Favorite Sci-Fi Author(s) and Why?

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  1. jayleew Who Cares Valued Senior Member

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    Who are the greatest sci-fi writers of all time?

    I'm going to go with RA Salvatore. Not only is he a great writer, but he has deep characters who share their philosophical ideas in the books through journal entries. The philosophy makes me think and it always applies to today's society and today's issues.
     
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    Philip K. Dick
     
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    Why?
     
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    Peter F. Hamilton: "updated" space opera, people, technology, grand ideas.
    Roger Zelazny: erudite, thought-provoking and fun. I love how he uses the language.
    David Drake: superficially it's war stories, but they're actually about what war does to people.

    PS isn't Salvatore a fantasy author rather than SF?
     
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    Typically, fantasy is categorized into Sci-Fi in most book stores so I'm following suit. It makes sense to do this because there are many novels that belong in both categories.

    Thanks for your input!
     
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    More books made into movies. A master of the novel AND short story. Most original themes, characters, situations. Transcends the genre.
     
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    And it makes it that much harder to find the SF books

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  11. draqon Banned Banned

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    Stanislaw Lem

    bc/ Eden & Fiasco
     
  12. draqon Banned Banned

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    yeah I know, I cant stand fantasy...because they just dump those women drama love stories with hunky men and almost naked women in them, when all I was looking for is a story on spaceships and alternate universes and such...

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    :wtf:

    Also :wtf:
    Then you haven't read much fantasy. This or this would be a good start.
    Or even, given my liking for Zelazny, this.

    Hence SF not fantasy...

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    Philip K. Dick
    Iain M. Banks
    Charles Stross
    William Gibson
     
  15. Killjoy Propelling The Farce!! Valued Senior Member

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    You know he's a Polack, right ?

    Oh, the humanity....
     
  16. draqon Banned Banned

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    yeah Poland does have some good things to it. Lem is one of them. I also like polish cookies with red jam.
     
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    Zelazny for me too.
     
  18. swivel Sci-Fi Author Valued Senior Member

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    Me.

    Because I'm self-absorbed like that.
     
  19. ScaryMonster I’m the whispered word. Valued Senior Member

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    Cordwainer Smith because he was way ahead of his time in style and subject matter, he still is!
    “Scanners Live in Vain” and “A Planet Named Shayol” are two of the best Sci-Fi short stories I’ve read.
    Dan Simmons because conceptually his Hyperion stories are so sophisticated and Cool especially the first two.
    And last but not least Phillip K Dick because he has a inverted way of looking at things that I can really relate to.
     
  20. Tristan Leave your World Behind Valued Senior Member

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    I'm with you on this one dragon, Stanislam Lem rocks!
     
  21. superstring01 Moderator

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    Frank Herbert - "Dune"
    Arthur C. Clark - "2001" and "3001"
    Isaac Asimov - "Foundation"
    Wil McCarthy - "Bloom"
    Orson Scott Card - "Ender's Game"

    ~String
     
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    i just read a fascinating bio on wiki.
    his godfather is sun yat-sen

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    I’ve found that people either love or hate
    Cordwainer Smith stories those who are not
    uptight about their Sci-Fi will love him, he wrote
    “Scanners live in Vain” in 1945 when his fellow Science
    fiction writers were writing stories about little green
    men form Mars.
    He’s stories are quirky and poignant, the struggle of
    the under people (Animals that have been given humanlike
    form) mirrors the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
    He also uses Chinese writing methodologies which those
    who have read Monkey “Journey to the West “ by
    Wu Cheng'en would pick up on.
     

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