Top Ten Poll: Who is the greatest sci-fi writer of all time?

Over on the Facebook group, we were discussing how selecting the “greatest sci-fi writer of all time” is a bit silly in its over-selectivity, however, it does promote some excellent conversation and debate! And it is a fun way to pick each other's brains on what makes some writers so good. To say nothing of getting more ideas for future authors to check out!

From over 100 total nominations and nearly 300 voters from this blog and the Facebook group, we have narrowed down the list of nominations to a top 10 list. Your heavy task this week is to take a look at the authors and choose just one. Don't forget you can check out the full list of nominations from last week's post to get even more ideas for your reading list!

Who out of these top 10 authors is the greatest sci-fi writer of all time?
14 replies
    • OG Dino
      OG Dino says:

      Octavia definitely in the realm of speculative fiction. Too bad she’s not here anymore, if I’m not mistaken. Philip Jose Farmer I’ve not seen mentioned also, great stories.

      • Bonnie Jacobson
        Bonnie Jacobson says:

        Philip Jose Farmer was a fabulous writer. I loved his River World stories! I’m sure he had plenty of others worth reading as well. He had a wonderful imagination!

  1. Rick Menzies
    Rick Menzies says:

    Jules Verne, The Father of SciFi.,
    atomic submarine, space travel, the greatest geological adventure of all time, all over one hundred fifty years ago.

    • Diana Rose
      Diana Rose says:

      Absolutely agree..but Pierce Brown Red Rising series should have made the first list..Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman..Illuminae Files was epic!

  2. joey
    joey says:

    No Sturgeon, or Zelazny, where’s my Spider Robinson? Poul Anderson deserves to be on the list, how about Gordon Dickson, I’m sorry, can’t pick just one.

  3. Russell
    Russell says:

    E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith – Lensman Series
    C. S. Lewis – Space Trilogy
    Edgar Rice Burroughs – John Carter of Mars
    Harlan Ellison – A Boy and His Dog
    John Norman – Gor Series
    H P Lovecraft

    • Larry J Farrell
      Larry J Farrell says:

      Totally agree Princess of Mars was my first sci-fi read and led me into a lifetime of enjoyment thanks to my father! BTW-I have a First edition that’s a treasured posession.

  4. Judy Hanna
    Judy Hanna says:

    I’m shocked that C. J. Cherryh isn’t on this list. 🙁 She at least ranks equal to Anne McCaffrey in my book.


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