Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Writer Will Take Your Questions Now (#187) -- Fave Sci-Fi Writers

Who are your favorite sci-fi writers?

You're going to think me an old fuddy-duddy when I tell you my list of sci-fi faves, because there's not a contemporary author on it. That's not to say I don't like modern sci-fi writers, just that a lot of it has become either "epic" sci-fi or "fantasy" sci-fi or some other kind of hybrid that smacks to me of generic-ness.

That said, Ray Bradbury remains my favorite sci-fi writer. He may not have been big on the science in his tales, but he will remain forever, in my opinion, the heart of science fiction.

Then comes Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and yes, I can hear the accusations already: "He's not a real sci-fi author. He's a literary writer in sci-fi clothes." Well, hush, because this my list, and the books of his that I really love (Sirens of Titan and Player Piano) are pure sci-fi fun.

Next we have Robert Heinlein. Honestly, it doesn't get much better than I Will Fear No Evil, Job, or Stranger in a Strange Land.

Then there's a lesser known writer named Gary Kilworth. His "Let's Go To Golgotha" (and other short stories) are so evocative of Ray Bradbury that I couldn't help but love his work.

And finally, the master himself, H. G. Wells. Nuff said.

I've shown you mine. Now show me yours. (Get your mind out of the gutter. You know what I mean.) Use the comments to list your faves.