This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) examines the authors you’d like to meet. I have to say that I’m pretty fortunate to have met a couple of my favorite authors and got their books signed (Peter David, Garrison Keillor, Donald Miller, Philip Gulley). But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few more authors I’d enjoy meeting — even if some of them would involve a time machine.
1. Stephen King — I’ve read everything he’s written and I always look forward to his next book. Reading his various columns and non-fiction books, I feel like King would be a great person to discuss popular culture with — and to get recommendations for new books to read.
2. Beverly Cleary — Growing up, I loved all of her books and read them multiple times.
3. Judy Blume — I’ve lost count of how many times I read the Fudge series of novels growing up.
4. Robert Holmes — If you’re scratching your head and wondering just who Holmes is, odds are you don’t read the credits on classic Doctor Who. Holmes was one of the most prolific writers in the classic Who run, contributing a multitude of stories that are classics. He also helped shape and redefine the series as well as serving as script editor for what many feel are the three best years the series ever had.
5. Harper Lee — If only to say thank you in person for the brilliance that is To Kill A Mockingbird. I re-read it recently and it’s one of those books that is so good it ruins the next book or two you read..
6. John Scalzi — From Old Man’s War to Redshirts to Lock In, Scalzi has delivered a wide variety of books. I feel like I know a bit of him from his blog and while we may not agree on everything, I think it would make for a fascinating conversation.
7. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — I’d love to talk to him about the creation of Sherlock Holmes and everything that surrounded it. And since he was one of the first to retcon a death, I’d love to get his take on how no one is really dead in a comic book phenomenon today.
8. Charles de Lint — His novels are magical and spell binding. I would love a chance to hear him read from one or meet him in person.
9. Jim Butcher –– He’s writing the best fantasy series on the market today. I’d love to get some hints on where Harry Dresden is headed as the series works toward its conclusion.
10. Isaac Asimov — I’ve not read everything he’s written (he wrote a metric ton of books) but I’ve read a lot of it and really liked it. His Robot novels were an entry point into the wider world of literary science-fiction and are still among my favorites.
Honorable Mentions: Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Terrance Dicks, Elizabeth George, Laura Lippman