Ray Bradbury on December 5, 2009

The great writer Ray Bradbury died last nigh. Ray Douglas Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He was particularly famous for the stories of the “Martian Chronicles” and the novel “Fahrenheit 451” but he wrote a lot of science fiction, fantasy and horror stories.

Harry Clement Stubbs, that’s his real name, was born on May 30, 1922 in Somerville, Massachusetts. Hal Clement wrote stories in which the scientific element was important but at the same time full of sense of wonder, creating alien environments such as the one of the planet Mesklin, definitely exotic yet very plausible. He started writing fiction at a time when contacts between humans and aliens were generally belligerent but in his stories they were usually friendly. He wasn’t a prolific writer but these qualities of his stories made him important in the history of science fiction.

A.E. van Vogt and Lydia van Vogt

Canadian-American writer Alfred Elton van Vogt was born on April 26, 1912 in Edenburg, Manitoba, Canada. He was one of the most important science fiction writers in the ’40s-’50s with novels such as “Slan” and cycles such as the Null-A and the Isher.

Stanley G. Weinbaum

Stanley Grauman Weinbaum was born on April 4, 1902 in Louisville, Kentucky. In his life unfortunately short, Stanley G. Weinbaum was able to write only a handful of stories but with his extraordinary imagination and the ability to build a consistent way really alien worlds greatly influenced the field of science fiction. At the time, in fact many stories really naive and full of stereotypes were published while the ones written by Weinbaum were of far higher quality.

Samuel R. Delany in 2011

American writer Samuel Ray Delany, Jr. was born on April 1, 1942 in New York. Among his most famous novels there are “Babel-17” and “The Einstein Intersection”, both winners of the Nebula Award, and “Dhalgren”.