Popular Science Fiction Authors

For more than a century, science fiction authors have attempted to explore the limits of imagination by writing about alternate universes, exciting technology and the challenges faced by those who inhabit that space. Today's science fiction publishers and the millions of fans who populate science fiction book clubs owe the genre's success to some of the most popular science fiction authors of all time.

H.G. Wells: As one of the first science fiction writers, Welles created characters and stories that are still popular today, including The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) and The War of the Worlds (1898).

Isaac Asimov: This prolific writer launched the Foundation series during the 1940s, and his tale of a space empire captured the imagination of readers everywhere. Other award-winning books include The Gods Themselves (1972) and the I, Robot (1950) collection. He is considered one of science fiction's "big three" of influential and prolific writers.

Arthur C. Clarke: Mathematics and physics degrees gave Clarke a true background in realistic science fiction. His best-known work is 2001: A Space Odyssey, but he also wrote Rendezvous with Rama (1972) and The Fountains of Paradise (1979), as well as several sequels to his best-selling novels. Clark is another of the "big three" of science fiction writers.

Robert A. Heinlein: Joining Asimov and Clarke in the "big three," Heinlein's work is highly regarded, with Starship Troopers (1959) and Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) among his most famous. He received honors for his numerous short stories as well.

Frank Herbert: The author of one of the most popular and best-selling science fiction book series of all time, Herbert featured incredible detail and scope to his Dune series. Herbert was also a lifelong newspaper contributor, as well as a short story writer.

Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 (1953), The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951) are among Bradbury's best-known works, although his writing career includes screenplays, poetry, children's literature, non-fiction books and hundreds of short stories. 

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