Henry Kuttner was born on April 7, 1915 in Los Angeles, California, USA. During his career he wrote many science fiction, fantasy and horror storie. In 1940 he married his fellow writer Catherine L. Moore and since then they worked together using pseudonyms, mainly Lewis Padgett and Lawrence O’Donnell. Kuttner died when he was still young following a heart attack on February 4, 1958.
Robert Silverberg was born on January 15, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. As a child he already read a lot and he was just a teenager when he started sending stories to science fiction magazines. He earned a BA in English literature from Columbia University in 1956. During his career he’s written an incredible amount of science fiction and occasionally fantasy stories. For some time he devoted himself mostly to other genres and historical articles.
Rodman Edward Serling was born on December 25, 1924 in Syracuse, New York, USA. During his life, Rod Serling has been a producer and writer for radio and television production occasionally publishing literature. He was a pioneer of television but he’s remembered mostly for the TV show The Twilight Zone”, a mix of genres that became a legend in the history of television.
The novel “Servant Of The Underworld” by Aliette de Bodard was published for the first time in 2010. It’s the first in the “Obsidian And Blood” series.
Acatl is the High Priest of the Dead in Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztec empire. Ceyaxochitl, one of the most powerful women of the empire, summons him to tell him that a priestess disappeared and the clues suggest that she was killed. There are traces of the use of a type of magic connected to the underworld of which Acatl is an expert so he’s charged with the investigation.
The prime suspect is Neutemoc, Acatl’s brother, a warrior who raised in the ranks of the Aztec’s army by proving his worth in battle. This makes the investigation even more delicate and complicated. The young warrior Teomitl is assigned to help him, but even he couldn’t help him that much when he has to deal directly with some deity who are not necessarily friendly.
Raphael Aloysius Lafferty was born on November 7, 1914 in Neola, Iowa, USA. He started his career as a writer only at the end of the ’50s. Most of his works are considered science fiction, though he had a very personal style, but he wrote stories of various genres, including the historical one. R.A. Lafferty died on March 18, 2002 in a nursing home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.