I'm still not seeing all this libertarian science fiction that was influenced by _Atlas Shrugged_, though admittedly I quit reading Analog a long time ago. There's L. Neil Smith, but who else? I'm told that the last volume of Wright's Golden Age trilogy has a lot of objectivist content, but that's just one book.
I suspect that _Atlas Shrugged_ got nominated as most damaging book because a lot of people hate it, not because it actually had a noticable effect on the genre.
No one else thinks Elwood made any difference?
james_nicoll had a point when he titled the original thread "For the fairest".