Monday, February 27, 2012

Terry Persun, Author of Cathedral of Dreams, Tells Us About His Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels

Award winning author Terry is a prolific writer who has shown his talent in several different genres. His latest novel, Cathedral of Dreams, is a compelling dystopian tale for adults that can be found at

Top 10 Favorite Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels
I started reading science fiction and fantasy when I was in fifth grade. That’s about 1962, or there about. Below are the novels I remember loving at the time, the ones that I still remember reading. They may not be my all-time favorites, but they certainly are some of the best.

1. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch — Philip K. Dick: It’s difficult to pick just one book out of Philip Dick’s writings, but this particular book sticks with me. There were times, while reading it, that I felt as though I had taken drugs and was on a trip. No other book has done that since.

2. Thorns — Robert Silverberg: Another classic, in my opinion. This book explores the subject of pain like none I’ve read since. I loved the images, the emotions, everything about this book.

3. To Your Scattered Bodies Go — Philip Jose Farmer: Not only was this an amazing idea for a book (and then a series), but it was really well-written. So many science fiction authors of that time were literary in the ways they approached characterization and scene.

4. The Left Hand of Darkness — Ursula K. Le Guin: Few will disagree that Ursula has her own way to approach a story. Her ability to make me feel as though I was standing next to a character is almost haunting. What a wonderful writer.

5. This Immortal — Roger Zelazny: Zelazny’s Amber series is probably his best known, but there is something about “This Immortal” that has stayed with me all these years. That’s what I look for in a novel, that ability to hold on. This book with always be one of my favorites from childhood.

6. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream — Harlan Ellison: If you’re going to read short stories, Ellison is the one to read. He packs so much information and good writing into a small package that it sticks with you years and years after you’ve read it.

7. Stranger in a Strange Land — Robert Heinlein: If there is anyone on the planet who hasn’t read and loved this book, I don’t know him or her. Need I say more?

8. Dune — Frank Herbert: A world unlike any I’d read about before, Dune introduced me to character development, conflict, and a sort-of spiritually uplifting storyline that had to come from such a barren place.

9. Foundation — Isaac Asimov: The book that, I feel, pushed Asimov to the top of my reading list for years. This book was only the beginning in a long line of Sunday afternoons spent reading.

10. Star Surgeon — Alan E. Nourse: I read this rather early in my science fiction reading phase, and will never forget it. I believe it was the first time I was taken to another world, and I haven’t come home yet.

Other great authors I read during that time in my life:

Ray Bradbury

Arthur C. Clarke

Keith Laumer

Jack Vance

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Robert E. Howard

Talbot Mundy

Harry Turtledove

E. E. “Doc” Smith

Samuel Delany

Harry Harrison

Jack Williamson
Thank you for sharing your favorite novels with us, Terry.

Don't miss Terry's earlier guest post printed when he released his novel Sweet Song.

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