James Benjamin Blish was born on May 23, 1921 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA. In 1968 he moved to Oxford, England, where he worked until his death in 1975 from lung cancer. He’s famous for writing the Cities in Flight saga, the novel “A Case of Conscience” and many other space travel and colonization stories. He also wrote many Star Trek novels and anthologies.
The novel “Rogue Moon” by Algis Budrys was published for the first time in 1960 in the magazine “The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction”. In 1961 it was a finalist for the Hugo Award as the best novel. A shorter version was published in the anthology “The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two”.
The novel “The Temporal Void” by Peter F. Hamilton is the second volume of the Void trilogy and it’s the sequel to “The Dreaming Void”. It was published for the first time in 2008.
Director Ishiro – or Inoshiro – Honda was born on May 7, 1911 in Yamagata, Japan. He’s most famous for directing the original “Godzilla” movie and many other monser movies. He was great friends with Akira Kurosawa and worked with him in several of his movies.
The novel “The Sinful Ones” by Fritz Leiber was published for the first time in 1953. Its protagonist Carr Mackay lives a very normal life until one day he meets a girl who looks upset and asks him strange questions. All of this happens in a few minutes and initially he dismisses the event but then he begins to feel increasingly estranged from his daily routine.