James Benjamin Blish was born on May 23, 1921 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA. In 1968 he moved to Oxford, England, where he worked until his death in 1975 from lung cancer. He’s famous for writing the Cities in Flight saga, the novel “A Case of Conscience” and many other space travel and colonization stories. He also wrote many Star Trek novels and anthologies.

Statue of Andrei Sakharov at the Univirsity of St. Petersburg

Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was born on May 21, 1921 in Moscow, then in the USSR. He took part to Soviet nuclear program and seeing the weapons power helped him to develop his activism against atomic proliferation. In 1975 he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

On May 19 the IPO for the professional social network LinkedIn will start. Trading will take place at the New York Stock Exchange and the symbol of the company will LNKD. 7.84 million shares will be sold at a price per share between $32 and $35 so at the end of the IPO LinkedIn should be valued around $3 billion.

Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys (Italian edition)

The novel “Rogue Moon” by Algis Budrys was published for the first time in 1960 in the magazine “The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction”. In 1961 it was a finalist for the Hugo Award as the best novel. A shorter version was published in the anthology “The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two”.