* P.G. Wodehouse -- creator of "Jeeves" the butler
* Henry Fielding -- satirical "novels of manners"
* Georgette Heyer -- gothic historical novels
~Michael Moorcock -- End of Time series
~Terry Pratchett -- Discworld series
~EE "Doc" Smith -- Lensman series
~Stephen Baxter -- Xeelee Universe Builders series
~Neal Stephenson -- The Diamond Age
~Roger Zelazny -- Lord of Light
Isaac Asimov -- I, Robot series
Larry Niven -- Ringworld series
Key: * = Never read the author. ~ = Never read the series.
Of these, the only significant influences are Niven and, arguably, Doc Smith, whose work I've heard a lot about if not extensively read. For what it's worth, three influences reviewers have consistently overlooked are Thomas Wylde, Walter Jon Williams, and Stanislaw Lem.
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