Buy F&SF • Read F&SF • Contact F&SF • Advertise In F&SF • Blog • Forum • RSS

Which SF Writer are You?

Ever wondered which science fiction writer you’re most like? Take this test to find out.

It thinks I’m most like Isaac Asimov. Not bad, but I’m disappointed I didn’t match up with Alfred Bester, who wrote the best book ever.

[via E. E. Knight]


10 Responses to “Which SF Writer are You?”

  1. Alex Wilson on February 27th, 2008

    I vacillate between loving Stars or Demolished Man more, but both are ever stuck in my top five or so favorites.

    I’m apparently Clement. Must do more reading.


  2. Krista Leahy on February 27th, 2008

    Oh that was fun! Thanks for the link.

    Stars must be aligning in my favor, as apparently I’m Tiptree/Sheldon.
    I should be so lucky. And have such an outstanding jelly jar of a nom de plume.

  3. Jim Harris on February 27th, 2008

    I’m Gregory Benford. I have no objection to that, but I get the feeling I’m more like Philip K. Dick even though Heinlein is my favorite SF author. I wouldn’t want to be Heinlein though, except for his writing skills from the 1950s. I wish I could write something as great as Timescape.

  4. rightcoast on February 27th, 2008

    I was surprised. I was hoping for Heinlein, and figured I am a lot like my favorite author, so I was a shoo-in. I guess I’m not altogether disappointed though. While she was probably insufferable at parties, she turned out to be right about a lot of things. You know, disregarding the weird female subservient thing.

    I am Ayn Rand.

  5. Chris Willrich on February 27th, 2008

    Alex, I took that quiz before, and also ended up being Hal Clement. I’m flattered, but skeptical.

  6. Andy Spackman on February 27th, 2008

    Rarely do these online polls turn out so well for me. I failed the Moon Survival Challenge miserably with 42% (

    Oddly that’s the same rating I get for my effectiveness as a human shield (

    But Frank Herbert? That I can live with.

  7. Paolo Bacigalupi on February 27th, 2008

    I’m John Brunner.

    Not a bad survey.

  8. Dave Truesdale on February 28th, 2008

    I ended up as Heinlein. Hmm.

  9. Jeff on April 27th, 2008

    Olaf Stapledon

  10. J. S. Jones on August 23rd, 2008

    I got Olaf Stapledon, which convices me that the answers are generated randomly. Stapledon is one of the few SF authors I strongly dislike.

Leave a Reply

If this is your first time leaving a comment, your comment may enter the moderation queue. If it doesn't appear right away, don't panic; it should show up once site administrators verify you're not a spambot. After you successfully post a comment, future comments will no longer be moderated.

Copyright © 2006–2021 The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction • All Rights Reserved Worldwide
Powered by WordPress • Theme based on Whitespace theme by Brian Gardner
If you find any errors, typos or anything else worth mentioning, please send it to

Designed by Rodger Turner and Hosted by:
SF Site spot art