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Dec. 7th, 2002

Which Science-Fiction Writer Are You? (seen in elynne's journal).

I am

Hal Clement (Harry C. Stubbs)

A quiet and underrated master of "hard science" fiction who, among other things, foresaw integrated circuits back in the 1940s.

Minor tweaks to my original answers produced:

Kurt Vonnegut
For years, this unique creator of absurd and haunting tales denied that he had anything to do with science fiction.

William Gibson
The chief inspirer of the "cyberpunk" wave of the 1980s, his razzle-dazzle futuristic intrigues were, for a while, the most imitated work in science fiction.

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

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.

Ayn Rand
This charismatic cult leader used science fiction as her most effective recruiting tool for new converts.


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Dec. 8th, 2002 12:42 am (UTC)
I am...
Ayn Rand

This charismatic cult leader used science fiction as her most effective recruiting tool for new converts.

I am not a cult leader.
all ye who read must convert to the cult of kimster!
Dec. 8th, 2002 01:34 am (UTC)
the vague and blurry border between cult and science fiction
The most famous science-fiction-writer-cult-leader, of course, is L. Ron Hubbard.

Sometimes it seems that Robert Heinlein runs a close second.

--Stef, ordained minister of the Universal Life Church
Dec. 8th, 2002 12:12 pm (UTC)
Re: the vague and blurry border between cult and science fiction
Sometimes it seems that Robert Heinlein runs a close second

I've been told that I would like his stuff.
shhhhhh don't tell anyone but I don't read sci-fi on a regular basis.
Dec. 13th, 2002 09:57 pm (UTC)
Re: the vague and blurry border between cult and science fiction
I'm not surprised you've been told that. There is always someone around pushing Heinlein.

I didn't either for a long time.
Dec. 8th, 2002 03:29 am (UTC)
Have you met Hal Clement? You'd like him. Everybody'd like him, actually.

What I want to see is the (living) authors who are listed in that test to take it, and see who they come out to be. I mean, in the "Which Comic Creator Are You" test, Neil Gaiman didn't come out as Neil Gaiman . . .
Dec. 8th, 2002 11:07 am (UTC)
Not only have I not met him, I've scarcely even heard of him. Clearly this should be remedied, if we're so much alike. ;-)
Dec. 8th, 2002 12:37 pm (UTC)
I've been assiduously going out and reading everything he's ever written, partially 'cause I like intelligent juvies, partially 'cause I like and admire the guy. His earlier works, anyway, tend to be, "okay, let's make a world that's REALLY different than Earth. What kind of intelligent critter can live there? Let's make a story where that critter meets up with humans!" Fun stuff; the weakness is that his aliens, while physically very alien, don't think alien-ly -- they'd all basically fit in perfectly well at a PTA meeting, as long as you adjusted for the sulphur-based blood or whatever.

Often as not, the aliens are his viewpoint characters, and he only writes viewpoint characters that he can sympathise with, so you end up with a lot of aliens that you could see doing a decent job teaching high school physics (his day job, until he retired a decade or two ago).

He goes to about thirty cons a year, so it'd not be too difficult to meet him, if you were on THIS coast instead of THAT coast.
Dec. 8th, 2002 12:56 pm (UTC)
don't think alien-ly

Ooh, that bugs me. But I'll definitely try reading some of his stuff anyway at some point.
Dec. 8th, 2002 08:22 am (UTC)
I got Gregory Benford. I guess I should read something he's written.

Of course, I've often said I'm the product of a collaborative writing effort begun by Robert A. Heinlein, with subsequent help from Lois McMaster Bujold and Doctor Seuss.
Dec. 8th, 2002 11:07 am (UTC)
And don't forget Martha Stewart!
Dec. 8th, 2002 08:39 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I'm beginning to think the only time I offer comments to you is when I want to say something like "fabulous userpic."

This one is both fun and quite stunning.

Dec. 8th, 2002 11:08 am (UTC)
*[bow]* Thank you!
Dec. 8th, 2002 09:58 am (UTC)
I wind up with Samuel R. Delaney, which is pretty freakin' cool (although I have no idea how it relates to moi...)
Dec. 8th, 2002 11:09 am (UTC)
Heh - I tried to tweak the answers to get Delaney, but it never worked.
Dec. 8th, 2002 06:29 pm (UTC)
i'm kurt vonnegut.


is for "taking a bit of a break"
Dec. 8th, 2002 06:37 pm (UTC)
I am apparently Isaac Asimov:

Isaac Asimov
One of the most prolific writers in history, on any imaginable subject. Cared little for art but created lasting and memorable tales.

Whether this is accurate or not, it's certainly complimentary!
Dec. 9th, 2002 10:31 am (UTC)
I am Isaac Asimov too. Ryk is Mickey Spillane.
Dec. 13th, 2002 09:59 pm (UTC)
I never realized Mickey Spillane counted as sci-fi.
Dec. 12th, 2002 12:14 am (UTC)
Heh. William Gibson here. Then I went back and where I'd had trouble choosing, changed to the other possible choice and ended up LeGuin. I answered as I think my husband would and he's Hal Clement too. Which would delight him no end.

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