Life of Evgeny Zamyatin and the first dystopia in history
Yevgeny Zamyatin was born at the end of the 19th century and worked in the era of revolutions and the First World War. He was not a prolific writer, and…

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Terence David John Pratchett
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…

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Ken Macleod Fiction Recipe
Please tell us what the zoological education gave you. What role do you think it played in shaping your worldview? Reading Darwin and studying the theory of evolution have changed…

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Gerald Berthot(Thomas Owen)

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

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

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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10 science fiction novelties
Science fiction is a genre that is constantly evolving, complementing our wildest expectations with something new. Sometimes she constantly has to get ahead of progress, and nowadays it is gaining…

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Jules Verne
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…

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Hard science fiction on fundamental topics from Clifford Simack
Clifford Simak is an American science fiction writer, one of the writers of the Golden Age, along with Asimov and Heinlein. Having started writing in the 30s, he released about…

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