Notable speculative fiction (horror, fantasy, sci-fi) writers?

Speculative fiction is fiction under genre of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi. I want to read the most notable writers of each genre by Christmas, preferably classics.

So far, I have read:

-Horror: Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft

-Sci-Fi: Ray Bradbury

-Fantasy: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien

Any other suggestions for each of the three genres that I have missed?

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  • Herbli
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Sci-Fi: Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Richard Matheson, Frank Herbert, Alfred Bester, Phillip K. Dick, H.G. Wells,

    Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs

    Fantasy: Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, Weis & Hickman, Piers Anthony, Phillip Jose Farmer, Robert Howard, Sax Rohmer,

    Horror: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Stephen King, Ambrose Bierce,

    Clive Barker, August Derleth Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dean Koontz, Brian Lumley, Peter Straub, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

    Get busy reading; you can start with Verne, Wells, Robt. Howard,

    Burroughs, Bierce, and Hawthorne, as they are the oldest. There is a lot of overlap on some of these authors and categories, like Farmer and Anthony do sci-fi and fantasy. Check the links for other authors.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Sci-fi: John W. Campbell, Stanislaw Lem

    Horror: Richard Matheson

    Fantasy: Michael Moorcock, Lord Dunsany

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  • 4 years ago

    the greatest is Terry Pratchett I think you would like Scott Sigler but he is Scifi/horror/thriller I am enjoying Sigler's Galactic Football League books the print version has much less cursing than the free audio book version. I really like Nathan Lowell too. I like the Myth series by Robert Asprin and Terry Pratchett's disc world I just finished The Unwind Girl and really liked it even if I can't spell the author's name.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I cannot expect that you could read even one book from all of the "notable" authors from Sci-Fi (or Fantasy) alone before Christmas.

    (Check out the Hugo and Nebula award winners and nominees for

    Sci-Fi and Fantasy Notable Authors.)

    In SCI-FI I would consider these to be SOME must read classics from a few of the MOST notable authors:

    "Foundation" (1951) by Issac Asimov

    (the first book of the "Foundation Series")

    Postulates the societal change, which would accompany the expansion into the stars.

    The seiries won the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966.

    (One of the other books in the series also won a Hugo Award.)

    “Dune” (1965) by Frank Herbert

    (the first book of the “Dune Series)

    (Won the Hugo and Nebula Awards.)

    "Dorsai" (1959) by Gordon R. Dickson

    (the first book of “The Childe Cycle”)

    Deals with genetic drift and specialization, and there effects on humanity as a whole.

    Nominated for the Hugo award.

    "I Robot” (1950) the book of early short stories by Issac Asimov on the subject of ROBOTS in which he postulates the "Three Laws of Robotics" should be read as a basis before reading the

    "The Caves of Steel" (1954) by Issac Asimov

    (the first of the "Robot" series / Lije Bailey mysteries)

    These books are the source from which the movie "I, Robot" is drawn.

    "The Forever War" (1974) by Joe Haldeman

    Deals with the effect of time dilation, on those involved in an interstellar war.

    (Won the Hugo and Nebula Awards.)

    "Warriors Apprentice" (1986) by Lois McMaster Bujold

    (the first book of "The Vorkosigan Saga")

    After being genetically "damaged" by a bio weapon in his mother's womb, Miles Vorkosigan overcomes prejudice to claim his birthright.

    (So far THREE books in this series have won the Hugo award)

    “Gateway” (1977) by Frederik Pohl.

    (won the Hugo and Nebula Awards)

    “Rendezvous with Rama” (1972) by Arthur C. Clarke

    (won the Hugo and Nebula Awards)

    "The Time Machine" (1895) by H.G. Wells

    "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" (1872) by Jules Verne

    "Stranger in a Strange Land" (1961) Robert A. Heinlein

    (won the Hugo Award 1962)

    "The Left Hand of Darkness" (1969) by Ursula K. Le Guin

    (won the Hugo Award 1970)

    "The Einstein Intersection" (1967) by Samuel R. Delany

    (won the 1967 Nebula award)

    "Weyr Search" (1967) by Anne McCaffrey

    (the first book in the "Dragonriders of Pern" series)

    (won a Hugo Award for Best Novella)

    In FANTASY I would consider these to be SOME must read classics from a few of the MOST notable authors:

    "The Riddle-Master of Hed" (1976) by Patricia A. McKillip

    (first book of "The Riddle-Master trilogy")

    Lord Valentine's Castle (1981) Robert Silverberg

    "A Spell for Chameleon" (1977) by Piers Anthony

    (the first book of the "Xanth" series)

    “Legend” (1984) by David Gemmell

    (first book of the “Drenai Saga”)

    "Pawn of Prophecy" (1982) by David Eddings

    (first book of the "Belgariad" series)

    "The Sword of Shannara" (1977) by Terry Brooks

    (first book in the Original "Shannara Trilogy")

    "Magician" (1982) by Raymond E. Feist

    (first book in "The Riftwar Saga")

    Source(s): 40 years reading Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    jim butcher -dresden files(fantasy) theyre awesome

    sherilyn kenyon - darkhunter books (fantasy/horror) also awesome

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  • 1 decade ago



    Brandon Mull

    They both have amazing books.

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