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This is like asking "What's your favorite food?"

There are at least as many kinds of books as there are kinds of food. Is ice cream better than steak or strawberries? How can one possibly answer such a question? I say, "Man does not live by bread alone."

For stunning and stylish use of language, vintage science fiction writers Cordwainer Smith and Jack Vance are astounding. For great dialogue, Robert B. Parker and Elmore Leonard. For historical fiction, James Clavell. For philosophical inspiration and literary karate, Ayn Rand. For intelligent fun, Robert Heinlein's "juvenile" books. For romance, Georgette Heyer -- and Theodore Sturgeon. For "tall tales," Mike Resnick and Neil Gaiman. For hard-edged adventure, Lee Child, Stephen Hunter and Thomas Perry. For commonsense (anti-)political philosophy, Larken Rose.

I love the whole banquet.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition,