We ran a poll last week to determine which three authors would get placed in the final three slots for my monthly talk series, Worlds of Speculative Fiction, which is about to enter its 5th year. A bit earlier, I had solicited suggestions from my viewers, subscribers, and followers, and out of the 30 or so writers suggested, I took the top 6 recommendations.
You can see the results above. Ballard, King, and Pratchett easily outpaced the other three authors. So I'll be adding them to the October, November, and December dates for the sessions. They're all relatively new to me. I did read a good bit of Stephen King back in my teens and early 20s, but not the Dark Tower series, which is what the recommendations centered around. I'd read a bit of Ballard - his novel, Crash - back in my late 20s. I remember being unimpressed by it at the time, but I'm certainly willing to give him another set of reads. Pratchett, I've never read. So, I've got my work cut out for me, but I've got months to get on it.
I can now definitively announce the line-up for Worlds of Speculative Fiction 2020:
- January - Mary Shelley's Modern Worlds (Frankenstein, The Last Man)
- February - China Mielville's Bas-Lag Novels
- March - Stephen Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
- April - Liu-Cixin's Rememberance of Earth's Past Series
- May - Veronica Roth's Carve The Mark Universe
- June - Cordwainer Smith's Instrumentality of Mankind
- July - Margaret Atwood's Gilead Dystopia
- August - Larry Niven's Ringworld Series
- September - Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover Series
- October - J.G. Ballard's Modern Dystopias
- November - Stephen King's Dark Tower Series
- December - Terry Pratchett's Discworld Universe