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Nov 22 2010 11:19am
Time to Give Thanks and Praise!

Tor.com on TwitterThanksgiving is looming; are you all prepared? Lists made, food brought, ovens at the ready?

In amongst all those preparations, we are hoping that you are ready to give thanks—to all those authors who add a little to your life!

We put the question out there to both our Facebook friends and our Twitter followers, and here are some of the very touching replies.

Ashley from Facebook: Lloyd Alexander. Those hot summer days between fifth and sixth grade, with my feet in the kiddie pool full of cat hair and bugs and all five Chronicles of Prydain. My life would be very different without him.

Doug from Facebook: Robert Jordan, for creating the greatest world fiction has ever known, and Brandon Sanderson for continuing and completing our journey in that world.

Chris from Facebook: Tolkien, for being more profoundly insightful into the way the world works than nearly any other author of the 20th century—for coining the term and solidifying the idea of eucatastrophe, for scorning allegory and choosing instead to simply tell a story that carries the weight of truth because it hews close to the world as we see it, and for teaching generations the meaning of nobility, self-sacrifice, and heroism.

@Catchn: Terry Pratchett. Man is a genius, both as a writer and a person, and he’s witty, smart, thoughtful...books always make me happy.

@Berwyn77: I’m most thankful for JRR Tolkien and HG Wells because without those two, we wouldn’t have everything that followed.

@LiterateKnits The answer has to be J K Rowling. I may talk about loving other authors, but her work profoundly influenced my life. Thanks JKR!

@jeffphotos I’m going to say Neil Gaiman. Because he never fails to delight, thrill, fascinate, entertain, make me think, get me involved!

@dilettante: Lois McMaster Bujold! I don’t want to live in a world without Miles Vorkosigan.

@ReneeRBA: I’m thankful for Octavia Butler, while we had her. She made me think deep and see what a woman of colour could do with the genre of spec fic.

Now it’s your turn. Take a break from those frenzied preparations, sit back and contemplate all those authors who have brought you such joy. Let’s take this opportunity to give thanks and praise!

14 comments
dwndrgn
1. dwndrgn
I'd like to thank every author I've read this year for helping me through depression, foreclosure, unemployment, recession, health scares, and more depression. Every book, every story, every blog post here on Tor.com has helped me through these trying times that aren't quite over yet. So all of you, authors, bloggers, Tor.com people, everyone, thank you for the helping hand. Couldn't have made it this far without you.
dwndrgn
2. DeniceL
I give thanks to authors Charlaine Harris, J.K. Rowling, Diana Gabaldon, Jim Butcher, Jeff Lindsay, Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman, Steig Larsson, Gregory Maquire, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Justin Cronin, J.R.R. Tolkien, and more recently Robert Jordan and Jonathan L. Howard for their amazing books!
dwndrgn
3. Victor Finch
Algis Budrys, Arthur C. Clarke and Harry Harrison. Great consultants for the architecture of my brain.
dwndrgn
4. Dr. Thanatos
Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clark, for setting the bar so high.

Pappa Tolkien for the best job of world-creation possible. And for setting a precedent at keeping it to 3 volumes. Really, hordes of imitators, pay attention...

JK Rowling for showing the changing adventures and perspectives of a boy as he grows, and not forcing an adult viewpoint on a child and vice-versa. And for giving me the opportunity to do over 100 voices while reading to my kids.

Robert Jordan, for making women with sinus issues hot. Sniff.

Julian May, for the magnificent Remillard family. Go Rogi go!

Robert Howard, for bringing us the adventures of Conan the Meathead. Ahnold thanks you too!

And lastly Edward Elmer Smith, PhD. On behalf of the Arisians, Eddorians, the Children of the Lens , Mr. and Mrs. Gray and Red Lensman, various scientifically preposterous but extremely fun plot devices, Blackie Duquesne and most especially Qadgop the Mercotan and his partner, that human wench Cynthia. For making all of the history of the universe a chess game between good guys and bad guys, and for inserting jokes about bad space opera for comic relief. Thanks, Doc!
Roland of Gilead
5. pKp
Douglas Adams, who showed me Weird was Okay.
C.S. Lewis and Philip Pullman, for the gates to other worlds.
Georges R. R. Martin, for teaching me the meaning of "surprise". And, uh, "patience" as well :)
Scott Lynch, for being generally awesome (get well soon !)
And, obviously, Neil Gaiman. For, well, all of the above, really.
dwndrgn
6. A.J. Zaethe
Susanna Clarke for her extrodinary with the ordinary work of fantasy, in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

Stephen Dolnaldson, with his gripping style to wrap you in the emotion of the character.

Glen Cook, for brining love and individuality to the most aweful and cruel of villians, antagonists and even a few heroes.

Anne Bishop, for her amazing ability to show a world so vividly wrapped in their own politics.

And most importantly, though cliche as it might be. Robert Jordon, for bringing me into and showing me what High Fantasy really is.
Lynn McDonald
7. meal6225
Harriet McDougal for picking the right guy to finish the job.

Brandon Sanderson for being the right guy for the job and doing it so well.

Connie Willis for bringing a whole new level of respect for what a previous generation survived with humor pluck and perserverence. If you didn't read Blackout/All Clear in 2010 please do so in 2011!

Diana Gabaldon bring on 2011!
dwndrgn
8. jharris25
Ray Bradbury--for writing some of the most incredible and influential science fiction in the world. For making me remember what it was like to be a kid in the summer or when October magic was in the air.
Alex Brown
9. AlexBrown
For me it has to be, has always been, will always be Neil Gaiman, Jane Austen, Bill Bryson, Douglas Adams, Evelyn Waugh, and Diana Wynne Jones. I am the person I am today largely in part to these fantastic authors (not to mention the great influence Amanda Fucking Palmer, Mike Mignola, Brandon Sanderson, Brian K. Vaughan, Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton, Joss Whedon, Buffy Summers, Daria Morgendorffer, Pacey Witter, Encyclopedia Brown, Tintin, and Fern from Charlotte's Web had on me). Thank you ad infinitum.
dwndrgn
10. Dr. Thanatos
@9 Milo,

Daria and Buffy together in the same sentence; now I can die happy!
Alex Brown
11. AlexBrown
Dr. Thanatos @ 10: And now that I've managed to kill death I can also die happy.
Bobby Stubbs
12. Valan
Thanks to the following:

Steven Erikson for taking me completely by surprise with The Malazan Book of the Fallen and asking the really brutal questions of life.

Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, and Harriet McDougal for the amazingness that was Towers of Midnight. I'm still trying to decide if its my 2nd favorite in the series (nothing beats the Shadow Rising though, except maybe a Memory of Light??)

Patrick Rothfuss for your uncanny ability to totally immerse me into a story.

Daryl Gregory for possibly the best short story I've ever read (and just last week!) Dead Horse Point.

And last but not least, thank you Tor.com for opening my eyes to so much material, my To Be Read List is getting a little insane.
Ciel F.
13. Shadaras
Ursula K. Le Guin. A philosopher, a poet, a writer -- so much wonder in her books.

Neil Gaiman. One of the few writers who can draw me into a world of imagination within just a few pages, and make me simultaneously laugh and cry and just utterly love his books.

Brandon Sanderson. The author whose influence on my own writing I can see most obviously, which is kind of cool. Also epic books.

I could go on, but those are my current favorites, I think.
dwndrgn
14. DragonRose
Tamora Pierce has made me laugh, cry, yell at her characters and challenged so many assumptions I have made about the world I live in and I couldn't be more grateful to my sister who first put one of her books in my hands.

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