Algirdas Jonas Budrys (picture ©William Shunn) was born on January 9, 1931 in Königsberg, East Prussia. His father was consul general of the exiled Lithuanian government and in 1936 his family found sanctuary in the U.S.A., where he lived for the rest of his life.
The novel “The Heaven Makers” by Frank Herbert published for the first time in 1967 is based on the idea that human history is manipulated by an alien species, the Chems.
The novel “Flood” by Stephen Baxter starts in 2016. Four people are liberated from a group of Christian fanatics after some years of captivity. They think they can finally go back to their normal life but they discover that during the years they were captives sea levels started rising quickly so more and more lands are flooded.
Fritz Leiber was an extraordinalily eclectic writer, able to produce stories of various kinds with originality and sensitivity reinterpreting classic plots in new ways offering his readers stories always different from each other.
The novel “The Dosadi Experiment” by Frank Herbert published in 1977 is set in the same universe as “Whipping Star”. The protagonist is once more the saboteur extraordinary Jorj X. McKie who, while working for the BuSab, discovers that the planet Dosadi hosts a secret experiment carried on by a Gowachin faction with help from members of other species.