Skip to comments.Who are today's Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein?
Posted on 02/09/2013 4:41:00 PM PST by narses
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Side note but as great modern writers go, Graham Masterton. In Horror/strangeness, no one compares to this man. Diverse, prolific and always a good read.
Not Sci/Fi per se, but he goes there in fits and spurts in many of his works.
The first two Night Warriors books, The Pariah and his most famous, The Manatu (70s movie/book) are all great reads.
Is Kevin on your ping list? :p
"Asimov, Bester, Clarke."
FR has a few writers onboard.
Though they tend to keep to the shadows mostly.
It was a FReeper who turned me on to Harry Turtledove who definitely goes out of his way to find unique ways of thinking of things.
His short story “The Road Not Taken” can be found here (I just downloaded it to my kindle for a more in depth read)
They’re hanging out with the Sinclair Lewis, Charles Dickens, and Balzac of today. In other words nonexistent. Can you imagine what a Dickens would be writing about current day America? What a paradox, in an age of plenty and material bounty our culture and arts are intellectually impoverished. A clown in the white house who invites rappers for drop in visits. Disgusting!
Our Freeper member “Travis McGee” is author Matthew Bracken. His “Enemies” trilogy is great. A future distopian trilogy where government is taking over all power. His books were written before Fast and Furious, but predict such type manipulative events. The first novel even has a Free Republic like system where people are figuring out what is going on. His website is www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com Just go to Amazon.com to read excerpts and read reviews. You can order from his site or Amazon, but he probably does better if you order from his site due to the Amazon fees.
Turtledove is awesome.
Iain M. Banks
For the Culture series and for the Algebraist.
You know, out of the walls of books I have and of the many times people recommend him to me, I still haven’t read him. I don’t know why. I never hear word one but praise for him.
I gotta fix that.
I love these threads, I get to hear about new authors
I think I will.
I’ve read 3 David Gemmel. Alan Dean Foster’s “Carnivores of Light and Darkness”. Just finished Greg Bear’s “Eon”. Worked in Brooks’ “Sword of Shannara”. The first book of The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and am working on Bear’s prequel to Eon—Legacy.
That is this year. My goal is to read 100 books this year.
Jeff Head and Travis Mcgee
These two have written excellent books.
I know there are others too!
If you want an epic sci fi series, get thee to the used book bins/ebay and get the Battletech series. Galaxy spanning space opera in jumpships and Mechs.
Several writers, all of them good. Political intrigue, warring cultures, combat...all there.
And about 30 books to get through. And not the ‘dumb fun’ it first appears to be. Quite philosophically deep actually.
Thanks for that!
Turtledove seems to specialize in the what ifs of history. He’s got a whole series of “Southern Victory” books about if the south had won the civil war.
If you never read it, “The Last of the Breed” by Louis L’Amour is one of the best adventure fiction novels I have read. It was supposed to be a two-part novel, but the author died before writing the second half. Still a great read.
Matt Bracken is a new one, L. Neil Smith is one you may have missed if you left in the ‘80s:
I wrote the off-road section of David Phillips “American Motorsports” ;)
Reality today is so bizarre that science fiction pales by comparison. The present political scene is as wild as any SF story that I have read. Americas drones flying worldwide killing Americans. The US can’t afford to refuel its ships, while the US government gives away cell phones, medical cost approaching the GNP of a country........
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