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Favorite scifi authors on twitter

  • Oct 5, 2009
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Some great authors haven't really hit their groove yet on twitter, but I keep following them in the hope that their work will translate to the very, very, very short form. Sample tweets included in {} so you can make up your own mind. Note that quite a few of my favorite authors don't tweet (yet). I wonder if this is like blogging -- potentially a distraction from the type of long form writing that actually leads to novels
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now following
Neil Gaiman (neilhimself)
neilhimself (Twitter Feed)
Mix of weird, funny and ridiculously creative. An author with a million followers on twitter.
{First frost outside. All the mad bringing-in-tomatoes efforts from yesterday were actually sensible. How odd}
{Loving UNDER THE DOME, but it is a big book. No, even bigger than that. The kind of book that will not mind if you put it down again & doze.}
2
now following
Cory Doctorow (doctorow)
Cory Doctorow (doctorow) on Twitter
Author of "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom", and a technology activist
{It's easier to write a novel every year than one every decade. Daily practice makes all the difference.}
{Dear smelly bastard: next time you get on an 8h transatlantic flight, how about taking a shower? Your seatmate will thank you.}
3
now following
William Gibson (GreatDismal)
William Gibson (GreatDismal) on Twitter
Author of Neuromancer, prophet of technical change (inventor of the term cyberspace).
{I'm tweeting and retweeting *by hand*! All those extra clicks! Like the pioneers!}
4
now following
Steven Gould (StevenGould)
Steven Gould (StevenGould) on Twitter
Author of Jumper.
{(to the tune of my favorite Beatles song) Dear sir or madam I am not some crank/ I'm the widow of the guy who ran some bank...}
{I've got some money that I need to send And if you'd help there'd be some to spend Cause I want to be...Nigerian Scammer, Nigerian Scammer!}
5
now following
Kate Elliott (KateElliottSFF)
Kate Elliott (KateElliottSFF) on Twitter
Great sci fi and fantasy writer, with fascinating characters.
{While looking at couches on craigslist, I reflect that taste is such a, um, personal thing.}
{If I leave email in the "needs to be answered" folder long enough, it really does become so moribund that it no longer needs to be answered.}
6
now following
Terry Pratchett (terryandrob)
Terry Pratchett (terryandrob) on Twitter
Discworld author, incredibly funny, and very weird. But so far, not great on twitter.
{Lady Grey tea - that's how to start the day. We're just too hardcore for mere Earl Grey. In fact, can I have an extra shot of bergamot?}
7
now following
John Scalzi (scalzi)
John Scalzi (scalzi) on Twitter
Author of Old Man's war
{Man, when you're waiting for a specific e-mail, every piece of spam you get is like someone spitting on a kitten.}
8
now following
J.V. Jones (julievj)
J.V. Jones (julievj) on Twitter
Author of the Book of Words and Sword of Shadows series (fun fantasy)
{Marafice Eye elects to leave his body to Science. Science is pretty sure it doesn't want it, but isn't sure how to break the news.}
9
now following
Robin Hobb (robinhobb)
Robin Hobb (robinhobb) on Twitter
Prolific author and great writer, but has her assistant do all the tweeting.
{I have this great idea: Let's move to the dark arctic and live in an ice castle. Oh wait. That would be warmer and brighter than the office}
10
now following
George RR Martin (GeorgeRRMartin)
George RR Martin (GeorgeRRMartin) on Twitter
My favorite fantasy author.  Doesn't have even a single tweet yet, but I have hope.

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October 11, 2009
I was very pleased to discover the godfather of cyberspace in this list. Thanks for mentioning.
October 11, 2009
William Gibson is amazing --- any other great authors who are worth following on twitter?
 
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