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 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.

 2 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.

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 3 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.

 4 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.

 5 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.

 6 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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 7 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

Robert A. Heinlein was an American author, naval officer, and aeronautical engineer. Heinlein is credited with pioneering a literary subgenre called hard science fiction as he was among the first to stress the importance of scientific accuracy in fiction. Robert A. Heinlein is one of the most influential science-fiction writers of all time.

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 8 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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 9 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

 10 Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 11 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.

 12 William Gibson

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

William Gibson is an American-Canadian essayist and speculative fiction writer. He is widely credited with pioneering cyberpunk, a science fiction subgenre. His early works, which he produced during the late-1970s and early-1980s, helped create an iconography for the information age even before the dawn of the Internet in the 1990s. William Gibson is also credited with coining the term cyberspace.

 13 Frank Herbert

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

 14 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

 15 Brandon Sanderson

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

 16 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.

 17 Stephenie Meyer

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

 18 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

 19 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

 20 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

 21 Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler
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Famous As: Science Fiction Writer
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006

 22 Liu Cixin

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

 23 William Golding

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

 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 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

 27 Harry Turtledove

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

 28 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

 29 Iain Banks

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

 30 Ted Chiang

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

 31 Stanisław Lem

Stanisław Lem
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Polish
Died: March 27, 2006

 32 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

 33 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

 34 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

 35 Jim Butcher

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

 36 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

 37 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

 38 Junot Díaz

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

 39 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

 40 Andy Weir

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

 41 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

 42 Warren Ellis

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

 43 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

 44 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

 45 Roger Zelazny

Roger Zelazny
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 13, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 14, 1995

 46 Michael Moorcock

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

 47 Larry Niven

Larry Niven
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 48 Peter F. Hamilton

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

 49 Dan Simmons

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

 50 Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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