stopgap wrote:On a side note, whats your Favorite series?
Too hard to pick a single one, since I have had a passionate love of both fantasy and science fiction since I was very young, and there are many brilliant authors in the genre. I could spend all day listing the authors I consider truly classic. So far as pure SF goes, I definitely think you can't call yourself a fan unless you've read the giants--Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, Bester, Sturgeon, Silverberg, Anderson, Farmer, Tiptree, Wolfe.
In terms of crafting a series of books and a consistent reality that applies to all of them, though I have to say: I do think Julian May is highly under-rated. Not only is she incredibly entertaining, but I am especially impressed by her ability to create a universe which she explores over several time periods and through several viewpoints, as she does with her "Many-Colored Land" tetrology and the "Metaconcert" series. This was very useful inspiration for me when trying to create the fictional universe for a franchise like SoTS, which will have so much room for expansion and for which so many projects in different genres are planned.