Via Castalia House’s Sensor Sweep, here is a great blog post at Tentaclii listing some well-known authors who credit Rudyard Kipling as being an inspiration to the science fiction in general and them in particular.
Despite being a very low stakes story, Kipling’s With the Night Mail is one of the most imaginative stories I’ve ever read. I can see why so many other authors would point to it as a pinnacle of artistic expression.
Even George R. R. Martin praises Kipling. That softens my overall impression of him. A little.