Hold still, damn it! This will only take a second!

Iain M. Banks

(this is a link to a page of Banks-related artwork)

Banks' writing is both mainstream and science fiction. His fast paced prose and wild settings, at least in the science fiction, is wonderful. Real "sense-of-wonder" stuff. A joy. I like this so much, I've decided to name my firstborn after Banks, boy or girl!!!

Just kidding
click on th Rapid Offensive Unit below to go into Culture Shock

ROU I Don't Like Mondays

Lois McMaster-Bujold

(this is a link to the Encyclopedia Betanica, a LMB fan page)

Great space opera! I'm jealous...this is the way I want to write... great pace, and interesting characters that you care about.

Larry Niven

Ringworld was the 1st "adult" book I ever read. Prior to that, I was on a steady diet of short stories. This book opened up the world of novels to me. Thanks Larry.

Below, a link to a great Known Space set of pages. Nicely done, and full of excellent graphics.

Phillip K. Dick

Phillip K. Dick & his son Christopher

A truly amazing author, unappreiciated in the States, acclaimed around the rest of the world. His writing spans from the 1950's to the early 1980's, cut short by his untimely death. Dick's writings tend to concentrate upon the internal lives of his characters, rather than the science-fictional mileu of their surroundings. His most famous work doesn't even have the title he gave it. The movie "Blade Runner" is taken from Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", and we all know what an impact that had on the public's idea of the future (LA dark & raining constantly, weird bioformed animals in the bazzars, building-sized wallscreens pumping commercials 24/7).

The sad part about Dick's career was that he never was able to break through into the "mainstream" world. He was always stuck in the ghetto of SF.

Lucky us!

Phillip K. Dick is dead, alas, Let's all line up to kick God's ass
I think that about sums it up quite nicely

Arthur C. Clarke (OBE, Hugo & Nebula, etc.)

One of my 2 favorite authors before I read Ringworld. Still read his more "science-fictiony" issues. Clarke has had a bad time lately, foul accusations in the press, politically motivated by Sri Lanka's seemingly endless civil war (most un-civil).

This is the man who "invented" the geostationary orbit, and could have been the first billionare from space, if he'd been greedy. He wasn't. The good name of Clarke will be remembered fondly, while Bill Gates could learn a thing or two.

Ray Bradbury

My other favorite author before Ringworld, and a really nice guy. One of the true gems of the science fiction world. I met him once in someone's hotel room at the Atlanta Worldcon. He was reassuring a fan-volunteer that it was ok she didn't let him into the Hucksters' Room without his convention badge, even if he was the Guest of Honor that year. I loved the Martian Chronicles, even though the TV miniseries was crap. Oh well, that's showbiz! (Ray knows that. He is from Los Angeles.)


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Last updated on the 9th of October 1998, Ex Prima Cringley, but saved by Deborah, so you know...
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Copyright 1998 by me, except for the photos I nicked to flesh this thing out. Not for commercial profit (that's for sure!!!), just the love of the thing.


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It turns out I've been doing this since I was 12, so that's 2/3 of my life!!! Yow!!!

Off road vehicle, circa 1997

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