Anne E. Johnson, based in Brooklyn, is the author of noir sci fi novel series The Webrid Chronicles (GREEN LIGHT DELIVERY, BLUE DIAMOND DELIVERY, and RED SPAWN DELIVERY) from Candlemark and Gleam, YA science fiction adventure SPACE SURFERS, middle grade historical novel FRANNI AND THE DUKE, the middle grade story book series THINGS FROM OTHER WORLDS, and many other books and stories. She also writes music and arts journalism. Learn more on her website, AnneEJohnson.com.
As a music historian, I know the endless value of studying the great masterpieces of the past. Thus I thought it valuable to read Larry Niven's 1970 Hugo-winning Ringworld. (I read, or rather devoured, only the first, but I'm hooked now, of course.)
To continue the analogy to music history, using Niven as a model for sci fi writing is like using Bach as a model for composition. Of course he's great, of course there's much to be learned from him. But one is so unlikely to match his skill and ingenuity that in a certain way any attempt is laughable.
What a perfect balance of plot, characterization, complete world-building, and viable scientific invention. It's breathtaking. And very humbling.