The Boston Globe‘s James Sallis has an essay on Great Unknowns where he talks about personally neglected authors – those writers whose sork work you have yet to read. (Sallis’ list mentions sf authors Robert Sheckley and Edgar Pangborn.) This reminds me that there are a handful of sf authors I’ve been really, really wanting to read but never seem to get around to.

Since I sample many authors through short fiction reading, I tend to my split my own list of personally neglected authors into two categories. There is the shorter list of writers whose work I have not read at all and the longer list of writers whose work I have read only through their short fiction.

I have yet to read any fiction (long or short) by:

  • J.G. Ballard
  • William Gibson
  • Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • Charles Sheffield
  • E. E. “Doc” Smith
  • Olaf Stapledon

The longer list? I have yet to read novels by any the following, though I have read some of their short fiction:

  • Alfred Bester
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Gordon R. Dickson
  • David Drake
  • George R.R. Martin
  • Andre Norton
  • Mike Resnick
  • Dan Simmons
  • Brian Stableford
  • Jack Vance
  • Gene Wolfe

Fess up! Which authors do you really want to read that you have been neglecting?

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