If I listed all the writers I want to thank, it would be a case of tl;dr, so I'm going to thank the folks that got me reading the stuff back in the dark 1970s:
Ursula K. LeGuin: The Earthsea books got me started, and The Left Hand of Darkness and the Dispossessed got me hooked.
Isaac Asimov: The Foundation books, although I cringe at the gender roles in these books now.
J.R.R. Tolkien: My fifth grade teacher tried to get the class reading The Hobbit, but that didn't work. A fair chunk of us did get hooked on LotR in high school, I guess we needed to be a bit older to get fished in. I may not be quite as big a fan as calimac
, but I come fairly close.
I want to thank all the writers of my acquaintance, many thanks for all the good reading, and may you continue to flourish in your art.