What are your favorites?

A couple off the top of my head:

Tolkien and Frank Herbert (of course)
Matthew Woodring Stover -- Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshall are excellent, but I haven't read Cain Black Knife yet

The Women of the Otherworld series by Kelly Armstrong is excellent if you like occult fiction (which I do)

Patricia Briggs -- I've only read her Mercy Thompson series so far, and it's very entertaining

Anne Bishop -- Kushiel's Dart and Sebastian are what I've read so far

Douglas Adams, of course

I can't remember the name of the author, but the Wayfarer's Redemption series is pretty good, if a little complicated

Umm...who else?

Jane Yolen wrote a wonderful YA series called the Pit Dragon Trilogy that I wore out when I was young.

Umm... That's what's popping into my head at the moment. What about you guys?

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If you haven't read House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, do so and prepare to have your world changed! (seriously)
I wouldn't technically call this SFF, but I think it appeals to the same literary minds.
no kidding. I read Houes of Leaves when it first came out when I was in high school. What an amazing book, one of my top ten faves
It was a very interesting book. I don't know if you will agree, but what I really got out of it was the experience of schizophrenia. I thought the main character (as well as his mom), and possibly the old man, were schizophrenic--and that also made me wonder about the author.
Stanislaw Lem's "The Cyberiad" is a wonderful collection of short stories that could probably considered atheist fables, you'll find yourself reading over passages numerous times, and considering the meaning of each story. Great stuff, real intelligent SpecFic

In that same vein is Olaf Stapledon's "Last Men, First Men" while being overtly atheistic, does deal with themes such as the vastness of the cosmos, future history, the evolution of man, and the non-existence of a deity. It's Golden Age SF classic.

Robert Heinlein's work deals with certain themes within Atheism, but like any Heinlein work, it is usually weaved into larger themes. The single book that probably deals the most with this is "J.O.B. A Comedy of Justice"

Harlan Ellison's " I Have no Mouth but I Must scream is dynamite stuff"

Within the past year I stumbled upon the Work of Mack Reynolds, I initially picked up a book of his for a dime simply because it had my first name and was cheap. But his writing is great stuff. Fun to read and deals with some great themes. He was a strong Socialist and certain ideas in his work seems show that he was an Atheist. Good example is Tomorrow Might Be Different, which also show's how man uses religion to control society while at the same time just trying to turn a profit.
you can find a list of his work here:


I've had great fun hunting his stuff down in used book shops sinc...
sorry there are some typos in there, just caught them :(
I'm glad somebody finally mentioned Heinlein. I was wondering whether he was so old-fashioned that no one read his work any more, or whether it was just that he was so classic that everyone simply assumed people were reading him, like you assume other people breathe.

(I would naturally assume the latter.)
Bob Heinlein's work changed my life. My family moved to Iowa in the mid nineties so there I was in the middle of Corn and soybean fields. The small local library had some of the old library editions of Heinlein's books for Young Adults. The first one I ever read was "Have Space Suit Will Travel" I've seen read and now own all his books, but Have Space Suit Will Travel still holds a special place in my heart since it introduced me to his work.
This is pretty close to, if not at, the top of my list for his YA titles, too. "You see, I had this spacesuit...."
a close second for me with his YA titles is "Tunnel in the sky" read that and some Joseph Campbell and you have the answer to Rite of Passage into Adulthood in the over technological world of the future.
It was great growing up and reading Heinlein (my Mother had a huge SciFi/Fantasy/Speculative fiction collection), my personal favorite of his is still "Starship Troopers". never mind the film that was made, the book is excellent.

I have owned about 4 or 5 copies of the book because I re-read it so much I wear out the spine and have to track down a new one.
Being in the Marine Corps for 9 years I can tell you " Starship Troopers" wa a very inspirational book. Its on the Corps professional reading list. That means its required reading.
I always loved it, but found it amusing at the same time because my beloved Corps invokes GOD quite often. Still it has a history of radical thinkers, and I can tell you quite a few atheist!
Enders Game is also on the list.
I was about to say thats interesting that a Sci-Fi book would be on a required reading list... but then I thought about it.

I am not afraid to admit I am trying to track down a new copy of it again. Even though at this point I could probably recite it from memory.

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