Classic Authors and Editors of Science Fiction
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My personal library of books makes my games collection look paltry by comparison. As much as I love playing games, to me reading a book is even better. What I read is fairly diversified. Within the realm of fiction, my favorite genre is science fiction-- particularly Golden Age science fiction. Here I am listing (with nominal games as headings) authors of classic works of the genre with my comments.

My collection concentrates on Golden Age SF and so I don't know later stuff as well as I would like, something referred to with those authors below who are later than the Golden Age. Some exceptions like Frank Herbert exist.

I am allowing public additions, but I reserve the right to edit the items. Please list all non-English items in the original with the language identified as well as an English title if one exists.

Unfortunately I do not know non-English SF as well as I would like, especially Russian SF. For German SF, I'm aware of the Perry Rhodan series but little else although I know it does exist. French SF I also only know a few authors from. Please add the classic non-English authors to this list but please only the classic ones.

NB: No, L. Ron Hubbard is not classic SF. His work could make him the poster-child for bad pulp writing and lack of either research or common sense
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51. Board Game: Herbs [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Frank Herbert.

Best known for Dune (and deservedly so in many ways) Herbert's other works is all too often ignored. Yet it stands out in many ways. His The Santaroga Barrier and The Dosadi Experiment are particularly noteworthy, as is The Eyes of Heisenberg. The later Dune books are in my opinion best ignored or at most read once from a library and returned promptly. I gather he used those works to pay the bills so he could produce his other works of consistently much higher quality.
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52. Board Game: Humans!!! [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:8928] [Average Rating:5.81 Unranked]
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Aldous Huxley.

While Huxley did not write much SF, his Brave New World stands out among the dystopian novels popular at the time. Although British, Huxley lived in Italy during the rise of Fascism and his work can be regarded in many ways as a clarion call about the dangers of that notion of progress.
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53. Board Game: Jonathan: il Gioco Dell' Avventura [Average Rating:5.84 Unranked]
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Raymond F. Jones.

Jones' classic work is This Island Earth which inspired the movie of that name. This was the first novel about an interstellar war.
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54. Board Game: Knight Moves [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:12751]
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Damon Knight.

both as an editor and an author, Knight has been highly influential in the genre. I have repeatedly seen assertions that Knight's work is the most literary of the genre although frankly I disagree, but only because the likes of Henry Kuttner exist. Knight's early classic novel A for Anything deals with the potential of technological developments to undermine basic assumptions of society and the economy.
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C. M. Kornbluth.

Kornbluth wrote some outstanding novels such as The Space Merchants (with Frederik Pohl) and The Syndic but he is best known for his short stories. For example, while not so critically acclaimed, his story The Marching Morons was highly influential.
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56. Board Game: Kutuzov [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:5241]
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Henry Kuttner.

Kuttner wrote often in conjunction with his wife C. L. Moore and they both unabashedly insisted that SF should be held to the same high literary standards as anything else. For characterization, Kuttner studied the works of Faulkner; that's just one example. Although he wrote one full-fledged SF novel, Fury he excelled in short stories. Even so, he is one of the most influential SF writers of his generation.
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57. Board Game: Laff-a-Lympics [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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R A Lafferty.

Lafferty has exerted an influence on the genre primarily for his innovative writing style. I don't know his work frankly as well as I should.
 
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Keith Laumer.

His outstanding classic novel is A Plague of Demons in which aliens may be interfering in a Cold War-style proxy world war in Algeria and Tunisia. I don't otherwise know his work as well as I should.
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59. Board Game: Legends of the Old West [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:5982]
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Ursula K. Le Guin.

Le Guin wrote at least as much fantasy as SF and her work often blurs the distinction between the genres but she definitely wrote mainstream SF as well. Her most outstanding classic novel is The Left Hand of Darkness about a unisex planet with arctic weather conditions invited to join a coalition of planets.
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60. Board Game: Leibstandarte Pack 1: Blitzkrieg [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
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Fritz Leiber.

Leiber wrote prolifically across a few genres, especially horror, fantasy and SF. While his Grey Mouser series is notable, his most outstanding classics are Gather, Darkness! (which mimics a Miltonesque war between heaven and hell in the guise of SF) and The Big Time (which has become so much imitated that the premise of a war among time traveling factions has become cliche).
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61. Board Game: Leinen los! [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:13703]
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Murray Leinster.

Leinster's work can vary from the annoying but somehow still good stuff with oozes a "Gosh, wow! Space cadet" sort of attitude to the great but it does tend decidedly toward the latter. His Med Service series is perhaps the only SF to deal with the need for emergency medical services in a spacefaring society where any crisis is likely to effect a ship's doctor (if there is one) as well. His story Exploration Team also won a Hugo for good reason. Where Leinster excels is in trying to make the SF down to earth enough to be accessible to readers. Even his "Gosh, wow! space cadet" toned work takes that tone in order to resonate with his then presumed audience.
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62. Board Game: Lemma [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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Standislaw Lem (or in English).

Lem wrote more philosophy than SF but is notable in the genre for such works as Solaris. In that novel, Lem addresses the simple idea that aliens may just not be comprehensible to human beings even if we do encounter them.
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63. Board Game: Lewis Carroll's Chess Wordgame [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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C S Lewis.

Frankly I dislike the overtly religious tone of Lewis' work, but his Space Trilogy lands him squarely in the realm of classic SF authors.
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64. Board Game: Malta! [Average Rating:4.89 Overall Rank:19037]
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Barry Malzberg.

Malzberg is a bit late for me to know his work as well as I would like, but he has decidedly left his mark on SF both as author and editor.
 
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65. Board Game: Martinique [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:3516]
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George R R Martin.

Probably most known here on BGG for the game A Game of Thrones based on his series Song of Ice and Fire. He made a name for himself generally with his novella Song for Lya. In his career, Martin wrote both SF and fantasy.
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66. Board Game: McHale's Navy Game [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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Anne McCaffrey.

McCaffrey's Pern series straddles the border of SF and fantasy. Most of its novels are pure fantasy but it includes a SF prequel to explain the world in which the series is set. Dragonrider and Weyr Search are her most acclaimed works and are part of that series. In turn the series itself spawned a sub-genre of fantasy with dragon-riders.
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67. Board Game: McPherson's Ridge: The First Hours of Gettysburg [Average Rating:6.12 Unranked]
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Vonda McIntyre.

I am not a fan of McIntyre personally, who seems too often to think extraneous sex scenes a must, but her quality of writing is otherwise consistently good. Her most outstanding works are Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand (sic), Dreamsnake and The Moon and the Sun.
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68. Board Game: Merry Milkman [Average Rating:6.12 Unranked]
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Judith Merrill.

Merrill wrote such landmark works as Gunner Cade but also made a powerful mark as an editor on SF as a genre. She became one of the genre's most influential and well known women authors and editors and also pushed the bounds of what was acceptable in the genre with such works as Sin in Space.
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69. Board Game: Moonstar [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:17763]
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Elizabeth Moon.

Her neoclassic novel The Speed of Dark addresses what happens to those left behind by scientific and technological progress.
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70. Board Game: Moorhuhn: Zock um dein Leben! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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C L Moore.

Moore largely collaborated with her husband Henry Kuttner and together they were among the most influential writers of the 1940's. She is said to have paved the way for the acceptance of women authors in SF. She did write a few novels, but her short stories made her mark on the genre. Together with her husband Kuttner, she insisted that SF achieve high literary quality.
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71. Board Game: Moose Quest [Average Rating:5.77 Unranked]
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Ward Moore.

His classic novel Bring the Jubilee combined alternate history with time travel and pure SF. Wargamers will also love its premise that holding a key hill at Gettysburg would have changed the outcome of the War Between the States in favor of the Confederacy.
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72. Board Game: MooT [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:13393]
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Michael Moorcock.

I've not yet read any Moorcock and so can mainly speak of his influence on the genre. Certainly he is credited with blurring the dividing line between fantasy and SF. His most acclaimed works are The Knight of Swords and The Hollow Lands.

NB: As a child, I was forbidden to read Moorcock and so got in the habit of avoiding his work.
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73. Board Game: Nightmare [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:9321]
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Audrey Niffenegger.

Her debut novel The Time Traveler's Wife mainstreamed a fundamentally new approach to the concept of time travel. Undoubtedly this work will be considered landmark in future.
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74. Board Game: Nix [Average Rating:3.54 Overall Rank:18942]
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Larry Niven.

Niven is certainly best known for his Ringworld series and the novel of the same name. He also co-wrote (with Jerry Pournelle) the landmark The Mote in G-d's Eye. His work is in the style of hard SF but without the hard science details being necessarily correct.
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75. Board Game: North Sea Oil [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:15939]
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Andre Norton.

Norton was one of the first major women SF writers, but she was always simply an excellent writer-- whatever her gender. Her novel Time Traders was one of the first to accept that in a society where time travel was normal, an economy would develop which accepted this fact in stride. She also blurred the division between SF and fantasy with her classic Witch World.
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