René Barjavel was born on January 24, 1911 in Nyons, France. His father was a baker, his grandparents were peasants and his origins influenced his work.
Algirdas Jonas Budrys (picture ©William Shunn) was born on January 9, 1931 in Königsberg, East Prussia. His father was consul general of the exiled Lithuanian government and in 1936 his family found sanctuary in the U.S.A., where he lived for the rest of his life.
Fritz Leiber was an extraordinalily eclectic writer, able to produce stories of various kinds with originality and sensitivity reinterpreting classic plots in new ways offering his readers stories always different from each other.
James Graham Ballard was born on November 15, 1930 in Shanghai, where his British family had moved because of his father’s job.
Today novelist and screenwriter Neil Gaiman turns 50.