posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 12:11 AM
Hmm, gosh, just ONE? Well, to start, I'll second those who said 1984 and Atlas Shrugged, those are great reads. When I read Atlas Shrugged, it was
just around when Fannie May and those companies were going bankrupt, and so whenever I opened a newspaper or came to ATS, I saw Ayn Rand's fears
coming to pass in real life.
I'm primarily a fantasy fan, as well as science fiction, and the occasional classic, plus a wide variety of nonfiction, so keep that in mind.
Stephen Donaldson - Thomas Covenant series (his other works are good too, but these are his best)
JRR Tolkien - Lord of the Rings series
Raymond E Feist - Riftwar series (and basically anything other than Faerie Tale, which sucked)
Terry Brooks - Shannara series (his best), A knight of the word series, Landover series
Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth series (he hasn't done anything else yet)
Tad Williams - Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series
Robert Jordan - Wheel of Time series (some people don't like the later ones, but almost everyone likes the first 3-4 or so)
Ursula Le Guin - Earthsea series (slightly younger audience intended, on the Harry Potter level or so, but still great for adults)
CS Lewis - Chronicles of Narnia series (also more for younger audience)
Lloyd Alexander - Prydain Chronicles (also younger audience)
Susan Cooper - The Dark is Rising series (also younger audience; the movie from a few years ago sucks, don't judge it by those)
TH White - The Once and Future King series (the definitive king arthur work, excepting Thomas Mallory himself, whom I have not read)
Robert E Howard - Conan author (mostly short stories and short novels; also, other authors have written stories about Conan, too. Two movies were
done with Conan in them, Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer, but as far as I know, the plots were written decades after Howard's death.
They're alright, if you like that sort of stuff)
Terry Pratchett - Discworld series (extremely funny fantasy; some made for TV movies were done of a few of his works, both live action and cartoon,
that are worth seeing)
William Gibson - Neuromancer (his definitive work, also his first book), and his other stuff is mostly good, too.
Robert Sawyer - Calculating God, Flashforward (probably his others are good too, but that's all I've read so far. And he's Canadian! FTW!
Actually, so is Gibson, but I think he was a draft dodger, lol, and not native)
Tad Williams - Otherland (yeah, same guy who did Memory/sorrow/Thorn; these are even better than those were)
Orson Scott Card - Ender series (his best, but most of his stuff is good, too)
Uh, and like 10000000 other books :p But that's enough for now.