A Glimpse of the Future: The Science Fiction Authors Quiz


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From the authors who built the foundations of the genre to the Golden Age of Science Fiction to the modern masters of sci-fi, we're going to test your knowledge of the best science fiction ever written. Match the authors to their works in this quiz.

"A Princess of Mars," "At the Earth's Core" and "The Land That Time Forgot"

Burroughs is most well-known for creating the character Tarzan.


"The Einstein Intersection," "Dhalgren" and "Nova"

These are among Delany's most successful works.


"Consider Phlebas," Player of Games" and "The Algebraist"

Most of Banks' novels are set in the same universe and are about The Culture, a mega-powerful galactic empire.


"Downbelow Station," Cyteen" and "The Pride of Chanur"

Cherryh was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in 2016.


"The Handmaid's Tale," "Cat's Eye" and "Oryx and Crake"

Atwood is one of the best-known Canadian science fiction authors.


"Neuromancer," "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "Pattern Recognition"

William Gibson is considered the godfather of cyberpunk.


"Childhood's End," "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "The Ghost From the Grand Banks"

Clarke was one of the science fiction's "Big Three." (We'll get to the other two shortly.)


"Dune," "Children of Dune" and "God Emperor of Dune"

Herbert wrote many novels that were not part of the Dune series, but he was most well-known for "Dune."


"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish" and "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe"

Adams created the "Hitchhiker's Guide" first as a BBC radio play, only later making it into a series of novels.


"The Beast Master," "Witch World" and "Sargasso of Space"

Norton was prolific in both science fiction and fantasy. She was the first woman inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.


"Ringworld," "Footfall" and "Protector"

Niven is an SFWA Grand Master.


"Judgement Night," "Hellsgarde" and "Black God's Kiss"

Moore often collaborated with her husband, Henry Kuttner. She was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame posthumously.


"The Man in the High Castle," "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and "A Scanner Darkly"

Philip K. Dick's themes of false reality and paranoia give his sci-fi an unsettling edge.


"Old Man's War," "The God Engines" and "Redshirts"

"Old Man's War" is the first in a long series of novels by Scalzi.


"Starship Troopers," "Stranger in a Strange Land" and "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress"

Heinlein is the second of the "Big Three" to appear as a correct answer in this quiz.


"The Evening and the Morning and the Night," "Bloodchild" and "Parable of the Sower"

Butler received the Nebula Award for all three works listed here.


"Heir to the Empire," "Dark Force Rising" and "The Last Command"

Zahn is best-known for his "Star Wars" expanded universe novels.


"The Andromeda Strain," "Congo" and "Jurassic Park"

Crichton is one of the best-selling science fiction authors ever.


"The Hunger Games," "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay"

Collins also wrote the screenplay for "The Hunger Games" movie.


"The Left Hand of Darkness," "The Dispossessed," "The Lathe of Heaven"

Le Guin has won dozens of awards and continues to be one of science fiction's most influential authors.


"I, Robot," "Foundation" and "The Stars, Like Dust"

Now that Asimov has joined the party, the "Big Three" of science fiction is complete.


"Journey to the Center of the Earth," "From the Earth to the Moon" and "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea"

Verne is one of the writers often credited with "creating" science-fiction.


"Fahrenheit 451," "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and "The Toynbee Convector"

Those are all classic works by Ray Bradbury.


"Doomsday Book," "To Say Nothing of the Dog" and "Fire Watch"

Willis has won more Hugo and Nebula awards than any other author.


"The Time Machine," "The Island of Dr. Moreau" and "The War of the Worlds"

Wells laid the foundations of modern science fiction.


"The Vor Game," "Mirror Dance" and "Paladin of Souls"

Bujold won awards for all three novels.


"Mars," "Jupiter" and "Titan"

All three novels are part of Bova's "Grand Tour" series depicting the colonization of the solar system.


"The Demolished Man," "The Stars My Destination" and "The Computer Connection"

Bester won the first ever Hugo for "The Demolished Man."


"Macroscope," "On a Pale Horse" and "A Spell for Chameleon"

"A Spell for Chameleon" is the first in Anthony's very long and very popular series of Xanth novels.


"The Weapon Makers," "The World of Null-A" and "The Pawns of Null-A"

A.E. van Vogt's novels influenced Philip K. Dick with their somewhat nonlinear plots and not entirely cohesive realities.


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