Who is the greatest sci-fi writer of all time?

This week let's take the pulse of a broader subject for all of us Discover Sci-Fi readers. It's a simple question with excellent debate points. Who do you think is the greatest sci-fi writer of all time? It's a tricky question, since this necessarily tends to support the classics more than more recent authors, by virtue of their time-worn accolades. But, maybe some contemporary authors will make the nomination list? We'll see!

Take a look at the list below, and feel free to add any great science fiction writers you think we should know about. You can nominate and vote for as many writers as you like for this round.

Who are the best science fiction writers of all time?
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14 replies
  1. Chip G. Younkin
    Chip G. Younkin says:

    The four gods are at the top of the list. The others, while good to excellent, stand in their shadow.

  2. Carolyn
    Carolyn says:

    I would like to nominate Anne McCaffrey. I believe she has made a significant contribution to the genre! Thanks.

  3. David Collick
    David Collick says:

    E.E Doc. Smith, John Ringo, Patrick Tilley, Harry Harrison (The Stainless Steel Rat) a few extra names and maybe for an outsider Robert Asprin for Phules 🙂

  4. Jeff Brazeel
    Jeff Brazeel says:

    Well it was nice to be able to vote for multiple authors this round, but that multiple equals 10, and I had to bounce around the list to keep at 10, but I think that about 14 authors would have been voted on by me this round. I had to change a few around but…


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