Mishalak (mishalak) wrote in rasfw,

The Thin Fame of SF Authors

In response to an assertion that Orson Scott Card would be the most famous living SF writer once Arthur C. Clark died I did a random survey of officer workers (well not really, I just asked everyone I could).

In this tiny and non-scientific sample I found the only ones they could think of were Jules Vern, HG Wells, Isaac Asimov, and Huxley. When told the names of a few more Ray Bradbury was recognized while Authur C. Clark, Ben Bova, and William Gibson were familiar to some of them and when their works were named they went, "Oh, yeah him." Orson Scott Card on the other hand was a total unknown even when naming his most famous works.

If feeling particularly crazy I might actually randomly ask people on the bus tonight.
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