The Best Science-Fiction Authors Writers

The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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The best science-fiction writers are among some of the most creative writers ever and they are here on this list of the top science-fiction authors. These are the best science-fiction authors of all time, ranked by readers and fans.

This list include some highly recognizable names, like Isaac Asimov and George Orwell, along with some contemporary science-fiction writers who are just beginning to make their mark on the genre. This list of the best sci-fi authors includes some of the best horror writers and the best fantasy authors, but since the genres elements all go together nicely, it's to be expected. Fans of science-fiction know that there is always some overlap. All of the authors on this list have one thing in common: they've written fantastic, horrifying, mystical works of science-fiction for fans to enjoy for years to come. Vote for your favorite sci-fi authors here and add your own personal faves if you don't see them listed!

Listed among the best science-fiction authors are some of the most well-known, popular sci-di authors ever, including a few that may not always show up on a 'best of' list. Disagree with a choice? Vote it down. The aforementioned (brilliant) writers are responsible for some of the best science-fiction novels and series of all time - but other sci-fi writers like Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451), Mary Shelley (Frankenstein), Robert Louis Stevenson (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) are excellent sci-fi writers as well. All of these authors, in my opinion, deserve a place of honor on this list.

Hopefully, this list will grow and become totally comprehensive. Readers who are new to sci-fi can use it as a great guide to find new science fiction authors and books.

List Criteria: Author of science fiction or any sub-genre

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    the people's #1
    H. G. Wells

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    most listed
    George Orwell

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    Isaac Asimov

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    H. P. Lovecraft

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    Stephen King

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    added by: bojanthebest
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    Orson Scott Card

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    Judith Merril

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    Roger Zelazny

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    Robert Silverberg

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    Damon Knight

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    Poul Anderson

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    added by: writerkrish
    Known for SFS science fiction short storieshttp://writerkrish.com/
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