posted on Oct, 18 2012 @ 09:16 AM
reply to post by Ferryman
I'll be completely honest, I've given L. Ron Hubbard a good go but there is just something about his style that turns me off. I've not been able
to pin point just what about his style turns me off however. In all honesty, it may stem from the fact that I scoff at his religious views and that
has influenced my feelings on his purely science fiction writings.
As to EE Doc Smith, he is an author that until just recently I had not read much of, but find very interesting to be honest. I've not read enough of
his work to give you much of a discussion on the topic but I can tell you that I find his stories facsinating thus far.
Asimov and Heinlein remain my favorites to this day. I think that will always be the case for me simply because as I get older and look at their work
with a more critical eye, I find their dedication to the craft truly admirable. In their research into the topics presented in their books they laid
the ground work for modern day science. Asimov's "3 Laws of Robotics" comes to mind as does using some of Heinlein's ideas by modern
inventors/scientists to create a robotic 'exoskeleton' (for lack of a better word) that allows those who have lost the use of their legs to walk
As for a favorite "modern" science fiction author I would have to go with George R.R. Martin. Most will know him as the author of the epic fantasy
series "A Song of Ice and Fire", which is where I first heard of him, to be frank. It was not until I was left waiting for what seemed a life time
for him to release his next book in that series that I found his earlier sci-fi works and was equally taken with them. His first novel, "Dying of
the Light" was published in 1977 and is not exactly a 'feel good' kind of book, it's rather on the dark side, but worth the read if you are
looking for something a little different than the old masters of sci-fi we know and love.