Robert Silverberg (born Robert Silverberg, born January 15, 1935, Brooklyn, New York, USA) is a prolific American author best known for his science fiction works, which received the Hugo and Nebula awards.
Silverberg, himself an insatiable reader since childhood, began to publish his stories in science fiction magazines very early. He graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1956, but continued to write fiction. His first published novel was a children’s book, The Uprising on Alpha-S (1956), and the very next year he received his first Hugo Award as the “Best Novice Writer.” In the next four years, Silverberg, according to his own estimates, wrote a million words per year for various magazines. In 1959, the science fiction market crashed, and Silverberg directed his writing talent in other directions, from serious historical literature to light pornography.
In the mid-1960s, science fiction authors became increasingly literary ambitious. Frederick Paul, the then editor of Continue reading
Jean Ray (Jean Ray; real name is Raymond Jean Marie de Kremer (Raymundus Joannes Maria de Kremer); also known by the pseudonym John Flanders) is a Belgian writer born in Ghent.
His official biography is very vague, the writer has put a lot of effort into his life, portraying her facts in romantic tones, and often adding a lot. As a result, a legend arose about a writer who was born in a family of hereditary sailors and went on a sea voyage when he was barely 15 years old; Jean Ray wrote in his autobiography that during his travels lasting more than 20 years (with a 2-year break to study at the university), he sailed hundreds of thousands of kilometers from the Caribbean islands to Carpentaria Bay off the coast of Australia, smuggled whiskey and became almost the last pirate of the twentieth century … In fact, he comes from a family of land officials, and all his personal marine experience is limited to conversations with tipsy sailors in port taverns. More recently, it was found that in 1927, Jean Ray was sentenced to 6 years for some kind of dark financial fraud, but spent only two years in prison.
The first publications of Jean Ray were published already in 1908 – these are short stories, poems, an operetta libretto Continue reading
Kir Bulychev is the creator of popular works in the fantasy genre. Today, admirers of the venerable man of letters do not cease to be amazed at his perspicacity. Bulychev’s books are striking in their breadth of vision and foresight.
Childhood and youth
Kir Bulychev is a made-up writer pseudonym. Real name – Igor Vsevolodovich Mozheiko. The future writer was born on October 18, 1934 in the city of Moscow. The boy’s dad – Vsevolod Nikolaevich Mozheyko – comes from a noble family, left his home in his youth and began to live independently.
Maria Mikhailovna Bulycheva – the mother of the author – an employee of the pencil factory. She was brought up in the family of an officer and before the events of 1917 she studied at the Smolny Institute of noble maidens. After the coup, she filed documents with the Institute of Motor Vehicles.
Bulychev’s parents got married in 1925. As soon as the boy was five years old, the family broke up. Mom soon married a Continue reading