The Greatest Science Fiction Authors

If you're someone who loves to read, we bet one of your favorite genres is science fiction. With elements of suspense, horror, and fantasy, a good work of science fiction can transport you to an entirely different world in your imagination. Writing an exciting piece of science fiction takes a lot more than just creativity and colorful imagination, it is an art only a few have been able to master. Popular science fiction authors not only entertain us, but they also inspire in us a "sense of wonder" of "what could be". Check out our list of the greatest science fiction authors.

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Also Known As: Arthur C. Clarke
Birthday: 16 December 1917
Born In: Minehead, Somerset, England
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died On: 19 March 2008
British science fiction writer, science writer, and futurist Arthur C. Clarke was the author of over a dozen books and many essays for popular magazines. His works of science fiction earned him the nickname "Prophet of the Space Age." A major figure in the science fiction genre, he was the winner of many Hugo and Nebula awards.

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Birthday: 02 January 1920
Born In: Petrovichi, Russian SFSR
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died On: 06 April 1992
A professor of biochemistry at Boston University, Isaac Asimov was a prolific writer of science fiction and popular science. He primarily wrote hard science fiction, mysteries, and fantasies. During his lifetime, Asimov was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction writers along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke.

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Also Known As: Herbert George Wells
Birthday: 21 September 1866
Born In: Bromley, Kent
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died On: 13 August 1946
An English writer prolific in many genres, H. G. Wells wrote many novels, short stories, and works of social commentary among others. Best remembered for his science fiction novels, he wrote about time travel, invisibility, alien invasion, and biological engineering. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.

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Birthday: 07 July 1907
Born In: Butler, Missouri, USA
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died On: 08 May 1988
Aeronautical engineer and retired Naval officer Robert A. Heinlein was also a renowned writer of science fiction. One of the first writers to emphasize scientific accuracy in his fiction, he was a pioneer in the subgenre of hard science fiction. He was named the first Science Fiction Writers Grand Master in 1974.

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Also Known As: Jules Gabriel Verne
Birthday: 08 February 1828
Born In: Nantes
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died On: 24 March 1905
French novelist, poet, and playwright Jules Verne was a major literary author in France and most of Europe during his lifetime. He is best known for the ‘Voyages extraordinaires,’ a sequence of 54 novels originally published between 1863 and 1905. He continues to be one of the most translated authors in the world.