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…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

Stephen king
Stephen Edwin King was born in the fall of 1941 in the US state of Maine, in the city of Portland. The birth of a boy can be called a…

Continue reading →

worldwide fame

The life of science fiction writer Robert Young, who never gained fame for 30 years of creativity

Briefly about the writer
Robert Franklin Young was born on June 8, 1915, died June 22, 1986, and was an American science fiction writer. He remained little known to the public, both in the United States and abroad. His career lasted more than thirty years, and he wrote until the end of his life. Having changed many professions (at one time he even worked as a janitor in high school), Young could neither gain fame nor make writing his main craft. However, this fact did not affect his work, which in style was closer to the early Bradbury.
Interesting Facts
There is a moment in the computer game Portal 2 that can refer to the story “Dandelion Girl”. The main antagonist of the game, GLaDOS artificial intelligence at one of the levels says: “Try to enjoy the next test. I’m going to surface. It’s such a beautiful day. Yesterday I saw a deer. If you pass the next test, I may let you go up to the rest room and tell you again how I saw the deer. ” In the story, the line appeared: “The day before yesterday I saw a rabbit, yesterday a deer, and today I see you.”

Biography Continue reading

Science Fiction Coordinator John Wood Campbell

John Campbell is an American writer, better known as an editor. Possessing his vision and uncompromising, Campbell guided the young authors into an unusual for fiction channel, moving farther away from stupid adventures and battered plots to science, social and social problems.

He demanded a lot from the authors, because of which scandals often occurred and writers left; but you can immediately name a dozen famous names and be surprised to find out that it was Campbell who first saw them and made it possible to publish them. As the Science Fiction Encyclopedia rightly notes:

More than any other person, he helped shape modern science fiction.

Briefly about the writer
John Wood Campbell, Jr. (born June 8, 1910, died July 11, 1971) has been a writer and editor of the journal Astounding Science Fiction (which we have already mentioned more than once in past materials and which has become the starting point for dozens of eminent writers) since the end of 1937 until his Continue reading

“Not your mind business” or how British science fiction writer Eric Frank Russell became popular only in America

The British science fiction writer who became most famous in America, whom the Americans themselves considered their countryman. In his work, Russell was different from his colleagues living on the same island with him, adopting a more “American” form of storytelling, where an individual who defies an entire planet or race is at the forefront.
Briefly about the writer
Eric Frank Russell was born on January 6, 1905, died on February 28, 1978. British science fiction writer who was better known in the US than in his homeland (most of his works were first published in America). A lot of works were published in the magazines Astounding Science Fiction and Weird Tales, which were already well-known to us (in the last he sent stories in the genre of horror and mysticism).
Interesting Facts
There is an assumption that Russell introduced the English abbreviation for the expression Mind your own business (in Russian, the analogue may be “not your mind’s business”) – MYOB. This abbreviation is commonly used in English, Continue reading

Ray Bradbury
"I don’t think about death, because I will always be here. This box with my films and shelves with my books convince me that I have a hundred or two…

...

Cozy disaster in science fiction by John Wyndham
John Wyndham Parks Lucas Beynon Harris was born July 10, 1903, died March 11, 1969. An English science fiction writer who gained popularity in 1951 with the release of the…

...

Founding Father of Heroic Fantasy Robert Howard
Robert Howard is not so popular in our country, despite his huge contribution to world fiction. He is one of those authors whose brainchild is much more famous than its…

...

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,…

...