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Ray Bradbury
7
11.86%
Robert A. Heinlein
9
15.25%
Issac Asmov
12
20.34%
H.G. Wells
3
5.08%
George Orwell
1
1.69%
Frank Herbert
5
8.47%
Aldous Huxley
1
1.69%
Kurt Vonnegut
3
5.08%
Douglass Adams
4
6.78%
Other ( please list )
14
23.73%
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Favorite Science Fiction Writer?

Old 09-09-05, 03:17 AM
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Favorite Science Fiction Writer?

I'm sure I missed some, but do you have a favorite science fiction writer?
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Old 09-09-05, 06:42 PM
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Good list, it's tough to pickbut I'd probably say Heinlein right now. That might change tomorrow though.

Some other favorites not mentioned would be Orson Scott Card, E.E. 'Doc' Smith, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin
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heinlein and herbert for me. i can recall going through bookstores (remember those) and always being able to find something in the "h" 's -- heinlein and herbert were almost always right next to each other.
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George Orwell is a science fiction writer???
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Vonnegut is my favorite writer of the ones you listed, though I don't really consider him a science fiction writer. I'm not sure why.
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HG Wells
Clos ones: Philip K. dick and Ray Bradbury
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Philip K Dick, Orson Scott Card, Octavia Butler, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis, Ray Bradbury, Douglass Adams
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Originally Posted by JasonF
Vonnegut is my favorite writer of the ones you listed, though I don't really consider him a science fiction writer. I'm not sure why.
same here
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I grew up on Asimov's Norby the robot series and then moved on to his Foundation series. Great writer
Old 09-11-05, 12:38 PM
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For me, would be Iain M. Banks or Philip K. Dick.
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Asimov is a freaking genius...I feel like a labotomized, retarded lemur when I read his stuff, but in a good way...
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John Varley, at the moment... Love the Gaia trilogy, and the whole eight-worlds cycle.
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I voted for Heinlein since he was on the list, but if Philip Dick had been on there I might have chosen him. Tough choice, I love them both even though they're very different. But for sure one or the other. After those two I'd choose David Gerrold and Joe Haldeman, probably in that order.
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He HATES being called a science-fiction writer (he perfers the term "speculative fiction"), but my vote goes to Harlan Ellison.

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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
He HATES being called a science-fiction writer (he perfers the term "speculative fiction"), but my vote goes to Harlan Ellison.

Harlan kicks ass.

Also Orson SCott Card and Ursula LeGuin.
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John Varley, at the moment... Love the Gaia trilogy, and the whole eight-worlds cycle.
I absolutely love John Varley's work. Even the last two, which are nothing like his hardcore SF work, are entertaining reads.

Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War" is probably the single best sci-fi work I've ever read. James P. Hogan's Giants Trilogy is worth checking out, but ignore anything else beyond the first three books. Jack McDevitt has written several excellent books, but a few of them sort of blend together thematically.

I'm one of the few people on the face of the earth who thought Enders Game was crap.
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I feel like an ass, I should have put jules verne and phillip k dick as well.
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I'd go with Ellison too. I'm glad to see some love for him here -- many people never even heard of him. Or if they did, it's as "the guy who wrote the Star Trek episode where they go back in time" or as a guy with a story credit on "The Terminator". Though he'd curse at anyone calling him a sci-fi writer. My second favorite is Theodore Sturgeon (another great writer sadly not remembered much these days). My top choice on this list would be Bradbury (followed by Asimov).

Other (more recent) favorites include: Dan Simmons, Vernor Vinge, Iain Banks, Greg Bear, Greg Benford, China Mieville.
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Phillip K. Dick.
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Fritz Leiber and William Tenn are two more I'd add. Big Ellison fan too. I did notice recently on a book that Ellison wrote the intro for, that there was a trademark symbol after his name. What the hell is that about?
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Issac Asmov is my fav. I really enjoy his Foundation and Robot novels.
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The fact that "Other" is leading means that this isn't a very good poll.

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