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. Instead of only making up a story, they make up entire universes, time dimensions, alien technologies - it's really incredible. Truth be told, some are more successful than others - it is really easy to write bad scifi. But those who can actually pull the genre off are right 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 and classic 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 famous sci fi 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.
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    Isaac Asimov is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Isaac Asimov Petrovichi, Russia

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    Philip K. Dick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Philip K. Dick Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    Arthur C. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Arthur C. Clarke Minehead

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    Frank Herbert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Frank Herbert Tacoma, Washington, United States of America

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    Robert A. Heinlein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Robert A. Heinlein Butler, Missouri, United States of America

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    Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Ray Bradbury Waukegan, Illinois, United States of America

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    Jules Verne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Jules Verne Nantes, France

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    Ursula K. Le Guin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Ursula K. Le Guin Berkeley, California, United States of America

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    Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

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    Larry Niven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Larry Niven Los Angeles, California, Southern California

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    David Brin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    David Brin Glendale, California, USA

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    Roger Zelazny is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Roger Zelazny Euclid, Ohio, United States of America

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    New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Bristol, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    William Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    William Gibson Conway, South Carolina, United States of America

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    Terry Pratchett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Terry Pratchett Beaconsfield, United Kingdom

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    H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    H. P. Lovecraft Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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    Neal Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Neal Stephenson Fort Meade, Maryland, United States of America

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    Iain Banks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Iain Banks Dunfermline, Eurasia, United Kingdom

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    Harlan Ellison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Harlan Ellison Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

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    Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Neil Gaiman Portchester, United Kingdom

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    Robert Silverberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Robert Silverberg New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Kim Stanley Robinson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Kim Stanley Robinson Waukegan, Illinois, United States of America

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    Greg Bear is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Greg Bear San Diego, California, USA

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    Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Orson Scott Card Tri-Cities, Richland, Washington

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    Cambridge, United Kingdom Hitchhikers "trilogy", Dirk Gently

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    Anne McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Anne McCaffrey Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    Mary Shelley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Mary Shelley Somers Town, London, London

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    Dan Simmons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Dan Simmons Peoria, Illinois, United States of America

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    Terre Haute, Indiana, United States of America

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    Andre Norton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Andre Norton Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

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    J. G. Ballard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    J. G. Ballard Shanghai International Settlement

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    Theodore Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Theodore Sturgeon New York City, New York, United States of America

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    C. J. Cherryh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    C. J. Cherryh St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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    Jack Vance is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Jack Vance California, United States of America

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    Michael Moorcock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Michael Moorcock London, United Kingdom

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    Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Michael Crichton Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    Alfred Bester is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Alfred Bester New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Stephen King Portland, Maine, United States of America

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    Piers Anthony is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Piers Anthony Oxford, United Kingdom

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    Samuel R. Delany is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    Samuel R. Delany New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Lois McMaster Bujold is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Lois McMaster Bujold Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

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    John Scalzi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors


    John Scalzi Fairfield, California, United States of America

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