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
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