Larry Niven
Arthur C Clarke
Robert Silverberg
Robert Sheckley
Isaac Asimov
C M Kornbluth
Edward Wellen
Harlan Ellison
Ben Bova
Lloyd Biggie, Jr
William Tenn
Clark Ashton Smith
Harry Harrison
Edmond Hamilton
Fritz Leiber
Chad Oliver
Ursula K Le Guin
Raymond Z Gallun
Walter M Miller, Jr
Alfred Coppel

Science fiction

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Catastrophes! Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg, and Charles G. Waugh Foreword It is quite customary for a piece of fiction to contain at least the threat of disaster. It is the threat, the menace, the apprehension of something one desperately does not want to take place that creates the suspense, and that rouses the interest of the reader. To be sure, the disaster may be a very slight and personal one-the youngster who may fail the test, or lose the game, or be turned down for a date-but it is there. To be equally sure, the story may be a lighthearted one with a happy ending, but the disaster, however slight, must be there in the mid-course for the ending to shine happily against. This is not to say that a story cannot be written without a disaster, but what a dull story it would be and how little worth the reading. And, as in so many other respects, science fiction manages to outshine other types of fiction. Where but in science fiction can real disasters be found? Take...

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