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The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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Author of science fiction or any sub-genre

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.

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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  • Robert A. Heinlein
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    Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
    • Birthplace: Butler, Missouri
  • Arthur C. Clarke
    2
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    2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010, 2001: A Space Odyssey
    • Birthplace: Minehead, United Kingdom
  • Isaac Asimov
    3
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    I, Robot, Foundation
    • Birthplace: Petrovichi, Russia
  • Jules Verne
    4
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    Around the World in Eighty Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Mysterious Island
    • Birthplace: Nantes, France
  • Ray Bradbury
    5
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    Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451, King of Kings
    • Birthplace: Waukegan, Illinois, United States of America
  • H. G. Wells
    6
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    The Time Machine, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Things to Come
    • Birthplace: Bromley, United Kingdom
  • George Orwell
    7
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm, Down and Out in Paris and London
    • Birthplace: Motihari, India
  • Douglas Adams
    8
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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, So Long
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Hitchhikers "trilogy", Dirk Gently
  • Philip K. Dick
    9
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    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Man in the High Castle, Ubik
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
  • Rod Serling
    10
    Planet of the Apes, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Seven Days in May
    • Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA
  • Frank Herbert
    11
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    Dune, Dune Messiah, The Lazarus Effect
    • Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
    12
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    The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, A Wizard of Earthsea
    • Birthplace: Berkeley, California
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
    13
    The Lost World, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs
    14
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    Tarzan, the Ape Man, Tarzan
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
  • Harry Harrison
    15
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    The Stainless Steel Rat, A Rebel in Time, The Hammer and the Cross
    • Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut, USA
  • Larry Niven
    16
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    Ringworld, Lucifer's Hammer, The Mote in God's Eye
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Mary Shelley
    17
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    Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Political Justice
    • Birthplace: Somers Town, London, London, United Kingdom
  • Stanisław Lem
    18
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    Solaris, Memoirs Found in a Bathtub, Fiasco
    • Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
  • Roger Zelazny
    19
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    The Chronicles of Amber, Lord of Light, Isle of the Dead
    • Birthplace: Euclid, Ohio, USA
  • Aldous Huxley
    20
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    Alice in Wonderland, Brave New World, Pride and Prejudice
    • Birthplace: Godalming, England
  • Frederik Pohl
    21
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    The Space Merchants, Man Plus, Gateway
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  • William Gibson
    22
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    Neuromancer, Johnny Mnemonic, Mona Lisa Overdrive
    • Birthplace: Conway, South Carolina, USA
  • Terry Pratchett
    23
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    Good Omens, Small Gods, The Colour of Magic
    • Birthplace: Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
  • Kurt Vonnegut
    24
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    Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions
    • Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America
  • Iain Banks
    25
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    The Wasp Factory, The Player of Games, Consider Phlebas
    • Birthplace: Dunfermline, United Kingdom