In a two-part post, SF Bookworm lists these 20 Collectible Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Authors…authors who are deemed to be “highly influential and therefore worthy of collecting”:

  • Isaac Asimov
  • Robert Bloch
  • John Brunner
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • C.J. Cherryh
  • Glen Cook
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Harlan Ellison
  • Robert Heinlein
  • William Gibson
  • Fritz Leiber
  • Michael Moorcock
  • Andre Norton
  • Frederik Pohl
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • Jack Vance
  • Roger Zelazny

A nice list, to be sure, but as a confessed biblioholic I find it way too short. :)

Subjective lists also lead me to ask the inevitably pointless ranking-related questions… No Brian Aldiss? No Iain Banks? No Campbell; John for sf, Ramsey for horror? No Lester del Rey or C.M. Kornbluth? No Ursula K. Le Guin, C.S. Lewis or C.L. Moore? How about Smiths Cordwainer and E.E. “Doc”? No Tiptree, Tolkien or Wolfe?

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