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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Authors I’d Love To Meet

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!

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Authors I’d Love to Meet

It wasn’t specified whether or not the authors needed to be alive… Many on my list are still living, but not all of them.

  1. Neil Gaiman
  2. Seanan McGuire
  3. Anne McCaffrey
  4. Connie Willis
  5. Rolly Crump (technically I already met him at a book signing, but there was no chance to talk)
  6. J.A. Campbell
  7. Terry Prachett
  8. Isaac Asimov
  9. Phil & Kaja Foglio
  10. A.J. Menden

So there you have it! No explanations this time around, but a list of ten authors. Are there any authors you’d like to meet? Or any you have met who would otherwise have made this list?

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17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Authors I’d Love To Meet

  1. I be an odd human (about many things) and don’t actually care to meet any authors. I tend to find that finding out about famous authors’ (or any famous person) personal lives impedes with me enjoyment of their work. For example, if I find out that the author has hateful politics then it makes me not want to read their work. Of course I have heard (and it seems) like folks like Neil Gaiman, Connie Willis, and Jane Yolen are awesome people. I do follow some author blogs and such. But as a general rule I like to separate the art from the artist. But the authors on the list (that I know) seem to be a good bunch. Long comment (and lots of parathesis). Arrr!
    x The Captain

    1. Well, I don’t go out of my way to meet authors. I don’t even follow many on Twitter, and I only know about their politics if they are VERY LOUD about them. So I usually avoid mixing art and reality and I know what you mean.

  2. What a great list! I did get to meet Anne McCaffrey, decades ago when she was touring The White Dragon. I was totally overwhelmed and hardly knew what to say to her, but she signed a bunch of my paperback books and I’ve still got them. Gaiman, McGuire, and Pratchett would all be amazing to meet — and I say that not even having read any McGuire yet, though I’ve got a bunch of her books on my TBR. (I do follow her on Tumblr, though; she’s awesome.)

    I’m on the fence about meeting Asimov; I read him in high school and college; he was a towering talent; but I was disappointed by the paucity of well-written female characters in his work, and he had a reputation for wandering hands at conventions and such, which today we would unhesitatingly label as sexual harassment or sexual assault.

    1. That would be so neat to have met McCaffrey! And yes, McGuire is one of my heroes thanks to some of the stuff she posts on Twitter (I don’t use Tumblr). I support her on Patreon too, and she sometimes goes into stuff there, too.

      I wasn’t aware of Asimov’s convention habits, alas. I haven’t read enough of his work to have noticed the lack of quality female characters, either — I’ve mostly read short stories of his, and in that format it never really occurred to me. Alas. I hate it when someone with that much talent is that problematic.

      1. Granted. Sometimes I wonder what classic authors would have been like had they been born in more modern times. It’s an interesting thing to ponder, though of course we’ll never know the answer.

      2. True! Fanfic and pastiches and so on can (and do) update stories and characters in light of modern sensibilities, but there’s no way to know how authors themselves would have treated their material differerently had they lived in another era.

      3. There’s also no way to know if a classic author would even BE an author in the modern era! So many things change. Still, it’s a fun thing to think about.

  3. I haven’t met Neil Gaiman, but I’ve seen him as part of an MPR evening that also included John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats. AND I saw him in a small cramped room at the back of the old Dreamhaven Books location as he was sort of the MC for the release of the Flash Girls’ third album.

    I also saw Kurt Vonnegut speak!

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