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Meme: 15 Favorite Authors

Most recently posted by saintmaybe1121. Name the top 15 writers/ authors who you admire, quote, think about, or refer to that you can think of in fifteen minutes. I also added my favorite work of theirs.

1. David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas)
2. Kazuo Ishiguro (Never Let Me Go)
3. Anne McCaffery (Pern series)
4. Ha Jin (Waiting)
5. Ian McEwan (Chesil Beach)
6. Virginia Woolf (Jacob's Room)
7. Robert D. Kaplan (The Ends of the Earth)
8. Leila B. Hadley (Give Me the World)
9. Anchee Min (Red Azalea)
10. John Stuart Mill (On Liberty)
11. Gerard Manley Hopkins (Carrion Comfort)
12. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (The Danger of a Single Story)
13. Leila Aboulela (The Translator)
14. Peter Hessler (River Town)
15. Immanuel Kant (The Metaphysics of Morals)

I know as soon as I click post, I will think of at least 12 more people who should have been on this list.

Who are your favorite authors?
A sad confession: Most of these are men
1. Ray Bradbury (Something Wicked This Way Comes)
2. Neil Gaiman (American Gods/Sandman Comics)
3. Isaac Asimov (but only when writing about science; his fiction is kind of meh for me)
4. Arthur C. Clarke (A Fall of Moondust/The Ten Billion Names of God)
5. Andre Norton (Any WitchWorld/Lavender Green Magic)
6. jimhines/Jim C. Hines (The Mermaid's Madness)
7. Whoever it was said "The villain is the hero of his own story"
8. John Scalzi (Whatever.scalzi.com)
9. Randall Milholland (somethingpositive.net and this strip is not for the easily offended -- though how can you not love "Asshole is not an alternative lifestyle"?)
10. Madeline L'Engle (A Wrinkle in Time)
11. Jane Yolen (her retelling of Sleeping Beauty; I'll be back with the title)
12. Holly Lisle (truefax; I have not read any of her books, but I used to frequent her writer's website and found it useful at the time)
13. Carl Sagan (Contact/Cosmos)
14. Philip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
15. Fredrick Pohl (again, I haven't read any of his books, but I love his blog: http://www.thewaythefutureblogs.com/ )

Hooray for coding fail. Also, I struggled to complete the list.

Edited at 2010-10-13 11:59 pm (UTC)
Re: A sad confession: Most of these are men
Most of mine are men too. More than half, sadly. Ah well. I write about women and read books by men. Maybe it balances?
Re: A sad confession: Most of these are men
Probably. And at least one of the men on my list writes women as people and not as stereotypes, so that's probably a balancing factor, too. (Seriously: if you haven't picked up Jim Hines' The Stepsister Scheme you probably should)
Re: A sad confession: Most of these are men
I have never heard of it, but I will have to check it out!

One of the guys on my list does not write women in a way I particularly care for. But I love him anyway.
Re: A sad confession: Most of these are men
Jim is human and therefore flawed, but in a very real way he Gets It. He's written some heartbreaking and thought provoking posts on rape, and on gender roles, and even on his own "failures" as an author where his female characters are concerned.

I dunno. I guess what I'm trying to say is that based on both his fiction and his LJ, I think I probably like Jim as a person. ;)
Re: A sad confession: Most of these are men
It is probably sad that I immediately thought we were talking about Jim Kirk.
Re: A sad confession: Most of these are men
Given the context you and I usually interact in, not really. :D
Ummm . . . not in order, particularly. I read a lot of kidlit.

1.) Charles de Lint (Memory and Dream)
2.) Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
3.) Sherwood Smith (Crown Duel, also her blog/sartorias)
4.) Terry Pratchett (Guards! Guards!)
5.) Tamora Pierce (... can't pick a favorite)
6.) E.M. Forster (Howards End)
7.) Madeleine L'Engle (A Ring of Endless Light)
8.) Tanya Huff (Smoke & Mirrors)
9.) Michael Chabon (Kavalier & Clay)
10.) Diana Wynne Jones (Fire & Hemlock)
11.) Pamela Dean (Tam Lin)
12.) Patricia C. Wrede (Caught in Crystal)
13.) Alison Croggon (any/all)
14.) Shannon Hale (Goose Girl)
15.) Robin McKinley (Sunshine)