Friday 3 September 2021

Ten books that inspired me.

Courtesy of Media Death Cult again, I list ten SF books that I found particularly influential in shaping me as a writer. These were all books I encountered in my teens, or thereabouts.

I've put it in as a link this time.

Blogger allows me to search Youtube to provide an embedded link, but for some weird reason this one won't come up in the search. I've had this happen before where I want to link to a specific music video which I know to be on Youtube but which blogger maddeningly refuses to list.

Incidentally this list was far from exhaustive. I could have added titles by James White, Larry Niven, Joe Haldeman, Gregory Benford and many others. But one has to draw a line somewhere.


  1. I watched that interview as well; a wonderful set of books. I am not familiar with some of them but have read Nova, A Canticle for Leibowitz as well as The End of Eternity and loved them all. I will try and see if I can find some of the other classics you mentioned.

  2. Nice list, thank you. I have read several of your books (Revelation Series, Chasm City, Pushing Ice and House of Suns) and have enjoyed them all. I have ordered Inhibitor Phase from Amazon UK (not out yet in USA) and greatly look forward to it. I plan to dive into your other stuff (Short stories and such) in the near future once I get to that part of my reading list.
    I ran into the Media Death Cult videos by accident a couple of days ago was pleased with how much access you gave him. Since I may never get to meet you at a signing it was the next best thing, so thanks.
    Anyway, just wanted to say Hi and thanks for all the entertainment over the years.

  3. Great stuff. I love discovering new authors/books I haven't heard of before. I really enjoyed your interview. Thanks for sharing.

  4. When the SF Masterworks series first started up a kind soul said "collect and read". Thankfully I did, allowing me to recognize quite a few of your list!