David Mack. I recently drafted a list of ten of my favorite pieces of Trek lit, and David Mack’s name came up again and again. He’s handled some of the biggest stories in the Trek Relaunch, including the origin and destiny of the Borg; Section 31; the fulfillment of the Mirror Universe; and authored or coauthored various miniseries. His character drama is the best, period. There’s a reason he’s a contributing writer for ST Discovery, and is helping with a Star Trek: Lower Decks type series.
Bernard Cornwell. Well…auto-read, anyway. Cornwell writes historical fiction, largely medieval and Napoleonic, and his dialogue is usually hilarious. He has a flair for oratory that sometimes rises to the surface when a warlord is extolling the troops and telling them As luck would have it, Cornwell is so popular at my library that we own most of his books, and being a librarian I can read them before they’ve seen the floor — or even been officially released!
Christopher L Bennett. Another favorite Treklit author, Bennett’s are the only Trek books I tag as science fiction – because he incorporates actual scientific mysteries and investigations into his books, not just technobabble. Bennett is also good at political plots. My favorite part of his work, though, is that he provides annotations to his novels and stories that explain references, etc.
John Grisham. I’m not a passionate Grisham fan at this point – he’s been really hit and miss the last decade or so — but I still read what he puts out, usually because I receive them as gifts or can pick them up from the library.
Wil Wheaton (Narrator). Most of my Audible library is narrated by Wheaton, the easy favorite being Ready Player One. I didn’t realize how good narration could be until I heard an experienced actor do it.
Anthony Esolen. There are vanishingly few authors I’ll preorder for, but Esolen is at the top of the list. His work is harder to summarize, but in general I’d say he writes on culture, society, and Christian tradition. His books include a translation of the Divine Comedy; a satirical parenting guide called Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination Of Your Child; an examination of liturgical music; and several books on the chaos of modern western culture, in Out of the Ashes and Defending Boyhood.
Joseph Pearce also specializes in religion and culture, although his beginnings were in biographies of luminaries like G.K. Chesterton and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He has expanded this to write religious reflections on Shakespeare, Narnia, and Middle Earth; produced a collection of essential Christian poetry; and gotten philosophical with a book exploring the connection between truth, beauty, and goodness.
Mary Roach, authored of books like Stiff, Bonk, and Gulp. Roach writes pop science books that are a little more on the pop side; she likes to focus on topics that are a little taboo (sex, defecation, and death, say) and make the most of them with humor. My enjoyment of her works has faded over the years, though, as some of her humor is gratuitous.
Isaac Asimov. Asimov used to be the undisputed king of my stacks, because in 2007 – 2009 I worked on reading every thing I could find by him. While he isn’t in the position of doing new releases (being dead has reduced his output a little bit), I still comb used bookstore shelves for his other works.
S.D. Perry. Stephanie Diane Perry is basically the mother of the Trek relaunch. Sure, Marco Palmieri and other editors had a lot to do with it….but Perry wrote the DS9 Avatar books, and they MADE the Relaunch. She also created Unity, the finale for that initial set of DS9 books, and since she lives in Portland, I wonder if I can’t get my original hardcopy signed when I visit in April 2020. Hmm…..ooh! She published a book in 2010 I missed! Time to acquire it.
I didn’t know Will Wheaton was a narrator for some audiobooks. How cool!
He is! Mostly science fiction, with a few nonfiction titles of interest to geeks (“Masters of Doom”, for instance, a history of the software company that gave us DOOM, QUAKE, Wolfenstein 3D, etc).
I absolutely loved Grisham when I was in middle/high school. Is that weird? I haven’t read anything he published after like, 2001 though. The Client and A Time to Kill remain my faves, but so many from the 90s are sooooo good.
My ex was a huge Asimov fan. I read two of the Foundation books. Are there three or four? I should finish reading them. Thanks for sharing your list. 👍✨
It’s a little like Star Wars! There’s the “original trilogy”, so to speak: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. Then after much demand, Asimov wrote sequels (Foundation’s Edge, Foundation and Earth) and prequels (Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation) that effectively connected the original Foundation books to his Robots and Empire series to boot. Personally, I’d l liked the first book and the prequels the best, although Asimov had changed certain things about the rise of Seldon, and commented that conflicts with the very first foundation story could be explained as owing to legends rising about Seldon and the like. So in a sense it’s a bit like George Lucas remastering the novels, heheh.
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