Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Hal Clement, Fred Pohl, Jack Williamson, Clifford Simak...this list, which has just a few examples, could go on a long time. Also, while not really science fiction writers, Aldous Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD and George Orwell's 1984 would have to be included as well.
I read.....well, okay, I TRIED to read 1984, but I don't think I got past the first 20 pages! I found it too dry for my tastes (okay, I found it really boring!). I did like Animal Farm, though. Maybe one day, I'll pull 1984 off the bookshelf and try it again.
I'm not saying 1984 isn't a good book, I just didn't care for it, myself. As for the other authors listed in previous posts, I'd say you all came up with some really good names.
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Frank Herbert, Arthur C. Clarke, Issac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Ben Bova, William Gibson, David Gerrold, Harlan Ellison, Richard Lupoff, Victor Appleton, Carl Sagan, and Alan Dean Foster are some that come to mind.
Not exactly Sci-Fi (a term of course coined by 4E Ackerman) but you might also enjoy any stories by John Collier. They are more of the fantasy genre, but very well written and I am sure that Collier influenced Bradbury. Some titles are: "Fancies and Goodnights", "His Monkey Wife", both still in print I believe or available on the internet, and "Green Thoughts" which I think might be the original inspiration for the story of "The Little Shop of Horrors". Great reading material, all.
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