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Among my SF collection there are many 'single author' groups -- four, five, six books by the same author, not enough to justify a whole page in the Den, but more than enough to justify a whole section (or shelf, if you prefer) to themselves.

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov is one of the truly great names from the Golden Age. He wrote a lot of SF in his career, novels and short stories both. He's best known for his Foundation series, a classic of SF. It tells the centuries-long story of the Fall of the Galactic Empire, and of the Foundation Project that is intended to ease the effects of that Fall and eventually lead to a Second Galactic Empire. It began as a series of short stories in the 1940s, which were eventually collected into three paperback books. "The Foundation Trilogy" became a classic of SF, but it had one problem: the story was far from complete, so everyone wanted to know what happened next! In the early 1980s, Asimov finally agreed to return to the world of the Foundation.

  • EARLY ASIMOV, BOOK 1
    Author: Asimov, Isaac
    Copyright:1972
    Publisher: Del Rel
    ISBN: 0-345-32590-7

  • EARLY ASIMOV, BOOK 2
    Author: Asimov, Isaac
    Copyright:1972
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-32589-3

  • THE WINDS OF CHANGE And Other Stories
    Author: Asimov, Isaac
    Copyright:1983
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 0-345-31188-4

  • FOUNDATION
    Author: Asimov, Isaac
    Copyright:1951
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-33627-5

  • FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE
    Author: Asimov, Isaac
    Copyright:1952
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 0-345-33628-3

  • SECOND FOUNDATION
    Author: Asimov, Isaac
    Copyright:1953
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-33629-1

  • FOUNDATION'S EDGE
    Author: Asimov, Isaac
    Copyright:1982
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-30898-0

  • FOUNDATION AND EARTH
    Author: Asimov, Isaac
    Copyright:1986
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-33996-7

  • ROBOT VISIONS
    Author: Asimov, Isaac
    Copyright:1990
    Publisher: Roc
    ISBN: 0-451-45064-7

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James H. Schmitz

James Schmitz was an SF writer who flourished in the 1960s. Most of his work was set in a milieu called The Federation of the Hub, and starred one or both of his two favorite characters: Telzey Amberdon and Trigger Argee. Telzey is a teenage girl with a nose for trouble and one of the most powerful psi talents ever recorded. Trigger is a Galactic agent with a sharp mind, a mind-screen given her by an Old Galactic, a blindingly fast gun, and quite a lot of luck.

  • TELZEY AMBERDON
    Author: Schmitz, James
    Copyright:var.
    Publisher: Baen
    ISBN: 0-671-57851-0
    Anthology of short stories about Telzey Amberdon, xenotelepath.
  • TRIGGER & FRIENDS
    Author: Schmitz, James H.
    Copyright:2000
    Publisher: Baen
    ISBN: 0-671-31966-3

  • T'N'T: TELZEY & TRIGGER TOGETHER
    Author: Schmitz, James
    Copyright:var
    Publisher: Baen
    ISBN: 0-671-57879-0

  • THE HUB: DANGEROUS TERRITORY
    Author: Schmitz, James
    Copyright:2001
    Publisher: Baen Books
    ISBN: 0-671-31984-1

  • AGENT OF VEGA & Other Stories
    Author: Schmitz, James
    Copyright:2001
    Publisher: Baen Books
    ISBN: 0-671-31847-0

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The worlds of Jack Chalker

Jack Chalker was one of the most productive SF writers of the late 20th century. He wrote more than fifty novels in his thirty years in the business. I've read about half of them, but only kept a few. While he was a very creative mind and an excellent writer, I personally got rather tired of two themes that showed up in most of his novels: body-changing (usually into worse or handicapped bodies) and an almost overwhelming dystopianism, in which the best his characters can hope for is to keep things from getting any worse.

  • AND THE DEVIL WILL DRAG YOU UNDER
    Author: Chalker, Jack
    Copyright:1979
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-27926-3

  • FOUR LORDS OF THE DIAMOND
    Author: Chalker, Jack
    Copyright:1983
    Publisher: Nelson Doubleday
    ISBN:

  • MIDNIGHT AT THE WELL OF SOULS
    Author: Chalker, Jack
    Copyright:1977
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-29769-5

  • LORDS OF THE MIDDLE DARK
    Author: Chalker, Jack
    Copyright:1986
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-32560-5

  • PIRATES OF THE THUNDER
    Author: Chalker, Jack
    Copyright:1987
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-32561-3

  • WARRIORS OF THE STORM
    Author: Chalker, Jack
    Copyright:1988
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-32562-1

  • MASKS OF THE MARTYRS
    Author: Chalker, Jack
    Copyright:1989
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-34309-3

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Frederick Pohl

One of the last of the Golden Age SF authors, Frederick Pohl wrote some very good SF, in a career that spanned over sixty years.

  • BEYOND THE BLUE EVENT HORIZON
    Author: Pohl, Frederik
    Copyright:1980
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 0-345-32067-0

  • COOL WAR, THE
    Author: Pohl, Frederick
    Copyright:1980
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-30137-4

  • GATEWAY
    Author: Pohl, Frederik
    Copyright:1977
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-28247-7

  • HEECHEE RENDEZVOUS
    Author: Pohl, Frederik
    Copyright:1984
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 0-345-30055-6

  • MAN PLUS
    Author: Pohl, Frederick
    Copyright:1976
    Publisher: Bantam Books
    ISBN: 0-553-10779-8

  • MINING THE OORT
    Author: Pohl, Frederick
    Copyright:1992
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-37200-X

  • O PIONEER!
    Author: Pohl, Frederick
    Copyright:1998
    Publisher: Tor Books
    ISBN: 0-812-54544-3

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Robert Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein is considered one of the best SF writers of all time, and rightly so. He has a huge number of SF novels and short stories to his credit. Some of his novels were written mainly for the juvenile market; others were aimed at adults. All are good reads no matter what your age.

  • ASSIGNMENT IN ETERNITY
    Author: Heinlein, Robert
    Copyright:1953
    Publisher: Signet Books
    ISBN:

  • CAT WHO WALKS THROUGH WALLS, THE
    Author: Heinlein, Robert
    Copyright:1985
    Publisher: Berkley
    ISBN: 0-425-09332-8

  • EXPANDED UNIVERSE
    Author: Heinlein, Robert
    Copyright:1980
    Publisher: Ace Books
    ISBN: 0-441-21888-1

  • FARNHAM'S FREEHOLD
    Author: Heinlein, Robert
    Copyright:1964
    Publisher: Ace Books
    ISBN: 0-441-22834-8

  • GLORY ROAD
    Author: Heinlein, Robert
    Copyright:1963
    Publisher: Berkley Books
    ISBN: 0-425-01809-1

  • METHUSELAH'S CHILDREN
    Author: Heinlein, Robert
    Copyright:1958
    Publisher: Signet
    ISBN:

  • MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS, THE
    Author: Heinlein, Robert
    Copyright:1966
    Publisher: Ace Books
    ISBN: 0-441-53699-9

  • PUPPET MASTERS, THE
    Author: Heinlein, Robert
    Copyright:1951
    Publisher: Signet
    ISBN:

  • ROLLING STONES, THE
    Author: Heinlein, Robert
    Copyright:1952
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-30332-6
    One of Heinlein's best juvies. The seven members of the Stone Family -- grandmother Hazel, mother and dad Roger and Elizabeth, daughter Meade, twins Castor and Pollux, and kid brother Lowell -- buy their own spaceship and go touring the Solar System, from the Moon to Mars to the Asteroid Belt. A fine, fun romp, which just happens to include some very good factual material on space dynamics and astrogation.
  • SPACE CADET
    Author: Heinlein, Robert
    Copyright:1975
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-35311-0

  • STAR BEAST, THE
    Author: Heinlein, Robert
    Copyright:1954
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-31468-9

  • STARSHIP TROOPERS
    Author: Heinlein, Robert
    Copyright:1959
    Publisher: Ace Books
    ISBN: 0-441-78358-9
    Heinlein's classic venture into the realm of military SF. Very harsh, very black-and-white in its vision of spaceborne warfare. Also very good.
  • TIME FOR THE STARS
    Author: Heinlein, Robert
    Copyright:1956
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-32385-8

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Susan Matthews

Susan Matthews hasn't been writing as long as the others on this page, but she makes up in quality what she lacks in quantity. Most of her novels are set in the dark, dour future universe called "Jurisdiction," but she has other works set against other backgrounds too.

  • AVALANCHE SOLDIER
    Author: Matthews, Susan
    Copyright:1999
    Publisher: Avon Books
    ISBN: 0-380-80315-1

  • COLONY FLEET
    Author: Matthews, Susan
    Copyright:2000
    Publisher: Avon
    ISBN: 0-380-80316

  • AN EXCHANGE OF HOSTAGES
    Author: Matthews, Susan
    Copyright:1997
    Publisher: Avon
    ISBN: 0-380-78913-2
    First in the Jurisdiction series, this novel begins the story of Andrej Kosciusko, Ship's Surgeon and Inquisitor. Jurisdiction is a dark and brutal government, which holds onto power by (among other things) the judicial use of torture on suspected criminals. Only a properly trained doctor may be an Inquisitor. Andrej Kosciusko is a surgeon-in-training who has been unwillingly selected to also train as an Inquisitor. Facing a training course that would make any moral man quail, with sympathetic but rigid teachers and a fellow-student who sees him only as a tool for her own ambitions, his training already looks like a nightmare before he even gets started -- and it's going to get worse. This novel is a rare gem of science fiction, or indeed any fiction: definitely not for the squeamish, it follows the path of the SF masters by using an SF venue to tell an extremely powerful story of what it means to be human, even in the most inhumane of situations.
  • PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE
    Author: Matthews, Susan
    Copyright:1998
    Publisher: Avon
    ISBN: 0-380-78914-0

  • HOUR OF JUDGEMENT
    Author: Matthews, Susan
    Copyright:1999
    Publisher: Avon
    ISBN: 0-380-80314-3

  • ANGEL OF DESTRUCTION
    Author: Matthews, Susan
    Copyright:2001
    Publisher: Roc Books
    ISBN: 0-451-45849-4

  • DEVIL AND DEEP SPACE, THE
    Author: Matthews, Susan
    Copyright:2002
    Publisher: Roc Books
    ISBN: 0-451-45901-6

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Hospital Station

SF author James H. White is best known for a series of novels he wrote set aboard a huge interstellar hospital called "Sector General." With a staggering array of sapient aliens that range in size from dog-size to larger than whales, the Sector General novels are short, sharp, highly skilled storytelling that should appeal to almost any fan of deep-space SF.

  • ALIENS AMONG US, THE
    Author: White, James
    Copyright:1969
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-29171-9

  • BEGINNING OPERATIONS: A Sector General Omnibus
    Author: White, James
    Copyright:2001
    Publisher: Orb Books
    ISBN: 0-312-87544-4

  • MAJOR OPERATION
    Author: White, James
    Copyright:1971
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-29381-9

  • LIFEBOAT
    Author: White, James
    Copyright:1972
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-28693-6

  • AMBULANCE SHIP
    Author: White, James
    Copyright:1979
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-28513-1

  • WHITE PAPERS, THE
    Author: White, James
    Copyright:1996
    Publisher: NESFA press
    ISBN: 0-915368-71-4

  • FINAL DIAGNOSIS
    Author: White, James
    Copyright:1997
    Publisher: Tor Books
    ISBN: 0-812-56268-2

  • DOUBLE CONTACT
    Author: White, James
    Copyright:1999
    Publisher: Tor Books
    ISBN: 0-812-56860-5

  • MIND CHANGER
    Author: White, James
    Copyright:1998
    Publisher: Tor Books
    ISBN: 0-812-54196-0

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