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R.A. Lafferty was born 100 years ago

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.
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Edmond Moore Hamilton was born 110 years ago

Edmond Moore Hamilton was born on October 21, 1904 in Youngstown, Ohio, USA. During his career he wrote a lot of fantasy and science fiction stories. His most famous series are the Captain Future, Star Kings and Starwolf / Morgan Chane ones. Until his death he was married to his fellow writer Leigh Brackett and the two of them influenced each other.
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John Brunner was born 80 years ago

John Kilian Houston Brunner was born on September 24, 1934 in Preston Crowmarsh, near Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England. During his career he wrote a lot of novels and short fiction, especially science fiction and occasionally fantasy. His most famous novels are: “Stand on Zanzibar” (1968), winner of the Hugo BSFA awards, “The Jagged Orbit (1969) and “The Sheep Look Up” (1972). Continue reading

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The Eternal Champion by Michael Moorcock

The novel “The Eternal Champion” by Michael Moorcock was published for the first time in 1970. It’s the first novel in the Erekosë series.

John Daker is a man of the 20th century. His sleep is disturbed by strange dreams until he answers a call from another time. He gets evoked in a world at war where he’s told that he’s Erekosë, a legendary hero of the past brought back to life to save humanity from the Eldren enemies.

John has no memories of Erekosë yet has a strange familiarity with the legendary sword that belonged to the hero. He agrees to fight to save humanity, also because the Eldren are described as demons. Before going to war at King Rigenos’s side, John / Erekosë meets princess Iolinda, with whom he begins a romantic relationship. The situation becomes complicated when humans don’t look so good, the Eldren don’t seem and strange dreams seem like memories of other lives in other worlds.
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Happy birthday Harlan Ellison!

Harlan Jay Ellison was born on May 27, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He’s famous as a writer and screenwriter. He wrote many science fiction stories, often winners of Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards, but also detective stories, thrilles and other genres. In 1967, Harlan Ellison was the editor of the famous anthology “Dangerous Visions”, which represents.

Working for television, Harlan Ellison wrote screenplays for several TV shows includining the original “Star Trek” series and “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour”. He was also the creative consultant for the version of the ’80s of “The Twilight Zone” and later for “Babylon 5″.
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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

The novel “The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul” by Douglas Adams was published for the first time in 1988. It’s the sequel to “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”.

Kate Schechter has to catch a plane but when she’s at the check-in an explosion disrupts her life. She’s taken to a hospital, where luckily the doctors find nothing serious but she ends up involved in a story that becomes stranger and stranger, mainly because of Thor, the god of Norse mythology.

Dirk Gently, the holistic detective who operates under the assumption that there’s a fundamental interconnectedness of all things, was hired by a wealthy client haunted by a monster. Unconvinced by this and other details of the his client’s claims, he ends up being involved in a much more complex story in which he meets Kate Schechter and the gods of Valhalla.
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