I've been a J.R.R.Tolkien Fan since I first read The Lord of the Rings in 1970. I was always interested in creating artwork based on the powerful images he conjured in my mind, and now have made several drawings and a couple dozen etchings based on his books. I also read a lot of hard Sci Fi: Bear, Benford, and of course the old greats, Azimov and Clarke to name a few.
Of course The Lord of the Rings was wonderful. It generally captured the spirit and story which was the most important thing along with the "magic" of it. Of course, I'm a fan of Treck and Wars, and Blade Runner and Aliens where good Sci Fi movies.
LOTR, Foundation Trilogy, Childhood's End, Azimov's, The Gods Themselves.
Huge music fan. Many genres appeal to me: Blues, Jazz, Classical Indian, Classical Chinese, Turkish, Classic Rock, Rock-Blues, and most especially western Classical.