Ex-Pats are Decent Sci-Fi/Fantasy Authors?

Charlie Jane Anders at i09.com put together a comprehensive list of sci-fi/fantasy authors who also happened to live abroad. Included are J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Kurt Vonnegut, Mary Shelley, George Orwell, Orson Scott Card, Douglas Adams, Madeleine L’Engle, H.G. Wells, and many more. It doesn’t surprise me that so many of our most beloved classic sci-fi/fantasy authors traveled out of their homeland and saw a bit more of the world, because one thing all of them have in common is their fantastic world-building. Traveling is one way to spark the imagination, because you realize there is more to the world than the limited amount you had already seen. And living in another place for any extended period of time opens your eyes to other cultures, languages, and people, which can help an author infuse life into their made-up cultures, languages, and people (or so I imagine). Anyway, the list is pretty interesting, so go check it out!


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