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Updated: Jan 19, 2020



Stan Lee passed away on November 12, 2018, at age 95. So you could call this a "better late than never" post. Stan was a big influence in my life and my writing. From the mid 60s, when I first discovered The Amazing Spider-Man #28, "The Molten Man," I converted from a confirmed DC reader to a happy Marvelite! And Stan was there, all through my major growth period. He was the avuncular, funny presence in every Marvel comic I read. In those days, it was possible to read ALL the Marvel superhero titles in a given month, and I did. Stan "got it," in the way nobody else did. While other companies featured old white guys trying too hard to sound "hip" and "relevant," nobody did it like Stan. He was genuine. Actually, I decided to become a writer during my teen years and I'm sure Ol' Smiley's work had a hand in it. In fact, a lot of my life learning came from "junk" sources like comic books, TV shows, movies, and the like. Looking back, it's no wonder I turned out so weird! LOL. I'm glad I "knew" Stan, there will never be another like him!

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Updated: Jan 19, 2020



Here are my ten favorite books of all time. OK, so some are series of books. So what?

1. The Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum 2. The Lord of the Rings J.R.R Tolkien 3. The Chronicles of the Black Company Glen Cook 4. The Conan the Barbarian stories Robert E. Howard 5. The Deed of Paksenarrion Elizabeth Moon 6. Time Enough for Love Robert A. Heinlein 7. The Vorkosigan books Lois McMaster Bujold 8. The Chronicles of the Deryni Katherine Kurtz 9. The Best of Connie Willis Connie Willis 10. The Dominic Flandry books Poul Anderson


Looking at this list, I am immediately struck by the imbalance between male and female authors. That may be a reflection of my tastes, but I think it's more because of how many more male authors there are in SF and Fantasy. This list IN NO WAY reflects my feelings or attitude toward women and/or women authors. In fact, let me know if you have a favorite female author you think I might like. Just don't throw any fish at me!


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Updated: Jan 17, 2020

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