Lavie: I’d be remiss to not point out the one which began all of it. Stanley G. Weinbaum had a brief however distinctive profession, dying tragically of most cancers at simply 33. His brief story “A Martian Odyssey” might learn slightly awkwardly in locations on account of its pulp nature — it was printed in 1934 in “Marvel Tales” — nevertheless it modified the science fiction area. An astronaut on Mars encounters an alien, however it’s in contrast to any that appeared earlier than. Weinbaum’s Mars is actually alien, its ecology its personal, and his astronaut should puzzle the intricate relationships between creatures and habitats. Goodbye, bug-eyed monsters: Welcome, trendy science fiction. Few folks get to create one thing new. Weinbaum did, and has a crater on Mars named in his honor. I like to recommend “The Better of Stanley G. Weinbaum” for anybody within the historical past of science fiction.