Recommended Reading

This list is by no means exhaustive but the following are some of my favorite reading materials that I would recommend:


Raven’s Shadow Trilogy by Anthony Ryan

The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

The Witcher Saga by Adrzej Sapkowski

The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

The Malazan Empire by Ian C. Esslemont

Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia

The Black Company by Glen Cook

The Dread Empire by Glen Cook

Swordbearer by Glen Cook

The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore

The Path to Ascendency by Ian C. Esslemont

The Red Queen’s War by Mark Lawrence

The Eternal Champion Sequence by Michael Moorcock

The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock

The Grim Company by Luke Scull

Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

The Bloodsounder’s Arc by Jeff Salyards

Tales of the Kin by Douglas Hulick

Artemis by Andy Weir

Shadow Ops by Myke Cole


Many are the Dead by Anthony Ryan

The Lord Collector by Anthony Ryan

The Builders by Daniel Polansky

The Emperor’s Railroad by Guy Haley

A Song for No Man’s Land by Andy Remic

The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon

The King’s Justice by Stephen R. Donaldson

To Brave the End by Frank Dorrian

Excalibur by Tim Marquitz


Dead Man’s Hand edited by John Joseph Adams

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame edited by Robert Silverberg

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams

Unidentified Funny Objects edited by Alex Shvartsman

Monster Hunter Files edited by Larry Correia and Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Old Venus edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

The New Space Opera edited by Gardner Dozois

Orbit edited by Damon Knight

Straight Outta Tombstone edited by David Boop

Shattered Shields edited by Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt

The Big Book of Science Fiction edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year edited by Jonathan Strahan

The Best Horror of the Year by Ellen Datlow

Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination edited by John Joseph Adams

Futures from Nature edited by Henry Gee

Nature Futures 2 edited by Colin Sullivan

Unfettered edited by Shawn Speakman

The Sword & Sorcery Anthology edited by David G. Hartwell


The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard

Road Brothers by Mark Lawrence

Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie

The Stories of Ray Bradbury by Ray Bradbury

With a Little More Help from My Friends by Mike Resnick

An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat by Glen Cook

Books on Writing:

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

On Writing by Stephen King

Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere) by Lisa Cron

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain

The 10% Solution by Ken Rand

Writing into the Dark by Dean Wesley Smith

Playing the Short Game by Douglas Smith

Get a Grip on Your Grammar by Kris Spisak

How to Write a Dynamic Scene Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson

Creating Short Fiction by Damon Knight

Heinlein’s Rules by Dean Wesley Smith

Short Fiction Magazines:


Daily Science Fiction

Nature: Futures

Galaxy’s Edge

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Future Science Fiction Digest

Little Blue Marble

Constellary Tales

Compelling Science Fiction

Flash Fiction Online

Beneath Ceaseless Skies



The Dark


Factor Four Magazine

Strange Horizons


Starship Sofa



Cast of Wonders