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goldberry1 02-04-2013 21:23

Favourite Science Fiction Writers
 
John Wyndham
H.G. Wells
Arthur Conan Doyle
Ray Bradbury
Arthur C. Clarke
Jules Verne

These are mine - what are yours?

Elanor 02-04-2013 21:34

I love John Wyndham too. I don't read a lot of sci fi though, John Wyndham is really the only one I've enjoyed. Oh, I do like John Christopher too, who is very similar, although not as good.

gemma-the-husky 02-04-2013 22:34

they are all old, aren't they?

hard to put wells and verne up there now, just boy's own stuff, unfortunately.

wyndham is worth a read. bradbury less accessible, I think.

ironjade 03-04-2013 08:24

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Originally Posted by gemma-the-husky (Post 65145187)
they are all old, aren't they?

hard to put wells and verne up there now, just boy's own stuff, unfortunately.

wyndham is worth a read. bradbury less accessible, I think.

Verne is something of a windbag but I think you need to have another look at Wells.

theARE 03-04-2013 09:10

Alastair Reynolds
Peter F Hamilton
Dan Simmons
Kim Stanley Robinson
Richard Morgan
Iain M. Banks

Not strictly sci-fi (although "Embassytown" definetly was scifi), but I also love China Miéville's works.

between them, the above probably accounts for a good 90% of my book collection :-)

Teddybleads 03-04-2013 11:42

I'd add Philip K. Dick to the list and probably Frank Herbert, even if he is a bit of a one-hit -wonder..but what a hit.

MrQuike 03-04-2013 13:06

Philip K. Dick
Neal Stephenson
Iain M Banks
Alastair Reynolds

PinSarla 03-04-2013 13:19

In no order at all..

Neal Stephenson
Iain M Banks
Peter F Hamilton
Arthur C Clarke
Kim Stanley Robinson
Frank Herbert (purely because Dune was one hell of a novel!)

Residents Fan 03-04-2013 13:22

H.G. Wells
Ursula Le Guin
Frank Herbert
Philip K. Dick
Karel Capek.

Voynich 03-04-2013 13:24

Peter F Hamilton and Iain M Banks are my two favourite at the moment.

PinSarla 03-04-2013 13:25

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Originally Posted by Voynich (Post 65152833)
Peter F Hamilton and Iain M Banks are my two favourite at the moment.

Have you read Nights Dawn Trilogy?

agrainofsand 03-04-2013 13:27

Wyndham and Bradbury for me.

ironjade 03-04-2013 13:38

In addition to the usual suspects, George R. R. Martin, before he began his unfortunate although no doubt profitable detour into fantasy, was one of the world's best SF writers: Sandkings, Nightflyers, Tuf Voyaging, the Wild Cards series and a wealth of short stories.
When he tires of beardy blokes hacking bits off each other I hopes he starts up with SF again.

Voynich 03-04-2013 13:46

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Originally Posted by PinSarla (Post 65152848)
Have you read Nights Dawn Trilogy?

Yes. I've read them all! He does tend to write door step size books but I really enjoy them. I really enjoyed The Great North Road recently. He seems to be writing a children's book at the moment.

Schadenfreud 04-04-2013 00:26

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Originally Posted by ironjade (Post 65153020)
In addition to the usual suspects, George R. R. Martin, before he began his unfortunate although no doubt profitable detour into fantasy, was one of the world's best SF writers: Sandkings, Nightflyers, Tuf Voyaging, the Wild Cards series and a wealth of short stories.
When he tires of beardy blokes hacking bits off each other I hopes he starts up with SF again.

I didn't know that, I'll look those up. Thanks :)

As for writing more Sci-fi, I think he has to finish the last two books from Ice and Fire first, that should put him well into his eighties by then. :)

evil c 04-04-2013 00:37

Kurt Vonnegut
Alan Dean Foster
Jonathan Wylie
Michael Crichton
Piers Anthony

Raquelos. 04-04-2013 05:18

Harry Harrison - The stainless steel rat series is great and I liked hs cross over into alternative history with The Hammer and the Cross trilogy.

Mandark 04-04-2013 11:48

Repeat post.

Mandark 04-04-2013 11:56

Most of my faves have been named but I'd add the cyberpunk leaders William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. Oh and there's Stephen Baxter.

Surprised these been no mention of the legends Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. May be their works are looking old but they both spun a good yarn and influenced a generation of authors.

CLL Dodge 04-04-2013 12:48

Keith Roberts
J. G. Ballard
Philip K. Dick
Roger Zelazny
Brian W. Aldiss
Thomas M. Disch
Philip Jose Farmer
John Wyndham
John Christopher
Richard Cowper
Michael Moorcock
Anne McCaffrey
Kurt Vonnegut
Piers Anthony
Ray Bradbury
Arthur C. Clarke
Robert A. Heinlein
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Jack Vance
Robert Silverberg
Harlan Ellison
Gene Wolfe
Ursual K. Le Guin
Tanith Lee
H. G. Wells
Richard Matheson
Fritz Leiber
Theordore Sturgeon
George R. Stewart
Walter M. Miller Jr.
Poul Anderson
etc, etc.

Veri 04-04-2013 14:28

Philip K. Dick
Gene Wolfe
Clifford D. Simak
R. A. Lafferty
Josephine Saxton
Philip Reeve

I also like most of the ones in CLL Dodge's list.

ironjade 04-04-2013 18:12

John Varley. Even if he'd only written "press [enter]" and "Air Raid", he'd still be a genius.
Similarly T. L. Sherred and "E for Effort".

Veri 05-04-2013 11:37

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Originally Posted by ironjade (Post 65176983)
John Varley. Even if he'd only written "press [enter]" and "Air Raid", he'd still be a genius.
Similarly T. L. Sherred and "E for Effort".

I forgot Varley. :o

phylo_roadking 06-04-2013 00:40

Noone ever mentions Doc Smith in any of these list-type threads :(

bspace 06-04-2013 01:07

mostly all been mentioned

but i'd add

C. J. Cherryh
James Blish


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