Writers

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Arthur C. Clarke in 2005 (Photo Amy Marash)

Arthur Charles Clarke was born on December 16, 1917 in Minehead, Somerset, England. He’s been a great science fiction writer and published novels that are among the greatest in the genre such as “Childhood’s End”, “Rendez-Vous with Rama” and “The Fountains of Paradise”. Together with Stanley Kubrick he developed the script for the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”, of which he published an adaptation to a novel.

Stephen Baxter in 2005

Stephen Baxter was born on November 13, 1957 in Liverpool, England.

During his career Stephen Baxter has become one of the most important hard science fiction authors with several works in which the scientific and technological elements are crucial in the plots. The exploration of the future of humanity or other universes with alternative stories for Baxter passes for those advances while developing at the same time their consequences.

News came that writer Julian May died on October 17, 2017. The cause of her death wasn’t disclosed.

In the late 1970s Julian May starting thinking about the ideas that eventually produced the works for which she’s best known, the Saga of Pliocene Exile and the Galactic Milieu Series. In fact, they’re two parts of the same series: the first one is set in the past and is told with tones typical of the fantasy genre, the second one is set after World War II in a story-arc that embraces a few centuries and is told with tones much more typical of science fiction.

Stephen King in 2007

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine, USA.

In 1974 Stephen King published his first novel, “Carrie”, which had little success with only 13,000 copies sold in its hardback edition but then surpassed the million copies sold in the first year in its paperback edition. The novel was adapted for cinema for the first time in 1976, followed by a king of sequel in 1999 and two further adaptations, one in 2002 and one in 2013.

On June 19, 1999, Stephen King was seriously injured after being hit by a minivan. The writer was forced to limit his activity for some time but over the years he still managed to publish various novels, including “Blaze” written in the 1970s but remained unpublished for a long time, which was published under the pen name Richard Bachman in 2007.

In recent years, Stephen King has resumed writing steadfastly, for example the Mr. Mercedes trilogy. In the first phase of his career he was snubbed but over time even critics got convinced by Stephen King’s works’ literary value so today he’s considered much more than the king of horror but simply a great writer.

Tanith Lee in 2011

Tanith Lee was born on September 19, 1947 in London, England.

Tanith Lee’s debut as a writer took place in 1968 with a very short story, of only 90 words, published in an anthology. For some years she wrote in her free time because her novels were regularly rejected by publishers. The first novel she managed to publish was “The Dragon Hoard” in 1971, a work for children. Only in 1975 she was able to publish “The Birthgrave”, the first book of the series of the same name, which gave her fame.

For years, Tanith Lee was a prolific writer, occasionally working as a screenwriter when she wrote two episodes of the TV show “Blake’s 7”. Over time, however, her ability to write for many hours a day and even night declined and was forced to progressively limit her activity.