“I don’t want a happy ending, I want more story.”
- 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.
- Catherynne Valente. She just seems like a fascinating person, and I love and adore her Fairyland books.
- Adam Roberts. One of the few people who writes really, properly rigorous SFF criticism from an academic standpoint.
- Abigail Nussbaum. Not an author but a book blogger; see above.
- China Mieville. There would be major fangirling for the author of Perdido Street Station and The Scar.
- Kameron Hurley. Because God’s War is layered and complex and badass and fast-paced.
- Niall Harrison. Editor of my favourite SFF magazine (Strange Horizons, obvs).
- Marisha Pessl. Her dark, twisty, semi-Gothic novels are just metatextual enough to be interesting without being daunting.
- 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.
- 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.)