Post by Moriarty Post by J. Clarke
On Tue, 31 Aug 2021 17:36:59 -0500, Lynn McGuire
Post by Lynn McGuire
"Best Modern Science Fiction Authors" by Dan Livingston
I have read "Little Brother", "Red Mars", "To Say Nothing Of The Dog",
The MaddAdam trilogy, "The Road", "We Are Legion", "Leviathon Wakes",
"Ancillary Justice", "Old Man's War", "The Martian". Ten out of the 23
I haven't read anything by David Wong, Jeff VanderMeer, Peter Watts,
or Dennis E Taylor. I found Martha Wells to be OK but her books are
very short for the price.
Given that the author of this list says of "The Road" "emotionally
devastating, You've been warned" and my reaction to it was "when is
that miserable whiny brat going to die" interspersed with "NO you
fucking MORON", I think that his tastes and mine differ.
FWIW I had the same reaction to "The Road" that you did. But the list includes several of my all-time favourite SF authors: Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, Neal Stephenson... So all I conclude is that his tastes regarding Cormac McCarthy differ from mine.
The only one I really raised an eyebrow at was Cixin Liu at number 2. I read "The Three Body Problem" and was a little underwhelmed, probably because it had been talked up so much. I'll probably get on to the sequels one of these years.
My main gripe is that Dan, as criticised by many previously,
has titles that usually conflict with the list contents. This time the
questionable delerium is MODERN.
The Handmaid's Tale has been in the news recently because of film
publicity but was written in the 1980's. The concept of the MaddAddam
trilogy will predate Orryx in 2003, so is 20 years old still "Modern"?
Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, Neal Stephenson are
also favourites of mine as well but are what they have written be
classified as modern? I don't know but suspect not.