I wasn’t going to write about popular sci fi authors I haven’t read yet because I feel like every sci fi author I read is a first timer for me. I have authors I follow and read all their books in other genres but I don’t have that in sci fi except for maybe Becky Chambers and Nnedi Okorafor.

After all, I just read John Scalzi for the first time this year.

I love his books though so I’m definitely going to go back and look at others.

I read a book by Connie Willis recently. I enjoyed it so I decided to see if she had written anything else. Oh, 256 distinct works on Goodreads and this in the bio – “Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer. She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s.

She has won, among other awards, ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards. Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for All Seated on the Ground (August 2008). She was the 2011 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA).”

You don’t say. I had no idea.

I guess this just goes to show that I am obviously out of the loop with popular sci fi authors.

Here are a few other authors I’ve heard of who I have never picked up.

  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • James S.A. Corey
  • Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Shirley Jackson – I know, I know. I always see articles that say that everyone knows her story The Lottery. I do not. I have no idea what happens. I assume it is really bad from the context but I don’t know. I almost don’t want to destroy the mystery.

I don’t know if I will ever pick up some of the most popular sci fi authors (even if I figure out who they are). I’m not really into hard sci fi – think space battles and lots of math. I like more slice of life and cozy books which you don’t always find in sci fi like you do in fantasy. I want positive books. Think more solar punk than grim dark. I’d gladly take suggestions.