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
Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born May 22, 1859 in the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh in the family of an artist and architect.
After Arthur was nine years old, he went to the Hodder boarding school, a preparatory school for Stonyhurst (a large closed Catholic school in Lancashire). Two years later, Arthur moved from Hodder to Stonyhurst. It was during these difficult years at the boarding school that Arthur realized that he had a talent for writing stories. In his final year, he publishes a college journal and writes poetry. In addition, he went in for sports, mainly cricket, in which he achieved good results. Thus, by 1876 he was educated and was ready to meet the world.
Arthur decided to take up medicine. In October 1876, Arthur became a student at the Medical University of Edinburgh. While studying, Arthur could meet with many future famous authors such as James Barry and Robert Louis Stevenson, who also attended the university. But the greatest influence was exerted on him by one of his teachers, Dr. Joseph Bell, who was a master of observation, logic, conclusions, and error detection. In the future, he served as the prototype of Continue reading
Jules Verne is an extremely popular French writer, the founder of science fiction along with Herbert George Wells. Verne’s works, written for both adolescents and adults, captured the adventurous spirit of the 19th century, its charm, scientific progress and inventions. Most of his novels were written in the form of travel notes that take readers to the moon in “From Earth to the Moon” or in a completely different direction – in “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Many of Verne’s ideas turned out to be prophetic. Among his most famous books is the adventure novel Around the World in 80 Days (1873).
“Ah – what a journey – what a wonderful and unusual journey! We entered the Earth through one volcano, and came out through another. And this other one was more than twelve thousand leagues from Sneffels, from this dreary country of Iceland … We left the area of eternal snows and left behind a gray fog of icy open spaces to return to the azure sky of Sicily! ”(From“ Journey to the Center of the Earth ”, 1864) Continue reading
Sir Terry Pratchett was born on April 28, 1948 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire (Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire). As a child, he didn’t really like to read books, but his life changed at 10 years old when the book “Wind in Willows” fell into his hands. With this discovery, the boy grew an interest in books, and he began to spend all his free time reading.
In 1959, Terry entered Wycombe High School of Technology. He published the first story, The Hades Business, in a school magazine in 1961, and in 1963 the same story appeared in a professional publication. Terry spent his first fee on a typewriter.
Inspired by his success, in 1965, Terry Pratchett leaves school for journalism. His first novel, The Carpet People, was written when he was only 20 years old. He continued to write while working in the newspaper. At 30, he quit journalism. When Corgi published his fourth book in 1983, The Color of Magic, a brilliant comic-fantasy novel that Continue reading
Herbert George Wells is an English writer and publicist, researcher, doctor of biological sciences, a politician and a supporter of social and scientific movements. A representative of the methods and theory of Marxism called critical realism. For a long period of time he was a supporter of the socio-economic trend – Fabianism. A prose writer, the author of novels preferred to publish scientific and fantastic literature. He wrote the famous work “War of the Worlds.”
Childhood and youth
Born in the UK, London’s Bromley district, in the fall – September 21, 1866. Herbert Wells parents were also interesting people, dad Joseph Wells owned a store and was engaged in the sale of porcelain products, figures Continue reading