Over my lifetime I have read a LOT of books. And likewise over the years, I have had several different "Favorite" authors. However, time and again I always come back to one in particular. Growing up, I was a HUGE Tolkien fan. Still am to a large degree. So much so that I can actually tell you almost line for line what was altered/added/deleted from the movies (which I also love). Recently I have been reading The Song of Ice and Fire and find Martin's stuff thoroughly engrossing. I find his world extremely well envisioned and I think he is one of the best writers out there today. Another series I am thoroughly enjoying is the S M Stirling "Change" novels. Something about the way he puts the world together is absolutely captivating. And it doesn't hurt that he has a heavy Tolkien influence throughout. There are others to be certain, but none more so than Douglas Adams. Here was a true genius if ever there was one. His points of view and perspectives resonate with me. His sense of humor is unparallelled. And his perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything are as timeless to me today as they were the first time I read them. Recently I read an article about him being a "Radical Atheist" and find even that to be well in line with my world view. And even his reasons for being such are very similar to my own. But more than that, he is just a fantastic writer and a master of the 'Throw away' lines in his books. Contrary to many 'Adams' fans, I actually enjoy the Dirk Gently books better than the HHGTG series. Yet both I feel are masterpieces. To bad he didn't have more time to write more. Who are some of your favorites?