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Old Mar 12, 2004, 05:51 PM   #1
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Great Sci-Fi Authors List

All-time favorite:

Frank Herbert Dune Pentad
Dune
Dune Messiah
Children of Dune
God Emperor of Dune
Heretics of Dune
Chapterhouse Dune


Latest and Greatest:

Kristine Kathryn Rusch Retrieval Artist novels
The Disappeared
Extremes


Another Bookshelf Staple:

Elizabeth Moon Serrano Legacy
Hunting Party
Sporting Chance
Winning Colors
Once a Hero
Rules of Engagement
Change of Command
Against the Odds

Elizabeth Moon Vatta’s War
Trading in Danger (bk1--bk 2 will be out later this year. yay!)

Elizabeth Moon Deed of Paksenarrion Trilogy
Sheepfarmer's Daughter
Divided Allegiance
Oath of Gold


Other Randoms:

David Weber
John Ringo and David Weber
Joan D. Vinge
Marion Zimmer Bradley (SF and fantasy merged)
Jack McDevitt (just read “Chindi” and it was good in a TV episode kinda way)
Rachel Caine (fantasy)
Robin Hobb (fantasy)
Carol Berg (fantasy)
Anne McCaffrey (family-readable)

There are definitely more, but I'm not near my shelf. . . .
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Old Mar 12, 2004, 07:45 PM   #2
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Re: Great Sci-Fi Authors List

I must agree with Mack, Frank Herbert is one of the best. This may seem like sacrilege but I think his son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson are doing quite in their own right with the prequels to Dune. They've helped explain much of Frank's vision of how we came to know the original Dune books.

'Dune: House Atreides'
'Dune: House Harkonnen'
'Dune: House Corrino'

'Dune: The Butlerian Jihad'
'Dune: The Machine Wars'

Now we can't forget Robert A. Heinlein
'Starship Troopers'
'Stranger in a Strange Land'

Then if you go into another genre, Timothy Zahn has written some great Star Wars novels

M.Z. Bradley: I've only read 'Mists of Avalon'

A great fantasy writer, IMHO is Terry Brooks. The Shannara books have all been extremely well-written.
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Old Mar 12, 2004, 07:57 PM   #3
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the Marquis de Sade
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Old Mar 12, 2004, 07:59 PM   #4
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heheheheehehehhhehehheheheheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!



Ahem.


Arthur C. Clarke's Rama series is among the greatest sci-fi series I have ever read.

Ben Bova and Frank Herbert follow closely, as does Alan Dean Foster and Philip K.****.
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Old Mar 12, 2004, 10:41 PM   #5
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Re: Great Sci-Fi Authors List

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This may seem like sacrilege but I think his son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson are doing quite in their own right with the prequels to Dune. They've helped explain much of Frank's vision of how we came to know the original Dune books.

'Dune: House Atreides'
'Dune: House Harkonnen'
'Dune: House Corrino'

'Dune: The Butlerian Jihad'
'Dune: The Machine Wars'

Really?

I am glad you say that b/c I have been hesitant to read them. . .I find it hard to believe the sons can best the father.

But maybe I'll give it try, see how it fits. . .
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Old Mar 13, 2004, 02:42 AM   #6
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Yes, Mack, I definitely think you'll enjoy the 'House' books. I can't even begin to tell you how much it explains Baron Harkonnen and Leto Atreides family feuds. Also how Jessica was born and became involved with the Atreides, etc.

All the back stories of Gurney, Liet, Duncan, Beast Rabban, Feyd, the Corrino's, etc all fall into place and help us understand everything we came to love/hate about the characters in the originals.

Definite thumbs up



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Old Mar 13, 2004, 06:22 AM   #7
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Re: Great Sci-Fi Authors List

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Originally posted by OptimusPrime75
I must agree with Mack, Frank Herbert is one of the best. This may seem like sacrilege but I think his son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson are doing quite in their own right with the prequels to Dune. They've helped explain much of Frank's vision of how we came to know the original Dune books.

'Dune: House Atreides'
'Dune: House Harkonnen'
'Dune: House Corrino'

'Dune: The Butlerian Jihad'
'Dune: The Machine Wars'


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Old Mar 13, 2004, 06:58 AM   #8
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Ouch! Ok, so one guy doesn't like it LOL
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Old Mar 13, 2004, 07:33 AM   #9
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Re: Great Sci-Fi Authors List

I've got a copy of Dune at home. I tried reading it a couple of times, but I could never get into it. I'll have to try it again someday soon, now that my life isn't filled with homework. Which means I've not tried to read it in 3 years ... ouch ...

There's a collection of Frank Herbert's short stories that I really liked, I believe it was called Eye...

My favourite SF author? Arthur C Clarke. Isaac Asimov is good too, but ACC reigns supreme.

I'd say Douglas Adams, but I think of him primarily as a humour writer, and the best I've ever read at that (although Terry Pratchett ois a very very VERY close second).
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Old Mar 13, 2004, 07:23 PM   #10
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I've got a copy of Dune at home. I tried reading it a couple of times, but I could never get into it.

Yeah---I read the entire series when I was like, 12 years old (shortly after watching the ORIGINAL, and ONLY good version of Dune)---->it gets more interesting the further into the book you go. . .(of course it has been years for me. . .)

I actually had that problem with Chapterhouse Dune--to this day, I dont think I have read it in a linear fashion!

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My favourite SF author? Arthur C Clarke.

I'm hearing this a lot--maybe I'll give him a whirl.


OK--OK---> I KNOW this is about science fiction, but has anyone read

ROGER ZELAZNY and the Nine Princes of Amber series? The man is a genius.
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Old Mar 13, 2004, 07:25 PM   #11
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I'm hearing this a lot--maybe I'll give him a whirl.

Be sure to read the Rama series, and the one-shot "The Trigger".
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Old Mar 13, 2004, 08:59 PM   #12
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two masters that no one has mentioned

Isaac Asimov

The Foundation novels
The Gods Themselves
The End of Eternity
The Last Answer (story)
Bicentenial Man (novella)



Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse 5
Cat's Cradle
Breakfast of Champions
Slapstick
Galapagos
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Old Mar 13, 2004, 09:45 PM   #13
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Kurt Vonnegut
Breakfast of Champions

Does the book have ANYTHING to do with the Bruce Willis movie? Oh my GOD that movie was terrible. . .
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Old Mar 13, 2004, 09:53 PM   #14
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Don't remind me of that butchery
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Old Mar 13, 2004, 09:56 PM   #15
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So it DID? Oh my---I won't be reading that book anytime soon. . . .
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