Father's Day has us thinking about the authors who paved the way for today's sci-fi and fantasy writers. As such, we've rounded up forefathers of
various subgenres and some of the modern masters carrying on their traditions.
Genre: Space opera Forefather: E.E. Smith The modern master: James S.A. Cory Collaborators Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck,
better known as James S.A. Cory, introduced readers to the intergalactic adventures
of Jim Holden in 2011. Leviathan Wakes, the first installment of The
Expanse series, was nominated for Hugo and Locus awards, and the third book, Abaddon’s
Gate, released on June 4. In it, protagonist Holden finds himself at the
forefront of a new, potentially volatile universe.
Genre: New weird Forefather: H.P. Lovecraft The modern master: China Miéville New weird is a relatively new genre but hits on themes and
styles popularized by writers like Lovecraft in the 1930s -- mainstream notions
of fantasy are subverted in favor of realistic, sometimes gritty elements. Miévelle
is one of the more prominent figures in the contemporary revival thanks to works
including Perdido Street Station and The City and the City.
Genre: Urban fantasy Forefather: Charles de Lint The modern master: Jim Butcher In his 15 Dresden Files books, Butcher weaves the other world with the real world (in this case, Chicago), much like de Lint did with his expansive Newford series, set in the fictional titular town.
Genre: Post-apocalyptic Forefather: Aldous Huxley The modern master: Hugh Howey Howey hit it big in July 2011 with the novella Wool -- demand from fans drove
him to flesh out the short story, resulting in an omnibus that won Kindle Book
Review's 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award. Howey has since followed up on the
dystopian saga with Shift; he’ll release Dust-- the final installment -- in August.
Which other authors do you think belong on this list?