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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 - its 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 thebest horror writersand thebest fantasy authors, but since the genres elements all go together nicely, its 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: theyve 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.

Isaac Asimov (; c. January 2, 1920 April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science.

Robert Anson Heinlein (; July 7, 1907 May 8, 1988) was an American science-fiction author, aeronautical engineer, and retired Naval officer. Sometimes called the dean of science fiction writers,

Ray Douglas Bradbury (; August 22, 1920 June 5, 2012) was an American author and screenwriter. He worked in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (16 December 1917 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He co-wrote

Jules Gabriel Verne (; French: [ʒyl vɛʁn]; 8 February 1828 24 March 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright. Vernes collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel led to the

Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 13 August 1946) was an English writer. He was prolific in many genres, writing dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary, history,

Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 March 2, 1982) was an American writer known for his work in science fiction. His work explored philosophical, social, and political themes, with stories

Franklin Patrick Herbert Jr. (October 8, 1920 February 11, 1986) was an American science fiction author best known for the 1965 novel Dune and its five sequels. Though he became famous for his

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (; October 21, 1929 January 22, 2018) was an American author. She is best known for her works of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and essayist, journalist and critic, whose work is characterised by lucid

Hitchhikers trilogy, Dirk Gently

Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 11 May 2001) was an English author, screenwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. Adams was author of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which

Laurence van Cott Niven (; born April 30, 1938) is an American science fiction writer. His best-known works are Ringworld (1970), which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, Nebula awards, and The Mote in

Frederik George Pohl Jr. (; November 26, 1919 September 2, 2013) was an American science-fiction writer, editor, and fan, with a career spanning more than 75 yearsfrom his first published work,

William Ford Gibson (born March 17, 1948) is an American-Canadian speculative fiction writer and essayist widely credited with pioneering the science fiction subgenre known as cyberpunk. Beginning

Sir Terence David John Pratchett (28 April 1948 12 March 2015) was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of 41

Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author who began his career in the 1940s and continued to write into the 21st century. Anderson authored

Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 June 14, 1995) was an American poet and writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels, best known for The Chronicles of Amber. He won the Nebula

Joe William Haldeman (born June 9, 1943) is an American science fiction author. He is best known for his novel The Forever War (1974). That novel, and other of his works, including The Hemingway

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (; November 11, 1922 April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (UK: , US: ; ne Godwin; 30 August 1797 1 February 1851) was an English novelist who wrote the Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also

Alfred Bester (December 18, 1913 September 30, 1987) was an American science fiction author, TV and radio scriptwriter, magazine editor and scripter for comic strips and comic books. He is best

Robert Silverberg (born January 15, 1935) is an American author and editor, best known for writing science fiction. He is a multiple winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards, a member of the Science

Alan Dean Foster (born November 18, 1946) is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction, who has written several book series, more than 20 standalone novels and many faithful novelizations of

Iain Banks (16 February 1954 9 June 2013) was a Scottish author. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks, including the initial of his adopted

Theodore Sturgeon (; born Edward Hamilton Waldo, February 26, 1918 May 8, 1985) was an American writer, primarily of fantasy, science fiction and horror. He was also a critic. He wrote

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