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Name

Author (Publication Date)

Alan Dean Foster (2010)
Robert Heinlein (1940)
John Varley (1977)
Jack Vance (1952)
Frank Herbert (1977)
Larry Niven (1980)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Robert Heinlein (1942)
Frederik Pohl (1965)
Frank Herbert (1964)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Edward Bellamy (1888)
Dan Simmons (1989)
Neal Stephenson (1992)
Philip K. Dick (1960)
Philip K. Dick (1954)
Roger Zelazny (1966)
Larry Niven (1966)
William Gibson (1986)
Greg Bear (1990)
Richard Morgan (2003)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
Larry Niven (1967)
Dan Simmons (1989)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Robert Heinlein (1949)
Frank Herbert (1965)
John Varley (1983)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1959)
Thomas A. Easton (1990)
Alfred Bester (1996)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
Jack Williamson (1947)
Douglas Adams (1979)
William Gibson (1996)
Roger Zelazny (1966)
Greg Bear (1990)
Robert Heinlein (1961)
William Gibson (1984)
Peter Watts (1999)
William Gibson (2007)
Edward Bellamy (1888)
Philip K. Dick (1964)
Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes) (1981)
Larry Niven (1985)
William Gibson (1984)
George Alec Effinger (1987)
Jack Vance (1976)
Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes) (2000)
Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes) (2000)
Philip K. Dick (1970)
Frank Herbert (1977)
Richard Morgan (2003)
Frederik Pohl (1965)
Philip K. Dick (1963)
J.G. Ballard (1962)
Philip K. Dick (1954)
David Brin (2002)
Robert Heinlein (1956)
Robert Heinlein (1961)
Robert Heinlein (1940)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Larry Niven (1985)
William Gibson (1984)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Douglas Adams (1979)
E.C. Tubb (1958)
Roger Zelazny (1966)
Larry Niven (1966)
William Gibson (1999)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Bruce Sterling (1988)
Jack Vance (1976)
William Gibson (1988)
Roger Zelazny (1966)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Jack Vance (1967)
Robert Heinlein (1940)
Douglas Adams (1979)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Dan Simmons (1989)
Philip K. Dick (1954)
Alexander Besher (1994)
Bruce Sterling (1988)
Robert Heinlein (1961)
Frederik Pohl (1980)
Robert Heinlein (1956)
Robert Heinlein (1942)

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