Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams is best known for his Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy series, which first appeared as a radio series, followed with the books and finally the TV series. Douglas Adams other creation is Dirk Gently who runs a Holistic Detective Agency.

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Piers Anthony

Piers Anthony is one of the most prolific science fiction and fantasy writer that I know (not quite as prolific as Isaac Asimov who wrote over 400 books). He has written many series including the Xanth Series (which is about twenty books long), the Apprentice Adept Series, the Incarnations of Immortality Series (one of my favorites). He as also written many stand alone books of which my favorites are Macroscope and Steppe (a History book in the disguise of Science Fiction book 🙂

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Isaac Asimov

The Foundation Trilogy was the book that hooked me on Science Fiction.  I had read other works of Science Fiction before that, namely novels by Jules Verne, but it was Isaac Asimov novels that lead me to the wonderful worlds of imagination.

Besides being a Science Fiction Writer, Isaac Asimov has written books on many divergent topics ranging from the Bible to Physics.  One of my favorite non-Science Fiction books by Isaac Asimov is one of his books on limericks (Lecherous Limericks. Someday, I hope to read his other limericks books.  One of Isaac Asimov’s goals in life was to write 300 books. He wrote and published over 400 books before he died on April 6, 1992.

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David Brin

David Brin works include the Uplift trilogy and the New Uplift trilogy (first two books have been published) and other works such as The Postman and The Practice Effect.

The novel, The Postman, has been made into a movie with the same title by Warner Brothers and it is starring Kevin Costner. The movie will be released during the 1997 Holiday Season.

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C. Dale Brittain

All that I have read of C. Dale Brittain’s work has been her Royal Wizard of Yurt series. There are five books published and the sixth book is in the works. The series starts when Daimbert is hired as the Royal Wizard of Yurt immediately after graduating from the wizard’s school. Daimbert did not graduate top in his class. I suspect that he graduate near, if not at, the bottom. This is a series that I enjoyed very much and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Gardner Dozois

Founding editor of The Year’s Best Science Fiction anthologies from 1984 to the present and was the editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine from 1984 to 2004.

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Alan Dean Foster

Alan Dean Foster has created several universes. His most famous universes is the Humanx Commonwealth where Humans and Thranx live and work together in harmony.

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James P. Hogan

James P. Hogan is a writer of Hard science fiction. He as written about 18 novels. Three of my favorites are Thrice Upon a Time, a story about what can happen if you can change your past and Code of the Lifemaker and its sequel The Immortality Option about the natural evolution of machine based life.

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Benedict Jacka

Benedict Jacka is the author of the Alex Verus Series, an urbane fantasy series about a British Wizard who is a diviner, a wizard who can see possible futures.

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Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey is probably best know for her Pern Novels and Stories. On Pern, Man and Dragon work together to keep everyone safe from Thread Fall. The first two trilogies, The Dragon Rider Trilogy and The Harper Hall Trilogy take place at the same time and their stories intersect but are told from different viewpoints.

Anne McCaffrey has also written non-Pern novels as well. I enjoyed the Powers That Be trilogy, the Crystal Singer series, the Rowan series along with her other works.

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Larry Niven

Larry Niven best know work is probably his Ringworld series. Most of his stories take place in Known Space, including Ringworld, Ringworld Engineers and Ringworld Throne. Larry Niven has written many short stories. One of my favorites is Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex, published in the book All the Myriad Ways, deals with Superman’s reproduction problems with earth women.

Some of Larry Niven’s work has been used used for television. I remember one particular episode of Star Trek Log (the Animated Series) where Mr. Spock played the role of the Pierson’s Puppeteers in an episode called Slaver Weapon. Two other stories of Larry Niven were also used in Star Trek Log (the Animated Series). One of his stories, Inconstant Moon, from the book All the Myriad Ways was turned into an Outer Limits episode.

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Nick ODonohoe

Nick O’Donohoe is a writer of both science fiction and fantasy. I was first introduced to the works of Nick O’Donohoe through his Crossroad Trilogy, the story of a venterinary student and her unusal patients and friends. I also enjoyed his recent work, The Gnomewrench in the Dwarfworks (a historical fantasy novel that takes place during World War II) and his older, hard to find novel, Too, Too Solid Flesh (a mystery/science fiction novel).

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Sir Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett writes humorous fantasy best know for his Discworld series. Discworld is a flat disc that rests on the back of the four great elephants Berilia, Tubul, Greate T’Phon and Jerakeen who stand on the Great A’Tuin the turtle. The first book in this series that I read was Small Gods which tells the tale of what happens to a God when he/she/it is down to its last believer. The first book in the series, The Color of Magic has been resently re-released.

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