good fantasy books, eh?
i always like Ursula LeGuin and Kurt Vonnegut- but i guess they are more Sci-fi than fantasy. but the line between the two genres have become rather blurred, hasn't it?
ooh Arthur C Clarke is great, especially 'The City and the Stars' or something...
if you are looking for more 'trashy-second-hand-book-store' type sci fi, i suppose Anne McCaffrey is good, but really for extremely light reading- when you don't want to use those little gray cells at all.
i heard 'The hitch-hiker's guide to the galaxy' or something or other by someone or other was good, except i can't remember the name...and have been meaning to check that book out for a while now.
oh and Terry Pratchett seems to be awfully popuplar too. hths!