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Wed Aug 3 07:16:15 PDT 2011
Marc Aramini marcaramini at yahoo.com to Urth:My favorites were probably more
likely to be labeled as science fantasists, Zelazny, Philip K Dick, R A
Lafferty, Abraham Davidson, Cordwainer Smith, etc. I liked Theodore Sturgeon
Nice list (including Bradbury) - throw in some Harlan Ellison, Brian Aldiss,
Michael Bishop, Le Guin, and, of course, Wolfe, and that's usually my kind
of brew. I still can't get past that 60s/70s 'New Wave' sort of
anthropological s.f. period. From the 80s I've enjoyed Dan Simmons, but I
really haven't read much s.f. beyond that. (Except Tim Powers, who spans
70s to now, and whom I'm increasingly becoming a genuine fan of). I only
went backwards in time from there - Lovecraft, William Hope Hodgson, Arthur
Machen, Lord Dunsany, Robert E. Howard, etc. I'm really interested in
delving into more contemporary stuff from the likes of Michael Swanwick,
Wiliam Gibson, China Mieville, Charles Stross, Charles De Lint, John C.
Wright, etc. Still trying to fit it in whilst trying to read and write
about the entire oeuvres of Lafferty and Wolfe!
On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 2:50 AM, Marc Aramini <marcaramini at yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- On Tue, 8/2/11, Jerry Friedman <jerry_friedman at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > From: Jerry Friedman <jerry_friedman at yahoo.com>
> > I'd say a lot of the most admired male authors before the
> > 70s--Heinlein, Asimov,
> > Van Vogt (who I don't like), Anderson, Bradbury, Pohl,
> > Kornbluth--were extremely
> > didactic, with pragmatic, realistic purposes. Clarke
> > might be an exception.
> It's funny, you named all my least favorite authors there except Bradbury,
> his summoning of innocence and the gathering its subtle but mature sinister
> loss always interested me. never liked most of those guys . . . tedious to
> me for some reason. I liked some of Clarke. I don't think those guys were
> really artists (call me a snob). Asimov I liked as a childrens author, and
> he had one or two works that surpassed his usual output.
> My favorites were probably more likely to be labeled as science fantasists,
> Zelazny, Philip K Dick, R A Lafferty, Abraham Davidson, Cordwainer Smith,
> etc. I liked Theodore Sturgeon though.
> Just personal opinion to some degree, I suppose, like preferring
> Dostoyevsky to Tolstoy or Sterne to Richardson.
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