Writers I Like

In no particular order, here’s a list of authors whose work I enjoy, admire, and buy multiple copies of.

  • Stephen King – The master. Faves include The Dark Tower series, Salem’s Lot, Under the Dome, 11/22/63, It, The Stand, The Shining
  • Scott Sigler – Basically invented the concept of a “podcast novel”. Faves include the GFL series, and Nocturnal.
  • George RR Martin – Just about any human reading this should know who this is. Faves include the Song of Ice and Fire books and the Wild Cards series.
  • Hugh Howey – Jumped out of Internet obscurity with his “Silo” series. Now he sails his boat around the world. Faves include Wool and his short story “The Plagiarist”.
  • Neal Stephenson – When they say “avoid infodumps” at writing conferences, they usually mean to say, “unless you’re Neal Stephenson”. You do feel smarter after reading his work though. Faves include Reamde, Cryptonomicon, Anathem, Seveneves, and Snow Crash.
  • Margaret Atwood – She’s a very big deal. Faves include The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, and the Oryx and Crake series.
  • Peter Clines – Hollywood screenwriter turned novelist. Faves include his Ex-Heroes series, 14 and The Fold.
  • Harlan Coben – Thriller writer that cranks out page-turner after page-turner. Faves include Hold Tight, Six Years, and Tell No One.
  • Peter F. Hamilton – British Science Fiction master. Read him if you want to know what it might look like if humans create ALL the technologies you’ve ever seen in all of sci-fi and combine them all into one story. Faves include his “Commonwealth” series.
  • Scott Meyer – Actually writes laugh-out-loud funny books. Faves include his “Magic 2.0” series.
  • JK Rowling / Rober Galbraith – Sure she wrote Harry Potter, and that’s a pretty big deal. She ALSO writes the Cormoron Strike books under her pen name. I enjoy those quite a bit.
  • Gregg Hurwitz – Action thriller master. He writes books that you can see in your mind like movies. Faves include The Survivor and the “Orphan X” series.
  • Justin Cronin – Writer of The Passage series. That really says it all.
  • Pierce Brown – Would you like to read something that kind of mixes “Dune”, “Game of Thrones”, and “Hunger Games”? Check out Brown’s Red Rising series.
  • Nick Harkaway – Writes super funny speculative fiction that sort of takes place in our world – but mostly not. Faves include The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker.
  • Paolo Bacigalupi – Mostly known for his YA science fiction, Paolo can turn the dial up to “Rated R” with great skill, like in my fave of his The Windup Girl.
  • John Scalzi – Quickly paced sci-fi with great dialog and catchy, high-concept ideas. Books like Red Shirts and his Old Man’s War series are great.
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