Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith, this is his real name, was born on August 20, 1943 in Dunoon, Scotland. With the stage name Sylvester McCoy he had a long career especially in theater and television. He’s famous especially as the Seventh Doctor in the “Doctor Who” saga. Lately he’s playing Radagast in the Hobbit saga.
Jerry Eugene Pournelle was born on August 7, 1933 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. During his career, he’s written articles and essays on military strategy, science fiction stories on his own or with colleagues such as Larry Niven and computer science articles and textbooks.
The novel “Carrion Comfort” by Dan Simmons was published for the first time in 1989. It won the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Poll Award as the best horror novel, the World Fantasy Award and the August Derleth Award.
There are some people who feed on the emotions of others and are also able to mentally control normal people, even at a distance. Saul Laski, a psychiatrist who survived a Nazi concentration camp, has been looking for almost forty years for one of those people, a former SS officer named Wilhelm von Borchert who uses the false name Willi Borden.
The novella “Magic, Inc.” by Robert A. Heinlein was published for the first time in 1940 in the September issue of the magazine “Unknown” with the title “The Devil Makes the Law”. It’s often published as a book together with “Waldo”.
Archie Fraser works as a building contractor and in his field the use of magic is limited. When a representative of an association never heard called Magic, Inc. f him the services of its members, Archie immediately realizes that it’s a racket and forces him to leave. Not being sure about what to do, he consults with Joe Jedson, a friend who has more experience in the field of magic.
The American writer Richard Matheson died last Sunday after a long illness. Richard Burton Matheson was born on February 20, 1926 in Allendale, New Jersey. As a writer he was famous for novels such as “I Am Legend”, as a screenwriter for the movie “Duel” and many adaptations for TV show episodes.