Damn. Damn, damn, damn.
Douglas Adams, Fritz Lieber, Harry Harrison.
As a writer, these are my influences. If you should happen to read Pay Me, Bug! and you find more than a passing resemblance between Grif Vindh and “Slippery” Jim DiGriz, well, there’s a reason for that. There are authors out there that made me want to write. Adams, Lieber, and Harrison did one better–they showed me how I wanted to write. I’ve been chasing their style for most of my life, and to a certain extent I suspect I always will.
If you haven’t read any of Harrison’s work, you should. Now.
Harry Harrison’s author page on Amazon.com