Top Ten Bookish People I’d Like to Meet

“I don’t want a happy ending, I want more story.”

Frances Hardinge

  1. Terry Pratchett. I know he’s dead, and I know that you should never meet your heroes – but that doesn’t change the fact that he is always and forever top of this list.
  2. Catherynne Valente. She just seems like a fascinating person, and I love and adore her Fairyland books.
  3. Adam Roberts. One of the few people who writes really, properly rigorous SFF criticism from an academic standpoint.
  4. Abigail Nussbaum. Not an author but a book blogger; see above.
  5. China Mieville. There would be major fangirling for the author of Perdido Street Station and The Scar.
  6. Kameron Hurley. Because God’s War is layered and complex and badass and fast-paced.
  7. Niall Harrison. Editor of my favourite SFF magazine (Strange Horizons, obvs).
  8. Marisha Pessl. Her dark, twisty, semi-Gothic novels are just metatextual enough to be interesting without being daunting.
  9. Neil Gaiman. His books are usually unintentionally sexist, but he’s good on reading and on memory, and, let’s face it, he’s essentially the rock star of the literary world.
  10. Frances Hardinge. Writer of delicate, lush fairy tales.

(The theme for this post was suggested by the Broke and the Bookish’s weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday.)

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