Favorite Author

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  1. maquiscat
    I figure we could use a discussion or two that's not politically motivated. So who is your favorite sci-fi author?

    i really love Mercedes Lackey, but she is more fantasy than science fiction. Marion Zimmer Bradley and Anne McCaffery are right up in the top 5, along with Peter David. But I guess my all time favorite is Heinlein. He was the first that got me thinking outside the preverbal box.
  2. Bob N
    Bob N
    I read one Heinlein novel: "Tunnel in the Sky". But I must say that it had more dialogue than story movement. I mean here we had a whole planet these teenagers landed on and Heinlein finally got around to showing me the planet toward the end of the book. The rest was sort of like "Lord of the Flies" on another world. Maybe you could suggest a Heinlein novel.

    The other books, probably more in the fantasy category than anything else, "Eye of the World" series by Robert Jordan, started out OK but eventually gets dragged out to too many books. That pissed me off because I thought it was going to turn in to a great read.

    I guess that I am more of the hard core sci-fi reader, and one set of books stand out "Rendezvous with Rama" by Arthur C Clarke. I liked the way Clarke made me feel like I was on a large alien spaceship that served as a collection place for different species of life.

    Could you possibly suggest more books like that?
  3. maquiscat
    Try "Time Enough For Love" as a good starter although an unabridged version of "Stranger in a Strange Land" is also a good read. Make sure you get the version his widow released after his death, as the original publishing had many cuts. My first exposure to him was "Friday", but that was hard to follow at times. "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" is good, and for fun reads try "Job:A Comedy of Justice", "The Number of the Beast", and "Doorway to Summer".
  4. Hari Seldon
    Hari Seldon
  5. FluffyNinja
    I am still a sucker for "Ringworld" and Larry Niven remains one of my all-time faves. On the fantasy side, I still get a kick out of re-reading every Terry Pratchett story I can get my hands on. I am also a big fan of Raymond Feist as well and was somewhat disappointed when he concluded his "Magician/Riftwar" sagas with his final installment in the series "Magician's End" two years ago.
  6. maquiscat
    @Hari, Authur C Clark?
  7. JANFU
    Heinlein by far. Isaac A next, his Foundation Trilogy, was excellent. Read it probably 4 times.
    Have not read Sci Fi for sometime but one series was where humans ended up n a planet and used as a meat source. Until later arrivals and a rebellion, and full scale war. I enjoyed that series but cannot recall the writers name.
  8. polgara
    I'm very happy to say that I agree with the posters that have already responded - their authors are among my favorites too! I have added another favorite to my list, so I'm going to give him a plug now, since he posts here on DP! His avator name on here is PoS, and he has authored some of the best Sci-Fi books I have ever read under the name John Triptych! He received rave reviews on Amazon for his best selling series of books on The Glooming, and he has begun a new series which should be best sellers too, IMO. I just finished reading Book 2 of The Dying World series - City of Delusions, which takes place on Earth a million years in the future. It was very difficult to put it down - just what I like to see in a good Sci-Fi thriller!
  9. Gaius46
    I can only name one?

    Dan Simmons Hyperion Cantos is my favorite works of fiction - science or otherwise. It is a masterful, gorgeous work. I haven't read it in over a decade and am due for a reread.

    As well I love Nancy Kress' Beggars in Spain. The original novel is a wonderful work of science fiction and the follow on novels are almost as good.
  10. Winston
    Fantasy is more my cup of tea. But, I've been very pleased with Philip K. Dick. He's inventive and uses his craft for some social commentary you can take away.
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