Transportation in Science Fiction
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Author (Publication Date)

H. Beam Piper (1955)
Harry Bates (1940)
Ray Bradbury (1953)
George Griffith (1893)
Isaac Asimov (1988)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
Alan Dean Foster (2006)
David H. Keller (1935)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Larry Niven (1985)
Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes) (2000)
Jack Vance (1954)
Robert Heinlein (1956)
Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes) (2000)
Larry Niven (1976)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
Nat Schachner (1932)
Robert Heinlein (1954)
Isaac Asimov (1951)
Larry Niven (1972)
Jack Vance (1976)
David H. Keller (1935)
Brian Aldiss (1962)
Dan Simmons (1989)
Arthur C. Clarke (1968)
Larry Niven (1970)
Frank Herbert (1972)
Isaac Asimov (1951)
John Varley (1977)
Frank Herbert (1969)
Larry Niven (1976)
Jerry Shelton (1947)
Dan Simmons (1989)
John Weston (1950)
Isaac Asimov (1987)
John Jacob Astor IV (1894)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Paul Black (2003)
William Gibson (1984)
Alfred Bester (1956)
Philip K. Dick (1954)
Robert Heinlein (1961)
Frank Herbert (1969)
Neal Stephenson (1992)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1918)
Philip K. Dick (1955)
John Jacob Astor IV (1894)
Greg Bear (1985)
Arthur C. Clarke (1968)
Arthur C. Clarke (1955)
Jack Vance (1952)
Charles Stross (2005)
H.G. Wells (1899)
Jules Verne (1875)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1929)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
Rudy Rucker (1988)
Jack Vance (1967)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Robert Heinlein (1955)
Philip K. Dick (1969)
Philip K. Dick (1957)
Robert Heinlein (1953)
Philip K. Dick (1955)
Christopher Stasheff (1969)
Robert Heinlein (1940)
Ray Bradbury (1953)
Ray Bradbury (1950)
Larry Niven (1991)
Jerry Pournelle (1976)
Fritz Leiber (1941)
Bruce Sterling (1998)
Bart Kosko (1987)
Neal Stephenson (1992)
Arthur C. Clarke (1978)
John Varley (1983)
Jane Webb Loudon (1828)
Clifford Simak (1961)
Larry Niven (1970)
Hugo Gernsback (1911)
Hugo Gernsback (1911)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Alfred Bester (1974)
Alan Dean Foster (2006)
Robert Silverberg (1970)
Clifford Simak (1961)
Robert Heinlein (1940)
Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes) (1981)
Robert Heinlein (1956)
John Jacob Astor IV (1894)
Frank K. Kelly (1933)
Frank Herbert (1969)
Clifford Simak (1963)

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