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I meant to have more positive posts in 2010
So here's a chance to contribute to one: name a talented but unjustly obscure author that you want to draw to people's attention.

I'd prefer living author but what the hell, no blocking.

I confess I was worried about you, seeing as I'd seen no posts from you all day. I'd wondered if the Nicoll Effect had led to an incident.

? I've had a bunch of posts today. Have I screwed something up again?

James White Sector General series
Sterling E. Lanier Hiero's Journey series

Both are no longer with us, but they have good books. Personally, I want to beat Lanier with a stick for not getting the third book out.


I'll second the James White books.

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I clearly have no sense of who is and is not obscure.

Would Ernest Hogan count? I can read Cortez on Jupiter over and over again.

If you think he does, he does. It's that kind of thread.

Do you want Amazon links, or just names?

If you want to post links, please do.

kate_nepveu asked something similar recently.

Do I have to limit myself to only one? Rosemary Kirstein and P.C. Hodgell probably aren't obscure to people reading this, so I'll suggest Liz Williams.

If you liked Liz Williams, Tim Pratt has a thoroughly under-appreciated urban fantasy/mystery series (Marla Mason) that may be up your street.

Define "Obscure".

Because, really, Scalzi and Stross are far more deserving of household name status than Meyer, Card, Rowling, LaHaye, Whedon, and their fellow incompetent hacks.

Agree wholeheartedly on Stross. The funny thing is, if it hadn't been for my familiarity with him through his usenet presence, I probably never would have discovered him.

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Kim Newman. The 70s mysteries are cute, and Anno Dracula is awesome horror.

Seconding this. I love the Diogenes Club stories.

The first name that comes to mind is Matthew Hughes, who through no fault of his publishers or Hughes himself is not nearly as well known as he should be.

Tom Reamy is another. The reason he is not well known is because he died at about age 40 back in 1977, before his first novel was published. I'd put his name up for the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery but his body of work is probably too small and too recent for that.

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Aha! This is why he's on my wishlist...

Where would you recommend starting with Hughes?

John M. Ford (Not that he's as obscure as all that in this neighborhood).

Peter O'Donnell

Anthony Price

Janet Kagan

Okay, you used the singular, so I'm already way over the top. I'll stop.

A fantasy writer named Idris Seabright. She never wrote very many stories, but one of them was a doozy: the cheerfully terrifying "Horrer Howce." She also wrote "The Man Who Sold Rope To The Gnols," which is such a perfect Lord Dunsany pastiche I assumed for a long time that it had been written by him under a pen name.

Huh! Thank you, I also assumed that I'd eventually run into "The Man Who Sold Rope To the Gnols" in a Lord Dunsany collection.

Dave Freer. If he weren't obscure, more people would be buying his books.

Not because he's a Canuck; or because he was recently assaulted by U.S. border police while leaving the States; or even because he's made all (or almost all) of his work available under a Creative Commons licence on his website, but because his novel, Blindsight is one of the most original and one of the best hard SF novels I've ever read, vampire included.

Seconded. (Of course!).

In fact, I emailed Peter many, many months ago and said, "I'm just the opposite of Nicoll, reading the Rifter trilogy actually often cheers me up!" Or words to that affect. (Of course, I know James was half-kidding anyway.)

I can think of plenty of authors who would probably be obscure in other venues, but rather less so here.

Barbara Hambly is one of my favorites, who I don't think gets as much recognition as she ought.

N.K. Jemisin. I cannot wait until she writes more.

Victoria Strauss.

Her duology from a few years ago, The Burning Land and The Awakened City, were smart, clear-eyed stories about faith, religious orthodoxy, and duty. But, you know, more entertaining than that sounds.

Most people know her work with Writer Beware, but they ought to have read her books.

Mary Gentle
Diana Wynne Jones
Jo Walton
Richard Stark (the hardboiled side of Donald Westlake)
Dave Langford
Christopher Moore

None of them entirely unknown, but none of them really get all of the fame and critical acclaim they should

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Andrew Drummond, a Scottish writer of historical novels; at least the first two have some (ambiguous) fantasy elements. I've reviewed them on my website. I haven't read his third novel yet.

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