Steven Spielberg in 2016 (Photo Georges Biard)

Steven Allan Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. In decades of activity he directed a lot of successful movies, from “Duel” to the Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park series including amny others from blockbusters to movies with profound themes.

Poul Anderson in 1985

Poul William Anderson was born on November 25, 1926 in Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA. In 1948 Poul Anderson graduated magna cum laude in physics, in spite of this he decided to devote himself full time to a writing career. Over the decades, Poul Anderson wrote many novels and short fiction included in its various cycles and other autonomous. When fantasy started being more profitable, Anderson increased his activity in that genre. Together with his wife Karen he wrote the King of Ys series. Poul Anderson died of cancer on July 31, 2001. The many awards received by his works over the decades are just one indication of their value. He’s an author who has been widely appreciated both in the field of science fiction and fantasy and is rightly considered one of the masters of these genres.

Alan Dean Foster in 2007

Alan Dean Foster was born on November 18, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA. In 1972 he published his first novel, “The Tar-Aiym Krang”. It’s set in Humanx Commonwealth, formed by humans and the insectoid Thranx, the fictional universe to which in which he set most of his works. It’s also the first to have Philip Lynx, also known as Flinx, and his minidrag Pip as its protagonists. In subsequent years, Alan Dean Foster wrote a long series of sequels to his first novel which form the Pip and Flinx adventures but also expanded the Humanx Commonwealth series with other subcycles set in that fictional universe. He’s also famous for writing the novelizations of many movies and stories set in the “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” universes.

The short story “A Short Encyclopedia of Lunar Seas” by Ekaterina Sedia was published for the first time in 2012.

This guide to the lunar seas allows to appreciate its inhabitants and its connections with Russia. The lunar seas are full of life and magic, marked by the stories of the people living and working in one of them but also of those of the people who go to visit them for various reasons.

The story “Citizen Komarova Finds Love” by Ekaterina Sedia was published for the first time in 2009.

Countess Komarova, the only survivor of her family, lost everything she owned during the revolution, when the red cavalry appropriated her mansion. Now just Citizen Komarova, she survives working as a clerk in a consignment shop in the suburbs of the small town of N. living in a room above the shop. A strange customer is the only distraction from boredom and the memories of her past.