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The Best Science-Fiction Authors

List Rules
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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list ordered by
  • Jules Verne
    3
  • Isaac Asimov
    4
  • Ray Bradbury
    5
  • H. G. Wells
    6
  • George Orwell
    7
  • Douglas Adams
    9
    Hitchhikers "trilogy", Dirk Gently
  • Philip K. Dick
    10
  • Frank Herbert
    11
  • Larry Niven
    16
  • Mary Shelley
    17
  • Stanisław Lem
    18
  • Roger Zelazny
    19
  • Aldous Huxley
    20
  • Frederik Pohl
    21
  • William Gibson
    22
  • Terry Pratchett
    23
  • Kurt Vonnegut
    24
  • Anne McCaffrey
    25