Originally Posted by owlcroft
How can anyone even consider such a list and not have M. John Harrison high on it?
M. John Harrison
William Gibson (still writing SF?... s'pose that's debatable)
Ursula K. Le Guin
Honorable mentions: Justina Robson, Ted Chiang, Ken MacLeod, Vernor Vinge, Alastair Reynolds, Nalo Hopkinson.