Science Fiction Writers

Science fiction writers are considered to be one of the most knowledgeable and creative classes of writers in the modern literary world. Science fiction writing demands a great deal of creativity and imagination as it is a form of fiction that draws imaginatively on scientific knowledge and speculation in its plot, setting or theme. Science fiction writing uses science as a backdrop against which most of the incidents occur and therefore writers of this genre must have a clear understanding of scientific terms and their meanings. Science fiction is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possible worlds or futures. It is similar to, but differs from fantasy in that, within the context of the story, its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated physical laws. Science fiction writers use different scientific themes such as time travel, superhuman abilities, an outer space universe or a story set in post-apocalyptic world. Among the most respected awards for science fiction are the Hugo Award, Nebula Award and Saturn Award. They often explore the potential consequences of scientific innovations and produce astonishing masterpieces for their readers. Read on to discover about the life and works of various famous Sci-fi writers from all over the world.

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 1 Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 16, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 2, 1982

Philip K. Dick was an American writer who was known for his work that explores varied social and philosophical themes. Dick's novels have inspired films like Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau. In 2005, his novel Ubik was included in Time magazine's list of 100 greatest novels published in English since 1923.

 2 George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Novelist
Birthdate: September 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
George R. R. Martin wrote the epic fantasy series of novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which inspired the iconic Emmy-winning HBO series Game of Thrones. Also known as the "American Tolkien," he was featured on TIME 100. He has earned the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, too.
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 3 H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 15, 1937

HP Lovecraft was a writer of weird and horror fiction and is known for his creation of Cthulhu Mythos, which has inspired a large body of games and music. His stories focused on his interpretation of humanity's place in the universe. He was virtually unknown during his lifetime, but is now considered a significant 20th-century author of supernatural horror fiction.

 4 L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard
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Famous As: Officer, Novelist, Musician, Writer, Screenwriter, Poet, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: March 13, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: January 24, 1986

 5 Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov
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Famous As: Writer, Professor
Birthdate: January 2, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 6, 1992

Isaac Asimov was an American writer. Best known for his science fiction works, Asimov was regarded as one of the Big Three writers along with Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein. Asimov is credited with influencing most sci-fi writers since the 1950s. Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman stated that one of Asimov's works inspired him to take up Economics.

 6 Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen
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Birthdate: April 2, 1805
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Danish
Died: August 4, 1875
Legendary Danish children’s author Hans Christian Andersen is remembered for his fairy tales, such as The Little Mermaid, The Little Match Girl, The Emperor's New Clothes, and Thumbelina, which have been appreciated by the young the old alike. Many of his tales have been adapted into films, ballets, and plays. 
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 7 Jules Verne

Jules Verne
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 8, 1828
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: March 24, 1905
French author Jules Verne, also known as the “Father of Science Fiction,” is best remembered for his legendary adventure novels Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. He also became the world’s second most-translated writer since 1979.
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 8 Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Novelist, Voice actor, Writer, Science fiction writer, Television producer, Film director, Film producer, Film editor
Birthdate: October 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
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 9 Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 10 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
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 11 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

 12 Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein
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Famous As: Science Fiction Writer
Birthdate: July 7, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 8, 1988

 13 Alejandro Jodorowsky

Alejandro Jodorowsky
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Famous As: Writer, Film director, Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter, Film editor, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: February 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Chilean, French

 14 Bruce Boxleitner

Bruce Boxleitner
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

The American actor, who shot to fame following his success in the television series How the West Was Won, Bring 'Em Back Alive and Scarecrow and Mrs King, starred in Babylon 5 films. Bruce William Boxleitner is also known for his comic roles. He appeared in video games and is credited as the author of two science fiction novels.

 15 Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 16 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

 17 James Doohan

James Doohan
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Novelist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: March 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian
Died: July 20, 2005

 18 Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: May 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 19 Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 20 Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler
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Famous As: Science fiction author
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006

 21 William Gibson

William Gibson
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Famous As: Speculative Fiction Writer
Birthdate: March 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, American

 22 William Golding

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

 23 Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: February 11, 1986

 24 N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 25 Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Science fiction writer, Children's writer
Birthdate: November 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 26 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

 27 Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: October 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 28 Iain Banks

Iain Banks
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Scottish
Died: June 9, 2013

 29 Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 30 Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon
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Famous As: Writer, Essayist, Screenwriter, Novelist, Columnist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: May 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 31 Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison
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Famous As: Comics writer, Writer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: January 31, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Scottish

 32 Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq
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Famous As: Poet, Film director, Songwriter, Essayist, Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: February 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French

 33 Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 34 Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: September 6, 2007

 35 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

 36 Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 31, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Dominican, American

 37 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

 38 Andy Weir

Andy Weir
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 39 J. Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer, Novelist, Journalist, Writer, Playwright, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: July 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 40 Warren Ellis

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

 41 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

 42 Jean Giraud

Jean Giraud
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Famous As: Caricaturist, Comics writer, Screenwriter, Science fiction writer, Postage stamp designer, Painter
Birthdate: May 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: March 10, 2012

 43 Michael Moorcock

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

 44 Liu Cixin

Liu Cixin
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Famous As: Science fiction writer
Birthdate: June 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Chinese

 45 Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons
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Famous As: Fiction writer
Birthdate: April 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 46 Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino
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Famous As: Writer, Poet, Politician, Journalist, Reporter, Essayist, Novelist, Literary editor, Screenwriter, Science fiction writer, Children's writer
Birthdate: October 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: September 19, 1985

 47 Joe Abercrombie

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

 48 James Dashner

James Dashner
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 49 Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 50 Ann Druyan

Ann Druyan
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Famous As: Journalist, Film producer, Writer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: June 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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