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Who's your favorite SF or Fantasy Author? 
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Be subjective here. Not looking for "best" on any sort of objective/literary basis.

For me it always comes back to Robert Heinlein. There is just such a clarity to his stuff that appeals to me. I even like his so-called "juvies" like Farmer in the Sky or Space Cadet. In fact, I'm pretty sure that Farmer was my fist SF novel back in junior high. Later I glommed onto his more "adult" works like Stranger in a Strange Land (oddly precient in a couple interesting ways), The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and Starship Troopers (do NOT get me started on that movie!). I have always liked the philosophical undercurrent in most of his work of honor, self-reliance, and duty.

The Long Watch is a particular favorite of his short stories. Read it here:
http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/1439 ... 17___4.htm

So. Who is your favorite science fiction or fantasy author?

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Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein......


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John N. Ritter wrote:
Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein......


Asimov's stuff tends to be a bit too dry for my taste, though I respect both his ideas and the shear volume of work that he produced.

Clarke, for me, stands in kind of a middle ground somewhere between Asimov and Heinlein. Some of his stuff really appealed to me (Songs of a Distant Earth is a big favorite of mine), but some of it (Imperial Earth) did nothing for me at all.

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Poe, Twain, Heinlein, Bester, Vonnegut, Crichton, Sawyer.

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Jack Vance
Keith Laumer
Harry Harrison
Larry Niven
Robert Silverberg
Fritz Leiber

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I believe it was Asimov who wrote a non-fiction history of the United States that I've seen in our local library. I've never checked it out, but have thought it would be interesting to read a history book written from the perspective he would bring.

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H.G. Wells did a History of the World that was apparently well-regarded...

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I could also add David Weber.... Plus a few of the more modern writers...

AND Edith Wild... She's still obscure, but she should work out....


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I don't get many chances to read novels anymore, but I used to read some of Jack McDevitt's work. Not sure how respected he is overall, but I liked The Engines Of God.

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I have read quite a bit of Jack's work. But not that novel. He seems to know where he is going...


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