The list author says: "If you enjoy great stories, you need to read these lesser-known authors, authors who are every bit as good as---and in many cases better than---the great names in SF. They write stories with a beginning, a middle, and an end. They start with a problem, offer us fleshed out characters striving for a goal, and work through to a conclusion. You care about the characters in these stories. You are captivated by the ideas. You are satisfied by the endings. They are not merely vignettes the way so many 'modern' and 'literary' stories are---they are complete stories---and completely satisfying. If you have yet to read these authors, I envy you. You have much enjoyment in store."
"Oliver is another great author who brings an understanding of cultural anthropology to the table in writing about alien cultures and human culture both. His stories are deeply moving, well written and thoughtful."
"EFR's stories are unabashedly human. They make you feel, make your eyes tear up, make you laugh. They are not for those averse to feeling as they read. The ideas are political and as fresh, vital and applicable today as when they were typed."