Blogs about fantasy

Nancy Kress between Delia Sherman and Ellen Datlow

Nancy Anne Koningisor – this is her birth name – was born on January 20, 1948 in Buffalo, New York, USA. Nancy Kress’s career as a writer started in 1976, initially writing short fiction. Her first novels were fantasy but she obtained her biggest success with her science fiction works, from the Beggars series to the most recent novels and short fiction.

Throughout her career, Nancy Kress showed how the division between hard and soft science fiction can be difficult writing many stories based on scientific concepts, often genetic engineering, using them to tell the consequences of the society of their developments. It’s one of the skills that made her a writer of great value appreciated by the public.

John Carpenter in 2010

John Howard Carpenter was born on January 16, 1948 in Carthage, New York, USA. He’s been the director of a number of movies that sometimes had little commercial success but in time became cult movies such as “Dark Star”, “Halloween”, “The Fog”, “Escape from New York”, “The Thing”, “Big Trouble in Little China”, “Prince of Darkness”, and “They Live”.

Ridley Scott in 2015 (Photo NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, England. He started working as a director for television then moved to cinema and had his debut with “The Duellists” in 1977. He marked science fiction cinema with “Alien” (1979) and “Blade Runner” (1982). He obtained great results in other genres as well with movies such as “Thelma & Louise” (1991) and “Gladiator” (2000).

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

The novel “All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders was published for the first time in 2016. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel, the IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.

Patricia is still a child when she starts talking to birds but she can’t control her magic skills. Laurence invented advanced equipment since his childhood and in time creates an artificial intelligence. Patricia and Laurence meet for the first time in the junior high school they attend, where they’re considered the two weirdest students.

Patricia and Laurence’s paths get separated, also because of the decisions of their idiotic parents. They meet again years later when she’s become a witch part of a cabal and he’s part of a group of geeks who invent revolutionary devices. Despite their differences, events bring them closer.

News came that writer Julian May died on October 17, 2017. The cause of her death wasn’t disclosed.

In the late 1970s Julian May starting thinking about the ideas that eventually produced the works for which she’s best known, the Saga of Pliocene Exile and the Galactic Milieu Series. In fact, they’re two parts of the same series: the first one is set in the past and is told with tones typical of the fantasy genre, the second one is set after World War II in a story-arc that embraces a few centuries and is told with tones much more typical of science fiction.