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I like to read, especially SciFi and some Fantasy novels. Below, I list my favourite authors.
- JRR Tolkien - Frequently asked questions about JRR Tolkien and his works. He didn't write many books, but with Lord of the Rings on his resume as well as the Hobbit, well, what more can you ask.
- Arthur C. Clark - Fabulous SF by the inventor of Geo-Stationary Satellites. Recommended reading: Rama series, 2001 series. The Rama series consists of 4 books of which the last 3 are co-written by Gentry Lee, with whom he also co-wrote Cradle. It deals with an exploratory operation on a unknown spaceship nearing the earth. It appears to be just vast and empty. But is it really. 2001 - A Space Odyssee is I expect best known for the Stanley Kubrick movie, which happens to be more a work of cooperation of these two. The first book leaves only questions, the second (2010) and third (2063) create even more, but most are answered in the final episode (3001).
- Robert A. Heinlein - SciFi. Recommended reading: Spaceman Jones, I will fear no evil, Starship Troopers, Have Spacesuit - Will travel. Many of his books are mouch like Asimov's books set in the same universe and share many characters.
- Orson Scott Card - Great science fiction author. Recommended reading: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide. The Ender series is still growing, with currently the shadows story line, which I haven't read yet. Ender's game started it all by a young boy who is trained to vanquish a troop of extra-terrestial life that the Earth is at war with.
- Frank Herbert - The author of magnificent SciFi 'Dune' novels. Does Dune need any further introduction, methinks it shouldn't as it is one of the greatest works of Science Fiction. It is largely set on an extra-ordianry planet where the Fremen live. And Paul Atreides is sent there with his parents and staff. He has to fight another one of the Large Houses, the Harkonnen. There is also a movie made of this book by David Lynch which wasn't very good. I wonder whether he did understand the book at all. The next three sequeals to this book are a continuation of the same plot. The fifth and sixth books in the series are set much further in the future. Now his son is continuing the Dune saga
- William Peter Blatty - Author of 'The Exorcist' and 'Legion'.
- Isaac Asimov - SciFi author of the Robot Series and the Foundation series. The Foundation is a classic series consisting of a trilogy which he later extended with four more novels. The plot deals with the Empire slowly falling apart, which is foreseen by a scientist, who sets a foundation for survival of the human race. Asimov is also very well known for his robot series, which deals largely with how robots would interact with the human race in very different circumstances. He also coined the term 'Robotics' and stimulated people to actually built robots - although they are not as all-round as the ones in Asimov's books, yet. These series of novels and short stories also contain the formulation of the three laws of robots. 'I, Robot' was made into a movie recently, which I have not (yet) seen. But I was told it was based very loosely on the book.
- Neal Stephenson - SciFi, Cyberpunk author, of Cryptonomicon, Snowcrash, The Diamond Age. The title of Cryptonomicon attracted my attention, being a information security guy. So I bought it and read it. It's a cleverly woven plot that takes place in WWII and the current age, and has much to do with cryptography, in both eras, and also with hunting gold. A very stunning novel. His earlier books aren't that impressive in both size and quality, altho they're all good. There is now the Baroque cycle which is a trilogy-sequel to Cryptonomicon. Two of which are currently waiting on my shelf to be read.
- Hans Hellmut Kirst - Great novels about WWII, amongst others '08/15'.
- Sven Hassel - More WWII novels.
- Ira Levin - 'The boys from Brazil' and 'Rosemary's Baby'.
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