My favorite Authors and Books.
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Science Fiction. 80 percent of science fiction published is
drek, but there are a few decent new books each year:
- Vernor Vinge. "A Fire Upon the Deep" was the best SF I had read in years.
- Brandon Sanderson. All great.
- Robert Heinlein. Mostly great books, but some are dated, and he won't be writing any more..
- Larry Niven. Mostly great, especially Protector, Ringworld, and The Mote in God's Eye.
- John Varley. All Great.
- Hal Clement. All Great.
- Peter Hamilton. All great.
- Neal Stevenson. Awesome. "Snow Crash" and "The Diamond Age" are
both intersting and original.
- Jack Chalker. Not great, but entertaining and readable.
- Phillip Jose Farmer. Entertaining.
- Gibson. Neuromancer was great.
Fantasy. 95 percent of fantasy is unreadable, but there are a
few authors that do it well.
- JRR Tolkein. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are Great. He invented the epic fantasy series, and most recent fantasies are poor imitations.
- David Eddings. The Belgariad and Mallorian series are great. His latest, "Belgarath the Sorcerer", is OK.
- Robert Jordan. His Wheel of Time series is great, although it gets a little slow after the 5th book.
- Steven Brust. All great, and he avoids the multi-book quest format.
- Anne Rice. A little slow, but quite original.
- Raymond Feist. All readable.
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