Skip to comments.Who are the best science fiction/fantasy authors?
Posted on 05/23/2008 10:02:34 AM PDT by GSWarrior
There must be a lot of SF fans here. Who are you favorite authors or books? What are you currently reading?
I enjoy SF books that focus on character development over hard scifi themes. Robert Silverberg, IMO, is about the best there is. I also enjoy Gardner Duzois' short stories--some gut-wrenching stuff. Jack Vance's are also very entertaining. Orson Scott Card is pretty good too.
I am currently reading Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan...it's kind of slow and hard to follow. Not likely to read his other novels.
I have enjoyed some, but not all, of Niven and Pournelle's works.
A word of caution, 90% of them are crud. 90% of EVERYTHING is crud (Sturgeon’s Law).
Three I can recommend wholeheartedly are Lois McMasters Bujold, Eric Flint, and John Ringo.
Ringo’s “The Last Centurion” rocks.
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Asimov, Bradbury, Herbert (Dune)
I loved the Posleen war series of John Ringo, one of my all-time favorite novels.
Anyway, I like Asimov. I can get through Heinlein. I'm currently enjoying Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, and I've previously read his "Pastwatch", which I liked, too.
Just finished "2001" and it was sleep-inducing. "3001" was better, but not exactly a great read. (I haven't read the others.)
Fantasy, I liked the late David Gemmel's stuff. Lord of the Rings is a must-read if you wish to have a conversation with anyone on the topic of fantasy (and Harry Potter is/will be joining that).
Never read any of "The Wheel of Time" and I don't intend to.
Whoops. There's the bell. Gotta go. More later.
Robert A. Heinlein
Orson Scott Card
Thomas Ligotti and Jorge Luis Borges.
E.E. “Doc” Smith. Heinlein. Barbara Hambly. Linnea Sinclair. Asimov. Clarke. David Weber. In any order :)
Let's not forget Robert Heinlein. While some of his post-stroke fiction was below par, "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" was a classic
Asimov had some pretty good characters, such as those in the “Foundation” and “I, Robot” series of books.
Too bad the man was a raving, Kool-Aid drinking leftist...
Of all the Heinlein books I have read I enjoyed Moon the most.
C.S. Lewis.. “Screwtape Letters” is the ultimate Sci-Fi..
I enjoyed Pastwatch immensely. Great book.
Roger Zelazny (I belive he is now deceased) has several extremely entertaining works out.
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