Meme Time: Which science fiction writer you are.

Answering the questions as honestly as I could I ended up getting…

I am:

Frank Herbert

His style is often stilted, but he created what some consider the greatest SF novel of all time.

Which science fiction writer are you?

… whom at first thought I didn’t think I’d ever heard of before. Then it occurred to me that he wrote the Dune books, which have never been anything that particularly interested me enough to read. I’ve seen the movies based on the books and I didn’t care for them. I was hoping for someone more along the lines of William Gibson, but oh well.

Via DOF.

26 thoughts on “Meme Time: Which science fiction writer you are.

  1.         Gregory Benford
    A master literary stylist who is also a working scientist.

    I’ve never read any of his works, but I am familiar with his ideas on how to combat global warming.

  2. 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?

    Since 2001 is one of my favorite movies, (I’ve seen it 18 times over the years!) I guess this is a bit of a compiment!

    Your “open the pod-bay doors, Hal” scribe;
    Allan W Janssen

  3. The movies of Dune suck, the book is very good.  He also wrote many other interesting stories, you might enjoy “Whipping Star” in which an actual star is whipped by a female sadist for her pleasure, and “The Dosadi Experiment” in which we learn of a legal system whereby capital cases end either with the death of the defendant, or the death of the prosecuting attorney.  I think Texas in particular should be forced to switch to that model of legal system (the legal system belongs to the race called Gowachin).


  4. I wasn’t going to do this as I rarely read SF so I was mildly surprised when this bloke popped up.  wink

    I am:

    John Brunner
    His best known works are dystopias—vivid realizations of the futures we want to avoid.

    And just for kicks I did the ‘which composer are you?’
    You are:
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Bizarre and eccentric, he considered himself a supremely great genius, and was not mistaken. He turned music upside-down and blew all the powdered wigs out of the concert hall, even though he was deaf.

  5. I got Gregory Benford, whom I have heard of but never read.  I was hoping for Asimov, but oh well.

  6. Moses – People have been telling me for years to “cheer up” and that I’m weird (among other things).  Not sure about Ellison, but Clark’s optimism of the future just doesn’t suit me.  I’ll have to take it under consideration.

  7. Could be, Moses, could be.  Are you with us or against us? wink

    I was Hal Clement but my favorite would probably be Clarke precisely because of his optimism.  I also like Asimov and Heinlein, though the latter is hardly an optimist.

  8. Hey, DOF, I like Hal Clement. One of my favorite school library reads as a child was “Needle”. It made me fear having an alien “hunter” living inside me that I might not be aware of.

  9. I am:

    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.

    Which science fiction writer are you?

    WHO IN THE BLOODY HELL IS THIS GUY??  Never read any of his stuff.  Looks kinda like some of the fossils in my institute

  10. Ditto, Psychromorbidus.  How did I get this unknown doofus too?

    Will trade for Heinlein, Ellison, Bear, or Dick.

  11. Agreed, that man just screams tweed to me.

    Though his works may be good, so I shall shut up until I read them.

  12. Agreed, Psychromorbidus, it was a bit flippant of me to dismiss him just because I’ve never heard of him.  I’ll look him up too.

  13. Stanislav Lem

    This pessimistic Pole has spent a whole career telling ironic stories of futility and frustration.  Yet he is also a master of wordplay so witty that it sparkles even when translated into English.

  14. I got, and am not sure I’ve ever read,

      Olaf Stapledon

    Standing outside the science fiction “field”, he wrote fictional explorations of the futures of whole species and galaxies.

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