Member Rara Avis
Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha, how droll...
I must say tho, I am one of my least favorite authors. It's similar to the way I feel in here. Amongst such a wealth of talent, I am like a grain of sand being thrown into the sea.
But to answer your question:
Stephen R. Donaldson is by far my all-time favorite author. He goes into such psychological depth with his characters, that not only do you know them as if they existed, you also feel and share their fears, happiness and guilt.He has written both sci-fi and fantasy, though he has only a total of 11 actual novels.
Steven Brust is probably my favorite for "lighter" fantasy, though Douglas Adams comes in at a close second.
Strangely enough, L. Ron Hubbard is one of my favorite "sci" authors. He has a wonderful ability to "simply" build a believable story.
And recently, I have discovered Terry Goodkind. I think that he shows a lot of promise, though with his last book, I must admit that I think he is wearing out his current series.
These are not by far all of the authors that I enjoy. In reality, I could keep typing out names, telling you why each of them is one of my favorites!
Sanity is the playground for the unimaginative.
[This message has been edited by Christopher (edited 08-18-99).]