Recommended Authors


Learn how it's done by reading books by the best writers in the field today. Read often and broadly. For starters, listed alphabetically, explore these authors:

  • Richard Adams
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Walt W. Becker
  • Iain M. Banks
  • Greg Bear
  • Gregory Benford
  • Steve Berry
  • Grant Blackwood
  • Ray Bradbury
  • David Brin
  • Max Brooks
  • Terry Brooks
  • Sandra Brown
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Jim Butcher
  • Octavia Butler
  • Orson Scott Card
  • Rebecca Cantrell
  • Lee Child
  • Lincoln Child
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Suzanne Collins
  • James S. A. Corey
  • Michael Crichton
  • Justin Cronin
  • Clive Cussler
  • Jeffery Deaver
  • Nelson DeMille
  • Philip K. Dick
  • William Dietrich
  • Cory Doctorow
  • Barry Eisler
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Tess Gerritsen
  • William Gibson
  • Michael Gruber
  • Peter F. Hamilton
  • Robert Heinlein
  • Frank Herbert
  • Robin Hobb
  • Stephen King
  • Dean Koontz
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Robert Ludlum
  • Yann Martel
  • George R.R. Martin
  • China Mieville
  • Anne McCaffrey
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Richard K. Morgan
  • Christopher Moore
  • David Morrell
  • Audrey Niffenegger
  • Larry Niven
  • Andre Norton
  • Jerry Pournelle
  • Annie Proulx
  • Douglas Preston
  • Matthew Reilly
  • Alastair Reynolds
  • Anne Rice
  • Matt Richtel
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Neal Stephenson
  • Patrick Rothfuss
  • Jeff Rovin
  • John Saul
  • John Scalzi
  • Anna Sewell
  • Daniel Silva
  • Dan Simmons
  • S. M. Stirling
  • Charles Stross
  • Brad Thor
  • J.R.R Tolkien
  • Vernor Vinge
  • David Weber
  • Roger Zelazny
  • And pulp fiction novels about Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Spider, and The Avenger.

Recommended Reading


You can learn a lot about the craft of writing and storytelling by devouring the following books. Plus, they're great reads:

  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • The Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov
  • Link by Walt W. Becker
  • The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
  • Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  • Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • Ice Reich by William Dietrich
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  • Salem's Lot by Stephen King
  • Watchers by Dean Koontz
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Lamb, the Gospel according to Biff by Christopher Moore
  • Brotherhood of the Rose by David Morrell
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Ringworld by Larry Niven
  • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
  • Temple by Mathew Reilly
  • The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
  • Hooked: A Thriller About Love and Other Addictions by Matt Richtel
  • Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Vespers by Jeff Rovin
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
  • Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien
  • Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny