There are two authors I’d like to be able to emulate. One is the late Robert A. Heinlein. His stories were filled with strong ideas and interesting, larger than life characters tied together by strong plots. Charles de Lint focuses more on relationships and emotions. His characters are just as interesting, but perhaps more realistic, though most of them are still improvements on the general run of humanity. Both authors work in the fantastic and use that to show us a path through struggle to a more perfect world.