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
A Belgian writer, art historian and journalist whose real name is Gerald Berthot.
Born in Flanders, in Louvain, in the family of lawyer Arthur Bertot, who taught at the city college, and Elizabeth Jeanne Schuermans (d’Elisabeth Jeanne Schuermans). He was the oldest child in a family of three children. He receives secondary education in Brussels at the Saint-Michel school, where he publishes small articles in the school journal “Youth” (La jeunesse). At seventeen, he met with Jean Ray (Jean Ray, 1887-1964), and this meeting (according to Owen) determined his whole future life. In 1928 he enrolled in the first year of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Institute of Saint-Louis (Universitaires Saint-Louis), then until 1932 he studied law at the University of Louvain, where in 1930 he founded the literary journal “University Word” (La Parole universitaire; this publication, under his leadership, and then his brother, lasted another ten years). In 1933, at the University of l’Université Catholique de Louvain, he received a doctorate in law and married Juliette Ardies and left the bar (in 1936 and 1939 they had two children). Then, thanks to his friendship with the director of the daily newspaper “XX Century” William Hughes, he, under the pseudonym Stefan Rey (Stéphane Rey), begins to publish art articles on surrealism. And under his own name, he publishes political Continue reading