Robert Albert Bloch was born on April 5, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
In 1934, Bloch published the story “Lilies” on the semi-professional magazine “Marvel Tales”. After a few months, he started publishing his stories on “Weird Tales” as well. His first stories were strongly influenced by H.P. Lovecraft, so much that a part of them was set in the fictional universe of the so-called “Cthulhu Mythos”. Lovecraft’s death deeply marked Bloch, who gradually shifted his efforts toward different stories and also into science fiction.
In the ’50s, the Robert Bloch’s activity continued both in the literary field and in radio and was further expanded when he started working for television productions. The skills he had acquired in moving from one genre to another was seen in 1959, when he won the Hugo Award for the best science fiction short story with “That Hell-Bound Train” and he published the thriller / horror novel “Psycho”, which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The novel gave him great fame among the general public following its adaptation into the famous movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Robert Bloch died on September 23, 1994. He left a legacy of dozens of novels, screenplays and short stories of various genres. During his life he received many important awards that show the importance of this author in the field of literature, cinema and television.
George Alec Effinger was born on January 10, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The greatest successes came for George Alec Effinger in the ’80s, particularly the Marîd Audran series, with the protagonist who operates in the Budayeen, a district in a Middle Eastern city heavily inspired by the New Orleans French Quarter with plenty of transsexuals, transvestites and more. The stories also have strong cyberpunk influences with characters that have cybernetic implants of various kinds.
Throughout his life George Alec Effinger suffered serious health problems that in the ’90s became too serious for him to continue with his work as a writer. The growth of medical costs led him at one point to his inability to pay for the cures. One of the gastric ulcers he suffered from caused an internal bleeding which caused his death on April 27, 2002.
Yesterday the actress Carrie Fisher passed away. On December 23, during a flight from London to Los Angeles she suffered a heart attack. CPR performed on site allowed to take her to hospital, where her conditions got stabilized. Unfortunately, after four days she passed away.
Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, California, USA, the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Her parents divorced when she was only two years old and both of them remarried not long after.
An actress, a writer and screenwriter, Carrie Fisher will be remember mostly for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga.
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 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.