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I love science fiction and adventure/suspense novels the best, although I do read occasional non-fiction books too.  If you go by sheer number of hours reading, probably the #1 book of all time is also the #1 bestseller of all time, the Bible.  I have read through the Bible numerous times, and continue to read it most every day.  It keeps my head on straight, and my heart right toward others.

Science Fiction Books and Authors

bulletIssac Asimov:  How can we not mention The Foundation Trilogy?  Well, actually, there were more than just three...  Asimov had great ideas, but weak character development.
bulletStephen Baxter:  He has written a number of titles, but my favorite is Flux, although Moonseed is a close second.
bulletGreg BearEon and its sequels Eternity and Legacy.  Also Forage of God, Blood Music, and Anvil of Stars.  Greg is an incredible author!  More recently, Darwin's Radio - a real thriller!  Greg also wrote one of the Isaac Asimov "Foundation Trilogy" updates, Foundation and Chaos.
bulletGregory BenfordAcross the Sea of Suns, Cosm, Furious Gulf.  Very imaginative.  Gregory also wrote one of he Isaac Asimov "Foundation Trilogy" updates, Foundation's Fear.  His current book Eater is quite interesting.
bulletDavid Brin:  The recent update to the Isaac Asimov "Foundation Trilogy" Foundation's Triumph was one of his notable works.  The most fascinating, however, is The Postman, originally published in 1985.  Beats the movie by far!
bulletBen Bova:  Ben has written many Sci-Fi books and is a well-known writer.  I have not read much of his works, but recently read Venus.  Pretty good - maybe I'll check out some of his others...
bulletOrson Scott Card:  The Homecoming series, including The Ships of Earth+ and Homecoming Earth.  Far future stories of Man's return to Earth after 40 million years of control by an artificial mind on the planet Harmony...  Then there is PastWatch.  Can we go back and change the world to make it a better place?
bulletArthur C. Clarke:  Yes!  All by himself, he wrote some great stuff!  Classics such as The City and the Stars, Against the Fall of Night, Across the Sea of Stars, The Hammer of God, and many many others.   However, I find his 2001: A Space Odyssey and other works very esoteric and not very good reading.
bulletArthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee:  These too authors created the Rama series:  Rendezvous with Rama, Rama II, The Garden of Rama, and Rama Revealed.  Fascinating epic, but a little drawn out...  A recent novel Cradle was quite entertaining.
bulletArthur C. Clarke & Gregory BenfordBeyond the Fall of Night, a sequel to Clarke's blockbuster Against the Fall of Night, a riveting tale of the last city on Earth, Diaspar.
bulletJohn CramerTwister is another story around the idea of alternate realities.
bulletMichael Crichton:  Another writer with incredible imagination!   It all started for me with The Andromada Strain, and The Terminal Man.  Then there was Congo.  More recently, there was Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World.  And very recently another time travel blockbuster story, Timeline.  Don't forget Sphere.  Check out the "non-sci-fi" novels in the fiction list below.
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Michael Flynn:  A fascinating tale of a single woman trying to get mankind ready for the arrival of a devastating comet or asteroid.  The epic begins with Firestar, continues with its sequel Rogue Star, and is currently ended with Lodestar.  The story clearly isn't over, so I anticipate another "chapter" in the future.  The next book clearly is about stopping the killer asteroid, which was discovered in Lodestar.  Very intricate and detailed stories - lots of personal details, very complex and very hard to put down!

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Robert L. Forward:  A prolific writer.  My favorites include Dragon's Egg and its sequel Starquake about life on a neutron star.  A real mind bender!

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Pat Frank:  A great "post WWIII" thriller Alas, Babylon is one of my favorites

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Tess Gerritsen:  Tess has written a number of thrillers, some of which I don't think can be called "sci-fi".  But Gravity certainly falls into this category!  What a thriller!

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Steven GouldWild Side, a story of alternate realities

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Harry HarrisonWinter in Eden and West of Eden.

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Robert Heinlein:  His early works were great!  I did not enjoy his later works at all.  Some of the classics are:  Red Planet, Have Spacesuit Will Travel, Farmer in the Sky, Double Star, Podkayne of Mars, The Rolling Stones, Sixth Column, Space Cadet, Starship Troupers, Tunnel in the Sky.  I read many of these as a teenager, and the stories still stick in my mind!

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Zenna Henderson:  A very unique writer!  The Anything Box and Holding Wonder are two of her books of short stories which will stick in your mind for years!  Her specialty is children and strange capabilities, wonders, or situations.

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Frank Herbert:  My all-time favorite is The Santaroga Barrier, but Frank has also written the Dune Trilogy Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune.  Also, a deep-space classic Destination: Void

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James P. Hogan:  The source of many fine novels.  Some of my favorites include:  Inherit the Stars, The Genesis Machine, The Gentle Giants of Ganymede, Thrice Upon a Time, Giants' Star, The Proteus Operation, Cradle of Saturn.  If you like time paradox/multiple universe stories, Thrice Upon a Time is a must read!  And for virtual reality buffs, try Entoverse.

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Anne McCaffrey:  The Freedom series:  Freedom's Landing, Freedom's Choice, and Freedom's Challenge, all about settling on a world which clearly is a automated foodstuffs factory for a missing race.

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Will McCarthyBloom, a brilliant story of nanotech world takeover.

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Bill McCayStarGate Resistance:  if you liked the movie, and the TV series SG-1, you will love this book!

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Jack McDevitt: Infinity Beach, Eternity Road, Ancient Shores, The Engines of God, Moonfall.  What a master story teller!

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Steven MolstadWar in the Desert, a great follow-on to Independence Day (the movie).

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Larry Niven:  Of course the Ringworld series, Ringworld, Ringworld Engineers, and recently Ringworld Throne is staggering in its imagination.  Also, Integral Trees and the related Rainbow Mars have a very interesting concept of giant trees.  Finally, Destiny's Road is an interesting future tale.  And then there are the books Larry jointly created with Jerry Pournelle....

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Larry Niven & Jerry PournelleLucifer's Hammer was the first killer novel about a killer comet I read from these two.  Another favorite is Footfall, and incredible alien invasion story.  Then there is A Mote in God's Eye and its sequel The Gripping Hand, and Legacy of Heorot and its sequel Beowulf's Children.  Fantastic stories!

bulletAndre Norton:  Another writer I read as a teenager!  Some of the memorable stories include:  Galactic Derelict, the Ross Murdock time travel series including The Defiant Agents, The Time Traders, The Crossroads of Time.  Also, The Beast Master, Key Out of Time, Sea , Sargasso in Space, Secret of the Lost Race, Star Born, Star Gate, Star Guard, Star Man's Son: 2250 A.D., Star Rangers, The Stars are Ours, Operation Time Search, Victory on Janus, Wraths of Time, The X Factor, and (believe it or not) many others.  Many are now out of print, but worth tracking down on Amazon.com.  What a prolific writer!
bulletSteve Perry:  Target Earth, from Leonart Nimoy's Primortals series.  Also Star Wars:  Shadows of the Empire.
bulletRobert J. Sawyer:  Starplex
bulletThomas J. Ryan:  A very interesting story about an artificial intelligence The Adolescence of P-1
bulletR. A. Salvatore:  responsible for the first book on the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of our galaxy in Star Wars:  Vector Prime.
bulletCharles Sheffield:  A recent series, beginning with Aftermath, and continuing with Starfire is interesting and has a fascinating, unexpected conclusion.
bulletMichael A. Stackpole:  One of his recent works is Star Wars:  Dark Tide, the second in a series on the invasion of our galaxy by the Yuuzhan Vong
bulletS. M. StirlingIsland in the Sea of Time and its sequel Against the Tide of Years.  Both fascinating reading!  These are some of the best alternate history/time travel books available!  Recently published is the third of the series, On the Oceans of Eternity.  The intensity and detail of the story continues, and it looks like a preparation for another sequel in the last chapter!  Hurray!
bulletJohn E. Stith Manhattan Transfer, Reckoning Infinity.  Great stories!  Think of it:  stealing Manhattan by sucking it up into a spaceship - all on one piece!
bulletJerry PournelleLucifer's Hammer and Footfall.
bulletHarry Turtledove:  The Worldwar Epic of 6 books (whew!).  This is an "alternative history" where the second world war was interrupted by an invasion by a race of reptiles...  A Epic it is!  And it ain't over yet!  Come on, Harry, write faster!
bulletVernor Vinge: A Fire Upon the Deep and its sequel A Deepness in the Sky.  Really "BIG" stories.  Also Across Realtime, a fascinating story starting in our time and going  into the far, far future is a great read!
bulletTimothy ZahnThe Conquerors' Trilogy was awesome!  Even though I guessed the cause of the interstellar war in the first book, I still loved reading it!  Very clever.

Fiction Books and Authors

bulletDale Brown:  Dale has written many "military" books about Dreamland, a secret facility in the southwest desert.  Very good reading if you like the military HW details.  Latest book was Battle Born.  Others I have read include Flight of the Old Dog, Day of the Cheetah, Hammerheads, Sky Masters, Storming Heaven, Night of the Hawk, and Chains of Command.
bulletTom Clancy:  My favorites are The Sum of All Fears and the sequel Executive Orders.  I took 4 days on vacation reading Executive Orders - couldn't put it down!  Other greats include Clear and Present Danger, Debt of Honor, Rainbow Six, and Without Remorse (which is the same as "With Morse" :)
bulletRobin Cook:  Great medical thrillers!  Fatal Cure, Blindsight, Terminal, Toxin, Vector, Acceptable Risk, Chromosome 9.  Keeps you at the edge of your chair!
bulletMichael Crichton:  Along with great sci-fi, Michael has written stories such as Airframe, Disclosure, and Rising Sun.
bulletClive CusslerInca Gold, Atlantis Found, Shock Wave, Flood Tide, Sahara, Dragon and Blue Gold are among the most recent.  Great escape!  Blue Gold is the first "post Dirk Pitt" novel "from the NUMA Files."  But CC is such a great writer, who needs Dirk?
bulletNelson DemillePlum Island - real good reading!
bulletJack B. DuBrulVulcan's Forge is a Clive Cussler-type adventure-thriller
bulletJohn Grisham:  My favorites are The Firm, The Client, and The Pelican Brief.  Great lawyer books!
bulletJames W. HustonBalance of Power and The Price of Power.  Great political/military thrillers!
bulletKyle Mills: Storming Heaven and more recently Free Fall.  Really good FBI Agent thrillers!
bulletMichael PalmerNatural Causes and Silent Treatment are medical thrillers that will keep you turning pages!
bulletJames PowlikSea Change is an ocean bio-thriller well worth reading.
bulletRichard PrestonThe Cobra Event will keep you on the edge of your seat well past bedtime.  And then, you might not sleep...
bulletJudith Reeves & Garfield Stevens:  These two authors write some killer thrillers, such as Icefire and Quicksilver.
bulletWilbur SmithThe Seventh Scroll is a real adventure-thriller about searching for lost treasure beneath the Nile river..

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