Going to the book store with my parents was always a big event, and I still remember the first time I came across Chronicles in a large white paperback volume. It made a far greater impression on me than Lord of the Rings, possibly due to the more accessible style, and lack of songs.
Over the course of many moves I've lost books here and there, and my Dragonlance collection is among the fallen. I still mourn for them.
Thank you for the reminder to replace them for the child to discover on the bookshelf.
I was quite enamored with The Hobbit and then, eventually, Lord of the Rings and the Thomas Covenant Chronicles. Working through a lot of Asimov (Foundation and Robot series), some Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land!) and van Vogt (Slan was terrific), I eventually discovered what is probably my ultimate favorite sci-fi work: The Lathe of Heaven by Le Guin. This work in particular seems to fit well with my philosophy-bent. 8-)
Ender's Game, I, Robot, the Foundation saga, and LOTR were my favorites as a kid.
Fantasy was my first love, which makes it difficult to pinpoint what I first read. The usuals, I guess: Narnia, LOTR, Lloyd Alexander, Robin McKinley, Redwall.
My dad introduced my to science fiction by starting me on Asimov's Robots. I fell in love. I'm not attached to any of his other writing, but the Robot stories remain favorites. Fahrenheit 451, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Terry Brooks' Shannara series all rounded out my SF reading. More recently, Timothy Zahn, both his Star Wars series and everything else. Also Ender's Game, which was terrific. I read L'Engle, but simply never connected.
The Robots! I always loved the Robots. Less so the Foundations series. But someone should make a good movie about Lije Bailey and R. Daneel.
Very true. I, Robot was made into a movie, but from my understanding, differs greatly from the original. To me, the true fascination of Asimov's writing was the logic and psychology involved. I had never read anything that made so much sense, like a puzzle where all the pieces come together perfectly.
I've seen I,Robot the movie. It's only loosely based on Asimov's stories but I thought the ending was true to the vision in his work.
As an author myself, I agree that what I've read in my past affect my current works.
Lord of the Rings Trilogy plus The Hobbit was a truly inspirational story and lesson in world-building.
Star Trek novels as well as all of the math and physics books from college helped shape my writing today.
As a good SF/F geek, there are too many to count (or remember). Most all of the work of Arthur C. Clarke. Riverworld, Xanth (I love puns), Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, The Mars trilogy, Anything from the Elric series, ST:TOS books (I used to eagerly await the new one each month), Melanie Rawn's Dragon series, Crystalsinger, and so on, and so on..