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Poul Anderson

His novels of the Time Patrol are excellent.

The Shield of Time
Annals of the Time Patrol

Isaac Asimov

Best known for his robot novels and his development of the "Laws of Robotics". His Foundation novels eventually integrate all of his robot novels and his entire future history into a single monumental epic. Other authors have written in the universe he created.

I, Robot
The Naked Sun
Foundation and Empire
The Second Foundation
Prelude to Foundation

Leigh Brackett

The Starmen of Llyrdis
The Long Tomorrow
The Sword of Rhiannon

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Her Darkover series is a science fiction classic.

John Brunner

The Whole Man
Stand on Zanzibar

Arthur C. Clarke

The Sentinel
Childhood's End

Mark Clifton

Eight Keys to Eden

Harry Harrison

The Stainless Steel Rat, "Slippery Jim" diGriz is a thoroughly likeable scoundrel and the stories are great fun.

The Stainless Steel Rat
A Stainless Steel Rat is Born
The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted
The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You!
The Stainless Steel Rat for President

"To the Stars" trilogy


Robert A. Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Land
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Glory Road
Starship Troopers
The Day After Tomorrow
Beyond This Horizon
Citizen of the Galaxy
Double Star
Job: A Comedy of Justice
The Door Into Summer
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag
Assignment in Eternity
I Will Fear No Evil

The Howard Families

These novels tell the story of Lazarus Long, head of the Howard Families and the oldest man alive. His latest books tie all of his novels together into a sort of solipsistic "we make it all up" universe.

Methusela's Children
Time Enough For Love
The Number of the Beast
The Cat Who Walked Through Walls
To Sail Beyond the Sunset


Starman Jones
Red Planet
Podkane of Mars
Between Planets
Have Spacesuit, Will Travel
The Rolling Stones

Keith Laumer

His Bolo stories about intelligent battle tanks are interesting. Some of his time travel stories are excellent.

Rouge Bolo
Zone Yellow
Worlds of the Imperium
The Great Time Machine Hoax
The Infinite Cage
The Star Treasure
Once There Was a Giant


Retief is a "diplomat" who doesn't play by the rules -- he actually accomplishes things. The spoof of bureaucracy and protocol is delightful.

Retief in the Ruins

Andre Norton

Andre Norton writes some of the greatest stories involving psychic interaction with animals ever done.

Storm Over Warlock


Witch World
Web of the Witch World

Time Agents

Key Out of Time
The Defiant Agents

Alan E. Nourse

The Mercy Man
The Counterfeit Man

Don Pendelton

The God Makers

Steve Perry

The Matador series is an excellent martial arts / science fiction series about one man who decides to change the course of history.

The Man Who Never Missed
The Machiavelli Interface
The Albino Knife
Black Steel
Brother Death
The 97th Step
The Omega Cage

Eric Frank Russell

Sentinels from Space

Clifford D. Simak

Ring Around the Sun
Time is the Simplest Thing
Time & Again

E. E. Doc Smith

The Lensmen series is a classic in science fiction. Some reviewers find it simplistic and naive, but it is great space opera.

Galactic Patrol
Grey Lensmen
Second Stage Lensmen
Children of the Lens
Masters of the Vortex

The Skylark series is not as good, but still excellent reading

Skylark Duquesne

A. E. van Vogt

Voyage of the Space Beagle
Mission to the Stars
Children of Tomorrow
Weapon Shops of Isher
The Weapon Makers
The Universe Maker
The Silkie
Quest for the Future
The War Against the Rull
The World of Null-A
The Far Out Worlds of A. E. van Vogt
Empire of the Atom
Children of the Atom

Jack Vance

The Augmented Agent

Manly Wade Wellman

His short stories are few but very entertaining.

John the Balladeer
The Beyonders

Jack Williamson

The Humanoids
People Machines


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