They were my faves, along with a little-known British author called William F. Temple (who once shared rooms with Arthur C. Clarke, apparently.)C. Gold said:You kind of missed the classic greats - Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. I later added James P. Hogan to my pillars of awesomeness.
Jack Williamson is missing from the list He's a grandmaster that isn't mentioned much today. He was awarded the SFWA 2nd ever Grandmaster of Science Fiction award (Heinlein got the 1st). Also an inaugural inductee to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. Wrote the spectrum from pulpy scifi to brilliant science fiction.oakwood said:I strongly recommend picking up something from
Heinlein and his friend K.Dick, Vance, Farmer, Vinge, Ballard, Niven, P Anderson, Herbert, Sturgeon, S Lem, O Butler, Brunner, van Vogt, Pohl, Tepper, Aldiss, Delaney, Spinrad, etc, etc
Evenstar said:Douglas Adams made me think long and hard about where all the missing biro pens really go.
"Somewhere in the cosmos, he said, along with all the planets inhabited by humanoids, reptiloids, fishoids, walking treeoids and superintelligent shades of the color blue, there was also a planet entirely given over to ballpoint life forms. And it was to this planet that unattended ballpoints would make their way, slipping away quietly through wormholes in space to a world where they knew they could enjoy a uniquely ballpointoid lifestyle, responding to highly ballpoint-oriented stimuli, and generally leading the ballpoint equivalent of the good life.
And as theories go this was all very fine and pleasant until Veet Voojagig suddenly claimed to have found this planet, and to have worked there for a while driving a limousine for a family of cheap green retractables, whereupon he was aken away, locked up, wrote a book and was finally sent into tax exile, which is the usual fate reserved for those who are determined to make fools of themselves in public."
Only the Brits know how to truly do absurd.
The entire Galactic Milieu saga is brilliant and massively underrated. It has all the depth of Dune, but with much better writing and characters.Luke Everhart said:Jack Williamson is missing from the list He's a grandmaster that isn't mentioned much today. He was awarded the SFWA 2nd ever Grandmaster of Science Fiction award (Heinlein got the 1st). Also an inaugural inductee to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. Wrote the spectrum from pulpy scifi to brilliant science fiction.
I'm also adding Julian May to the thread. She's another who is rarely mentioned, though she should be. She's best known for her Saga of Pliocene Exile, which is certainly a good read; however, imo her related series The Galactic Milieu Series is her best and is utterly brilliant. (Galactic Milieu Series books: Intervention (bk1 in UK, in the US it was broken into 2 parts: Surveillance (bk1a) & Metaconcert (bk1b)), Jack the Bodiless (bk 2), Diamond Mask (bk2), Magnificat (bk3)
Aurora is anti-SF. That book put KSR permanently on my blacklist. I'd rather read thoughtful SF that doesn't, you know, actively dismantle SF -- and there are plenty of writers out there creating it right now! Try Gavin G. Smith, Ian McDonald, or Peter Watts. Or my own stuffShaneCarrow said:I think Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the best and most important science fiction writers of all time - certainly the most important one working today. Aurora is one of the best sci-fi novels of this century: taking a topic which is considered gospel among science fiction fans (that it's both necessary and desirable for humankind to colonise the galaxy) and slowly dismantling it.