Posts Tagged: influence

Philip K. Dick

We’re nearing the end of this “long play” version of my creative influences (still celebrating the release of my second book, “What Next?”).  Today’s creator is the phantasmagorical Philip K. Dick. If you remember that childhood buddy I told you about a few blogs ago, the one that got me to read Larry Niven, well,… Read more »

J.R.R. Tolkien

Big surprise here, huh? In the continuing series on my creative influences, it’s almost a given that J.R.R. Tolkien would be in the list.  I can’t imagine any reader of fantasy and science fiction who hasn’t devoured his work (and countless others outside fans of that genre). For me, his works came early.  I was… Read more »

James Thurber

Continuing the series on my creative influences, we’ll head way back to when I was just a tadpole. Grandma was responsible for broadening my reading material beyond the standard fare for 7-year old boys.  I’ve already told the tales of my reading her dictionary and encyclopedia in previous blogs.  Once the fire of reading was… Read more »

Clifford D. Simak

I wrestled with how to start this series of blogs on my creative influences.  Should I do it chronologically, starting with my earliest?  Maybe begin with the one that most closely relates to my current writing endeavor?  Perhaps I should do a ranking, like those irritating “Top Ten” lists? In the end, I simply decided… Read more »