Originally Posted by Theia
I should mention that I also went through a phase where I only wanted to read women authors as well.
I think its a good phase to go through.
I did this. It got me into Melanie Rawn, Octavia Butler, Marion Zimmer Bradley 's Darkover series, Bujold, McCaffrey, Lackey, LeGuin and a number of lesser known writers. I recommend it. I never much enjoyed Atwood or Joanna Russ, though. I like Rawn's newer urban fantasies a lot, too.
ETA oh - and C.J. Cherryh! I'm about to buy a set of her Merchanter books and Cyteen books for my daughter... And Sherri Tepper!
Hard for me to think of Charles de Lint as an old-school writer as I've just discovered him recently, but yes, definitely worth reading his books. You can friend him on Facebook, too -- he is generous with fans. Love his poetic status updates and his photos.
Card's best book, imo is Pastwatch -- the female characters are perhaps a bit more interesting in that one, too. It is also a book without sequels so you can get an idea of his strengths without investing in a series.
I'd read it with Butler's Wild Seed - also a novel about slavery and a one-book story-- Also love her Parable of the Sower and the Xenogenesis series by Butler.
I've never heard of Nalo Hopkinson or Nancy Kress, off to request at the library...
Raymond Feist is my favorite of the Tolkien-style high fantasy writers. I do not like Jordan much. I like Eddings well enough.
I always liked Heinlein's Moon is a Harsh Mistress better than Stranger. I actually threw away all my Heinlein paperbacks though, after deciding I didn't want my kids reading them at impressionable ages. They were falling apart from my re-readings anyway. (yes I'm conflicted about Heinlein
Read lots of Asimov and Frank Herbert. I think the early Dune books are important to read - maybe it's time for me to reread them...
But first I'm going to reread the 4-volume omnibus of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy I got for 50 cents at the library book sale...