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ChrisTruelove   10/25/2012 4:43:09 PM
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Neal Stephenson would be a good one. Kim Stanley Robinson - his Mars series is particularly relevant today. John Scalzi would be screamingly hilarious. Maybe he can lead everyone in a sing-along of "Redshirts." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E90oZSY9M-s

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kfield   10/25/2012 4:49:28 PM
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Max, actually I am quite surprised at easily distracted you are, but we don't need to get into it here. I do rather like the idea of hunting down our science fiction in his or her lair though. My vote - FWIW - is WIlliam Gibson. I met him and Bruce Sterling at a book signing at MIT several years ago and he's cool. Actually they both are.

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Max The Magnificent   10/25/2012 5:59:32 PM
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What do you .... "Oooh, Shiny!"

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David Ashton   10/25/2012 6:33:50 PM
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Max, I get the impression you may have overdone the fawning a bit... :-)

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Max The Magnificent   10/25/2012 6:37:29 PM
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The word "fawning" isn't in my vocabulary (but that's true of a lot of words)

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SteveD_Aus   10/26/2012 5:20:41 AM
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Max breeds deer?!

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ChrisTruelove   10/25/2012 4:58:07 PM
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Karen - a friend of mine (an artist who used to run the SFWA parties at Philcon) refers to William Gibson as William "Be still my heart" Gibson. Cory Doctorow is another name that comes to mind.

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RichQ   10/25/2012 5:14:10 PM
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I ote for Jerry Pournelle. From the look of his blog site (http://www.jerrypournelle.com/jerrypournelle.c/chaosmanor/) he could be quite controversial and thus highly entertaining.

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Max The Magnificent   10/25/2012 5:58:47 PM
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Hi Rich -- I used to exchange emails with Jerry way-back-when (circa the late 1990s) although I'm sure he won't remember me now. In fact I have a framed photo on my office wall that was given to me by Jerry's son, Alex

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ozindfw   10/25/2012 8:23:16 PM
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Can't pick just one, but any of these: David Weber Eric Flint John Ringo Larry Niven Jerry Pournelle

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SylvieBarak   10/26/2012 1:28:42 AM
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My favorite sci-fi book ever remains John Wyndhams's Day of the Triffids. the BBC did do a series on it back in the 80's, but it was thoroughly rubbish and the "special effects" were super lame. I wish someone would remake that one properly. As for traveling through time... my favorite episode of star trek was the "Stone knives and bear skins" episode (Star Trek Classic episode The City on the Edge of Forever)- that has some good ideas about what would be useful and what wouldn't! And, in terms of Zombies, I really liked I am legend, though it ended a bit weakly in the movie

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Thomas "Rick" Tewell   10/26/2012 4:04:28 AM
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Without a doubt...Greg Bear. Runs or has run with many Grand Masters of Sci-Fi including Heinlein, Clarke and Asimov. He wrote a Foundation book for goodness sake...how many get chosen to do that? Has written Halo, Star Trek AND Star Wars books and wrote one of the absolute hands down BEST hard sci-fi books of all time...EON (The Way is mind blowing!!!) Nebula award winner...nominated numerous times for Clark, Hugo and other prestigious awards...this guy ROCKS sci-fi. If you haven't picked up a Greg Bear book...run to your local laptop and hammer Amazon for one or forty. Could easily see him being designated a Grand Master someday.

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Max The Magnificent   10/26/2012 4:04:46 PM
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I must admit that I would like to see Greg Bear myself

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vapats   10/27/2012 4:19:41 PM
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Greg Bear (and Greg Egan) are without any doubt superb. Top-notch, yet mostly under-appreciated.

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amacon   10/26/2012 6:26:18 PM
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David Brin writes the best hard science fiction.

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vapats   10/27/2012 4:22:43 PM
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Not always... He's written some boring crocks, IMHO. I must say that his /Glory Season/ is absolutely brilliant; utterly superb.

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emklaus   10/26/2012 6:37:03 PM
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My vote is for Larry Niven. He's been my fav for decades.

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Max The Magnificent   10/26/2012 7:41:04 PM
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I like him also

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vapats   10/27/2012 4:26:18 PM
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Niven does a better job, when he collaborates with Ed Lerner. IMHO, - vic

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Clyde   10/26/2012 6:39:15 PM
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Although I won't be able to attend, I would vote for Jack Chalker or Orson Scott Card. Actually, since I am an old coot, I really would prefer Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clark. Impossible, I know, unless one of the time travel experts could get them there. BTW, I am currently reading Winter's Tale at your recommendation.

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Max The Magnificent   10/26/2012 7:40:49 PM
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WONDERFUL -- I really look forward to hearing what you think of it

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Thomas "Rick" Tewell   10/27/2012 8:12:17 PM
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Chalker would also require a time machine. Card is the only living one in the bunch. Chalker was great. Well of Souls series and Four Lords of the Diamond would be great movie material...maybe somebody Hollywood-ish will "discover" his work someday. Card would be an excellent choice for presenting...but I still stand by Greg Bear.

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Clyde   11/1/2012 4:34:50 PM
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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

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jjulian274   10/26/2012 7:06:25 PM
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I would vote for either: Robert N. Charrette David Drake Always did like cool tech.

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anon6223816   10/26/2012 9:23:40 PM
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In order of preference, my vote: William Gibson "The future is already here. It just isn't evenly distributed." "...the street finds its own uses for things" Neal Stephenson Cory Doctorow

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kfield   11/1/2012 3:51:45 PM
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Neal was my second choice!

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CorbenAceFan   10/30/2012 3:44:28 AM
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Peter Hamilton. I've been reading scifi for 52 years and have read all of the greats and agree with most of the comments so far. But I was surprised to see no one has mentioned the best grand saga ever, "The Reality Dysfunction". This 5 or 6 (?) Volume series SO deserves a movie series like Star Wars or The Lord of the Ring to do it justice. You MUST read - just be sure to read them in order. My brother and I have been exchanging favorite books for years, but he gave me the series back explaining that he "just couldn't get into it". Later I found out he had started with the third volume...

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Max The Magnificent   10/30/2012 12:54:40 PM
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"Later I found out he had started with the third volume..." LOL I'm trying to remember this series -- the name sounds familiar, but nothing is springing to mind...

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dforce441   10/30/2012 3:15:11 PM
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Piers Anthony HOwever, among the dead, my vote would be the original sci-fi author, Johannes Kepler

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OmegaMan   10/30/2012 3:46:16 PM
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My current favorite hard sci-fi author is Dan Simmons. His Hyperion and Endymion novels are fantastic, best I have ever read. He also wrote a "horror" book, "Children of the Night", which adds a modern spin on the Vlad the Impaler/vampire legend.

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Max The Magnificent   10/30/2012 3:53:04 PM
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I think his best ever was "Carrion Comfort" -- you'll be thinking about this one for a long time after you've read it...

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OmegaMan   10/30/2012 3:58:03 PM
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I never read that one, I'll have to check it out. Thanks Max!

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Max The Magnificent   10/30/2012 3:59:52 PM
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No Worries -- out of all his work, this is the one that really sticks out in my mind -- I'd love to hear what you think about it after you've read it

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kfield   11/1/2012 3:52:24 PM
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Have you read SImmons' "Song of Kali?" Absolutely the most frightening book I have ever read

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Max The Magnificent   11/1/2012 3:56:07 PM
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No -- but it's on my Wish List :-) Have you read "Carrion Comfort"?

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OmegaMan   10/30/2012 3:48:55 PM
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I forgot to mention his latest novels, "Ilium" and "Olympos", which have mind-boggling scope. And he writes with such a poetic flair.

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Raj_Nair   10/30/2012 4:48:09 PM
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I find it sad that a list of most popular Sci-Fi writers does not include someone from India. My favorite writer is "Desi Babu" from India, who has written some amazing Sci-Fi stories. Check out this one, called "The Useless Dust" to read an India flavored Sci Fi story: http://peanutexpress.blogspot.in/2012/01/useless-dust-part-i.html

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Max The Magnificent   10/30/2012 5:31:30 PM
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Hi Raj -- thanks for the suggestion -- I will take a look at this as soon as I get a spare moment.

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KTrimbach   10/31/2012 4:40:55 AM
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Does screen writer count? My favorite story author is Joe Straczinsky (Babylon 5). Also would like to see Vernor Vinge +/- Orson Scott Card. As well as Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, David Brin, Timothy Zahn, or James Hogan. Also Harry Turtledove whose famous for alternate histories.

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Max The Magnificent   10/31/2012 1:01:39 PM
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"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...

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Fabrice.Popineau   10/31/2012 8:59:57 AM
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Nobody cited John Varley. He is one of my all time favorite. Read 'Golden Globe', you will understand why :-) (I like many of the other ones named here anyway). Best regards,

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Max The Magnificent   10/31/2012 12:55:27 PM
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I agree with John Varley -- although "Golden Globe" was not his best in my humble opinion. I thought his "Steel Beach" was one of the best Sci-Fi reads ever...

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pmoyle111   11/1/2012 1:21:59 PM
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I'd vote for a Dr Who author. Somewhere, between 3rd doctor and 8th doctor. Plenty of authors to choose from!

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Max The Magnificent   11/1/2012 2:04:30 PM
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Forget the author -- I'd like to see Doctor Who!!!

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pmoyle111   11/1/2012 2:38:00 PM
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Tom Baker!

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canuck23   11/1/2012 7:20:48 PM
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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...

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Clarke or Roddenberry



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