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message 101: by Noel (new)

Noel Eiffe (NoelEiffe) | 3 comments SF only, here's mine:

Iain M. Banks
Neal Stephenson
Wm Gibson
Richard K Morgan
Seems early yet, but those Daniel Suarez books blew me away

Kinda grew up on Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, Ellison, Pournelle and Niven...but not sure they remain fully adult favorites. People change over time, esp wrt Sci Fi. Make the calls above not least on the fact that I've read every SF word they've written.

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Feargal | 12 comments Noel wrote: "SF only, here's mine:

Iain M. Banks
Neal Stephenson
Wm Gibson
Richard K Morgan
Seems early yet, but those Daniel Suarez books blew me away

Kinda grew up on Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, Ellison, Po..."

Looking at your list, I'm sure you'd love Alastair Reynolds. Check him out.

message 103: by [deleted user] (last edited May 23, 2010 03:03PM) (new)

It would appear that lately, all of my favorite SF authors are from the UK. Many of my favorite American authors seem to have given up SF in favor of (the evidently more lucrative pastime of) writing fantasy stories for the Harry Potter/Twilight generation. I'm looking at you Lois McMaster Bujold.

Here are my top three:
Iain M. Banks
Alastair Reynolds
Charles Stross
Richard K. Morgan

message 104: by Noel (new)

Noel Eiffe (NoelEiffe) | 3 comments Thanks for the suggestion...I will. Care to recommend a good starting point?


Feargal wrote: "Noel wrote: "SF only, here's mine:

Iain M. Banks
Neal Stephenson
Wm Gibson
Richard K Morgan
Seems early yet, but those Daniel Suarez books blew me away

Kinda grew up on Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke..."

message 105: by Matt (last edited May 26, 2010 11:37AM) (new)

Matt (BeardedHeckler) Science Fiction:
1. William Gibson
2. Philip K. Dick
3. Isaac Asimov
4. George Orwell
5. H.G. Wells

1. Kurt Vonnegut
2. Carson McCullers
3. Jack Kerouac
4. Franz Kafka
5. J.D. Salinger

I have to say I'm impressed/astonished by the variety in some people's lists. How can you like BOTH Ayn Rand AND Isaac Asimov? They're the complete opposites, I wouldn't be caught dead with an Ayn Rand book, but hey, to each his own I suppose.

message 106: by Obxboy (new)

Obxboy | 8 comments GENRE:

Dan Simmons (the Hyperion Quadrilogy)
Orson Scott Card
Neil Gaiman
David Brin


Charles Dickens
JRR Tolkien
Stephen King
William Goldman
Ken Follett

message 107: by Robotguy (new)

Robotguy | 2 comments Glad to see at least someone else has listed my favorite:
1. Daniel Keys Moran - The Long Run continues to be my favorite of all time. Both of my teenage daughters know that if they had been a boy, I would have named them Trent!
2. Aurthur C. Clarke - Invented the geosynchronous satellite and wrote great, hard sci-fi. I really like that he throws a little math in each book; tangrams, prime sequences, fractals...
3. E.E. "Doc" Smith - figured out how to make powdered sugar stick to donuts and wrote awesome space operas. I grew up wanting to be a Lensman.
4. Neal Stephenson - The earlier the better. The Big U was a blast, but I have yet to get through Anathem.
5. Douglas Adams - A wit like no other. If you liked HHG2TG, go find Last Chance to See, a non-fiction book where Adams travels the world to see endangered species.

As you may notice, with the exception of the really hard sci-fi of Clarke, I like my stories campy and fun!

message 109: by Jay (new)

Jay Crossler (jaycrossler) | 26 comments - Roger Zelazny (He writes about science as if it were magic and magic as if it were science)
- George R R Martin
- Alastair Reynolds

message 110: by Mike (new)

Mike (The_Real_Bigby_Wolf) | 1 comments Neil Gaiman
Jim Butcher
Rick Riordan
Brian K. Vaughn
J.R.R. Tolkein

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German Vargas (germanvargas) | 12 comments I tried to keep it sci-fi only:

Teens (or, when I didn't have to think)
David Eddings
Larry Niven
Troy Denning
Timothy Zahn
Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Twenties (or, when I was nerdy cool)
William Gibson
R.A. Salvatore
H.G. Wells
George Orwell
Robert Heinlein

Early Thirties (or, the current era)
Ben Bova
S.M. Stirling
J.R.R. Tolkien
H.P. Lovecraft
Orson Scott Card

Most likely the next 5:
Stanislaw Lem
Frank Herbert
Cory Doctorow
Arthur C. Clarke
Jerry Pournell and more Bova

message 112: by Christopher (last edited Aug 30, 2010 07:24AM) (new)

Christopher Johnson (the_lost_emperor) | 14 comments J. R. R. Tolkien
Iain M. Banks
Vernor Vinge
Doris Lessing
Stephen R. Donaldson

Ask me again in 5 minutes and the list will be different.

message 113: by Caitrin (new)

Caitrin (literarydependent) Hmm, this will probably say a lot about my tastes but to be fair, I'm trying to broaden my horizons.

Brandon Sanderson
Patrick Rothfuss
Jacqueline Carey
Juliet Marillier

message 114: by Alexander (new)

Alexander Draganov (DarthSparhawk) Rick Riordan
JK Rowling
Simon R. Green
Terry Brooks
Raymond E. Feist
David Eddings

message 115: by Tina (new)

Tina (javabird) | 499 comments JRR Tolkien
Ray Bradbury
Greg Bear
Michael Crichton

Other genres:
Thomas Hardy
Richard Preston
Arthur Conan Doyle
Agatha Christie

Great thread - I've just found out about several writers I need to check out!

message 116: by Jay (last edited Oct 22, 2010 11:35AM) (new)

Jay Turpin | 7 comments T.A. Pratt - Marla Mason Series was a lot of fun
Jim Butcher - Loved both the Dresden and the Furies series
Rowling J. K. - The whole Potter series was enjoyable to read (and listen to)
Stephen King - The Stand is my favorite post apocalyptic book
Donaldson, Stephen R. - Thomas Covenant series and Mirror of her Dreams

message 118: by R.H. (new)

R.H. Watson (rh_watson) | 45 comments My favorite arthors of all time has to be biased toward youthful enthusiasm and adventure.

Isaac Asimov for his relentless follow through with his ideas.
Frederik Pohl for getting old and still showing those kids how to be edgy.
Anne McCaffrey for making science-fiction dragons!
James Tiptree, Jr. A.K.A. you know who.
Norman Spinrad -- mainly for Child of Fortune

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Rob Unger | 16 comments Stephen King (for the Dark Tower Series and companion books; his last few, the cellphone, the duma key and the dome have been from the safety deposit box)In Bag of Bones he describes an author with a safety deposit box full of books that he wrote when he was young and is slowly releasing them after a long case of writers block.

Douglas Adams (never laughed so hard reading a book)

Arthur C Clark (my 1st reading for fun experience)

Patrick O'brien (take a year from your life and read the entire series)

Tolkien (how many author have (copied, I mean)been inspired by his work?: Terry Brooks (his Kingdom Sold is a fun series to read with your kids), The kid, I cannot seem to type his name, who wrote those awful dragon books that for some reason are always on the customer favorites on audible)just to name two.

Not on the list but I would buy without knowing anything about the book.
George RR Martin (he is not on the 5 list because he hasn't finished the dam# series)
Brandon Sanderson (I know I will get flamed but I think he is doing a better job on Jordan's series)
JK Rowlings (for the characters)
Patrick Rothfuss (fresh take on fantasy)
Daniel Suarez
There is my list, nothing as exciting as Stanislaw Lem.

message 120: by Eric (new)

Eric Taylor | 20 comments My top 5 favorite authors:

5. Douglas Adams
4. J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Margaret Weis
2. R.A. Salvatore
1. Terry Brooks

message 121: by Curt (new)

Curt Eskridge | 90 comments Pratchett, Fforde and Butcher are my must read immediately authors. There are a ton more who would have been on the list at different times but right now these are the top of the list-

Terry Pratchett
Jim Butcher
Jasper Fforde
Daniel Suarez
Peter David
Iain M. Banks
Tom Holt

Here are a bunch of comics favorites-
Geoff Johns
Paul Levitz
Neil Gaiman
Grant Morrison
Alan Moore
Matt Wagner
Keith Giffen

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Elton Gahr | 5 comments Isaac Asimov
Douglas Adams
P. K. Dick
Steven King
Peter David

Love Neil Stephenson, J. K. Rowling and Jim Butcher as well but in each case I have only read books in a single series so they can't quite make the top list.

message 124: by Ed (last edited Mar 03, 2011 11:47PM) (new)

Ed (edwardjsabol) | 170 comments SF/Fantasy authors:
Gene Wolfe
Philip K. Dick
J.R.R. Tolkien
Frank Herbert
Kurt Vonnegut
Honorable mentions to Sean Stewart, Roger Zelazny, John Crowley, William Gibson, Susanna Clarke, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman

Literary authors:
Thomas Pynchon
Cormac McCarthy
Vladimir Nabokov
William Faulkner
Michael Chabon

message 125: by Lindis (new)

Lindis Russell (LindyLouDawn) J.K. Rowling
Stephenie Meyer
Stephen King
J.R.R Tolken
(although I have to admit, I've only read The Hobbit. Fellowship is on my to-read list)
Scott Westerfield

message 126: by Larry (last edited Mar 04, 2011 02:22PM) (new)

Larry (lomifeh) | 88 comments Ohh a top five list ok let's see. In know specific order. I do love so many others though but this is my goto list.

Neil Gaiman
David Eddings
Philip Jose Farmer
Roger Zelazny
Stephen King

An aside: Anyone able to find any of the Dungeon books that Farmer put together? I read them when I was a teenager but it's been hard to find any copies anywhere.

message 128: by John (new)

John Cole | 5 comments Wow. Just read through he entire thread, and only one mention of the author of my favorite fantasy series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn:

Tad Williams - I'm not too impressed with Otherland, but MST was one of the best

Also enjoy as best of the best:

George R.R. Martin
Neal Stephenson

message 129: by Mike (new)

Mike Weissmann (Cotimew) | 4 comments In no particular order:

Orson Scott Card (Best book IMAO is Pastwatch)
Frank Herbert (Dune)
Robert Jordan (Crown of Thorns)
Douglas Adams (So long and Thanks for all the Fish)
J.R.R. Tolkien (Will be booed for but .... the Two Towers)

message 130: by Anne (new)

Anne Schüßler (anneschuessler) | 696 comments In the fantasy/sci-fi realm I'd go for

1. Walter Moers
2. Neil Gaiman
3. Haruki Murakami
4. China Miéville
5. Jasper Fforde

I'd add Neal Stephenson as an honorable mention, mostly because I found I had to fight sometimes finishing the books of the Baroque cycle and Cryptomicon. Anathem was great, though.

As for not-so sci-fi/fantasy authors, I simply adore Dave Eggers and love David Mitchell, who has some sci-fi/fantasy elements but I wouldn't put him strictly in this genre.

message 131: by Christopher (new)

Christopher (theliterarygeek) | 96 comments Top Authors?

1. Tolkien
2. Frank Herbert
3. Asimov
4. HP Lovecraft
5.K Vonnegut

Current and old favs: Jim Butcher, Joe Abercrombie, Pat Rothfuss, P K Dick, Neil Gaiman, Lian Hern,R Bradbury, EE Doc Smith(lensmen rule!), GRR Martin, Kevin Anderson, R Zelany, David Eddings, HG Wells, EA Poe, Susana Clark, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Timothy Zahn, and Lev Grossman.

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