The 20-volume series about Lucky Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin may be the best single work of fiction in the English language.
Sheri Tepper has written a lot - including a series of mysteries set in the Southwest,
and a set of fantasies about the One True Game. However, her science fiction novels are a class apart,
and are breath-taking, even shocking, in their subject matter. The one common thread running through all of
them is Man's Inhumanity to Woman.
|Stephen J. Gould
A lifelong passion for baseball and marine snails. He is best known for his
columns in Science, which have been collected into many volumes. His essays are wide-ranging,
catholic, reasoned, humane, erudite. He is also the co-author (with Niles Eldridge) of the
punctuated equilibrium theory of evolution. Also the author of an extremely dense and exhaustive
history and explication of evolutionary theory (
Especially his novels about the Culture (
Able to pen a book about color, or music, or fashion, and make it into a science-fiction murder mystery. Always whimsical, with a wicked sense of humor.
That most quintessential of historian beast, the archive dweller. Has
produced a series of minutely detailed histories of everything British and sea-going.
The best is two books (so far) (
Historical science fiction. Always very well researched, makes you wonder
if what you think you know about history really happened that way.