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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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1,986 451
Isaac Asimov is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Isaac Asimov Died at 72 (1920-1992)

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2
1,411 422
Philip K. Dick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Philip K. Dick Died at 54 (1928-1982)

3
1,396 312
Arthur C. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Arthur C. Clarke Died at 91 (1917-2008)

4
1,145 311
H. G. Wells is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
H. G. Wells Died at 80 (1866-1946)

5
1,400 294
Robert A. Heinlein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Robert A. Heinlein Died at 81 (1907-1988)

6
1,100 396
Frank Herbert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Frank Herbert Died at 66 (1920-1986)

7
1,253 299
Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Ray Bradbury Died at 92 (1920-2012)

8
1,010 330
George Orwell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
George Orwell Died at 47 (1903-1950)

9
1,093 245
Jules Verne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Jules Verne Died at 77 (1828-1905)

10
877 301
Ursula K. Le Guin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

11
744 329
Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Kurt Vonnegut Died at 85 (1922-2007)

12
680 232
Larry Niven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Larry Niven age 79

13
588 210
Roger Zelazny is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Roger Zelazny Died at 58 (1937-1995)

14
554 281
Aldous Huxley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Aldous Huxley Died at 69 (1894-1963)

15
679 380
H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
H. P. Lovecraft Died at 47 (1890-1937)

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634 226
Terry Pratchett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
beernbugs added Terry Pratchett age 69

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449 185
David Brin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
randomjane added David Brin age 67

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421 146
Frederik Pohl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
MatthewDuncan added Frederik Pohl Died at 94 (1919-2013)

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537 215
William Gibson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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409 150
Poul Anderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Countermoon added Poul Anderson Died at 75 (1926-2001)

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454 217
Harlan Ellison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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521 223
Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
PauldeBakker added Neil Gaiman age 57

23
617 110
Douglas Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Roger Glover added Douglas Adams Died at 49 (1952-2001) - Hitchhikers "trilogy", Dirk Gently

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512 166
Iain Banks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
averagej123 added Iain Banks Died at 59 (1954-2013)

25
457 188
Neal Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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547 202
Stanisław Lem is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Stanisław Lem Died at 85 (1921-2006)

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693 409
Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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410 154
Robert Silverberg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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441 209
Mary Shelley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Mary Shelley Died at 54 (1797-1851)

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355 194
Kim Stanley Robinson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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475 180
Anne McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Anne McCaffrey Died at 85 (1926-2011)

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357 140
Greg Bear is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
tottman added Greg Bear age 66

33
384 184
Dan Simmons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Dan Simmons age 69

34
338 146
Philip José Farmer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
bojanthebest added Philip José Farmer Died at 91 (1918-2009)

35
292 97
Andre Norton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
JoanneM.McGinniss added Andre Norton Died at 93 (1912-2005)

36
242 166
J. G. Ballard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
J. G. Ballard Died at 79 (1930-2009)

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484 293
Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Michael Crichton Died at 66 (1942-2008)

38
314 108
Clifford D. Simak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
borr added Clifford D. Simak Died at 84 (1904-1988)

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273 99
Theodore Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
rlpoin added Theodore Sturgeon Died at 67 (1918-1985)

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286 113
Jack Vance is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Countermoon added Jack Vance Died at 97 (1916-2013)

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325 121
C. J. Cherryh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
freelancerrh added C. J. Cherryh age 75

42
286 127
Michael Moorcock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

43
314 141
Piers Anthony is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
mammut added Piers Anthony age 83

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530 376
Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Stephen King age 70

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253 103
Alfred Bester is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
tottman added Alfred Bester Died at 74 (1913-1987)

46
205 147
Richard Matheson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Richard Matheson Died at 87 (1926-2013)

47
244 112
Lois McMaster Bujold is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
BeccaMcMaster added Lois McMaster Bujold age 68

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239 144
Samuel R. Delany is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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234 114
Brian Aldiss is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
Brian Aldiss age 92

50
286 190
John Scalzi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Science-Fiction Authors
John Scalzi age 48