Charles Dickens wrote genre fiction. So did Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. So did Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. But for every one still being read today, many of their contemporaries have gone out of print and been forgotten. People still read Agatha Christie but John Dickson Carr has fallen by the wayside as has Erle Stanley Gardner.
What 20th century genre writers will still be read in the mid 21st century? Will Louis L’amour survive? How about Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein? Are there any contemporary Romance writers that will still have fans 100 years from now? I have my own opinions but am curious to hear what other dopers think.