List of Famous Science-fiction Writers People

List of Famous Science-fiction Writers

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List of famous science-fiction writers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top science-fiction writers in the world? This includes the most prominent science-fiction writers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable science-fiction writers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic science-fiction writers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned science-fiction writers.

List features people like Arthur C. Clarke, J. Michael Straczynski and more!

From reputable, prominent, and well known science-fiction writers to the lesser known science-fiction writers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the science-fiction writer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous science-fiction writers ever?" and "What are the names of famous science-fiction writers?" then you're in the right place. (64 items)

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    Isaac Asimov
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    Isaac Asimov was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was prolific and wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1920-1992)
    • Birthplace: Petrovichi, Russia
    • Profession: Biochemist, Historian, Novelist, Author, Essayist, + more
    • Credits: I, Robot, Bicentennial Man, Probe, Nightfall
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    Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He is perhaps most famous for being co-writer of the screenplay for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, widely considered to be one of the most ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1917-2008)
    • Birthplace: Minehead, Eurasia, West Somerset, South West England, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Novelist, Inventor, Author, Actor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010, Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World, Without Warning, Baddegama, + more
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    J. Michael Straczynski
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    Joseph Michael Straczynski, known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or jms, is an American writer and producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, radio dramas and other media. Straczynski is a playwright, former journalist, ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Television producer, Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Thor, World War Z, Underworld: Awakening, Babylon 5, Changeling, + more
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    Neal Stephenson
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    Neal Town Stephenson is an award-winning American writer and game designer known for his works of speculative fiction. His novels have been variously categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, cyberpunk, and "postcyberpunk". Other labels, such as "baroque", have been used. Stephenson's work ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Fort Meade, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Novelist, Science-fiction writer, Author, Writer, Game designer
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    Forrest J Ackerman
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    Forrest J Ackerman was an American collector of science fiction books and movie memorabilia and a science fiction fan. He was, for over seven decades, one of science fiction's staunchest spokesmen and promoters. Ackerman was a Los Angeles, California-based magazine editor, science fiction writer and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1916-2008)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Magazine editor, Literary agent, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Science-fiction writer, + more
    • Credits: Return of the Living Dead Part II, King Kong, Innocent Blood, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, The Aftermath, + more
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    John Ridley IV. is an American screenwriter, film director, novelist, television showrunner and writer best known for 12 Years a Slave, for which he won an Academy Award in 2013 for Best Adapted Screenplay.more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cartoonist, Writer, + more
    • Credits: 12 Years a Slave, Three Kings, Bobby, Red Tails, Undercover Brother, + more
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    Charles David George "Charlie" Stross is a British writer of science fiction, Lovecraftian horror and fantasy. Stross specialises in hard science fiction and space opera. His contemporaries include Alastair Reynolds, Ken MacLeod, Liz Williams, Neal Asher and Richard Morgan. Between 1994 and 2004, he was ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Programmer, Pharmacist, Novelist, Author, Writer
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    Alastair Preston Reynolds is a British science fiction author. He specialises in dark hard science fiction and space opera. He spent his early years in Cornwall, moved back to Wales before going to Newcastle, where he read physics and astronomy. Afterwards, he earned a PhD from St Andrews, Scotland. In ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Wales, Eurasia, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Novelist, Science-fiction writer, Writer, Astronomer
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    Leigh Kennedy is an American science fiction writer who has lived in the United Kingdom since 1985. Kennedy's story "Her Furry Face" was a nominee for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story.more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Science-fiction writer, Author, Writer
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    Robert James Sawyer is a Canadian science fiction writer. He has had 21 novels published, and his short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Amazing Stories, On Spec, Nature, and many anthologies. Sawyer has won the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Ottawa Valley, Ottawa, Americas
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer, Teacher
    • Credits: FlashForward, The White Mountain Abduction
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    John Grant is a Scottish writer and editor of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction.more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Editor, Novelist, Science-fiction writer, Writer
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    Sean Christopher McMullen is an award-winning Australian science fiction and fantasy author.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Sale, Australia
    • Profession: Novelist, Science-fiction writer, Writer
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    Gillian Marucha Bradshaw is an American writer of historical fiction, historical fantasy, children's literature, science fiction, and contemporary science-based novels, who currently lives in Britain. Her serious historical novels are often set in classical antiquity — Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Novelist, Science-fiction writer, Writer
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    Jenő Rejtő
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    Jenő Rejtő was a Hungarian journalist, pulp fiction writer and playwright who died as a forced labourer during World War II. He was born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, on March 29, 1905, and died in Evdakovo, Voronezh Oblast, Soviet Union on January 1, 1943.[1] Despite the "pulp" nature of his writings, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1905-1943)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Hungary, Central Hungary, Budapest
    • Profession: Novelist, Science-fiction writer
    • Credits: Love of Sport, Ötvenéves találkozó, Férjhez menni tilos!, A halhatatlan légiós
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    Thomas A. Easton is a professor at Thomas College of Maine, a well-known science fiction critic, and author. Easton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Colby College and a doctorate in theoretical biology from the University of Chicago. He wrote the book review column in SF magazine Analog Science ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Profession: Novelist, Science-fiction writer, Science writer, Writer
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    Kathleen Ann Goonan
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    Kathleen Ann Goonan is an American science fiction writer. Several of her books have been nominated for the Nebula Award. Her debut novel Queen City Jazz was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and her novel In War Times was chosen by the American Library Association as Best Science Fiction Novel ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Essayist, Writer, Teacher
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    Fiona Kelleghan
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    Fiona Kelleghan is an American academic and critic specializing in science fiction and fantasy. She was a metadata librarian and a cataloguer at the University of Miami's Otto G. Richter Library. She left the University in 2011. Writing in The Washington Post, critic Michael Dirda called her "an expert ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Science-fiction writer
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    Edward Llewellyn-Thomas was an English scientist, university professor and, writing as Edward Llewellyn, a science fiction author. Llewellyn-Thomas published sixty scientific articles on psychology and eye movement over the course of his life. Active in the field of pharmacology, he took interest in the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1917-1984)
    • Birthplace: Salisbury, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Science-fiction writer, Scientist
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    • Age: age 32
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Science-fiction writer
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    Edward Page Mitchell was an American editorial and short story writer for The Sun, a daily newspaper in New York City. He became that newspaper's editor in 1897, succeeding Charles Anderson Dana. Mitchell was recognized as a major figure in the early development of the science fiction genre. Mitchell ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1852-1927)
    • Birthplace: Bath, Maine, United States of America
    • Profession: Science-fiction writer
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