Good Books and Authors

This is another work in progress. I haven't bothered to format it nicely yet.
General scifi

Brian Aldiss
Helliconia Spring
Helliconia Summer
Helliconia Winter
PIERS ANTHONY (Does a lot of goofy scifi/fantasy, but is capable of some really good writing)
Isle of Woman (Children of Earth series)

David Brin
Homecoming series

Octavia Butler
Parable of the Sower

Eleanor Cameron (My first introduction to scifi. I've gone back and reread several times just for the nostalgic rush!)
Mr. Bass's Planetoid
Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet

Orson Scott Card
Ender's game (and sequels)

Philip Jose Farmer (the only scifi novelist I know of who has done Tarzan spoofs, hard core porn scifi, Oz stories, etc.)
The RiverWorld series
A Barnstormer of Oz
The Lovers
Image of the Beast/Blown "Raymond Chandler meets DeSade at an Anne Rice cocktail party"

Robert Heinlein (I love him, but sometimes his characters' witty banter gets stale)
A Stranger in a Strange Land
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

MADELEINE L'ENGLE (children's scifi)

Walter M. Miller Jr.
A Canticle For Leibowitz

Sharon Shinn
Archangel series (Glad I didn't find out that it is considered romance/scifi until after I had devoured the whole series!)

David Wingrove
Chung Kuo series - Eight or so books about future society based on Chinese culture and board game of Go(wei chi). Somewhat melodramatic, weak end game, but I enjoyed the ride. He also wrote the three Myst novels.

Physicist scifi writers: (Physicists can write good scifi, but to make it lay-friendly and human takes a master)

Gregory Benford
Heart of the Comet

Arthur C. Clarke
2001, a Space Oddysey
Childhood's End
The Fountains of Paradise

Larry Niven
Smoke Ring

Kim Stanley Robinson
Mars Trilogy

Neal Donald Stephenson
Snow Crash
The Diamond Age (nanotechnology)
The Command Line (non-fiction about computer OSes)

New age:

Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
"...there is such a thing as perfection...and our purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth....Each of us is in truth an unlimited idea of freedom. Everything that limits us we have to put aside."
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah.
"Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't."

Barbara Marciniak ("The Pleiadians are a collective of extraterrestrials from the star system The Pleiades. They call themselves our ancient family because many of us came here from The Pleiades to participate in the new experiment of Earth." - NO, NO, don't click out! Give her a chance!)
Bringers of the Dawn : Teachings from the Pleiadians

Robert Monroe - broadcasting executive who started having spontaneous out of body experiences in the sixties. Created the Monroe Institute for academic research of Hemisynch and OOB phenomena.
Journeys out of the Body.
Far Journeys

Marlo Morgan
Mutant Message Down Under

James Redfield
Celestine Prophesy series -(Dreadfully bad writing. He really needs to hire a ghostwriter. But the ideas are worth the agony.
Apparently he was screwed by the publishers with his first book and has been blatantly commercializing it to death ever since with companion books, calenders, etc.)

Jane Roberts
The Education of Oversoul Seven
The Further Education of Oversoul Seven
Oversoul Seven and the Museum of Time
Entertaining novels about a young oversoul who guides the lives of several of his mortal incarnations across the dimension of time.
The collection of Seth books, channeled from Seth, her own oversoul.

Neal Donald Walsh
Conversation with God series (The title scared me off. I thought it was christian literature. It is anything but! I suspect that most christians would love it until their theological superiors show them the error of their ways!)

ET101 - The Cosmic Instruction Manual for Planetary Evolution
(An Emergency Remedial Earth Edition)
by Mission Control and JHO

Other (I guess this shows how important I consider science fiction!)

Marie Corelli (Turn of the century supernatural melodrama)
Sorrows of Satan
The Soul of Lilith
The Romance of Two Worlds

Aleister Crowley ("wickedest man of the 20th century" Personally I think he has an undeserved reputation. It was just vicious journalistic slander that he ate babies!)

Lafcadio Hearn (Dutch scholar who spent years in Japan collecting traditional stories)
Fairy tales of Japan
Kwaidan (Japanese ghost stories - see the movie, too)

Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged

Tom Robins
Another Roadside Attraction
Even cowgirls get the Blues

Anne Rice
Vampires and other gothic horror

Olaf Stapleton
Last and First Men

Kurt Vonnegut
Cat's Cradle - end of the world novel

Edward Whittemore - Jerusalem Quartet - rolicking good fiction of mythic weird guy roaming the middle east.
Jerusalem Poker
Sainai Tapestry
Nile Shadows
Jericho Mosaic

Honorable Mentions:

Patrick Suskind
Perfume (powerful period piece of a serial killer in 18th century France)
Umberto Eco
The Name of the Rose (medieval mystery)
William Gibson (father of modern cyberpunk)
The Neuromancer
Stephen King
His books are like junk food. You find yourself devouring a whole bag of potato chips, are disgusted with yourself, yet can't stop! His Dark Tower series shows that when he puts his mind to it, he is capable of superior writing.
George McDonald (19th century fairy tales)
Tim Powers
Thomas Pynchon
Rudy Rucker (cyberpunk)
Bruce Sterling (cyberpunk)
Robert Silverberg
Vernor Vinge
Roger Zelazny

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last updated 8/31/2001

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