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- Stanislaw Lem for writing The Cyberiad, coining the term 'constructor' in 1967. Plus, I'm sure at least one of the protagonists (Trurl) used Perl
- Roger Zelazny for writing Jack of Shadows, where the protagonist uses a computer program to solve a mystical problem. While perl is not mentioned by name, I have no doubt that it would have been Jack's language of choice
- Larry Niven for a central premise in his Known Space universe, that aliens (in this case Puppeteers) secretly bred humans for 'luckiness', as this was their best trait. Given the number regexp questions asked in SoPW, it was prescient in its validation of "it's better to be lucky than good"