The novel “Gather, Darkness!” by Fritz Leiber was published for the first time in 1943 in the magazine Astounding. It’s set at the beginning of the XXIV century in a theocracy that took power on the Earth and the space colonies after a terrible nuclear war which took place a few centuries earlier. Humanity is ruled by the Hierarchy of the Great God, whose priests exploit religious beliefs to keep ordinary people in a state of ignorance and submission.
The novel “Cauldron” by Jack McDevitt was published for the first time in 2007. This is the sixth novel in a series set in the XXIII century starring the space pilot Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins. The other novels in the series are: “The Engines of God” (1995), “Deepsix” (2001), “Chindi” (2002), “Omega” (2003) and “Odyssey” (2006). “Cauldron” was a finalist for the Nebula Award for best novel.
Leonard Simon Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA from a Orthodox Jewish family immigrated from Ukraine. He’s most famous for his role as the Vulcan Spock in the Star Trek saga. He played that character since its original pilot episode, which was rejected.
William Alan Shatner was born on March 22, 1931 in Côte Saint-Luc, near Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He’s most famous for playin Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek saga but lately he had great success in playing the lawyer Denny Crane.
“Man of Earth” is a novel by Algis Budrys published for the first time in 1958. It starts in 2197 on an Earth more and more closed in on itself. After a period of expansion in the solar system in which colonies were set up on Venus and Pluto the earthlings’ laziness had encouraged the mother planet’s inhabitants to leave the settlers on their own.