Thanks for asking.
To start with, I’ve actually never read “Dune”. I know I’ll get to it someday.
For about the past 10-15 years my favorite author has been Orson Scott Card, for his “Ender’s Game” series of books. I’ve read most of the books in the series. One aspect that I definitely appreciate about the series is that the storyline diverges and then reconverted.
My most longtime favorite author is C.S. Lewis, mostly for the Narnia Chronicles (I know, it’s fantasy and not sci-fi, but it’s what I grew up on). He also wrote the Perelandra series (also known as his “Space series”), which is sci-fi, but it really is more of science-fantasy. I only read the third book in the series “That Hideous Strength” one time, because the horror element gave me nightmares.
Robert Heinlein became my favorite sci-fi author when I was about twelve years old. “Time for the Stars” was the first novel of his that I read, and it’s still my favorite (it’s got space travel with the effects of relativity, AND it’s got telepathy).
Another author who had a profound impact on me was Stan Lee. I became a Spiderman fan at four or five years old, watching reruns on the 60’s cartoon and reading the newspaper comic strip, then the 80’s cartoon “Spiderman and his Amazing Friends” (and since his friends were mutants, I got interested in X-Men comics at ten years old and collected them until I was in my 20’s).
I got distracted the last couple of days, so I only did a little non-fiction writing done on Sunday and none yesterday. I was binging on input (reading this forum and other sites). I was going to write a little last night, but my wife needed my help with something that took until after midnight, so I just went to bed when I was done with it.
Earlier today, I was thinking about the writing challenge I took part in on Saturday. It was an hour of writing broken up into three 20-minute “sprints”, like Pomodoro and similar techniques. I haven’t been very disciplined about working like that in the past, but the success I had (writing about 1200 words in such a short time) was very inspiring. The social aspect of the writing challenge helped me…I was running with a pack, not trudging on solo.
I’m planning to do some more writing this evening, probably after the kids are in bed. I’ve got lots of story plot, but for the sake of the 90-day challenge I’m focusing on a single one (but I just started blogging, so I plan to keep up with that, too).