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Old 05-30-2009, 04:20 AM
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Who is your favorite science fiction author, and why? Mine is the late Isaac Asimov, because his stories are both straightforward and thought-provoking. I especially like his Foundation series.

There are many other possibilities: Arthur C. Clarke, Frederick Pohl, Clifford Simak, Larry Niven, Harry Harrison, Alan Dean Foster, et al.

Which author is yours, and why?
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Old 05-30-2009, 04:33 AM
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Don't know if I've a fav anymore as I don't read much sci-fi these days. The author you mentioned are great. I'd add to that list-

Ray Bradbury
Frank Herbert
Orson Scott Card
William Gibson
Kim Stanley Robinson
Samuel Delany
John Varley
Phillip K. Dick

...so many greats!
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You two already named the greatest ones...but here's a few I like...

Anne McCaffrey
Roger Zelazny
Vonda McIntyre
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Alan Dean Foster
Frank Herbert
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Ray Bradbury - poetic, very human stories

Harlan Ellison - take no prisoners, in your face dark fantasy and science fiction

Richard Matheson - takes the everyday, and turns it on it's head

Murray Leinster - Would Star Trek exist without this man's form of western adventure meets science fiction storytelling? I doubt it!

Henry Kuttner - read one of his paragraphs, describing some out of this world artifact, or scene... breathtaking!

John W. Campbell - The man who forced science fiction to grow up and become something more than juvinile "comic book" stuff.

Robert Heinlien - Honestly, this man could write a grocery list that could sell 3 million copies.
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:55 AM
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Orson Scott Card.



David Feintuch For the Hope Saga.






Anne McCaffery





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By the way, does anyone know if they're finally going to make a movie out of Asimov's Foundation novels? They are so intricate that it would take more than one movie, actually.

In the right hands, they could blow Star Wars away (though not Star Trek :-) ).
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Harry Turtledove, even though I don't think alt history should be placed in the sci fi genre.
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H.G. Wells.
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