Reading to power imaginary voyages across the universe.
David Weber, the author of the New York Times bestselling Honor Harrington novels, has reinvigorated the great tradition of spacefaring science fiction with his Horatio Hornblower-inspired tales of battle and politics portrayed at a galactic scale. His latest book, Off Armageddon Reef, launches a new series of epic adventures. He shared with us three novels that shaped him both as a reader and a writer.
By Edward Ormondroyd
“The very first book I ever read entirely to myself, at the venerable age of six years. It’s a young adult book that isn’t written down to its audience, that any adult prose stylist can learn from, and that teaches kids that the universe is full of wonder.”
By Alfred Thayer Mahan
“I’ve always loved history, especially naval history, and this book—encountered at the vulnerable age of 14—had a tremendous effect on me. Some parts of Mahan’s analysis have been strongly criticized since his original publication in 1918, but he remains one of the world’s leading (and most lucid) writers on the subject and value of seapower.”
By Anne McCaffery
“A hard pick over H. Beam Piper or Robert Heinlein (or, especially, Roger Zelazney’s This Immortal), but the book which may have had the greatest influence on me in terms of world building. Anne gave us all the gift of the world of Pern, and it was a real world, a comprehensive world, that in many ways still sets the bar (for me, at least) when it comes to creating literary universes. Besides, it also gave us Lessa of Pern!”