Answering the questions as honestly as I could I ended up getting…
His style is often stilted, but he created what some consider the greatest SF novel of all time.
… whom at first thought I didn’t think I’d ever heard of before. Then it occurred to me that he wrote the Dune books, which have never been anything that particularly interested me enough to read. I’ve seen the movies based on the books and I didn’t care for them. I was hoping for someone more along the lines of William Gibson, but oh well.