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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:43 AM
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Authors from our time that will live on for hundreds of years?
It's a crap shoot isn't it?

I don't even know how to guess at this.

You?
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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:46 AM
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1. You talkin' fiction, or essays?
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:49 AM
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2. Fiction - sorry
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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:56 AM
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3. You're right - there's just no way to know how today's writers will age.
I think of Kurt Vonnegut, who isn't really contemporary now, as someone who will stand up for a long time, but we've had 40 or more years now with his stuff. I dunno.
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:57 AM
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5. Yep--all my examples are long-established too (nt)
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Maple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:56 AM
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4. Margaret Atwood
A Handmaid's Tale...prophetic, like 1984, Brave New World, etc
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:58 AM
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6. Yeah, I could see that
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devilgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:00 AM
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7. Beat me to it!
Margaret Atwood will be read for generations.

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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:03 AM
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8. J.K. Rowling and Marion Zimmer Bradley. Maybe?
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lenidog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:57 AM
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12. I think Rowling
may be an iffy one. Writers for kids are tough to judge especially.
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MarianJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:04 AM
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9. I Love E.L. Doctorow!
Especially "Ragtime" and "The Book of Daniel".

I read "Ragtime" to my wife over the Christmas holidays and she loved it, too!
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Calanus Donating Member (119 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:08 AM
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10. Dan Simmons, Gene Wolfe, Ursula LeGuin, Stephen King
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lenidog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:56 AM
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11. That is a incredibly tough question to answer
How in the world can you judge that? I mean there have been writers who were giants in their time as least in sales and we can't remember their names anymore. While some who had to practically had to give their books away are considered the bedrock of literary canon.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:13 AM
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13. I sincerely hop it isn't Joyce Carrol Oates...
I have never read a more self absorbed writer...

She writes great sentences, no plot to speak of....

Condescending, intellectual claptrap...

Philip Roth may survive.....
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:31 AM
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14. Something like Mary Shelly's Frankenstein
Or George Orwell's 1984, or Animal Farm.

It will almost certainly be some sort of fantasy or science fiction.

But if the world goes to hell, it will be something we think quite boring or trite; the story of an average guy in an average job living an average life.

People in that future will read it because the guy owns a car and they don't, or he flys to Europe on a vacation, and they can't. It will describe a date in a fancy restaurant with a pretty woman wearing fine clothes, eating seafood in a city a thousand miles from the sea...

You gonna write one of those books, HEyHEY?

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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:32 AM
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15. J K Rowling
John Grisham
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:37 AM
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16. Grisham - Burn him!
ANYWAY.... I gotta get some Rowling..I've heard it many times but have never read him.
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:38 AM
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17. *cough* Her. hehe
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:51 AM
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19. Rowling is a she
the author of the Harry Potter books.

And I love Grisham. HIs earlier books are great. A Time To Kill is an awesome story.
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msgadget Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:43 AM
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18. Stephen King
He's so prolific even a couple hundred years from now his books will be in print.
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