tough;

stephenson, neal
Phillip K Dick
Ayn Rand
Arthur C. Clarke
Issac Asimov
Frank Herbert

As far as I can go, before it starts to blur. I really base my selections whether I would read their books multiple times, not just a second time.


message 26: by Andrew (new)

Andrew I'd have to say my favorite are:

Robert J. Sawyer
Dan Simmons
Larry Niven
Peter F. Hamilton
Greg Bear

I really think Robert J. Sawyer is underexposed to alot of Sf fans. Check him out!


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message 30: by Joshua (new)

Joshua (JoshuaCaleb) | 38 comments I'd have to go with:

J.R.R. Tolkien
Norton Juster
C.S. Lewis
and probably,
Jules Verne


message 31: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ashby | 119 comments For the sake of simplicity I'll keep this to contemporary authors:

SciFi/Fantasy
Harlan Ellison
Neil Gaiman
George R.R. Martin (although this latest book is awful)
Tad Williams

Other
Michael Chabon (Just the best)
Simon Schama (Best general history author)
Peter Hessler (Best observer of life in China)
Rick Atkinson (Best writer of military history)
David Sedaris (Funniest man alive)


message 32: by TRP (new)

TRP Watson (trpw) | 191 comments SciFi/Fantasy
Ray Bradbury
Douglas Adams
Terry Pratchett
John Wyndham
(+ a couple whose books I enjoy)
Mary Gentle
Martin Scott (AKA Martin Millar)

Others.
Jane Austen
George MacDonald Fraser
Patrick O'Brian


message 33: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Cranley | 20 comments Also in no particular order

Kylie Chan
Raymond E. Feist
Jennifer Fallon
Sara Douglass
Tracy Hickman/Margaret Weis

I will add Weis and Hickman in together as I think it brings out their best work


message 34: by Randy (new)

Randy Word (rword) | 21 comments My top five at the moment, subject to change without notice


Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson
Patricia Briggs
Raymond E. Feist
Jim Butcher
Charlaine Harris


message 35: by Veronica, Supreme Sword (last edited Apr 05, 2010 12:35PM) (new)

Veronica Belmont (veronicabelmont) | 1656 comments Mod
Tom wrote: "OK here goes nothing. This is hard!

Stanislaw Lem"


You and your Lem! I don't get it!


message 36: by Will (new)

Will (w13rdo) | 37 comments Veronica wrote: "Tom wrote: "OK here goes nothing. This is hard!

Stanislaw Lem"

You and your Lem! I don't get it!"


What's not to like about Lem? It's hit and miss, but those that hit tend to make me think.


message 37: by Dan (new)

Dan Phillips (danfire) | 1 comments I agree in how difficult this is with everyone

Robert Jordan
Cormac Mcarthy only read "the road" but it was amazing
Brandon Sanderson
Micheal Moorcock
Tad Williams
Kevin J Anderson


message 38: by Markt5660 (new)

Markt5660 | 39 comments Harlan Ellison
Neal Stephenson
Charles Stross
Dan Simmons
Patrick O'Brian


message 39: by Hope (new)

Hope (littlehope) | 82 comments Orson Scott Card is my all time faavorite auther but as for the others... there's too meny choises!!!


message 40: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 4102 comments This was tough, and undoubtedly I'm missing some, but I think my list would go with:
Raymond Feist
Neal Stephenson (though I hated Anathem)
George R.R. Martin
Madeleine L'Engle (A Wrinkle in Time is one of the first fantasy books I read)
Orson Scott Card (actually I've only ever read Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow but they're some of the best sci-fi I've ever read)

Also, I haven't read too many books by Neil Gaiman, but what I've read, I really liked.


message 41: by Louis (new)

Louis (osiramon) | 60 comments This is tricky. I read so many.

Clarke Arthur C
Asimov Isaac
Feist Raymond E
Orson Scott Card
William Gibson

I look at the list of names in the comments other people have done, and I find myself wondering why there are so few women writers listed.

So for those, I'm adding some favorites of that gender.

Lois McMaster Bujold
Anne McCaffrey
Elizabeth Moon
Margaret Weis


message 42: by Leighann (new)

Leighann (zhelenstilo) I have such a hard time picking favorites.

I know for sure Carol Berg is pretty much at the top at the moment.

Some others include:
Neil Gaiman
Terry Pratchett
Douglas Adams
David Eddings
Mercedes Lackey

And I'm sure I'm forgetting some.


message 43: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 5995 comments Probably Peter F. Hamilton. Read all the stuff in print, and waiting for the next one, Evolutionary Void in the fall, 3rd part of the Void trilogy, which is a sequel to Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained.

John Scalzi, although I've only finished Old Man's War

Joe Hill, so far.

A lot of sff seems like work to read to me, lacking emotion. (Hamilton is work though; I guess I get enough out of it.)


message 45: by Chip (last edited Apr 13, 2010 01:54PM) (new)

Chip Call me old school if you will:


Arthur C. Clarke
Isaac Asimov
Robert A. Heinlein
Frank Herbert

followed by a younger one:
Peter F. Hamilton


message 46: by Daniel J. (last edited Apr 15, 2010 06:03PM) (new)

Daniel J. (djmorin) | 1 comments Not that original, but I could spend many years on a desert island with books from these guys.


Tolkien J. R. R.
C.S. Lewis
Frank Herbert
Arthur C. Clarke
Isaac Asimov
George R.R. Martin
Philip K. Dick
Douglas Adams
Jules Verne
Daniel Suarez


message 48: by Ben (new)

Ben (benwarmuth) With science fiction:

Alastair Reynolds
Douglas Adams
Neal Stephenson

With fantasy:

George R R Martin
Patrick Rothfuss
Raymond E Feist

In general:

Chuck Palahniuk
Stephen King
Richard Dawkins

I'm hopeful that I'll become fans of these authors (once I read their books):

Steven Erikson
Peter F. Hamilton


message 49: by Alex (new)

Alex Covic (buckybit) | 25 comments (in no particular order)
Montaigne
Augustine of Hippo
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Voltaire
Nabokov Vladimir.

Now, don't throw me out of this fine group! You asked for 'all time' favorite authors.


message 50: by Vance (new)

Vance | 362 comments Somebody (not me because I am lazy), should do a tally and see which authors have the most mentions! :0)


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