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Important Science Fiction Authors List

Dear SF scholars and avid readers:

James Gunn and I are putting together an updated list of SF authors whose books we want to ensure our library collects. The only guideline is that they're important to the genre. Here's what we have so far... any suggestions for names to add?

Basic Science Fiction Library: Authors

ADAMS, Douglas.
ALDISS, Brian.
ANDERSON, Poul.
ANTHONY, Piers.
ASARO, Catherine.
ASIMOV, Isaac.
BALLARD, James.
BANKS, Iain M.
BAXTER, Stephen.
BEAR, Greg.
BELLAMY, Edward.
BENFORD, Gregory.
BESTER, Alfred.
BISHOP, Michael.
BLISH, James.
BOVA, Ben.
BRACKETT, Leigh.
BRADBURY, Ray.
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer.
BRIN, David.
BROWN, Fredric.
BRUNNER, John.
BURGESS, Anthony.
BUJOLD, Lois McMaster.
BUTLER, Octavia E.
BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice.
CADIGAN, Pat.
CAMPBELL, John W.
CAPEK, Karel.
CARD, Orson Scott.
CHABON, Michael.
CHARNAS, Suzy McKee.
CHERRYH, C. J.
CLARKE, Arthur C.
CLEMENT, Hal.
CONKLIN, Groff, ed.
DE CAMP, L. Sprague.
DELANY, Samuel R.
DENTON, Bradley.
DICK, Philip K.
DICKSON, Gordon R.
DISCH, Thomas M.
DOCTOROW, Cory.
EGAN, Greg.
ELLISON, Harlan.
EMSHWILLER, Carol.
FARMER, Philip José.
FINNEY, Jack.
GAIMAN, Neil.
GIBSON, William.
GUNN, James.
HAGGARD, H. Rider.
HALDEMAN, Joe.
HAND, Elizabeth.
HARRISON, Harry.
HEALY, Raymond J. and J. Francis McComas, eds.
HEINLEIN, Robert A.
HERBERT, Frank.
HOBAN, Russell.
HUXLEY, Aldous.
KESSEL, John.
KEYES, Daniel.
KNIGHT, Damon.
KORNBLUTH, C. M.
KRESS, Nancy.
KUTTNER, Henry.
LE GUIN, Ursula K.
LEIBER, Fritz.
LEM, Stanislaw.
LEWIS, C. S.
LINK, Kelly.
LONDON, Jack.
LOVECRAFT, H. P.
McAULEY, Paul.
McDEVITT, Jack.
McINTYRE, Vonda N.
MacLEOD, Ken.
MALZBERG, Barry.
MARTIN, George R. R.
MERRITT, A.
MIEVILLE, China.
MILLER, Walter M., Jr.
MOORCOCK, Michael.
MOORE, C.L.
MOORE, Ward.
MORGAN, Richard.
MURPHY, Pat.
NAGATA, Linda.
NIVEN, Larry.
NORTON, Andre.
ORWELL, George.
PANSHIN, Alexei.
POHL, Frederik.
POURNELLE, Jerry.
PRATCHETT, Terry.
PRIEST, Christopher.
REYNOLDS, Alastair.
RUSS, Joanna.
ROBINSON, Kim Stanley.
ROBINSON, Frank.
ROBINSON, Spider.
SARGENT, Pamela.
SAWYER, Robert.
SCARBOROUGH, Elizabeth Ann.
SHECKLEY, Robert.
SHEFFIELD, Charles.
SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft.
SHEPARD, Lucius.
SHIEL, M. P.
SILVERBERG, Robert.
SIMAK, Clifford.
SIMMONS, Dan.
SLONCZEWSKI, Joan.
SMITH, Cordwainer.
SMITH, Edward E.
SPINRAD, Norman.
STAPLEDON, Olaf.
STERLING, Bruce.
STEWART, George R.
STEPHENSON, Neal.
STROSS, Charles.
STURGEON, Theodore.
SWANWICK, Michael.
TENN, William.
TEPPER, Sheri S.
TIPTREE, James Jr.
TOLKIEN, J. R. R.
TUCKER, Wilson.
VANCE, Jack.
VAN VOGT, A. E.
VARLEY, John.
VERNE, Jules.
VINGE, Joan.
VINGE, Vernor.
VONNEGUT, Kurt, Jr.
WATSON, Ian.
WELLS, H. G.
WILHELM, Kate.
WILLIAMSON, Jack.
WILLIS, Connie.
WILSON, Robert Charles.
WOLFE, Gene.
WRIGHT, John C.
WYNDHAM, John.
ZAMIATIN, Eugene.
ZEBROWSKI, George.
ZELAZNY, Roger.

So: Who's missing? Some names that folks have recommended we add include (should we add them?):

Jonathan Carroll
John Crowley
William Hope Hodgson
Doris Lessing
Julian May
Anne McCaffrey
H. Beam Piper
Robert Reed
Eric Frank Russell
Fred Saberhagen
Bob Shaw

Thanks!

Best,
Chris

Comments

( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
will_couvillier
May. 16th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Lloyd Biggle Jr. and Keith Laumer come to mind. Early parallel universe adventures. Oh my!

Yes, they should be added. Any author who someone can say influenced them should be.
mckitterick
May. 16th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
The statement, "Any author who someone can say influenced them should be" added could lead to a list as long as every author who was ever published in the genre, and the libraries won't accept a list that big.

But thanks for the rec's!
will_couvillier
May. 16th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Ummm...too true. I have a few names that I can add to those two, but they came and went, and although I really enjoyed their work, it might be too obscure now. Doris Pischercia and Kevin O'Donnell Jr both had enteraining, thought provoking novels out (more parallel world adventure and teleportation, too -- guess you can see what I like to read!)Also, there are a number of the names here I don't recognise, but that comes from not keeping up with the reading for like, 15 years or so. You get the old guys referred from me...
will_couvillier
May. 16th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Brian Lumley

will_couvillier
May. 16th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Edmond Hamilton
fjm
May. 16th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Gwyneth Jones (and any other writer with a surname beginning with J.)
sf_reader
May. 16th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
John Stith
Harry Turtledove


I think that Anne McCaffrey, H. Beam Piper, and Eric Frank Russell all belong on the list before many that are already there.
will_couvillier
May. 16th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Seconded.
scottakennedy
May. 16th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
David R. Bunch
Nevil Shute
Elizabeth Moon
Elizabeth Bear
zianuray
May. 16th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
There's a vote for Saberhagen here -- thanks!
scottakennedy
May. 16th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Richard Matheson
lazscott
May. 17th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Yes, yes, and yes!
_The Incredible Shrinking Man_, _I am Legend_, etc.
ziactrice
May. 16th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
RUSSELL, Eric Frank

He wrote "The Wasp" = main English SF Author I know.
renegade500
May. 16th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
I recommend Kage Baker (her Company novels I think are quite important, and damn good reads) and Julie Czerneda (her fiction is really smart, and rooted in her background as a biologist).
auroraceleste
May. 17th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Madeleine L'Engle. My first, my favorite.
queenmomcat
May. 17th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
No, but I'm definitely taking notes for a retro-purchase for MY library's collection; the director is currently very big on new books, but we're permitted to make a case for filling holes in the collection.
lazscott
May. 17th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
How about . . .
Patricia A. McKillip?
lazscott
May. 17th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: How about . . .
Maybe not. She writes in the field of fantasy.
lazscott
May. 17th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Hmmm, maybe . . .
Forest Ackermann?
mckitterick
May. 19th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
Re: Hmmm, maybe . . .
Really? For his fiction or his fan-ness?
lazscott
May. 19th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: Hmmm, maybe . . .
Valid point. He, according to Dr. Asimov, coined "sci-fi." Considering its pervasiveness, he has been inordinately influential.
sf_reader
May. 21st, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmmm, maybe . . .
I love 4E, but don't think that he belongs on this influential writers list.
lazscott
May. 17th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
Another possibility:
Dean Ing
ericreynolds
May. 17th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
FORD, John
RESNICK, Mike
NOURSE, Alan E.
STEELE, Allen
drpaisley
May. 17th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
James Patrick Kelly
Paul Park
Howard Waldrop
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mckitterick
May. 19th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
That's fascinating; thanks for the tip!
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