Greg Bear, Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Iain M Banks, Mervyn Peake, Robert Heinlein, JRR Tolkien, Roger Penrose, Aleister Crowley, John Pilger, Greg Iles, Mary Stewart, Douglas Adams and so may more. We live in a world of literary treasure floating like jetsam in a sea of popularised trash.
I'm not really a fiction reader but did go through a stage of reading lots of John Grisham because I love a good courtroom drama. Intellectually I think I'm a frustrated attorney and territorially I think I'm a misplaced Eskimo (I love the cold). But back to well known writers I admire? Quite possibly if there were more hours in a day I would read more but would probably not stick to reading a selection of favourite authors but rather a wide cross section of writers, for interest, variety and for the opportunity to form an opinion. Opinions are very important to me.
Steven Berkoff for Drama and Poetry. Carlos Castaneda for Autobiography. Phillip Pullman for Fiction.
So many, and what is classified as well know? Okay, KW Jeter; David Brin; Iain Banks; Tim Powers and Charlie Stross are those that I am reading nowadays, there is however a stupendously long list of others whom I also admire, the chief amongst them being Philip K Dick; Michael Moorcock; Flan O'Brien; Ken Grimwood and John Dalmas.
Arthur C Clark, Robert A Heinlen, Issac Asimov, JK Rowling, actually all the best science fiction writers.
I'm a huge fan of Isabelle Allende. The House of the Spirits is a wonderful book that weaves storylines and characters into a beautiful tapestry. All of Allende's novels and memoirs are just amazing. Amy Tan is a masterful storyteller, as well. Her novel Saving Fish from Drowning was superb in character and story. I read historical fiction quite a bit and enjoy Philippa Gregory, Margaret George, and Jean Plaidy. These authors take true history and add the romance and dialogue - and when I read their books I'm truly taken away from my little world for a while. I've recently discovered Donna Tartt, whose novel The Secret History gave me a fantastic insight into foreshadowing without giving away the story.
William Butler Yeast especially his poems AND African poet
Ken Sarawiwa ,
Alexander McCall Smith, Stephen King, Alice Hoffman, Lyn Cote, Mary Clayton
Dostoevsky, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Berg, Amy Tan, Mary Oliver,
Ursula Hegi, Charles Frazier, Ekhart Tolle, Charlotte Bronte, Toni Morrison, Sue Monk Kidd, Jane Hamilton, Barbara Kingsolver, Janet Frame, so many more........
The list goes on and on.
Jeffrey Deaver, Janet Evanovich, Ian Fleming, Tish Cohen, Barry Eisler
Ernest Hemmingway is my favorite to be followed by James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts, and Linda Lael Miller.
Neil Gaiman, Guy Gavriel Kay and Ray Bradbury. To me, they are brilliant.
The Three Roberts: Burns, Service and Frost.
The classics: Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Byron
Irish: Yeats, Colum, Kavanagh, Kinsella
Local: Derek Fanning, Anthony Sullivan
On blog: Michael Sullivan a.k.a Sulllivan the Poet
WritersCafe.org - Lara Gandré
International Campaigning poet: Paul Polansky