Honestly he's not my favorite astronomy author or speaker; I find his style dull and uninspiring. With the Great Courses, I much prefer Alex Filippenko's Black Holes series- magnificent.
Brian Greene's books are first-rate but I find his documentaries a little dull. Carl Sagan was a great writer and speaker (I was front row at a talk he gave at Princeton University) but he could be a bit pompous.
I wish there were writers and lecturers like Garrett Serviss and Richard Proctor. The former wrote some of the finest books and articles on astronomy ever composed. Percival Lowell's books are prose poetry at times, a reflection of his literary merits and background (Robert Lowell was a relative; his sister Amy Lowell was a poet with the so-called Left-Bank Lesbians in Paris).
Modern astronomy writers rarely write or speak about observational astronomy- be it naked eye, binocular or telescope.
Neil de GrasseTyson follows in the footsteps of his mentor Carl Sagan in taking an antagonistic approach to religion. They both distort the role of religion in supporting encouraging science, giving a false impression and de GrasseTyson tends to put his foot in his mouth, i.e.his Christmas tweets.
In the 80s, Timothy Ferris did a magnificent documentary on the Universe. I really enjoy his books and documentaries, although I was a bit put-off by a Sciam piece he wrote comparing SDI to the Titanic and Hindenburg! I don't like science and politics being mixed, and SDI was just a ruse to Soviets, a genius idea by the great Edward Teller. that helped bring down the Soviet regime. There is FAR too much politics involved in today's "popularizers" of science.
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