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    I'd have to second RobInCT's nomination of Ted Sturgeon.  Asimov had the hard science down and could extrapolate in some amazing directions, but his work (at least for me) has not aged well.  Clarke had the knowledge as well as a touch of the poet, but that ability to blend tech and philosophy occasionally led him into an excess of contemplation of the whatness of the why.  My own personal fave is Heinlein, and while I agree his writings don't show a consistently progressive bent, some of that is explained by his years in the military and his early work in youth mags and family-oriented glossies.  Sumbitch was a storyteller, though, whatever his politics.  (And I've never been too fond of trying to divine an author's inner philosophy through their writing, anyway--like actors, they get paid to lie to us.)

    Sturgeon was the most humanistic of the "classic" authors by a mile, with novels like Venus Plus X and countless short stories written from the progressive viewpoint.  His closest modern-day descendent would probably be Spider Robinson, long may he wave.

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    by Uncle Igor on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 01:09:28 AM PDT

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