10 current SF authors

It’s been a while since I listed ten science fiction titles. Those are still valid but I thought I’d add to them by listing ten current SF authors (people writing good work right now) who I’d recommend.

  • Greg Egan, author of Permutation City, Schild’s Ladder and Quarantine and other titles
  • Mary Gentle, author of Golden Witchbreed, the White Crow quartet and other titles
  • Peter F. Hamilton, author of the Night’s Dawn Trilogy and other titles
  • Gwyneth Jones, author of the Aleutian trilogy and other novels
  • Ursula Le Guin, author of The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness, Four Ways to Forgiveness and other titles
  • Rachel Pollack, author of Temporary Agency and Unquenchable Fire and other titles
  • Adam Roberts, author of Stone, Salt and Gradisil and other titles
  • Michael Marshall Smith, author of Only Forward, Spares and other titles, now writing horror novels under the name Michael Marshall.
  • Neal Stephenson, author of The Diamond Age, The Big U and other titles
  • John Scalzi, author of Old Man’s War and other titles

Please note that these are adult SF titles and as such may contain adult content including scenes of violence and/or sexual activity. Rachel Pollack is also recommended as an author of LGBT fiction – another list I should write at some point.



  1. Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Michael Marshall Smith has also recently published a YA book under the name M M Smith.

    And I think Rachel Pollack prefers to spell her name with an ‘a’?

  2. Rae (killingaurora)
    Posted June 14, 2010 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Ugh! My library stocks only a few of these authors, and those they have are listed as ‘lost copy’ or from two decades ago. Then again, they only have The Hex Trilogy and none of your newer works, so I should have expected as much. This, oddly, does not make me feel any less disappointed.

    • Posted June 30, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Hi, really glad to see you here. I should let you know though that this is the older version of the blog. The new one is here: http://blog.rhiannonlassiter.com/ They look really similiar so easy to mistkae but I’m not updating this one any more.

      Thank goodness for secondhand bookshops – often the only way of getting the books we need. Of course then the author doesn’t earn anything from them. 😦

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