Books: Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" which I try to find time
to read at least once a year, along with a good number of his other
early works, including "Wyrms" and "The Worthing Saga". Ursula Le
Guin's "Earthsea Cycle" (never saw the miniseries which I hear is
dreadful anyway), along with everything else of hers that I've ever
read. Harry Harrison's "Bill the Galacitic Hero" series, which
allowed me to survive as a child during my many groundings.
Movies: It's not an original answer, but I must say that "Lord
of the Rings" is among my favourite film series. Much of Hayao
Miyazaki's work has appealed to me ever since I was a kid and saw
"Nausicaa". And, just to spice things up, I'll also mention that I
enjoyed "The Fifth Element", mostly because of the fantastic
imagery that pervaded it.
Music: Here, on this website, in this paragraph, I shall expose
to the world one of my deepest darkest secrets. My favourite music
is actually Japanese New Age music. Shun me if you must, but Kitaro
has always been a source of inspiration for me. Listen to Tunhuang
some day and you might understand. If people knew how much of my
work is based on his music, they... probably would keep liking my
work but I'd likely get some funny looks.
Foods: Polish food. Potato pancakes, paczki, kluski na parze,
etc. I especially love the smell of a good Polish sausage, the
scent balancing the blood and the spices in just the right way. I'm
hungry now. I hope I still have some left in the fridge.