Timothy Zahn has written many sci-fi books, most notably his Star Wars series. The first set was The Thrawn Trilogy, released from 1992-1994.
One thing I noticed when reading these books - his writing is rapid fire. Most of his paragraphs are only a few sentences in length. He doesn't waste a lot of time with descriptions, but gets right into the action and exchange of dialogue.
Sometimes I enjoy a deep, descriptive, thoughtful book. But often, I want something I can jump right into and be captivated within the first few pages. Maybe I'm just a simple guy, but sometimes I don't want my reading material to be overly deep or feel like work. If comparing these styles of writing to movies, sometimes I enjoy a 2001: A Space Odyssey, but most of the time, I want an Aliens.
How does my reading preference affect my writing style? Well, I'm not as action-orientated as Zahn (and certainly not as good!) but I've tried to keep the storyline moving at a good pace. There's some great action sequences, but even in the slower, more dramatic moments, I've kept my feet moving so to speak. I don't go into major details as far as descriptions, either. I like using my imagination and don't need four paragraphs telling me what a character looks like. Hopefully I'm on the mark that other readers enjoy using their imagination as well.
So for my writer/author friends out there, how is the pacing in your work? Are you slow, crafting and atmosphere-building or are you rapid-fire? And has another author influenced the pacing in your book?