Top 5 Most Influential Sci-Fi Writers (Infographic)


Graphic graciously stolen from Futurism.

I have no argument that these 5 authors are definitely some of the most influential science fiction authors of all time. You could also argue that they would also rank highly in their influence on fiction in general.

When I was younger Jules Verne was an author I devoured. He and HG Wells were well ahead of their time and are still influencing fiction now (see my comments here). While I have read Asimov and Clarke, I can’t claim to be a fan of their writings. Lots of great ideas, but the books I have read fell for the hard sci-fi trap of reading like physics text books rather than entertaining stories. I feel a little remiss in not having read any Bradbury as yet, at least none that I remember – my book reading before Goodreads is a bit of a blur.

What do you think of the list?

2 thoughts on “Top 5 Most Influential Sci-Fi Writers (Infographic)

  1. Good list, if a bit ancient history and slightly gender-biased (which goes hand in hand with the ancient history). And please do read Bradbury. His short stories are among the best.


    1. I agree that they are definitely older works and definitely from the white sausage factory of book production. I’m currently making my way through the 4 HG Wells books listed, with the addition of the Island of Dr Moreau. They are definitely written for a very different audience to today, despite the great ideas.

      I have Something Wicked by Bradbury to read, and I’m sure if I look I’ll have his others in the books I grabbed from Project Gutenberg.

      Any recommendations for classics from female authors? My wife has a lot of Anne McCaffrey on the shelves, and I have at least one Ursula Le Guin in my TBR.


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