Authors you can’t go wrong with, part 8

This list continues from part 7.

Becky Chambers

Chambers burst on the scene with her brilliantly titled first novel and has continued writing in the same universe but with different characters and situations.

  • Masterpiece
    • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
  • Great books
    • A Closed and Common Orbit
    • Record of a Spaceborn Few

David A. Goodman

Goodman has written 2 autobiographies of Star Trek characters, both books well worth reading. He also wrote episodes of Futurama and Star Trek: Enterprise.

  • Great books
    • The Autobiography of James T. Kirk
    • The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard

Matt Haig

Haig has written a couple of startlingly brilliant novels. He’s also written the nonfiction Reasons to Stay Alive.

  • Masterpieces
    • How to Stop Time
    • The Humans

Jeffrey Lang

Lang has written several Star Trek novels. His 2 Next Generation novels feature the character of Data.

  • Great books
    • TNG: Immortal Coil
    • TNG: The Light Fantastic

Ann Leckie

Leckie’s first novel won the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke awards — the first time a book has ever won all 3. She also edited the online magazine Giganotosaurus for several years.

  • Masterpiece
    • Ancillary Justice
  • Great book
    • Ancillary Sword

Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels

This writing team has written a bunch of Star Trek books, and Martin has also written a few solo ones. They also wrote some Deep Space Nine comics and a couple of Roswell books.

  • Great books
    • ENT: The Good That Men Do
    • ENT: Kobayashi Maru
    • ENT: The Romulan War — Beneath the Raptor’s Wing (Martin solo)
    • ENT: The Romulan War — To Brave the Storm (Martin solo)
    • TITAN: Taking Wing
    • TITAN: The Red King
    • TITAN: Fallen Gods (Martin solo)
    • ST: The Lost Era — The Sundered
    • ST: Typhon Pact #2 — Seize the Fire (Martin solo)
  • Good book
    • ENT: Last Full Measure

Kate Morton

Morton’s books follow a similar structure, with someone in the present finding out about a secret that happened decades ago in a previous generation of their family.

  • Masterpiece
    • The Lake House
  • Great book
    • The Distant Hours

Claire North

North is a pen name. She also publishes under her real name, Catherine Webb, and another pen name, Kate Griffin. She finished writing her first book when she was 14 years old.

  • Masterpiece
    • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
  • Great books
    • The Sudden Appearance of Hope
    • Touch

Carl Sagan

Sagan only wrote one novel, but he’s worth reading in both fiction and nonfiction. He’s known for the TV show he was host of, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. He was a scientist and professor.

  • Great books
    • Contact
    • The Demon-Haunted World (nonfiction)

Dayton Ward

Ward has written a bunch of Star Trek books, and got his start with a story in the first Strange New Worlds anthology.

  • Great books
    • TOS: In the Name of Honor
    • TOS: Legacies #3 — Purgatory’s Key (with Kevin Dilmore)
    • TNG: Armageddon’s Arrow
    • TNG: Headlong Flight
    • TNG: Hearts and Minds
    • DISCO: Drastic Measures
    • ST: The Fall #5 — Peaceable Kingdoms
    • ST: Typhon Pact #4 — Paths of Disharmony

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