noblew – 2008-06-03 2:42 AM Jamesaritchie, have you read any of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series? He’s a British writer, with a deft way with words and a wonderful flair for hilarious satire. Pratchett is my absolute favourite. I love Anne McCaffery (big, big fan of dragons), Ursula LeGuin, Frank Herbert, Sara Douglass, whoever wrote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy etc, (I’m terrible with names), the author of Alien etc, Tolkien and Lewis, J. K. Rowling, Stephen King, Anne rice, Elizabeth Knott … I could go on and on. Of course for every good writer of sci-fi/ fantasy’ horror, there are dozens of not-so-good-climb-on-the-bandwagon-run-with-someone-else’s-ideas writers.
I’ve read some Terry Prachett, but while I love his writing style, I’m not big on that kind of humor/satire. I read all the McCaffrey novels when I was younger, and liked them quite a bit.
Ursula Le Guin is one of those writers I feel like I should love, and I like her SF quite a bit, but I can’t get through her fantasy.
Love the Dune novels, at least the ones by Frank Herbert. Not so fond of Brian’s writing.
Love the Hitchhiker books, too.
Here’s the thing, though. I agree with those SF writers who say there’s a serious difference between SF and scifi. SF comes from the SCIENCE writers such as Greg Egan. It’s possible science, even if futuristic and fantastic. Scifi is Star Wars, and most of what’s on the scifi channel.
I love most of the older, classic SF, and I think I’ve read pretty much all the classic SF writers, but these days I tend to read more scifi than sf. It’s just more entertaining, and what passes for SF today usually bores me to death.
As for fantasy, I love Tolkien, Lewis, Saberhagen, Leiber, etc., but like Georganna, I’m burned out on dragons, elves, etc. It all seems like so much rehashed material.
I read everything Stephen King writes, everything Dean Koontz writes, but these days I read far more mystery novels than anything.