The following are books that have either proven influential to me or are just excellent reads. I'm breaking them up by author, as this makes them a little easier to organize. Non-fiction works are designated by an asterisk. The selections are not intended to be representative of their best work, or the work they're best known for. They're the ones I've personally read that made an impact on me. I'll be adding to the list periodically.


Isaac Asimov

The Robot Stories



A. A. Attanasio




Richard Bach


Running From Safety


Iain M. Banks

The Player of Games



Nick Bantcock

The Forgetting Room

The Venetian's Wife


Clive Barker




Anne Beattie

Perfect Recall (stories)



Ray Bradbury

Dandelion Wine

The Martian Chronicles

Something Wicked This Way Comes  


Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Mars Books



Michael Chabon

The Amazing Adventures of
Kavalier & Clay

The Final Solution


C. J. Cherryh

The Cyteen Trilogy



Charles Dickens

Great Expectations



Harlan Ellison

The Essential Ellison: 50 Year Retrospective

Mefisto in Onyx

An Edge in My Voice*

City on the Edge of Forever



Phillip Jose Farmer


Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life


Janet Fitch

White Oleander



Alan Dean Foster




C. S. Friedman

This Alien Shore

In Conquest Born

The Coldfire Trilogy



Neil Gaiman

American Gods



William Gibson

Pattern Recognition

Spook Country




Malcolm Gladwell




Peter F. Hamilton

The Night's Dawn Trilogy



Robert A. Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Land



Frank Herbert




Stephen King
The Dark Tower

On Writing*

Bag of Bones

Lisey's Story

The Stand

Hearts in Atlantis


Dean Koontz

Fear Nothing

Seize the Night


Fritz Leiber

The Fahfrd & the Gray Mouser stories



Jack London

Call of the Wild

Short fiction


Steven Milhauser

The Knife Thrower & Other Stories



Michael Moorcock

The original Elric series

Castle of the Pearl


Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons




Christopher Moore

Coyote Blue

Island of the Sequined Love Nun

Bloodsucking Fiends  


Toni Morrison




Jodi Picoult

The Tenth Circle



Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire



Kenneth Robeson

The Doc Savage Novels



Jennifer Roberson

Lady of the Forest



William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing

Twelfth Night


Mary Shelley




Robert Silverberg

Lord Valentine's Castle



Wilbur Smith

Birds of Prey



Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash





Peter Straub




William Strunk & E. B. White

The Elements of Style



Amy Tan

The Bonesetter's Daugher

The Chinese Siamese Cat


Rosemary Wells
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood


Tad Williams

Tailchaser's Song



Roger Zelazny

The Chronicles of Amber


Eye of Cat





Listed below are links from sites belonging to friends or family of mine I thought you might find entertaining or informative. Following these are a few links to various sites I myself have visited during my journeys through cyberspace. There aren't all that many just yet, but the list will no doubt grow as time passes, so be sure to drop back by periodically.


Personal Links

Barry Orkin Artist, Illustrator, Designer, Painter
Benoir Musician & Composer
Scentral Station Fine Candles, Oils & assorted other interesting items..

Musician, Songwriter, Social Activist

Steven Peros Screenwriter & Director
Crusade Entertainment William Tucci: Publisher, Writer, Artist
Christopher Caliendo Composer & Musician
Foxtrot Studios Mark Bailey: Animator
Candy Kane

Adult Film Star - All sex, all the time.
(Go on, click me. you know you want to, baby... :* )


Other Links Internet radio station that allows you to create customized play lists at no charge. Consummately cool. Donation site with various educational quizzes. The more you get right, the greater the donation of rice to the UN Food Bank! Quite addicting.
The Breast Cancer Another donation site, it includes tabs to five other worthy causes that require only that you click their pages once a day to generate donations. I like Google, but they're getting a little big for their britches, don't you think? I've found this search engine to be quite excellent. I've found this free browser to be far easier and more intuitive to use than Internet Explorer. I also strongly recommend their email program, Thunderbird. Free suite of office applications, including word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, and a few others. It's not quite as slick as Microsoft Office, but it's free, and it's a very viable alternative.