Broadening our minds, expanding our consciousness, and taking our imaginations to new heights that are literally out of this world. Science fiction is one of the greatest genres to ever be born of the human mind. But not all science fiction is created equal. Today we are giving credit where credit is due, to the best sci-fi authors of all times.
Philip K. Dick
Published in 1962, “The Man in the High Castle” was the novel that finally brought Philip K. Dick’s work into the spotlight. It was a glimpse into the future if World War II had ended differently. He also wrote under the pen names of Richard Phillipps and Jack Dowland during his career. He published his first works in 1951 and throughout his career, he published 44 novels and approximately 121 short stories. Sadly, he passed away in 1982 at the age of 53.
Before he was a world-famous science fiction author, Frank Herbert was an ecological consultant, photographer, and journalist. In 1952, he published his first sci-fi work titled “Looking for Something.” It was a short story about alien mind control, rather different for the time. His best-selling novel and the one that threw him into fame was “Dune.” Released in 1965, Dune tells an incredible story of life on a distant desert planet. He found inspiration for the story while doing research for an article on the Oregon Dunes near Florence, Oregon. Dune was later spread into a series of stories by Herbert’s son that tied in with the original novel.
Arthur C. Clarke
Famously known for co-writing the screenplay of the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Sir Arthur C. Clarke was British. An avid science fiction writer, futurist, science writer, undersea explorer, inventor, and a television series host. It was his services to literature that had him awarded a Knighthood at a ceremony in Colombo. He passed away at the age of 90 after an incredible 50-year career.
Robert A. Heinlein
This born and bred American was not only an author. He was also an aeronautical engineer and a retired Naval officer. His works spanned over 48 years and consisted of over 100 novels, short stories, and collections. He was most famously known for the novel “Starship Troopers” that was released in 1959. There’s just something about future humans traveling to different planets that we love.
Born in Russia in 1920, Isaac Asimov is without a doubt, the best sci-fi author of all time. He published his first works at just 18 years old, but his writing career only took off in 1950 with the release of “Pebble in the sky.” And he didn’t stop there. Over the next 40 years, Asimov wrote and edited more than 500 books, including his most famous work, the “Foundation” trilogy. It is this trilogy that will forever have his place in the genre set in stone.
It’s one thing to make up a story, it’s something else entirely to create a whole other world or universe. These authors were some of the best minds to ever have lived. Before these authors, publishing houses were hesitant to take on new writers with such new ideas. These authors helped to pave the way for a whole new genre and a whole new mindset.