Famous British Science Fiction Writers

Find out more about the greatest British Science Fiction Writers, including Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells, Terry Pratchett, Mark Gatiss and Douglas Adams.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Sir Arthur Charles Clarke

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: March 19, 2008
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is best known for his short story The Sentinel, which became the basis of the screenplay of Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Clarke spent the final years of his life in Sri Lanka and hosted shows such as Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World.

 2 Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 11, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British, American
Died: May 11, 2001

English author, screenwriter, and essayist, Douglas Adams, is most remembered for his comedy science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. As a screenwriter, he wrote two stories for the TV series Doctor Who. He advocated for environmentalism and spoke about environmental issues in his non-fiction radio series Last Chance to See.

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 3 J. G. Ballard

J. G. Ballard
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Autobiographer, Screenwriter, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: November 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Chinese, British
Died: April 19, 2009

 4 Richard Adams

Richard Adams
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, Science fiction writer, Children's writer
Birthdate: May 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: December 24, 2016

 5 Peter F. Hamilton

Peter F. Hamilton
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 6 Piers Anthony

Piers Anthony
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British, American

 7 Charles Stross

Charles Stross
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
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 8 John Wyndham

John Wyndham
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Famous As: Fiction Writer
Birthdate: July 10, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: March 11, 1969

 9 Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer
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Famous As: Politician, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Science fiction writer, Children's writer
Birthdate: April 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 10 William Golding

William Golding
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 19, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: June 19, 1993

 11 Russell T Davies

Russell T Davies
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Television producer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: April 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 12 Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking
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Famous As: Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist
Birthdate: January 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, who despite being afflicted motor neurone disease that severely limited his physical abilities, was able to build a phenomenally successful career. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking was ranked 25 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, in 2002.

 13 Martin Amis

Martin Amis
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Famous As: Novelist, Science fiction writer, Short story writer, University teacher, Memoirist, Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 14 Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: February 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 15 Will Self

Will Self
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: September 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 16 Michael Moorcock

Michael Moorcock
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 17 Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 31, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 18 Len Deighton

Len Deighton
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 18, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 19 Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: March 26, 2011

 20 Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Journalist, Author, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 21 Nevil Shute

Nevil Shute
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: January 12, 1960

 22 T. H. White

T. H. White
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 29, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: January 17, 1964

 23 Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 24 Robert Conquest

Robert Conquest
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Famous As: Historian, Researcher, Writer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: July 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: August 3, 2015

 25 Thomas Browne

Thomas Browne
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 19, 1605
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: October 19, 1682

 26 Brian Wilson Aldiss

Brian Wilson Aldiss
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: August 19, 2017

 27 Leslie Charteris

Leslie Charteris
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 12, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Singaporean, British
Died: April 15, 1993

 28 James Hilton

James Hilton
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: September 9, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: December 20, 1954

 29 Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: May 10, 1886
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: September 6, 1950

 30 Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray
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Famous As: Writer, Poet, Novelist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: December 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 31 Terry Nation

Terry Nation
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Novelist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: August 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: March 9, 1997

 32 John Brunner

John Brunner
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 24, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: August 25, 1995

 33 Mary Kingsley

Mary Kingsley
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 13, 1862
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: June 3, 1900

 34 Edwin Abbott Abbott

Edwin Abbott Abbott
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Famous As: Theologian, Science fiction writer, Teacher, Writer, Novelist
Birthdate: December 20, 1838
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: October 12, 1926

 35 John Christopher

John Christopher
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Famous As: British author
Birthdate: April 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: February 3, 2012

 36 John Birmingham

John Birmingham
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Journalist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: August 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 37 Eric Temple Bell

Eric Temple Bell
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Famous As: Mathematician, Historian of mathematics, Novelist, Writer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: February 7, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British, American, Scottish
Died: December 21, 1960

 38 Eden Phillpotts

Eden Phillpotts
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 4, 1862
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: December 29, 1960

 39 Francis Godwin

Francis Godwin
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 1562 AD
Nationality: British
Died: March 31, 1633

 40 Hugh B. Cave

Hugh B. Cave
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 11, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Jamaican, British
Died: June 27, 2004

 41 Daniel Carney

Daniel Carney
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British, Zimbabwean
Died: January 6, 1987

 42 Robin Skelton

Robin Skelton
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: August 22, 1997