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    Quote Originally Posted by owlcroft View Post
    How can anyone even consider such a list and not have M. John Harrison high on it?
    Agreed!


    For me:

    M. John Harrison
    Geoff Ryman
    William Gibson (still writing SF?... s'pose that's debatable)
    China Mieville
    Ursula K. Le Guin

    Honorable mentions: Justina Robson, Ted Chiang, Ken MacLeod, Vernor Vinge, Alastair Reynolds, Nalo Hopkinson.

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    I like posts like this as it gives me new authors to check out. I am sure to draw wrath but John Scalzi is no where near the top 5 in my list. I enjoyed Old Man's War and the first sequel greatly but I really do not see him as writing anything original (science fiction wise) in quite some time. Redshirts just came out and from what I can tell it is a comedy set in a faux Star Trek universe. I might be a fun read but hardly original (other than the comedy stab at Star Trek) and not top drawer sci-fi in my book.

    As for my list,
    Alastair Reynolds
    Peter Hamilton
    Robert Sawyer
    Iain Banks
    Neal Asher

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    Where would one start with Jack McDevitt? Never read him, but on the look out for new books and authors.

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    Where would one start with Jack McDevitt?
    Bibliography here: LINK.

    Engines of God makes sense. Or Polaris.

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    My favorites right now that I go to time and time again:

    Stephen Baxter
    Jack McDevitt
    John Scalzi

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    Quote Originally Posted by phil_geo View Post
    M. John Harrison - never heard of
    Brian Stableford - never heard of
    Lois McMaster Bujold - thought was dead
    Robert J. Sawyer - thought was dead
    Kim Stanley Robinson - thought was dead
    Larry Niven - thought was dead
    Adam Roberts - never heard of
    Paul McAuley - never heard of
    A member since 2001? That's a lot of missing information, Phil

    For my part I haven't read quite a few on the lists from others - mainly because they are known as being space opera writers and that's just not my thing, especially when they are the size of Hamilton's usual offerings!

    I'd say:

    Adam Roberts
    Christopher Priest
    Connie Willis
    Charles Stross (maybe)
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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    'Currently' can have different context for people. Currently for me means authors who have actively published works within the last several years.


    My list
    Neal Stephenson
    Charles Stross
    Hugh Howey
    Daniel Suarez
    John Barnes

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    Gwyneth Jones
    Kim Stanley Robinson
    Al Reynolds
    Justina Robson
    M John Harrison

    I'd have included Paul Park or Mary Gentle, but their last books were fantasy.

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    My favorite of the current SF writers:

    Paolo Bacigalupi
    Tobias Buckell
    Warren Hammond
    Kameron Hurley
    Christopher Priest

    I'll give honorable mentions (is that cheating?) to Lauren Beukes, Peadar O'Guilin, and Scott Westerfeld. Also, Scalzi used to rate higher for me, though less so these days.

    Also haven't read KSR in years so his place might change after I get to 2312.
    Last edited by beniowa; June 7th, 2012 at 07:15 PM.

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    A member since 2001? That's a lot of missing information, Phil
    Agreed! I will be checking my used book store soon.

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    Wow with so many different authors on so many lists it all just makes me realize how much I still haven't read. How can I possibly come up with a top five? Even as contemporary writers? I've yet to read China Melville, Iain Banks or Alstair Reynolds yet they come up time and again. I intend to try them all out but at this point can't render a fair opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDCOrange View Post
    Wow with so many different authors on so many lists it all just makes me realize how much I still haven't read. How can I possibly come up with a top five? Even as contemporary writers? I've yet to read China Melville, Iain Banks or Alstair Reynolds yet they come up time and again. I intend to try them all out but at this point can't render a fair opinion.
    actually I read (or at least tried in a few cases that did not work out) all the writers mentioned above but I agree that any choice is subjective and names like Mieville, Priest, Wolfe, Stableford, Stephenson or MJ Harrison are definitely legitimate contenders imho, just that I do not consider the first three really sf writers, Stableford not really current, Neal Stephenson's really interesting work (imho) is not quite sf except for Anathem, while MJ Harrison has too little sf work (though all notable and influential for sure and his next novel is a huge asap of mine).

    With newer writers, I cannot see how anyone without at least 5 novels could be considered here...

    Other names I did not see mentioned so far but I would happily add on an extended list are Gary Gibson, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Gwyneth Jones, Mary Gentle

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    Quote Originally Posted by suciul View Post
    Other names I did not see mentioned so far but I would happily add on an extended list are Gary Gibson, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Gwyneth Jones, Mary Gentle
    I mentioned both Jones and Gentle (though Gentle hasn't written sf for a while).

    Other space opera-y writers worth reading are Michael Cobley, John Meaney, Chris Moriarty and Kameron Hurley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian_sales View Post
    I mentioned both Jones and Gentle (though Gentle hasn't written sf for a while).

    Other space opera-y writers worth reading are Michael Cobley, John Meaney, Chris Moriarty and Kameron Hurley.
    I would say that both Ilario and 1610 fall comfortably within the alt-history as sf subgenre, though The Black Opera is clear alt-history as fantasy with its ghosts and reborn dead (and suffers for it imho as I found it less interesting than the above mentioned two which are just wonderful, though Mary Gentle's prose was quite enjoyable as expected and the book entertaining on the whole, but "lighter").

    Chris Moriarty has essentially written two novels which I greatly enjoyed at the time, especially her debut Spin State (saw some YA from her I think but that does not count); a new Spin book will be soon out and I am curious to see how it will read so i will pick it up asap

    John Meaney -almost mentioned him as his original Nulapeiron trilogy, especially Paradox, is one of my big favorites, but his fantasy was meh ( and his knife fighter books under pseudonym of no interest) and the new Ragnarok trilogy is so-so to date - actually I read only Absorption and while I bought Transmission on publication and started it with plans to finish it at some point, still have not done yet...

    Michael Cobley - thought his sf trilogy went from so-so (interesting ideas, but very muddled) to pretty bad in the second volume and have no intention to pick up 3rd, while Kameron Hurley's prose sadly just did not work out for me

    Edit: and back on topic, another writer whom I would have to include in any top 5-10 for the 90's but who has not written that much recently is William Barton whose 90's dark sf is as good as it gets; I did an overview of his novels on FBC a while ago; years ago before ebooks I remember hunting older Asimov's on eBay just to read his scattered stories, but now of course he put out almost all his work in e form so it's easy to find
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    I'm waiting for the UK edition of Black Opera so have yet to read it; but point taken. I've only read Moriarty's first novel, but I'd like to get hold of the second book; and I've only read Meaney's debut, which was meh, but had heard good things about his Nulapeiron books. I've yet to read the third of Cobley's trilogy, though I do think they're fun if a little over-full. Gibson's Shoal Sequence has the edge on it. I'm a big fan of the two Hurley books, and I'm looking forward to the third later this year.

    I was a huge fan of Barton's fiction, and bought each one of his books as soon as it was published - including the collaborations with Michael Capobianco. I even hunted out his early works and the chapbook published by a small press. It's a shame his career imploded around the turn of the century. I've not kept up with his short fiction since - he's mostly published in Asimov's, which I don't buy. The fact that he's now republishing lots of his stuff for the Kindle is one of the reasons I'm seriously considering buying a Kindle.

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