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Not only do I agree that Hunt for October is a truly brilliant technical
book, it was also one of the most gripping.
I throw my hat in for Carl Sagan. While he is not doing "mainstream" tech
writing, he is doing it. Or was, but you get the idea. He could lucidly
explain the most technical concepts in a way that makes you feel as though
you can grasp them. Brilliant stuff! I use him as an example to my students.
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From: Skip Mendler <wmendler -at- cornetltd -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Tuesday, 16 November, 1999 10:06 AM
Subject: Re: Famous Technical Writers
| Does that mean that after reading one of his novels I would know how to
| operate a submarine?
| -----Original Message-----
| From: George F. Hayhoe <george -at- ghayhoe -dot- com>
| To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
| Date: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 9:04 AM
| Subject: RE: Famous Technical Writers
| >Although he sold insurance before writing his first
| >best-seller and has never worked as a technical writer as
| >far as I know, my vote would go to Tom Clancy. His gift for
| >explaining technology is truly amazing, especially in his
| >early novels before his contracts apparently specified that
| >he be paid by the pound for final manuscript drafts. ;)
| >IMHO, _The Hunt for Red October_ contains some of the most
| >brilliant technical prose I've ever read.
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