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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

Which one of these authors is your favorite and which book/series of theirs is your favorite? ?

Adams,Douglas

Adams,Robert

Ahern, Jerry

Aldiss,Brian

Alexander,Lloyd

Allston,Aaron

Anderson,Kevin J.

Anderson,Poul

Anthony,Piers

Anvil,Chris

Applegate,K.A.

Armstrong,Kelly

Arthur,Keri

Asaro,Cathrine

Asimov,Isaac

Asprin,Robert

Attanasio,A.A.

Bain,Darrell

Banks,Iain

Bardsley,Michele

Barker,Clive

Barnes,Arthur K.

Baum,L.Frank

Baxter,Stephen

Beagle,Peter S.

Bear,Greg

Benford,Gregory

Berg,Carol

Bester,Alfred

Betancuort,John Gregory

Bishop,Anne

Blake,Anita

Bova,Ben

Bradbury,Ray

Bradley,Marion Zimmer

Brennan,Marie

Briggs,Patricia

Brin,David

Brockmann,Suzanne

Brooks,Terry

Brown,Mary

Brunner,John

Brust,Steven

Bujold,Lois McMaster

Bull,Emma

Bunch,Chris

Burroughs,Edgar Rice

Busby,S.M.

Butcher,Jim

Butler,Octavia

Cadigan,Pat

Caidin,Martin

Caine,Rachel

Callander,Don

Canavan,Trudi

Card,Orson Scott

Carey,Jacqueline

Carver,Jeffrey

Castaneda,Carlos

Chalker,Jack I.

Cherryh,C.J.

Chester,Deborah

Christopher,John

Clarke,Arthur C.

Clement,Hal

Cook,Glen

Cook,Rick

Cooper,Louise

Cooper,Susan

Crichton,Michael

Dahl,Roland

Daley,Brian

Dalmas,John

Darren Shan

Davidson,Mary Janice

DeCamp,I.Sprague

DeChancie,John

Deitz,Tom

DelRey,Lester

Delany,Samuel

DeLint,Charles

Dick,Philip K.

Dickson,Gordon

Dietz,William C.

Donaldson,Stephen R.

Douglas,L.Warren

Douglass,Sara

Doyle&McDonald

Drake,David

Duane,Diane

Duncan,Dave

Edding,David

Elliot,Kate

Ellison,Harlan

Elrod,P.N.

Fallon,Jennifer

Farland,David

Farmer,Phillip Jose

Feehan,Christine

Feintuch,David

Feist,Raymond E.

Flewelling,Lynn

Flint,Eric

Flint,Kenneth

Foley,Gaelen

Forstchen,Wiliam

Forsyth, Kate

Forward,Robert

Foster,Alan Dean

Frankowski,Leo

Friedman,C.S.

Freisner,Esther

Furey,Maggie

Gabaldon,Diana

Gaiman,Neil

Gardner,Craig Shaw

Garland,Mark

Gear,W.Michael

Gemmell,David

Gentle,Mary

Gerrold,David

Gibson,William

Goodkin,Terry

Green,Sharon

Green,Simon

Greenberg,Martin H.

Haldeman,Jack C.

Haldeman Joe

Hambly,Barbara

Hamilton,Laurell K.

Hamilton,Peter F.

Hardy,Lyndon

Harper,Tara K.

Harris,Charlaine

Harrison,Harry

Harrison,Kim

Hawke,Simon

Haydon,Elizabeth

Heinlein,Robert A.

Hendee,J.C.&Barb.

Herbert,Frank

Hobb,Robin

Hodgell,P.C.

Hogan,James P.

Howard,Robert E.

Hubbard, L.Ron

Ing,Dean

Jacques,Brian

Jones,D.F.

Jones,Diana Wynne

Jones,J.V.

Jordan,Robert

Kay, Guy Gavriel

Kearney, Paul

Kenyon,Sherrilyn

Kerr,Katherine

Keyes,J.Gregory

Knight,Angela

Knight,E.F.

Koontz,Dean

Kurtz,Kathrine

Kuttner,Henry

Lackey,Mercedes

Laumer,Keith

Lawhead,Stephen

Lazarevich,Alexander

Lee&Miller

Lee,Tanith

LeGuin,Ursula K.

Leiber,Fritz

Leinster,Murray

Lem,Stanislaw

L'Engle,Madeline

Lindskold,Jane

Lisle,Holly

Long,Duncan

Longyear,Barry

Lowecraft,H.P.

Lumley,Brian

Lustbader,Eric Van

MacAvoy,R.A.

Martin,George R.R.

May,Julian

McCaffrey,Anne

McDevitt,Jack

McIntyre,Vonda

McKillip,Patricia A.

McKinley,Robin

Miller,Walter M.

Modesitt,L.E.

Moon,Elizabeth

Moorcock,Michael

Murphy,C.E.

Neale,Donald

Niles, Douglas

Niven,Larry

Norman,John

Norton,Andre

Novak, Kate

Paolini,Christopher

Paterson,Derek

Perry,S.D.

Pierce, Tamora

Pike,Christopher

Piper,H.Beam

Pohl,Frederik

Pollotta,Nick

Pournelle,Jerry

Powers,Tim

Pratchett,Terry

Prater,Ian

Pullman, Philip

Rawn, Melanie

Reichert,Mickey Zucker

Resnick,Laura

Resnick,Mike

Rice,Anne

Ringo,John

Robb,J.D.

Roberson, Jennifer

Roberts, John Maddox

Robinson,Kim Stanley

Robinson,Spider

Rowley,Christopher

Rowling,J.K.

Russell,Sean

Saberhagen,Fred

Sage,Angie

Saintcrow,Lillith

Salvatore,R.A.

Saundby,Kate

Sawyer,Robert J.

Scarborough,Elizabeth Anne

Schmidt,Dennis

Schmitz,James

Scott,Martin

Sellars,M.R.

Shatner,Williams

Sheffield,Charles

Shinn,Sharon

Silverberg,Robert

Simak,Clifford D.

Simmons,Dan

Simmons,William Mark

Smeds,Dave

Smith,E.E.Doc.

Smith,Wilbur

Snicket,Lemony

Spencer,Wen

Stableford,Brian

Stackpole,Michael

Stasheff,Christopher

Steakley,John

Stephenson,Neal

Sterling,Bruce

Stirling,S.M.

Stross, Charles

Stroud,Jonathan

Sturgeon,Theodore

Tepper,Sherri

Tilley,Patrick

Tolkien,J.R.R.

Troop,Alan

Turtledove,Harry

VanVogot,A.E.

Vance,Jack

Varley,John

Verne,Jules

Vinge,Joan D.

Vinge,Vernor

Watt-Evans,Lawrence

Weber,David

Weis,Margaret & Hickman

Wells,H.G.

Wentworth,K.D.

West,Michelle

White,Steve

Whyte,Jack

Wilbur,Smith

Wilhelm,Kate

Wilks,Eileen

Williams,Tad

Williamson,Michael Z.

Wilson,Colin

Wingrove,David

Wolfe,Gene

Wrede,Patricia C.

Wurts,Janny

Yarbro,Chelsea Quinn

Yolen,Jane

Zahn,Timothy

Zelazny,Roger

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and no i didn't type out all them i copied and pasted.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    So, you got carpal tunnel from typing out all those names?

    I'll go with Isaac Asimov and just about anything he ever wrote. Maybe I'm partial to his robot short stories. Did you know it was he who coined the word robotics? I've loved him since I was knee high to a grasshopper.

    add on to Zach: Interesting! I admit, I had to look it up because I couldn't remember who it was, so thank you for the reference on Karel Capek and his brother. How did you know that?!

    Unlike the Capek brothers and the word "robot," Asimov had no idea he was coining a new word. While browsing on that and trying to remember in which story the word first appeared (it was The Three Laws of Robotcs), I found this about Asimov in Wikipedia: "Asimov coined the term robotics without suspecting that it might be an original word; at the time, he believed it was simply the natural analogue of words such as mechanics and hydraulics, but for robots."

  • Brooky
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I've read books by about 3/4 of the names on your HUGE list, but the real stand-out is Lois McMaster Bujold. She is easily the best science fiction writer around these days and her fantasy is also excellent. Must reads are the Miles Vorkosigan Saga books. Begin with "The Warrior's Apprentice", then "Barrayer" and "Cordelia's Honor" (or the combined volume "Shards of Honor"), then move on to "The Vor Game" and the rest. The best of the lot is "A Civil Campaign".

    Other excellent authors are:

    Isaac Asimov – classic SF including the famous Foundation series and many others

    Ray Bradbury - classic SF

    David Brin

    Jim Butcher - love his stuff including the Codex Alera series and the Dresden Files

    Trudi Canavan - her Black Magician trilogy is her best. Also good is the Age of the Five series

    Jacqueline Carey's books are amazing. I've just finished the 6th (and I think, last) book in her Kushiel's Legacy series and loved every one of them.

    Kate Elliot - I love her Jaran SF series, and her current Crossroad fantasy series is excellent, but found her Crown of Stars series a bit tedious.

    Jennifer Fallon - excellent. Begin with The Hythrun Chronicles, then read the Demon Child Trilogy (they're related, but read the Hythrun series first)

    Raymond E. Feist - begin with Magician. my favourite is his Empire series (Daughter of, Servant of and Mistress of - co-written with Janny Wurtz), but all of his books are set in the same world and are all related.

    I'm running out of time to comment on all of the rest, but all are excellent as I've only included the authors whose work I've really enjoyed.

    Kate Forsyth

    Maggie Furey

    Diana Gabaldon

    Terry Goodkind - very violent

    Elizabeth Haydon

    Robert A Heinlein

    Robin Hobb - a particular favorite

    Robert Jordan - you must read his Wheel of Time series

    Mercedes Lackey - another particular favorite. Love all of her stuff and don't miss the Obsidian Trilogy co-written with James Mallory.

    Ann McCaffrey - Dragonriders of Pern is her best (but forget anything by her son Todd) but you'll also love the Freedom series and the Crystal Singer series. All great.

    Julian May

    L.E.Modesitt

    Andre Norton

    Christopher Paolini - not great literature, but enjoyable

    Sharon Shinn – I love her Samaria (Angel) series and also her Novels of the Twelve Houses

    JRR Tolkien - no list is complete without him

    Missing from your list is:

    Naomi Novik - her Temeraire series is not to be missed. It's fantastic

    Glenda Larke - excellent writer of unusual books

    Fiona McIntosh

    Joanne Bertin - The Last Dragonlord

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Lord almighty that's a long list...

    I'll comment on my favorites:

    ~ Adams,Douglas - I've read all of the Hitchikers books. They were excellent, quite funny if you appreciate sarcastic humor.

    ~ Gaiman,Neil - Excellent excellent writer, I highly recommend checking him out. He writes a wide range of genres. The Sandman graphic novels are good if you like graphic novels. Stardust is a fun fantasy adventure. Neverwhere is very very good urban fantasy. If you want a pretty good introduction to him try reading Fragile Things, it's a compilation of some of his short stories and poems.

    ~ Jones,Diana Wynne - excellent writer, very fun lighthearted writing for the most part. Howl's Moving Castle is my favorite by her, but her Chrestomanci Chronicles are great as well.

    ~ Lovecraft,H.P. - the father of horror, great writer. He mostly wrote short fiction so it's hard to pick a favorite story. Try reading any compilation of his stories. Possibly his most famous story is The Call of Cthulhu, be sure to read that if you read his work.

    ~ Pratchett,Terry - absolutely fabulous author, he and Neil Gaiman are tied for 1st place as my favorite fantasy author. Pratchett's Discworld books are hilarious parodies of life. His books are incredibly witty but are much funnier if you know about what it is they are parodying. Certain books parody events, such as the invention of the printing press, others parody famous plays such as Phantom of the Opera or Macbeth, others parody politics or world views and still others parody whole genres of writing or movies.

    ~ Rice,Anne - I've read many books by Rice, but I feel that after a while the books tend to get repetitive. The first three Vampire Chronicle books are worth reading though. Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned are quite interesting.

    ~ Rowling,J.K. - author of the Harry Potter books. The HP books are a lot of fun to read. Not necessarily excellent literature, but quite entertaining.

    ~ Stroud,Jonathan - I've only read four books by Stroud, the Bartimaeus Trilogy and The Leap. Bartimaeus is a fabulous fantasy trilogy with a great sense of humor. Highly recommended.

    ~ Tolkien,J.R.R. - Necessary reading for anyone who likes fantasy. Not only is the story good but the descriptions of places and people and battles is excellent. Tolkien put so much work into creating his worlds it really gives them a lot of depth - there are whole languages and histories for the people and places in the books. I think the books are excellent.

  • 1 decade ago

    Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series is epic. It's insanely long but totally worth it.

    P.S. Dixie- Karel Capek and his brother created the word robot.

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  • TheVet
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Arthur C. Clarke. I like the Space Odyssey series quite a bit.

    A couple really big names that would have fit in seem to be missing, where'd you get the list?

  • Naomi
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Tamora Pierce is my absolute fav! author. I love her Protector of the Small series but her other books are cool too. J.k Rowling's next on my list. And you've forgotten the Queen of Crime! Agatha Cristie!

  • 1 decade ago

    Wow, that is some list. Sorry to be boring, but my favourite would have be the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.

  • Nikky
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Go Team Switz! :]

    Stephanie Meyer.

    Twilight...

  • 1 decade ago

    WHAT!?!? They didn't have Stephenie Meyer and the Twilight series? Well.. I'm going with that x]

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    j.k. rowling!! duhh.. HARRY POTTER!! xD

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