List of science fiction authors

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This is an incomplete list of authors whose works of fantastic fiction would today be called science fiction, even if they predate or did not work in that genre. Some may also be considered fantasy authors, since many writers are equally comfortable with both genres, and since some works deliberately combine the two or blur the distinction. Most science fiction authors write as novelists or short story writers, and more recently, often as playwrights or screen writers.

Some notable science fiction authors by date of birth are (in alphabetical order):


Catherine Asaro
Robert A. Heinlein, L. Sprague de Camp, and Isaac Asimov, Philadelphia Navy Yard, 1944.
Margaret Atwood, 2015


Gregory Benford, 2008
Cyrano de Bergerac, one of the earliest SF writers
John Birmingham, 2009
Ray Bradbury, 1975
Lois McMaster Bujold, 2009
Bookplate of Edgar Rice Burroughs showing Tarzan holding the planet Mars while surrounded by other characters from Burroughs' stories, c. 1918
Octavia Butler, 2005


Ted Chiang, 2011
Arthur C. Clarke
Michael Crichton
Judy Lynn and Lester Del Rey, 1974


Jack Dann, 2007
Cory Doctorow, 2007
Samuel R. Delany, 2011


Carol Emshwiller, 1998


"Telefonoscope" from Camille Flammarion, La Fin du Monde, 1894
Eric Flint


Neil Gaiman, 2004
Nicola Griffith, 2007
James Gunn


Peter F. Hamilton, 2006
Elizabeth Hand, 2007
Midshipman Robert A. Heinlein, 1929
Ludvig Holberg, 1747
Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, 2013



James Patrick Kelly, 2008


Stephen King, 2007
Nancy Kress (center), with author Delia Sherman (left) and editor Ellen Datlow (right)


Shariann Lewitt, 2007
Jack London, 1900
Stanisław Lem, 1966


A. Merritt, The Metal Monster, 1920
China Miéville, 2006
Naomi Mitchison, 1920s
Elizabeth Moon, 2005
James Morrow, 2007


Larry Niven


George Orwell, 1943


Edgar Allan Poe, "The Tell-Tale Heart", illustration by Harry Clarke
Jerry Pournelle, 2005
Mike Resnick



Adam Roberts, 2008
Kim Stanley Robinson, 2005
Rudy Rucker, 2006


Robert J. Sawyer, 2005
Cordwainer Smith (Paul Linebarger), 1953
Allen Steele
Charles Stross, 2005
Somtow Sucharitkul, 2005
Michael Swanwick, 2005


Lavie Tidhar, 2006
Wilson Tucker
Harry Turtledove, 2005



Jack Vance at the helm of his boat, early 1980s


Stanley G. Weinbaum
H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, 1906 edition
Walter Jon Williams, 2006
Jack Womack at the KGB Bar, NYC, 2008


Charles Yu, 2011


Timothy Zahn, 2012

See also


  1. ^ Individually, their names are Аркадий Стругацкий and Борис Стругацкий.


A useful book for looking up authors is A Reader's Guide to Science Fiction, by Baird Searles, Martin Last, Beth Meacham, and Michael Franklin (1979). It also tells you whom else you might like if you like one author.

Other invaluable works include The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, edited by John Clute and Peter Nicholls (2nd. Ed. 1991), The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, edited by George Mann (1999) (ISBN 0-7867-0887-5 or ISBN 1-84119-177-9), and Twentieth-Century Science-Fiction Writers, edited by Curtis C. Smith (1981) (ISBN 0-312-82420-3).

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