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15 Authors (meme)

Fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag at least fifteen friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what authors my friends choose.

1. Terry Pratchett
2. Starhawk
3. Terri Windling
4. Marvin Harris
5. R. D. Laing
6. Edgar Rice Burroughs
7. Samuel R. Delany
8. Tanith Lee
9. Jessica Amanda Salmonson
10. Robert E. Howard
11. Vonda N. McIntyre
12. Neil Gaiman
13. Pat Murphy
14. John Crowley
15. Jo Clayton

That was hard! I have more that 15 favorite authors.
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There are a lot of good authors out there whose work I have enjoyed, but it just didn't have a profound effect on me. And there are some did have a profound effect but I just didn't remember when I was making this list. Douglas Adams, Nick Bantock, Greg Bear, David Brin, Emma Bull, Leo Buscaglia, Margaret St. Clair, Louise Cooper, Susan Cooper, Diane Duane, Esther Friesner, William Gibson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Parke Godwin, Edward Gorey, Alasdair Gray, Spalding Gray, Martin H. Greenberg, Zohra Greenhalgh, Ursula K. Le Guin, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Barry Hughart, Joseph Jacobs, Lee Killough, Donald Kingsbury, George Lakoff, Tanith Lee, Fritz Leiber, Stanisław Lem, Charles de Lint, Anne McCaffery, Patricia A. McKillip, Patrick F. McManus, Judith Merril, Andre Norton, Tim Powers, Pamela Sargent, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Robert Sheckley, Sharon Shinn, Shel Silverstein, Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling, Sheri S. Tepper, James Tiptree Jr., Joan D. Vinge, Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Yolen, Michael York, Roger Zelazny.



1. Terry Pratchett
I'm the Priestess of Terry Pratchett. I first encountered his books when I was working in the Book Cellar. But I didn't really get into him until B's mother, Jill, got me to read Wyrd Sisters. I couldn't count how often I think about things he wrote when I'm trying to express my thoughts. I'm always quoting him. He is on my "always buy" list.

2. Starhawk
She was my introduction to Wicca. When I pick up "Spiral Dance" today there are still ideas that resonate with me. She is on my "always buy" list.

3. Terri Windling
More of an editor than an author. But I'm always pleased with the stories she chooses. She is on my "always buy" list.

4. Marvin Harris
The sociologist responsible for Cultural Materialism. He really pulled together my world view for me.

5. R. D. Laing
The Psychologist who articulated how the individual fits into culture for me.

6. Edgar Rice Burroughs
My childhood entrance into fantasy and science fiction. I read all the Tarzan but also the John Carter of Mars and Carson Napier of Venus

7. Samuel R. Delany
I still remember buying my first Samuel R. Delany, Distant Stars a collection of short stories, at a book store in Maine. It blew my mind. His stories have depth and complexity. He is on my "always buy" list.

8. Tanith Lee
Another of my childhood favorites. As a teenager I was moved by The Silver Metal Lover. But her Tales from the Flat Earth are truly adult and mythical.

9. Jessica Amanda Salmonson
She is a great editor but also writes compelling Asian fantasy with strong female characters.

10. Robert E. Howard
Conan the Barbarian is as iconic as Tarzan the Ape Man, but better. Robert E. Howard's writing has depth and nuance that the parodies and derivative works just don't have. Bob gave me a two book collection of his short stories and poetry when we were in high school.

11. Vonda N. McIntyre
"Of Mist And Grass And Sand" a post-apocalyptic world with polyamory and snakes used for healing.

12. Neil Gaiman
The Sandman series. He is another author with a mythic style. He is on my "always buy" list. Although he makes it hard by releasing multiple versions of his works.

13. Pat Murphy
Rachel in Love, The Falling Woman, The City, Not Long After, There and Back Again. An underrated author.

14. John Crowley
I started with "Little, Big". Now he is on my "always buy" list.

15. Jo Clayton
I love the way she writes magic. And the wonderful worlds she creates. The transgender bee priestesses in the Wild Magic series or the whole Soul Eater series.


Edit: I forgot to mention Wendy and Richard Pini. I wore my hair in a Chieftains top knot for most of high school because of Cutter.

I should also mention J.R.R. Tolkien, William Shakespeare, and the King James Bible.

I was not as moved by The Lord of the Rings as many other people are. But he had a profound effect on Modern Fantasy and I could not appreciate Terry Pratchett as much without being familiar with Tolkien.

The same is true of Shakespeare and the KJ Bible. They are a background noise in English literature. I didn't go crazy over them but I know the had an effect on writers who did move me.

Reading other people's descriptions of how they were effected by books, my own explanations seem inadequate. It's hard for me explain how I feel about these authors.

Comments

Awesome to see REH on your list! I'll have to spread this meme too.
Robert E. Howard was a great writer.
L. Sprague de Camp was not nearly as good.
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Thank you for the compliment and for letting me know.