Here are some of my favourite authors.

URSULA K. LE GUIN
SF & Fantasy author
Simply put, Ms. Le Guin is one of the all-time greats of speculative fiction. She has penned many thought-provoking, critically acclaimed works including, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, as well as the YA series, ‘Earthsea’ trilogy. If you haven’t read anything by her, you should.

C. J. CHERRYH
SF & Fantasy author
The ever prolific Cherryh wrote one of my all-time favourite science fiction books, Serpent’s Reach, which while not a startling piece of fiction a couple of decades later, nonetheless made a huge impression on me—mostly due to the fact it had a young teenage female protagonist, with whom I readily identified with. Female heroes were not something you saw featured very often in SF novels, even back in the 70s.

JOAN D. VINGE
SF & Fantasy author
Vinge is another one of those authors with whom I figuratively grew up with back in the late 70s early 80s. It started with my sister (as it always did when it came to books and new authors) telling me to read this one or that one, as was her want. My first Vinge stories were, The Outcasts of Heaven Belt and The Crystal Ship.

ELIZABETH MOON
SF & Fantasy author
While she might not be as prolific (yet) as Cherryh, Moon has, nonetheless, managed to write a handful of series that include some of my favourite stories: the Serrano Legacy (7 books in all); Vatta’s War (5 books to date); and a host of short stories featured in any number of anthologies these last couple of decades.

LAURIE R. KING
Mystery/Suspense author
Not only is Ms. King well known for her award-winning Det. Kate Martinelli series, of which I am a huge fan, but she has also penned the highly acclaimed and likewise award-winning Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series. Check them out if you love thoroughly well-written mysteries.

BARRY EISLER
Thriller Author
Probably not as well know as Tom Clancy or his ilk, or even in that strata, yet, nonetheless, Eisler’s work is up there with the best of them because, not only does the author tell a damn good story but he populates them with kick-ass, all-too-human, fully fleshed out and flawed characters. If you enjoy gritty, realistic action and well-plotted intelligent thrillers, then I suggest you check out Barry Eisler’s work.

LOUISE PENNY
Mystery & Suspense Author
Canadian author, Louise Penny, is fast becoming one of my ‘go-to’ authors when looking for a good read. Problem is, I’ve now managed to read my way through all eight titles in her Inspector ‘Gamache’ series. A wonderful murder-mystery series set in the fictional village of Three Pines, set amid the rustic countryside of Québec. So how could I not love these books? If you love superbly plotted works filled with quirky characters who seem like neighbours, then you cannot go wrong with these well-crafted mysteries that are all about the ‘who done it’.

SARA PARETSKY
V.I. Warshawski Novels
I’ve been a huge fan of Paretsky starting with her first novel, INDEMNITY ONLY, right through to her latest V.I. Warshawski outing: FALLOUT. Paretsky never fails to deliver a well written novel littered with plenty of murder, mayhem, and mystery. But I have to say, I especially loved CRITICAL MASS and FALLOUT, as Paretsky takes Warshawski out of her comfort-zone travelling from her beloved Chicago, further afield.

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Other exciting new authors I’ve discovered in the last year, and also worth mentioning, are:

  • Steph Broadribb — (Crime/Suspense)
  • Kathleen Kent — (Crime)
  • Becky Masterman — (Crime)
  • Angela Marsons — (Crime/Police Procedural)
  • Mark A. Latham — (Steampunk/Alt History/Fantasy)
  • Joe R. Lansdale (Westerns)
  • Karen Engelmann (Historical)
  • Steve Berry (Thrillers)
  • Andrew Taylor (Historical)
  • Anders de la Motte (Crime/Thrillers)
  • Harry Hunsicker (Crime)