What science fiction writer am I?

By Razib Khan | January 27, 2007 5:36 pm

Pretty cool. Via Afarensis.

I am:
Arthur C. Clarke

Well known for nonfiction science writing and for early promotion of the effort toward space travel, his fiction was often grand and visionary.

Which science fiction writer are you?

  • keil

    You are:
    Gregory Benford
    A master literary stylist who is also a working scientist.
    Cool stuff.

  • Spike Gomes

    Samuel Delaney.
    Damn. I thought I was Phil Dick. Dhalgren was a trudge even for me.

  • http://akinokure.blogspot.com Agnostic

    Kurt Vonnegut — the only “sci-fi” I’ve ever read, incidentally.

  • http://thegreenbelt.blogspot.com The Ridger

    Olaf Stapledon! Cool!

  • John Emerson

    This quiz is set up so you can answer the questions one at a time and get an answer, so you could reverse-engineer it. I pretty much knew that Ursula LeGuinn would be the peace-and-love scifi person, so I just answered that one question and sure enough, it was her. It would be interesting to se whether they have a complex algorithm for combined multi-question results, at all, but I doubt it.

  • John

    H.G. Wells, me.
    Relieved I’m not Ursula LeGuinn.

  • pconroy

    Cordwainer Smith (Paul M.A. Linebarger)
    This inimitably unique storyteller created a future with so many deep layers of history that all the world we know is practically lost in it.
    Though I’ve read little Sci-Fi?!

  • michael vassar

    Vonnegut. No surprise. Wells would fit slightly better, but those are the obvious two choices.

  • http://www.accidentalblogger.typepad.com Ruchira Paul

    Frank Herbert – not a huge surprise. But I wish it was John Wyndham.

  • http://www.rishon-rishon.com David Boxenhorn

    E.E. “Doc” Smith
    The inventor of space opera. His purple space war tales remain well-read generations later.

  • http://www.strange-loops.com/blog.html Strange Loops

    Apparently I’m also Arthur C. Clarke. Except for the fact that both my fiction and my non-fiction writing is crap compared to him (and just about everyone else). But if I’m going to be lumped in with impressive company, Clarke’s good company.

  • http://darwinctholic.blogspot.com DarwinCatholic

    Hal Clemment. Sheesh, I never even read any of his stuff. I was holding out for Heinlein…

  • Theresa

    Apparently I’m James Tiptree, Jr (Alice Bradley Sheldon)
    “It is very rarely that a James Tiptree story does not both deal directly with death and end with a death of the spirit, or of all hope, or of the race” — John Clute
    A cheery sort of person, then. 😉


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