Living Space in Science Fiction
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Author (Publication Date)

Robert Heinlein (1941)
Bruce Sterling (1998)
Thomas A. Easton (1990)
Bart Kosko (1987)
Roger Zelazny (1976)
Neal Stephenson (1992)
Frank Herbert (1969)
Bruce Sterling (1985)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
William Gibson (1984)
Ray Bradbury (1950)
John Barnes (1998)
H.G. Wells (1936)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Frank Herbert (1969)
Philip K. Dick (1974)
Larry Niven (1970)
Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes) (2000)
John Shirley (1985)
Roger Zelazny (1966)
Frank Herbert (1977)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Ray Bradbury (1951)
Kim Stanley Robinson (2017)
Jack Vance (1954)
Larry Niven (1972)
Robert Heinlein (1940)
Jonathan Swift (1726)
Gregory Benford (1989)
E.M. Forster (1909)
John W. Campbell (1934)
William Gibson (1996)
Larry Niven (1969)
William Gibson (1996)
Frank Herbert (1984)
William Shatner (1989)
John Brunner (1975)
David H. Keller (1932)
Jack McDevitt (2002)
Jack Vance (1954)
Frank Herbert (1972)
Alan Dean Foster (2010)
Fritz Leiber (1958)
J.G. Ballard (1962)
Larry Niven (1970)
Harry Harrison (1970)
Frank Herbert (1972)
Eric Frank Russell (1955)
Frank Herbert (1972)
J.G. Ballard (1962)
Philip K. Dick (1969)
Arthur C. Clarke (1953)
Bruce Sterling (1985)
Frank Herbert (1965)
James Patrick Kelly (1985)
Margaret Atwood (2003)
Clifford Simak (1952)
J.G. Ballard (1962)
William Gibson (1993)
Jane Webb Loudon (1828)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Kim Stanley Robinson (2017)
Frank Herbert (1977)
William Gibson (1984)
Jack Williamson (1941)
Jerry Pournelle (w/L. Niven) (1981)
Philip K. Dick (1969)
Robert Silverberg (1970)
H.G. Wells (1899)
Philip Reeve (2003)
James Patrick Kelly (1985)
Neal Stephenson (1992)

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