I have always known that Isaac Asimov is the main reason I write Science Fiction. I read ‘I Robot’ when I was eight and never looked back. But there have been a bunch of other authors who have inspired me.

Diana Wynne Jones: I love all her books, but my favourite is ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’. Was there ever a more feisty protagonist that Sophie?

Terry Pratchett: The Discworld books are the perfect example of how good characterisation can carry forward a good plot.

Neil Gaiman: No one does adorkable creepy better than Neil. His most famous creation, the Endless, are perfection.

Michael Pryor: I first read ‘Heart of Gold’ and I was hooked. His Steampunk series are among the best you will ever read.

Ged Maybury: It was Ged who actually introduced me to the concept of Steampunk.

Angela Carter: The mistress of the short story and the novel. Her feminism coloured her writing but never overwhelmed it.

Angela Slatter: No one can write a modern fairy tale with the style of Miss Angela. No one.

So … who inspires you?

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