Who is the best contemporary science fiction author?
We're still doing something a little different this month than our usual fare. Instead of books, this poll will be about authors. And instead of doing a whole genre with over a hundred years (at least) of history, and forcing your decision between foundational classics and contemporary brilliance, this entire poll will only be modern authors. So if you've ever thought an author wrote more than one great book or series, and should be recognized for a stunning career, now's your chance to recognize them.
Also, please go vote in the classic author poll for pre-1970 science fiction writers. Though today is technically the last day, I'll probably tabulate and post the results on the 2nd.
1- You may nominate only one (1) author as your choice. (My nomination will be in the comments.) Please nominate them HERE rather than on another social media. I will accept a FB or G+ nomination, but if there's a tie to break, I'll go with the ones written here.
2- You may second as many authors as you feel deserve it. You also SHOULD second authors because very often there are too many nominations for a single poll and the way I resolve such issues is to take nominations with the most "seconds." On our last two polls, no books/authors without at least one second made it to the polls. So check back periodically to see what other authors people have nominated and give those you think are worthy a second.
3- Our cut off for contemporary/classic is 1970. Any authors writing after 1970 are fair game.
3a- (This one gets tricky.) Several authors have written on both sides of the 1970 divide (Clarke, Asimov, LeGuin and more). In this case, please consider the works you feel were the best of their career.
For example, if you only ever liked Left Hand of Darkness (late 60's) but not really LeGuin's later stuff, then she shouldn't be on this poll, but if you thought Rendezvous with Rama was much better than Clarke's early stuff, you should put him on this poll.
I'm sure several authors will be on both polls. That's okay.
As usual, I will tend to trust your judgement rather than make a lot of picky rules.
I will put this poll up early in January, so give me all the nominations. If you do two picks, I'll take the first one only.