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Poll Question: Just curious: Which of these authors is your favorite?
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    Posted: December 08 2013 at 10:03
Some of my favorite Sci Fi/Fantasy writers. 

Who are yours?
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All excellent writers.....of those on your list went with PK Dick because I read almost all of his over the years but I have read something from all of them. (And I once received a letter from him.)
Almost chose other and named 'Iain Banks', who passed away recently. His 'Culture' series is as good as any straight up sci-fi I have ever read by the older big names like Asimov, Clarke , etc.
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My three favorites are Philip Dick, Ray Bradbury, and Greg Bear.
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Thanks, guys! 

Greg Bear I've heard of but never tried. Douglas Adams I've always kind of resisted, I can't tell you why, but maybe I'll try him now. And Iain Banks is a name I have never heard before. He I will definitely try!
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Btw:  My favorite from this list of wonderful writer/story tellers is Dan Simmons. His book, Hyperion, is one of the best things I've ever read! 
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None of the guys on here! For me H.P. Lovecraft (not for his writing but his imagination) and Robin Hobb (she's just all round tremendous). If I had to pick someone off the list though it would be George R R Martin, Storm of Swords was pretty damn good.
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Voted other. My faves are Michael Moorcock, Iain M Banks & Peter F Hamilton.
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Voted `Other', went for Terry Goodkind and the `Sword of Truth' series, very special to me, I always buy them in hardcover - look wonderful on the shelf!
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Haven't been reading much, but I used to read a lot of really cheesy fantasy. As far as decent authors go, though, I'd recommend Timothy Findley. He would write fantasy books based on real life events. Pilgrim is quite good, though maybe a bit slow paced.
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Jules Verne isn't on the list? Come on man, really?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2013 at 22:29
Originally posted by manofmystery manofmystery wrote:

Jules Verne isn't on the list? Come on man, really?
He's listed under other.  Wink
But I think he was keeping it to 20th century writers from the look of it.
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big fan of Roger Zelazny for the excellent Amber series.
also Frank Herbert for Dune, and GRRM for Song of Ice and Fire

I was trying to explain like I like Zelazny's stories so much, which is very similar to why I like the Myst story so much, but wikipedia did it better than me

"Many of Zelazny's works explore variations upon the idea that if there exists an infinite number of worlds, then every world that can be imagined must exist, somewhere. Powerful beings in many of his stories have the ability to travel to worlds that possess precisely the characteristics which that being wishes to experience. Many of these same characters wonder whether they are creating these special places anew, or are merely finding places which already exist"



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 09 2013 at 12:41
From the list Dick and Herbert. Voted "other" - Iain M Banks and/or John T Sladek.


the realm of SF is so vast there can be no definitive list, though this one does seem to be a little americentric with omissions. Personally I'd have chosen Vonnegut, Asimov, Clarke, Wells, Verne, etc. over Rowling if only for the reason that she's not a SF author.


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Jack Vance for me
The Alastor Trilogy, Circus Boat and the Eyes Of The Overworld are excellent, to name but a few.
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Terry Pratchett is also worth a mention.
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Much to chose from!  I gave my vote to Frank Herbert, for his visionary and very dark "Dune" series.  Others that I am partial to include Harlan Ellison, Poul Anderson, Larry Niven for his "Ringworld" works etc.  

And A.E. van Vogt for his brilliant "The Weapons Shops of Isher"!  

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Originally posted by Sheavy Sheavy wrote:

Terry Pratchett is also worth a mention.


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Frank Herbert. The Dune series remains my favourite of all time...pure genius.


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Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

From the list Dick and Herbert. Voted "other" - Iain M Banks and/or John T Sladek.


the realm of SF is so vast there can be no definitive list, though this one does seem to be a little americentric with omissions. Personally I'd have chosen Vonnegut, Asimov, Clarke, Wells, Verne, etc. over Rowling if only for the reason that she's not a SF author.

Never heard of Sladek!

This list is by no means intended to indicate "Best" or "best ever" just a list of writers that I've really enjoyed. I am actually quite inexperienced in this domain. And, yes, this list never intended to include fiction pre-dating WWII. Also, this thread includes "fantasy" as well as sci fi, thus the presence of Martin and Rowling.

I am not drawn much into fiction anymore, and when I was it was mostly psychological drama like that of Dostoevsky or Salinger. Pratchett, Adams, and Vonnegut could never keep me interested. The worlds and writing of Dan Simmons is the only one of recent years to really draw me in and keep me interested.

Thanks again, Pogsters, for the suggestions! I'm ready for some new adventures!
  
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