Top 10 Science Fiction Authors of All Time

This is a complete list of the Top Ten Best Science Fiction Authors of All Time. Check out some of the Grand Masters of Science Fiction here. Also listed with each author are several of their more popular books.

 The following list is my opinion on the top ten authors of science fiction of all time.  The list is in no particular order so number one doesn’t mean the greatest.  Be sure to check out my Top 10 Science Fiction Books/Novels of all time also published here on Triond.  Thanks.

  1. Jules Verne — Around the Moon, From Earth to the Moon, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 days.  Need I say more.  Incredible author, one of the pioneers of science fiction novels.
  2. H.G. Wells– The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, Island of Dr. Moreau.  Another pioneer of science fiction.  War of the Worlds is considered to be one of the best science fiction novels of all time. 
  3. Ray Bradbury– The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury’s Short Stories, Dandelion Wine.   Fahrenheit 451 is considered one of the best works of all time in science fiction.
  4. Robert Heinlein– Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.   The Stranger in a Strange Land novel has been mentioned as possibly the most important science fiction book ever written. 
  5.  Isaac Asimov — The Gods Themselves, Foundation Trilogy, I-Robot, Prelude to Foundation.  Foundation Trilogy has been mentioned by numerous authors in the science fiction field as the best novel ever written. 
  6. Arthur Clarke– 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood’s End, Rendezvous with Rama, The Fountains of Paradise.  Incredible author who won numerous Hugos and Nebulas for his novels.  2001: A Space Odyssey was a huge success both as a book and as a movie.
  7. Frank Herbert — Dune, Sands of Dune, The Jesus Incident.  Dune is considered one of the best novels of all time.  Although the film was not a huge success. 
  8. Frederick Pohl– Considered to be the last living legend of the golden age of science fiction.  Gateway, Man Plus, Homegoing, The Last Theorem.  Both Gateway and Man Plus are considered masterpieces of science fiction.
  9. Ursula Le Guin– The only female author to make the top 10 list.  Entire Earthsea Series, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed .   She has won more Locus awards for her novels than any other writer in science fiction
  10. Robert Silverberg– A Time of Changes, Dying Inside, Majipoor Series, Kingdoms of the Wall.  Considered to be one of the best authors of the 20Th century.  Won numerous awards for his novels.

Honorable Mention

Greg Bear — Numerous awards for his novels.  Anvil of Stars, Blood Music, Darwin’s Radio.

Kim Robinson – Entire Mars series is a classic. Incredible series.  Red Mars, Green Bars, Blue Mars, The Martians.

Harlan Ellison – He is second in number of awards (behind Le Guin) for all of his stories.  Angry Candy, Deathbird Stories, A Boy and His Dog.

Connie Willis, Philip K. Dick, Jack Williamson, Philip Jose Farmer, E.E. Doc Smith, Douglas Adams, Ben Bova, Orson Scott Card, Neal Stephenson, Jack McDevitt and William Gibson are all other great authors in the field.

So there you have my list of the top ten authors in science fiction of all time.  Please feel free to comment about agreements and disagreements with this list.

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  1. Posted August 22, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Great stuff


    Best Regards

  2. Posted August 23, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Have you read any A.E. Van Vogt? His omission, even from the honorable mentions, is pretty glaring.

  3. Posted August 23, 2009 at 11:40 am

    There will always be authors that do not make my list that could deserve to be on it. Van Vogt, Bujold, McDevitt, Haldeman, Wolfe, Dickson, Resnick, Foster, Cherryh, Brin and Benford are other writers that would make the top 30 or so.

  4. Posted August 23, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    None of the Harlan Ellison “novels” listed are novels. You might also want to consider some more recent writers.

  5. Posted August 25, 2009 at 12:22 am

    This is an impossible list to make really, but yours is not a bad effort. I certainly couldn’t list my top ten!

  6. Ralph
    Posted August 29, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Well thought out.

    Probably too contemporary to add, but I regard Larry Niven (Ringworld Series, etc.) as a contender. Particulalry given his range of styles and collaborations. But again, can’t disagree with your choices….

  7. Posted August 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Yeah, I have to agree with you on Larry Niven too. He would make my top 15 but time will truly tell if he will go down as one of the greats.

  8. Dooomed Soul
    Posted October 27, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I love Isaaic Asmiov and the foundation novels, H.G. wells and war of thw worlds and Arthur C. Clarke And his truly Awsome odessy novels. my favorite is arthur c clarke and the odessy: 2001

  9. Posted December 14, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Jules Verne and H.G. Wells occupy their own stratosphere. Both were literary geniuses. I can’t argue with any of your choices.

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