René Barjavel was born on January 24, 1911 in Nyons, France. His father was a baker, his grandparents were peasants and his origins influenced his work.
The novel “Imperial Earth” by Arthur C. Clarke published for the first time in 1975 starts on Saturn’s moon Titan in 2276. The Makenzie family is the most important in the colony that thrives on Titan thanks to the trade of hydrogen, essential as fuel for the fusion engines that make space travel possible.
Algirdas Jonas Budrys (picture ©William Shunn) was born on January 9, 1931 in Königsberg, East Prussia. His father was consul general of the exiled Lithuanian government and in 1936 his family found sanctuary in the U.S.A., where he lived for the rest of his life.
The novel “The Heaven Makers” by Frank Herbert published for the first time in 1967 is based on the idea that human history is manipulated by an alien species, the Chems.
The novel “Flood” by Stephen Baxter starts in 2016. Four people are liberated from a group of Christian fanatics after some years of captivity. They think they can finally go back to their normal life but they discover that during the years they were captives sea levels started rising quickly so more and more lands are flooded.