Robert Heinlein (for writing The Man Who Was Too Lazy to Fail)
Charlie Stross (for being a Perl programmer)
Vernor Vinge (computer scientist, who shows us TIMTOWTDI)
Douglas Adams (The universe is the result of some (perl) obfuscation contest ;-)
Stanislaw Lem for writing The Cyberiad
Roger Zelazny for writing Jack of Shadows
Larry Niven for a central premise in his Known Space universe, that aliens secretly bred humans for 'luckiness'
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There is no Extraterrestrial life
There aren't any suitably capable Extraterrestrials
Interstellar travel is too difficult
We're too uncool / not worth the trouble
What do you mean they haven't visited?
Results (531 votes). Check out past polls.