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
Gustav Meyrink, the illegitimate son of Maria Wilhelmina Adelheid Mayer and Minister of State Karl Freiherr von Farnvuhler, was born on January 19, 1868 in Vienna. His mother was an actress and therefore traveled a lot with the theater. Childhood and youth Meyrinka were in constant trips. He studied in gymnasiums – alternately in Munich, Hamburg and Prague. Literary scholars and biographers Meyrinka believe that the writer’s mother treated her son rather coldly, and the boy was deprived of maternal warmth in childhood. Some believe that this is why the writer later succeeded in vampiric and demonic female characters and positive figures came out rather flat. In 1888, Meyrink graduated from the Academy of Commerce in Prague. After that, he founded, with the nephew of the poet Christian Morgenstern, the trading bank Mayer and Morgenstern, which for some time functioned quite successfully.
Engaged in banking activities not very diligently, Meyrink led a high life in Prague. Once he even fought a duel with some officer because of an inappropriate and offensive hint of illegitimate birth.
In 1892, Meyrink married Edwig Maria Zertl – but rather quickly became disillusioned with this marriage and did not 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