Authors you can’t go wrong with, part 3

This list continues from part 2.

James Alan Gardner

All of Gardner’s science fiction books are set in his League of Peoples universe. Sadly he hasn’t published a book in the last 10 years.

  • Masterpieces
    • Radiant
    • Gravity Wells (collection)
  • Great books
    • Expendable
    • Commitment Hour
    • Vigilant
    • Hunted
    • Ascending
    • Trapped

Frank Herbert

Herbert is best known for Dune and its sequels. Even if it doesn’t become one of your favourite books, it’s still well worth reading.

  • Masterpieces
    • Dune series
      • Dune
      • Children of Dune
  • Great books
    • Dune series
      • Dune Messiah
      • God Emperor of Dune
      • Heretics of Dune
      • Chapterhouse: Dune
    • Eye (collection)

Karin Lowachee

Lowachee burst on the scene with a trio of brilliant science fiction books in her Warchild universe — she’s since branched out into fantasy.

  • Great books
    • Warchild
    • Burndive
  • Good book
    • Cagebird

Scott Mackay

Mackay hasn’t published any science fiction lately, but his books always have intriguing ideas.

  • Great books
    • Outpost
    • The Meek
    • Orbis

Will McIntosh

McIntosh’s first book is a scary one, imagining that the world goes downhill gradually — with people ending up struggling to survive.

  • Masterpiece
    • Soft Apocalypse
  • Great books
    • Hitchers
    • Love Minus Eighty

Kim Stanley Robinson

The vast majority of Robinson’s books are science fiction, but his recent book Shaman takes place thousands of years ago.

  • Masterpieces
    • Three Californias
      • The Wild Shore
      • The Gold Coast
      • Pacfic Edge
    • 2312
  • Great book
    • Shaman
  • Good book
    • Red Mars

John Scalzi

Scalzi always has fascinating ideas and a terrific sense of humour.

  • Great books
    • Old Man’s War
    • The Android’s Dream
    • Redshirts

Clifford D. Simak

Simak’s masterpiece takes place far in the future when the world is populated by dogs and humans are a myth.

  • Masterpiece
    • City
  • Great books
    • Over the River and Through the Woods (collection)
    • Project Pope
    • Way Station
  • Good book
    • Highway of Eternity

Joan Slonczewski

When asked to name my favourite book I will say Slonczewski’s A Door Into Ocean. Slonczewksi, a biology professor, is also co-author of a textbook.

  • Masterpieces
    • A Door Into Ocean
    • Brain Plague
  • Great books
    • Still Forms on Foxfield
    • The Wall Around Eden
    • Daughter of Elysium
    • The Highest Frontier
  • Good book
    • The Children Star

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Vonnegut’s experiences in World War II led directly to the book Slaughterhouse-Five, which is the one that put him on the map.

  • Great books
    • Cat’s Cradle
    • The Sirens of Titan
    • Slaughterhouse-Five

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