Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
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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
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