Food in Science Fiction
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Name

Author (Publication Date)

Isaac Asimov (1951)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912)
Philip K. Dick (1964)
Clifford Simak (1961)
H. Beam Piper (1961)
H. Beam Piper (1962)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Margaret Atwood (2003)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Edward Page Mitchell (1879)
Philip Frances Nowlan (1928)
James Blish (1957)
Isaac Asimov (1988)
Isaac Asimov (1952)
William Tenn (1951)
Larry Niven (1970)
Frederik Pohl (1980)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Jules Verne (1867)
David Brin (1994)
Isaac Asimov (1988)
Robert Heinlein (1948)
Douglas Adams (1979)
Frank Herbert (1965)
John Varley (1977)
Harry Harrison (1970)
Philip K. Dick (1955)
Frank Herbert (1969)
Robert Heinlein (1950)
Bruce Sterling (1988)
Larry Niven (1984)
Harry Harrison (1965)
Jeff Noon (1998)
Philip K. Dick (1964)
John W. Campbell (1934)
John W. Campbell (1939)
Robert Heinlein (1950)
William Gibson (1984)
William Tenn (1951)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Isaac Asimov (1950)
David Brin (1994)

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Haute Cuisine On International Space Station
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Pasona Office Building Is An Urban Farm
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