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Forum: Exploration Authors and Artists
Name Description Status
Coblentz, Stanton A. 1896-1982, US sci-fi author of In Plutonian Depths, a short story published in 1931, the first fiction about the newly discovered planet. Added 8 April
Adams, Douglas 1952-2001, author of the series of novels The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979-1992).
Asimov, Isaac 1920-1992, US author of numerous science fiction novels and short stories. Used on Mars
Baum, L. Frank 1856-1919, author of the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its many sequels (1900-1920).
Bonestell, Chesley 1888-1986, US artist who pioneered science fiction art and illustration. Used on Mars
Bosch, Hieronymus 1450-1516, Dutch painter who created fantastical images of Hell.
Bradbury, Ray 1920-2012, author of The Martian Chronicles (1950) and many other science fiction novels and short stories.
Burroughs, Edgar Rice 1875-1950, US writer, author of the Tarzan novels and the Barsoom novels, set on Mars. Used on Mars
Butler, Octavia E. 1947-2006, US African-American, winner of a MacArthur Genius grant, author of the Xenogenesis trilogy, in which humanity returns to Earth.
Čapek, Karel 1890-1938, Czech writer whose play R.U.R. popularized the term “robot".
Carroll, Lewis 1832-1898, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871).
Chaucer, Geoffrey 1340-1400, English author of The Canterbury Tales, 14th century. Used on the Moon
Clarke, Arthur C. 1917-2008, British author of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and many other science fiction novels.
Dante Alighieri c. 1265-1321, Italian, author of The Divine Comedy. Used on the Moon
de Troyes, Chrétien 12th century France, early contributor to the King Arthur legends, including the story of the search for the Holy Grail.
Disney, Walt 1901-1966, US pioneering animator and filmmaker, creator of many adventure-themed films. Used on Mercury
Doré, Gustave 1832-1883, French engraver best known for his iconic illustrations of the underworld in an 1854 edition of Dante's Divine Comedy. Added 28 March
Doyle, Arthur Conan 1859-1930, Scottish writer who, in addition to creating the stories of Sherlock Holmes, is the author of The Lost World (1912), about exploration of the Amazon.
Döblin, Alfred 1878-1957, German author of many science fiction novels. Rejected 3 April
Heinlein, Robert 1907-1988, US author of numerous science fiction novels. Used on Mars
Herbert, Frank 1920-1986, author of the science fiction novel Dune (1965) and its sequels.
Hoshi, Shinichi 1926-1997, leading Japanese science fiction writer.
Jefferies, Matt 1921-2003, artist and set designer for Star Trek, designed the original Starship Enterprise.
Kipling, Rudyard 1865-1936, English author of many imaginative adventure novels and stories, including The Man Who Would be King (1888) and Gunga Din (1890). Used on Mercury
Komatsu, Sakyo 1931-2011, leading Japanese science fiction writer.
Kubrick, Stanley 1928-1999, director of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Laßwitz, Kurd 1848-1910, German writer, sometimes called "the father of German science fiction". Rejected 3 April
Lem, Stanislaw 1921-2006, Polish science fiction writer. Among his best-known works are "Solaris", "His Master's Voice", "The Cyberiad", and "The Star Diaries"
Levshin, Vasily 1746-1826, Russian writer whose 1784 novel The Newest Voyage describes a Russian flight to the Moon.
Lewis, C. S. 1986-1963, author of the Chronicles of Narnia series of novels (1950-1956).
Lovecraft, H. P. 1890-1937, US author of imaginative horror fiction, creator of the Cthulhu mythology. Used on Mercury
L’Engle, Madeleine 1918-2007, author of the novel A Wrinkle in Time (1962) and its sequels.
Mallet, Alain Manesson 1630-1706, French cartographer whose 1983 publication Description de L’Universe contained astronomical diagrams embedded in fanciful landscapes. Rejected 3 April
McCaffrey, Anne 1926-2011, US -born Irish writer, author of science fiction novels including the Pern and Talents series.
McCall, Robert 1919-2010, US space artist, created the promotional artwork for the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Méliès, Georges 1861-1938, French filmmaker, created the first science fiction film, A Trip to the Moon (1902).
Pratchett, Terry 1948-2015, English writer who created the Discworld series of novels. Can be used in 2018
Roddenberry, Gene 1921-1991, US creator of the Star Trek television and film franchise. Used on Mars
Rudaux, Lucien 1874-1947, French artist who created some of the first realistic paintings of the planets during the 1920s and 1930s.
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de 1900-1944, author of The Little Prince (1943).
Sendak, Maurice 1928-2012, author of children’s book Where the Wild Things Are (1963).
Serling, Rod 1924-1975, creator of The Twilight Zone, US television series (1959-1964).
Seuss, Dr. Pen name of Theodore Geisel (1904-1991), US author of many imaginative children’s books. Used on Mercury
Sheldon, Alice B. 1915-1987, US writer who published under the pen name Jame Tiptree Jr., author of A Momentary Taste of Being, which describes humanity's search for a habitable planet.
Strugatsky, Arkady & Boris 1925-1991 and 1933-2012, Russian brothers who co-wrote numerous science fiction novels in the Soviet era including 1971's Roadside Picnic, which imagines our first contact with an alien race. Added 28 March
Tezuka, Osamu 1828-1989, anime artist and creator of Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy).
Tolkien, J. R. R. 1892-1973, author of the novels The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954).
Veltman, Alexander 1800-1870, first Russian to write a novel featuring time travel, The forebears of Kalimeros: Alexander, son of Philip of Macedon (1836).
Verne, Jules 1828-1905, French, early, prolific novelist in the genre of science fiction. Used on the Moon
Vonnegut, Kurt 1922-2003, author of numerous science fiction themed novels including The Sirens of Titan (1959) and Slaughterhouse-Five (1969).
Wells, H. G. 1866-1946, English author of many imaginative novels including The Time Machine (1895) and The War of the Worlds (1897). Used on the Moon
Zelazny, Roger 1937-1995, award-winning US science fiction author.