A Glimpse of the Future: The Science Fiction Authors Quiz

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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"
Michael Crichton
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Burroughs is most well-known for creating the character Tarzan.
H.P. Lovecraft

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"The Einstein Intersection," "Dhalgren" and "Nova"
Samuel R. Delany
These are among Delany's most successful works.
Jerome Bixby
L. Sprague de Camp

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"Consider Phlebas," Player of Games" and "The Algebraist"
Alan Dean Foster
Iain M. Banks
Most of Banks' novels are set in the same universe and are about The Culture, a mega-powerful galactic empire.
Carl Sagan

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"Downbelow Station," Cyteen" and "The Pride of Chanur"
C.J. Cherryh
Cherryh was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in 2016.
John Scalzi
Jack Womack

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"The Handmaid's Tale," "Cat's Eye" and "Oryx and Crake"
Ray Bradbury
Margaret Atwood
Atwood is one of the best-known Canadian science fiction authors.
Suzanne Collins

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"Neuromancer," "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "Pattern Recognition"
William Gibson
William Gibson is considered the godfather of cyberpunk.
Neal Asher
Ben Bova

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"Childhood's End," "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "The Ghost From the Grand Banks"
Larry Niven
Harlan Ellison
Arthur C. Clarke
Clarke was one of the science fiction's "Big Three." (We'll get to the other two shortly.)

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"Dune," "Children of Dune" and "God Emperor of Dune"
Timothy Zahn
Frank Herbert
Herbert wrote many novels that were not part of the Dune series, but he was most well-known for "Dune."
Poul Anderson

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"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish" and "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe"
Douglas Adams
Adams created the "Hitchhiker's Guide" first as a BBC radio play, only later making it into a series of novels.
Henry Kuttner
Jack Vance

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"The Beast Master," "Witch World" and "Sargasso of Space"
Vernor Vinge
Andre Norton
Norton was prolific in both science fiction and fantasy. She was the first woman inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.
Cherry Wilder

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"Ringworld," "Footfall" and "Protector"
Piers Anthony
Jack London
Larry Niven
Niven is an SFWA Grand Master.

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"Judgement Night," "Hellsgarde" and "Black God's Kiss"
Fritz Leiber
C.L. Moore
Moore often collaborated with her husband, Henry Kuttner. She was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame posthumously.
Frank Belknap Long

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"The Man in the High Castle," "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and "A Scanner Darkly"
Harlan Ellison
Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick's themes of false reality and paranoia give his sci-fi an unsettling edge.
Isaac Asimov

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"Old Man's War," "The God Engines" and "Redshirts"
John Scalzi
"Old Man's War" is the first in a long series of novels by Scalzi.
Stanislaw Lem
Cory Doctorow

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"Starship Troopers," "Stranger in a Strange Land" and "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress"
Anthony Burgess
Kurt Vonnegut
Robert A. Heinlein
Heinlein is the second of the "Big Three" to appear as a correct answer in this quiz.

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"The Evening and the Morning and the Night," "Bloodchild" and "Parable of the Sower"
Leigh Brackett
Octavia Butler
Butler received the Nebula Award for all three works listed here.
Joe Haldeman

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"Heir to the Empire," "Dark Force Rising" and "The Last Command"
Jim Butcher
Chuck Wendig
Timothy Zahn
Zahn is best-known for his "Star Wars" expanded universe novels.

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"The Andromeda Strain," "Congo" and "Jurassic Park"
Michael Crichton
Crichton is one of the best-selling science fiction authors ever.
Jack L. Chalker
Michael Moorcock

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"The Hunger Games," "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay"
Suzanne Collins
Collins also wrote the screenplay for "The Hunger Games" movie.
J.K. Rowling
Connie Willis

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"The Left Hand of Darkness," "The Dispossessed," "The Lathe of Heaven"
Ursula K. Le Guin
Le Guin has won dozens of awards and continues to be one of science fiction's most influential authors.
Philip Jose Farmer
Kim Stanley Robinson

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"I, Robot," "Foundation" and "The Stars, Like Dust"
Isaac Asimov
Now that Asimov has joined the party, the "Big Three" of science fiction is complete.
Piers Anthony
H.G. Wells

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"Journey to the Center of the Earth," "From the Earth to the Moon" and "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea"
Jules Verne
Verne is one of the writers often credited with "creating" science-fiction.
H.G. Wells
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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"Fahrenheit 451," "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and "The Toynbee Convector"
Ray Bradbury
Those are all classic works by Ray Bradbury.
A. Merritt
Robert E. Howard

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"Doomsday Book," "To Say Nothing of the Dog" and "Fire Watch"
George Orwell
Connie Willis
Willis has won more Hugo and Nebula awards than any other author.
George R.R. Martin

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"The Time Machine," "The Island of Dr. Moreau" and "The War of the Worlds"
Frederik Pohl
H.G. Wells
Wells laid the foundations of modern science fiction.
Alfred Bester

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"The Vor Game," "Mirror Dance" and "Paladin of Souls"
Lois McMaster Bujold
Bujold won awards for all three novels.
Cordwainer Smith
Jack Vance

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"Mars," "Jupiter" and "Titan"
William Shatner
Ben Bova
All three novels are part of Bova's "Grand Tour" series depicting the colonization of the solar system.
Voltaire

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"The Demolished Man," "The Stars My Destination" and "The Computer Connection"
Alfred Bester
Bester won the first ever Hugo for "The Demolished Man."
Greg Bear
Jack McDevitt

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"Macroscope," "On a Pale Horse" and "A Spell for Chameleon"
Piers Anthony
"A Spell for Chameleon" is the first in Anthony's very long and very popular series of Xanth novels.
Vonda McIntyre
Ernest Cline

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"The Weapon Makers," "The World of Null-A" and "The Pawns of Null-A"
A.E. van Vogt
A.E. van Vogt's novels influenced Philip K. Dick with their somewhat nonlinear plots and not entirely cohesive realities.
Kevin J. Anderson
Michael Stackpole

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