No. 118 (essentialsaltes) wrote,
No. 118

Old Maps of Science Fiction

via Improbable Research...
New Maps of Science Fiction (1977)

"Before we could analyze the 27 x 130 = 3,510 bytes of data generated by these questions, we had to punch the questionnaire responses onto IBM cards and feed them to a computer."

The researchers queried 130 fen about authors and generated interesting data like:

But it's also interesting to get a reading on fen circa 1977 with their favorite authors:

1. Isaac Asimov
2. Arthur C. Clarke
3. Robert A. Heinlein
4. Larry Niven
5. Poul Anderson
6. Theodore Sturgeon
7. Roger Zelazny
8. Fritz Leiber
9. J. R. R. Tolkien
10. Ursula K. LeGuin
11. Robert Silverberg
12. Clifford D. Simak
13. Jack Vance
14. Harlan Ellison
15. Frank Herbert
16. John Brunner
17. Philip Jose Farmer
18. Anne McCaffrey
19. Samuel R. Delany
20. Gordon R. Dickson
21. Philip K. Dick
22. H.G. Wells
23. R. A. Lafferty
24. John W. Campbell
25. Jules Verne
26. Edgar R. Burroughs
27. H. P. Lovecraft
Tags: book, sf

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