The distinctive literary style and unusual ideas of science fiction pioneer Henry Kuttner
A writer who has not received due recognition from readers is not uncommon in literature. Henry Kuttner was one of them. Having received great acclaim from his colleagues and followers,…

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Jean Ray
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…

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Science Fiction Coordinator John Wood Campbell
John Campbell is an American writer, better known as an editor. Possessing his vision and uncompromising, Campbell guided the young authors into an unusual for fiction channel, moving farther away…

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Jean Ray

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

Mark Twain

Mark Twain is an American writer. Born November 30, 1835 in the village of Florida (pc. Missouri). He spent his childhood in the town of Hannibal on the Mississippi. He was a student of a typesetter, later, together with his brother, he published a newspaper in Hannibal, then in Meskatin and Keokuk (pc. Iowa). In 1857 he became a pupil of the pilot, fulfilling his childhood dream of “know the river”, in April 1859 he received the rights of the pilot. In 1861 he moved to his brother in Nevada, for almost a year he was a prospector in silver mines. After writing several humor notes for the newspaper “Territorial Enterprise” in Virginia City, in August 1862 he received an invitation to become its employee. For the pseudonym, he took the expression of lots on the Mississippi, shouting “Merka 2”, which meant sufficient depth for safe navigation.

In May 1864, Twain left for San Francisco, worked for two years in California newspapers, including correspondent of the California “Union” in the Hawaiian Islands. On the crest of the success of his essays, he delivered humorous Continue reading

Stefan Grabinsky

Stefan Grabinsky (Grabinsky) (Stefan Grabiński) – a Polish writer, one of the founders of Polish science fiction, best known for stories in the horror genre, in particular, from the collection “Demon ruchu” (Demon of movement), entirely based on the motives of the train and the railway. The prose of Grabinsky was appreciated by Stanislav Lem, who wrote an afterword to the publication of his short stories in 1975.

Grabinsky was born on February 26, 1887 in the city of Kamenka-Bug (Lviv region) in the family of a district judge. As a child, he was often ill; he developed early bone tuberculosis. He graduated from the philological faculty of Lviv University. He taught at the gymnasium in various Polish cities (the longest, in 1917-1927, in Przemysl). He made his debut in print in 1909 under the pseudonym Stefan  (Polish: Stefan Żalny) with the story “Crazy Manor”, ​​which was included in a small collection of macabre works. After the end of the First World War in 1918, he published a collection of six short stories, “Na wzgórzu róż” (“On a Mountain of Roses”), which received some good reviews. He made the greatest impression on Karol Izhikovsky, an influential critic and author of innovative avant-garde prose. Continue reading

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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…

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