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velcro
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David Brin's Earth was great.
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James Patrick Kelly, Keith Roberts, Adam Roberts, William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Paul J Macauley, Sheri S Tepper, Ursula K LeGuin, Greg Ryman, Neil Gaiman, Paul Cornell, Tony Ballantyne.
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I'm shocked that nobody has yet mentioned Stephen Baxter. One of the top hard science writers.
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KE - You'd like Gaiman. Read American Gods. Go get it now.
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Adam - Thanks for the Mieville rec. Will jump on it!

It's great to get all these author recs. I stand there in the bookstore wondering which ones are good and which ones are crap.

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I really like Iain Banks (especially his "Culture" novels).

Anything by Neil Gaiman.

Harlan Ellison's stuff is classic.

China Mieville.

Gene Wolfe.

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Come on, 45 posts, someone dredge out the favorite author threads. They're much more extensive [Smile]
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Ricky, I didn't know you translated SF. I'm actually good friends with Vered T., who translated Ansani Boys.

I'm less fond of Gaiman's books, myself - they tend to lack complexity. Sandman, on the other hand, was brilliant, and his short stories are great too.

OSC, George R.R. Martin, and Robin Hobb are real favorites of mine, for wonderful handling and intertwining of character and plot.

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Okay CP. I just finished Mr. Murder by Dean Koontz last night. Took a long time to get going but was good from the middle on.

Ricky, did I start that other thread, too? [Embarrassed]

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I also like non-book science fiction of different sorts. (thought that wasn't in the scope of the threat... why not extend it a bit?)

Granted, much sci-fi on television is, or was, kinda crappy.

Firefly was good.

Neon Genesis Evangelion will probably influence my thoughts on science fiction for decades to come. (Also: Dune, Speaker For the Dead and its sequels, Star Wars, etc.)

Oh, I watched an interesting movie lately. I dunno what to make of it, though I liked it. (also, a term used in the movie, branch universes, is perfect for a movie production studio name. Ha!) It's called The Place Promised In Our Early Days. It was... well, good. I dunno if there was a lot of depth to it, but it was good.

I'll get back to you with some more good ones. I'm going to sleep.

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I used to be very good friends with Vered. [Smile]

I translated about 25 titles (two of which don't really count, as they are from the "sink of time" series [Razz] ).

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Just to add some names i particularly love and i've not yet seen named here...

Iain M. Banks (both in his SF writer and in his mainstream one).

Lois McMaster Bujold (normally I do not like military SF, for example I totally dislike Weber, or Pournelle apart for "A Mote in god's Eye" but i make an ecception for Miles)

Terry Pratchett is great (more the last ones than the first ones...) and Douglas Adams too.

First works of William gibson (then it became sterotypical) and Bruce Sterling.

Michael Moorcock does produce some unequal results, but have some good work.

John Brunner.

Some of Harry harrison books are not bad, even if sometimes is a bit repetitive.

Roger Zelazny, Robert Silverberg and Samuel Delany have all produced a lot of nice works.

Frederick Pohl sometimes have been a bit preachy, but have also produced some quite notable work.

Ray Bradbury!!

I've read first of Baker Kage's Mendoza serie and is not bad.

David Gerrold produced some good work here and there.

Ursula K. LeGuin have been already named but I can't avoid naming here again, I love her too much... [Smile]

I've read only one work of Vonda McIntyre, "Dreamsnake", but that made a strong impression on me.

James H. Schmitz is light but a lot of fun, a pity he wrote so few things.

David Brin.

Gregory Benford.

Greg Bear.

Spider Robinson.

Robert Sheckley!!!

Joe Haldeman's "the forever war" and "the forever peace".

Jack Vance.

Stanilsaw Lem is a bit heavy to read but mark a sign.

Nowaday it have been nearly abused to death citing them, but Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave new world are quite notable.

Even Philip K. Dick have been used nearly to death, but still his books and stories are good (better than most of the movies, apart from bladerunner...).

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