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We have a vast and growing database of people covering a huge variety of games. In amongst the cross-section of humanity, a few noble souls have slipped into the database that at first glance may surprise you.

Sure, we expect to find such luminaries as Gary Gygax or Joe Dever here. This GeekList isn't about them. Rather this GeekList aims to gather together those fiction authors whose work graces various games, but who are not known primarily for their gaming work.

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Famous, a proxy for which is that they should be listed on Wikipedia.
Non-gaming fiction writer, by which their claim to fame should be for writing fiction but not for work on games.
Game credits, by which they should be somehow linked to a board game, RPG, or video game.

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1. RPG Designer: Lynn Abbey
RPG Designer: Lynn Abbey
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"Lynn Abbey (born September 18, 1948; birth name Marilyn Lorraine Abbey) is an American author. ... On August 28, 1982 she married Robert Asprin, editor of the Thieves World books, and became his co-editor."

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2. RPG Designer: Douglas Adams
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"Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer and dramatist. He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which started life in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books that sold over 15 million copies in his lifetime, a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film. Adams's contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academy's Hall of Fame."

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3. RPG Designer: Hans Christian Andersen
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Hans Christian Andersen (/ˈhɑːnz ˈkrɪstʃən ˈændərsən/; Danish: [hanˀs ˈkʰʁæsd̥jan ˈɑnɐsn̩] ( listen); often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen; (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories, called eventyr in Danish, express themes that transcend age and nationality.
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4. RPG Designer: Poul Anderson
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"Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards."

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5. RPG Designer: Piers Anthony
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"Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born August 6, 1934 in Oxford, England) is an English American writer in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony. He is most famous for his long-running novel series set in the fictional realm of Xanth. Many of his books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. He has claimed that one of his greatest achievements has been to publish a book for every letter of the alphabet, from Anthonology to Zombie Lover."

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6. Board Game Designer: Isaac Asimov
Board Game Designer: Isaac Asimov
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"Isaac Asimov (Russian: Айзек Азимов /ˈaɪzək ˈæzɪməv/ EYE-zək AZ-i-məv; born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov, Russian: Исаак Юдович Озимов; c. January 2, 1920 - April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 9,000 letters and postcards."

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7. RPG Designer: Robert Lynn Asprin
RPG Designer: Robert Lynn Asprin
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"Robert Lynn Asprin (June 28, 1946–May 22, 2008) was an American science fiction and fantasy author and active fan, best known for his humorous MythAdventures and Phule's Company series."

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8. Board Game Artist: Clive Barker
Board Game Artist: Clive Barker
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"Clive Barker (born 5 October 1952) is an English author, film director and visual artist best known for his work in both fantasy and horror fiction. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short stories which established him as a leading young horror writer. He has since written many novels and other works, and his fiction has been adapted into motion pictures, notably the Hellraiser series."


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9. RPG Designer: John Perry Barlow
RPG Designer: John Perry Barlow
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"John Perry Barlow (born October 3, 1947) is an American poet and essayist, a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, and a cyberlibertarian political activist... He is also a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead and a founding member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Since May 1998, he has been a Fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society."

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10. RPG Designer: L. Frank Baum
RPG Designer: L. Frank Baum
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"Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

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11. RPG Designer: Barrington J. Bayley
RPG Designer: Barrington J. Bayley
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"Barrington J. Bayley (April 9, 1937 - October 14, 2008) was an English science fiction writer. ... In the 1960s, Bayley's short stories featured regularly in New Worlds magazine and then later in various New Worlds paperback anthologies, becoming friends with New Worlds editor Michael Moorcock and joining science fiction's New Wave movement."

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12. RPG Designer: Raymond Benson
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"Raymond Benson (born September 6, 1955) is an American author best known for being the official author of the adult James Bond novels from 1997 to 2003."

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13. RPG Designer: Janet Berliner
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"Janet Berliner, formerly Janet Gluckman (September 24, 1939 – October 24, 2012), was a Bram Stoker Award-winning author and served as president of the Horror Writers Association from 1997 to 1998. She is also a member of Authors Guild, the International Thriller Writers, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but moved to America with her husband in 1960. She became a citizen of the United States in 1966, and has lived in Las Vegas."

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14. RPG Designer: Ambrose Bierce
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"Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 - after December 26, 1913) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and his satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary. ... In Ciudad Juárez he joined Pancho Villa's army as an observer, and in that role he witnessed the Battle of Tierra Blanca. Bierce is known to have accompanied Villa's army as far as the city of Chihuahua. His last known communication with the world was a letter he wrote there to Blanche Partington, a close friend, dated December 26, 1913."

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15. RPG Designer: Eando Binder
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16. RPG Designer: Algernon Blackwood
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"Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE (14 March 1869 – 10 December 1951) was an English short story writer and novelist, one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre. He was also a journalist and a broadcasting narrator. S. T. Joshi has stated that "his work is more consistently meritorious than any weird writer's except Dunsany's" and that his short story collection Incredible Adventures (1914) 'may be the premier weird collection of this or any other century'."

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17. RPG Designer: Christian Bök
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"Christian Bök (born August 10, 1966 in Toronto, Canada) is an experimental Canadian poet. He is the author of Eunoia, which won the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, and which has been said to be 'Canada's best-selling poetry book ever.' He was born 'Christian Book', but changed his last name 'to avoid unseemly confusion with the Bible.'"

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18. RPG Designer: Bruce Boston
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"Bruce Boston is an American speculative fiction writer and poet who was born in Chicago and grew up in Southern California. ... Boston has won the Rhysling Award for speculative poetry a record seven times: for Best Long Poem in 1989 and 1999, and for Best Short Poem in 1985, 1988, 1994, 1996, and 2001, and the Asimov's Readers' Award for poetry a record six times: 1990, 1994, 1997, 2003, 2005 and 2008."

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19. RPG Designer: Ben Bova
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"Benjamin William Bova (born November 8, 1932) is an American science-fiction author and editor."

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20. RPG Designer: Ray Bradbury
RPG Designer: Ray Bradbury
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"Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951), Bradbury is one of the most celebrated among 20th and 21st century American writers of speculative fiction. Many of Bradbury's works have been adapted into television shows or films."

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21. RPG Designer: Marion Zimmer Bradley
RPG Designer: Marion Zimmer Bradley
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"Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley (June 3, 1930 - September 25, 1999) was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook. Her first child, David R. Bradley, and her brother, Paul Edwin Zimmer were also published science fiction and fantasy authors in their own right."

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22. RPG Designer: J. H. Brennan
RPG Designer: J. H. Brennan
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"J. H. "Herbie" Brennan (born Ireland, July 5, 1940) is a lecturer and the author of over one hundred fiction and non-fiction books for adults, teens, and children. His works have been translated into approximately fifty languages."


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23. Board Game Designer: David Brin
Board Game Designer: David Brin
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"Glen David Brin, Ph.D. (born October 6, 1950) is an American scientist and award-winning author of science fiction. He has received the Hugo, Locus, Campbell and Nebula Awards."

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24. RPG Designer: Terry Brooks
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"Terence Dean "Terry" Brooks (born January 8, 1944) is an American writer of fantasy fiction. He writes mainly epic fantasy, and has also written two movie novelizations. He has written 22 New York Times bestsellers during his writing career, and has over 21 million copies of his books in print. He is one of the biggest-selling living fantasy writers."

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25. RPG Designer: Fredric Brown
RPG Designer: Fredric Brown
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Fredric Brown (October 29, 1906 – March 11, 1972[1]) was an American science fiction and mystery writer. He is known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the "short short" form—stories of 1 to 3 pages, often with ingenious plotting devices and surprise endings, such as the masterpiece "Sentry". Humor and a somewhat postmodern outlook carried over into his novels as well. One of his stories, "Arena", is officially credited for an adaptation as an episode of the American television series Star Trek.
 
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