One of my favorite sci-fi novels of all time is "A Canticle for Leibowitz" by Walter Miller, Jr. Havig him speak may run ino the same problem as with Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov, also two favorites. Or Orson Scott Card, Greg Bear, David Brin, Frank Herbert...
Hadn't heard about Jack Chalker.
Another requiring a time machine would be Ray Bradbury. I'm seeing so many names here that I have forgotten that I read in the distant past.
I think the Well of Souls would require a full season on TV. With the special effects available today it could be fantastic
"A Fire Upon The Deep" by Vernor Vinge left my mind racing with all sorts of ideas.
Strange to relate -- some scientists are now postulating that the equivalents of some of the strange effects he talked about may be real...
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.